Other protests

CHILDREN NOT CRIMINALS. Members of human rights groups and organizations protecting children’s rights led by Salinlahi Alliance for Childrens’ Concerns picketed in front of the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City last May 20 coinciding with a Senate session. They condemned the intent to pass a bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

YOUTH CONDEMNS ADDITIONAL FEES IN COLLEGE. Kabataan Partylist called for an investigation of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) approval of 141 other school fees to be collected from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). This is contrary to the free education law in public tertiary education. Kabataan submitted a resolution to review the commercialization maneuver in Congress last May 12.

According to the group, the CHED is simply seeking ways to allow collection of fees in SUCs, as tuition fees continue to rise in private universities.

IGOROT LEADER RECEIVES RE­COG­­NITION IN KOREA. Joanna Kintanar Cariño was awarded with a Gwangju Price for Human Rights in South Korea last May 18 in recognition of her defense of human rights. This is despite the Duterte regime’s tagging of Carino as a terrorist last year.

May 18 Memorial Foundation handed the award to Cariño for her her longstanding advocacy. Cariño fought the US-Marcos regime despite arrest and torture. She is also one of the founding members of Cordillera People’s Alliance.