Detained 5 PUP studes ask court to reduce bail

March 27, 2010 11:24 pm 

MANILA, March 27 –Five student leaders of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), who remained detained at the police detention cell, have asked the court to reduce the bail bond slapped on them for their temporary liberty from P100,000 to P20,000.

The five students, who led some 60 university students in an indignation rally last Wednesday afternoon, were criminally charged with robbery with intimidation and violence at the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.

They were inquested and case was elevated in court.

Abriel Mansilungan, 20, 3rd year college student and secretary general of the Kabataan Partylist, and resident of 118-B Scout Rallos, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City, said they never regretted holding indignation rally because Emmanuel Angeles, Chairman of Commission on Higher Education (CHED), was prompted to issue an order not to impose tuition fee increase.

“We finally got our wish to stop tuition fee increase,” said Mansilungan.

Aside from Mansilungan, also charged were PUP student leaders Ferrin Louise Soriano,19, 2nd year college; Cheysser Soriano,19, 4th year college, President of the Central Student Council; and Judy Anne Fabito,19, 4th year college; Piem Canela,18, 2nd year college; and all residents of 118-B Scout Rallos, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City.

They remained detained at the Manila Police District-General Assignment (MPD-GAS).

Chief Inspector Marcelo Reyes, chief of the MPD-GAS section, said the case stemmed from the complaint filed by Leonardo Coquilla, chief of the security division of PUP in Manila.

Coquilla alleged that the student leaders took out several school properties without the university's consent. Reyes said the incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. They took out the chairs out of the university while some 60 PUP students barged inside the said public campus to hold their indignation rally against the 1,700 percent tuition hike in PUP.

During the protest action, the militant students allegedly carried out at least 13 PUP chairs and loaded them into two passenger jeepneys bearing the license plates TWU-753 and TVY – 797 without the consent of the university officials.

Soriano denied that they intended to steal the chairs – which they described as garbage – as she said that they only planned to show it to the CHED chairman in their demonstration that day.

"Our security personnel were outnumbered and although they were armed, they could not prevent the students since they were ordered to implement the maximum tolerance," Coquilla said.

The two vehicles, which were carrying the school properties and the five militant leaders, were only flagged down by the joint elements of the MPD-Station 5 policemen and PUP security guards upon reaching a police outpost on Valenzuela Street, in Sta. Mesa Manila.

Angeles categorically and clearly declared that no tuition increase will be approved or implemented in the school.

Angeles, who is also the Chairman of the PUP Board of Regents (BOR), vowed that he will vote against the proposed tuition increase on March 29. (PNA) RMA/JES


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