(Metro News) PUP drops criminal charges vs five student-leaders

March 29, 2010 11:34 pm 

MANILA, March 29 –The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) withdrew on Monday the charges against its five students who were arrested in connection with the violent protest rally inside the university campus last Wednesday.

Dr. Dante Guevarra, PUP president, personally went on Monday to the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters where the five students were detained.

Guevarra fetched the students after their parents reportedly pleaded for their release from detention.

The PUP president also said that the university would also not give any disciplinary actions to the arrested students after the parents assured that the same incident would not happen again.

Guevarra said the PUP's decision came after serious consultation with its board and stakeholders regarding the case.

Militant students Patrick Michael Canela, Judy Anne Fabito, Abriel Masilungan, Cheysser Soriano and Ferrin Louise Umagat were released from the MPD headquarters jail at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Earlier, the five PUP student leaders have filed a motion to reduce the bail bond from P100,000 to P20,000 in connection with the robbery with intimidation and violence charges slapped on them.

The five students, who led some 60 university students in an indignation rally last Wednesday afternoon were inquested and the 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,” he said. (PNA) RMA/JES

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