“I want to say that this fight is not only for the teachers or the students; this is for the entire university,” said Allison Ladero, Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) president.
Ladero, together with more than 100 students joined the protest rally of the Silliman University Faculty Association (SUFA) against the Silliman University Administration last July 19 near the administration gate along Hibbard Avenue.
The students and members of SUSG substituted members of SUFA in bringing placards while shouting “Laban SUFA” in unison.
They also encouraged passing vehicles to honk their horns as a sign of support to the union.
As early as 7am, the members of the SUSG stationed themselves at the Langheim Gate.
SUSG Speaker of the House Josh Elleso said that they refuse to stay silent and in middle ground in the face of the issue. Their demand is for the university administration to put prime importance on the welfare of the faculty.
Other students began to join the SUSG and SUFA members in protest at around 2pm. But it was not until 4pm that a number of students flocked the area.
In a statement released Tuesday night on their Facebook page, the SUSG already asserted their support for the said union.
“As students, we feel for the struggle of our teachers and we believe that their claims are justified,” it said. “We demand for the administration to take immediate action in settling the dispute with SUFA for the sake of the students who breathe life into the university.”
Moreover, SUFA President, Jan Antoni Credo, said that some teachers became emotional with the support of the students.
It’s very heart-warming. Some teachers at the back told me that they were trying to hold tears because never did they expect the overwhelming support of the students,” he said.
Later in the afternoon, Ladero called all Sillimanians to continue their protest-rally the following day. He also encouraged everyone to wear black in order to send a message to the administration.