Students storm UP-PGH, demand dialogue
MANILA, Philippines -- About 30 students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila forcibly entered the compound of the UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) on Tuesday to demand a dialogue with the school administration following the death of first year student Kristel Tejada.
The students, who were wearing black shirts, forced their way inside the UP-PGH compound after officials failed to have a dialogue with them.
School officials said they postponed the dialogue since they only want eight students to attend the meeting.
The students, however, claimed that the matter is an issue concerning all students so they should all be allowed to attend the dialogue.
As of posting, authorities are still trying to block the students from entering the office of the director.
UP students, faculty and administrators together with various youth groups are holding a "Week of Mourning and Protest" to call for justice for Tejada, a 16-year-old Behavioral Sciences student who took her own life after being forced to take a leave of absence due to failure to enroll in the second semester. -- Report from Robert Mano, dzMM