Coed suicide sparks soul-searching at UP

University vows reform of socialized tuition scheme

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UP MANILA OBLATION IN BLACK Students at the University of the Philippines in Manila cover the Oblation statue with black cloth to protest the school’s “no-late-payment” tuition policy and the death of Kristel Tejada (inset). Tejada took her life on Friday after filing a leave of absence for failure to pay tuition. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA/FACEBOOK PHOTO

“The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada, a freshman at the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila who took her life on March 15 at their home in Tayuman by drinking silver cleaner.

The suicide of Kristel, 16, the eldest of five children of a taxi driver and a housewife, came after she filed a leave of absence in the middle of the second semester for failure to pay tuition of less than P10,000.

“How painful was it to remove that sole hope to help your parents and yourself?” said Christopher Tejada after hearing Mass with wife, Blesilda, at the Philippine General Hospital chapel.

Kristel’s death triggered protests on the campuses of the UP System and prompted the UP administration to consider reforms in its socialized tuition scheme.

UP president Alfredo Pascual said the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP) needed to be restructured to make the economic indicators that determine a student’s capacity to pay more realistic, the application process less tedious and the monthly allowance increased.

Pascual said he would propose to the governing UP Board of Regents at its meeting next month to lift the controversial “no-late-payment” tuition policy effective immediately.

“My position as UP president (is) no student shall be denied access to UP education due to financial constraints. I’m all for its lifting. I will immediately propose to the Board (of Regents) next meeting on April 12 to lift the ‘no-late-payment policy’ effective on all college units,” Pascual said in a statement issued at a press conference at the administration building on the UP Diliman campus.

Resign

The elder Tejada welcomed the call of the faculty and staff of the Department of Behavioral Sciences in UP Manila for the resignation of the school’s chancellor and vice chancellor.

Christopher told reporters that others may be more deserving to replace Chancellor Manuel Agulto and Vice Chancellor Josephine de Luna.

“Vice chancellor, you know how we asked for your help and humbled ourselves before you,” the father said.

Christopher accepted the return of his daughter’s UP identification card, which she had to surrender when she filed a leave of absence.

“It’s as if she lived for me. When she turned over her ID, it was like snuffing out her life. Perhaps she is happy now because her ID was returned [to us]. She’s still part of UP,” he said.

Human face

Kristel’s death “gave us a human face to the longstanding struggle against state apathy and neglect of the education of our youth” in the midst of limited opportunities and elitist policies, said the statement issued by the faculty and staff of the Department of Behavioral Sciences in UP Manila.

Sociology professor Jocelyn del Mundo read the statement at the Philippine General Hospital chapel after a Mass sponsored by the UP Manila Student Council for Tejada.

Del Mundo urged a review of the STFAP to make the system simpler, more student-friendly and efficient. She said other strategies like study-now-pay-later and installment payment schemes should be considered.

Despite the criticisms and protests against the memorandum on the no-late-payment policy, Agulto and De Luna “turned a deaf ear and persisted with their autocratic and callous style of leadership,” Del Mundo said.

Not cold-hearted

Agulto decried the media’s portrayal of him and De Luna as “cold-hearted and ruthless.”

At the press conference, the official broke down and recalled how he was once in a situation similar to Tejada’s. “I was once a medical school student struggling to pay my tuition,” Agulto said, his voice cracking.

“We do not wish to give anyone a difficult time. We dream for them as they aspire for their future. We do not wish to pose obstacles in realizing their dreams,” he said.

Installment plan

Pascual said his administration would institute an installment payment plan so cash-strapped parents could pay the tuition according to their salary schedule.

The no-late-payment policy was applied to Tejada whose application in December for a loan to cover her second semester tuition was denied because the semester was underway for nine weeks.

Father laid off

Tejada, who was assessed in May to fall under STFAP Bracket D, which requires her to pay P300 a unit plus miscellaneous fees, appealed last September or midway into the first semester to be reassessed into Bracket E2, which would have exempted her from paying tuition and entitled her to a stipend.

In her appeal, Tejada said her father was laid off from work and her parents were constantly fighting over lack of money. She was turned down reportedly for failing to submit supporting documents.

Her father was able to pay her first-semester tuition loan of P6,337 only on Dec. 19 and immediately asked that she be allowed to enroll for the second semester under a tuition loan.

Appeal denied

The father’s appeal was denied as the UP Manila Office of Student Affairs cited a policy that bars the late payment of tuition when classes for the semester have begun.

Tejada’s mother’s personal appeal to Agulto was also denied. Agulto said he had to uphold the decision made by his officials.

“If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” Agulto said.

Income brackets

Under the STFAP, students are categorized according to their families’ annual income and other factors.

For the UP Diliman, Los Baños and Manila campuses, students in Bracket A with annual family income of above P1 million pay P1,500/unit; Bracket B (P500,001-P1 million) P1,000/unit; Bracket C (P250,000-P500,000) P600; Bracket D (P135,000 to P250,000) P300; Bracket E1 (P80,001 to P135,000) free tuition; and Bracket E2 (P80,000 or less) free tuition plus P12,000 per semester stipend.

For UP Baguio, Mindanao, San Fernando and Visayas campuses, Bracket A students pay P1,000/unit; Bracket B P600; Bracket C P400; Bracket D P200 and Bracket E free tuition. Those who do not apply for STFAP automatically fall under Bracket A.

Mismatch

Pascual acknowledged a “mismatch” between the economic indicators and the actual financial need of students under the STFAP, while the long application and verification process delayed decisions on appeals to be reassessed, as what happened in Tejada’s case.

Under the proposed changes, Pascual said a student’s capacity to pay would be based not only on the family income but also on a socioeconomic classification based on aggregate expenditures.

He also said that the current stipend of P12,000 a semester for students under Bracket E2 was inadequate and that he would propose to increase this to P20,000 a semester.

Shift scholarships

Pascual said his administration would try to shift scholarships more toward a student’s financial need rather than academic excellence and seek to increase the slots for student assistants with higher allowances.

He said the 14-page application form would be cut down to two pages and the application processing time reduced from six months to two months.

Pascual added he hoped the Board of Regents would immediately approve the changes so these could be implemented by the start of the next school year in June.

Interrupted

The press conference was interrupted by some students’ attempts to protest the STFAP as they called for its immediate scrapping and for Agulto’s resignation.

Agulto said he was willing to resign if anyone could prove he did nothing to help Tejada. “You cannot say that we did nothing. But had I known her personal circumstances, I would have done even more,” he said.

Outside Quezon Hall on the UP Diliman campus, student protesters draped a black cloth on the statue of the Oblation.

Protesters also announced a students’ strike on all UP campuses to mourn Tejada’s death, called for the “rollback” in tuition and demanded accountability from UP officials in the wake of Tejada’s suicide.

Solidarity protest

Students of Polytechnic University of the Philippines held solidarity protests over the death of Tejada and the reported tuition increase in their school.

“We fear that if tuition and other fees increase in PUP, we will face the same fate as the UP Iskolar ng Bayan. We must protest the fee hikes,” said PUP student regent Helen Alfonso.

PUP Communication Management Office director Ruby Gapasin said the students burned broken chairs on the school grounds.

PUP president Emanuel de Guzman held a dialogue with the students and assured them that the tuition for undergraduate courses would remain at P12 per unit.

However, the fees will increase for graduate school and open university because these receive minimal government subsidy.

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  • spelster

    I am just wondering. Why commit suicide when you can’t pay tuition fee?! I guess msyadong mbabaw ang reason. Base sa npanood ko sa news, ng-aaway daw lagi ang mga mgulang ni Kristel. Masama pa nito, bka nkikita pa nya. Isn’t it obvious na it’s not only about the failed system of the school kung bkit nasayang ang mgandang kinabukasan ng batang ito?! Also, if you know that your parents can’t support you financially and you really want to finish your studies, why not be a working student?! Before our time, there were lots of peeps who finished their studies fully supporting themselves. They spent 6-8 years in college because they were studing and working at the same time. Don’t get me wrong. I fully sympathize with Kristel and I also fully agree na ang sistema ng edukasyon ng mga StateU natin ay bulok. But i believe it’s not fair to fully blame our “rotten” education system on her demise.

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. the people failed to look at the family first.. I dont really think the school is ALL to blame here.

      In the first place the dad should have thought about how he will be able to provide for a family.. les siring FIVE children.. I dont blame him if he wants a big family but he should have been responsible enough to make sure he will be able to support those children.. and most importantly support their education.

      • D_BystandeR

        With the way you make your argument, it goes back to the importance of the RH bill becoming a law. But you should be aware too that the passage alone of that bill does not make it like “a walk in the park” because the Catholic church hierarchy is still hardly embroiled in their election campaign of “Team Buhay” Vs. “Team Patay.” They would rather like to see population “explosion” than admit to the necessity of RH helping make a “controlling effect” on the number of offspring to pave the way for “family planning” that best answer to the financial status of parents.

      • patriotic_act

        I support that bill.. but if a stricter “Responsible Parenthood Bill” is introduced ill support that instead of the parent RH Bill..

        I believe that “responsibility” and “discipline” is the keyword that all aspiring parents should take into consideration.. we a re a 3rd world country, life is not easy and blaming the institution is one thing and self-reliance is another.. people should start to depend less on things they cannot control.

      • es

        There has been a lot of mention of how Kristel and her siblings have all had elementary and high school scholarships to emphasize how deserving they are, but it also means that he never actually had to spend on his children’s education before now.

    • vince_bugaboo

      As I see it, her suicide was a selfish act. Why? Because, fundamentally, her purpose in going to school, and eventually graduate, was to be able to land a decent job and help alleviate the poverty of her family, that’s a given. But, still, she wantonly ended her life only because of the impending possibilty that she’d not be able to continue her studies–other possibilities to explore, notwithstanding– without taking into consideration the misery and financial hardships–especially the hardships–her untimely departure would entail to the lives of the people who are the main reason, in the first place, that’s why she wanted to finish her studies. In short, if she shortsightedly neglected to think and give importance to the consequence of her death to her survivors, before taking her life, because she was only focused and preoccupied with her own feeling of misery and frustration, and wanted to end it all by committing suicide, then she was a selfish individual, and even if she did that to spite her parents for reasons difficult for us to fathom. If she was altruistic enough as to have tried to endure all the difficulties and problems, including her imminent ejection from the university, for the sake of her family, she should not have taken her life.

      Who’s sorry now? Her family, of course. Matatahimik kaya ang kanyang kaluluwa ngayong lalong nawalan ng pag-asang makaahon sa hirap ang iniwan n’ya?

      Maybe the UP authroities are not totally free of blame, but how could they make sure that every student, out of thousands, who struggles with tuition has a tendency to commit suicide?

      • Ayumi Water

        She was ill. It’s not a character thing. It’s a medical condition which required treatment. Those who have depression suffer from a distorted view of reality. Do not expect them to think like healthy people. Their condition seriously impairs their judgment.

        Mukha ka pa namang may pinag-aralan kaya sayang naman kung magpapaka-ignorante ka.

      • carlo_celis

        No need to go into name calling. It’s the parents fault she did not get to pay her tuition and it definitely her parents fault they failed to do something about her depression.

      • es

        I think it’s tragic that she ended her life, but it worries me that some people are saying that “she gave her life to make a statement” or that she’s a hero. Sure, let’s try to learn from her death and change things, but young people should not see her as an example.

    • Loggnat

      I read last week about a military doctor who was a psychiatrist who helped a lot of soldiers diffuse combat stress during the second war in Iraq. He later on worked to helped veterans deal with post traumatic syndrome (PTSD) while battling the illness himself. His battles with the illness and depression still resulted in losses and gains even with the help of his military doctor friends and the government who was with him all the way. He ultimately lost the battle last year when committed suicide and on the note he left says, ” I did not want to die, I just wanted the pain and helplessness to end.” My point is…. Here was this psychiatrist who was blessed with the talent of healing and helping people plus his understanding of the illness and affliction that destroys the lives of his fellow veterans, but was helpless to help himself. Could you imagine what pain and helplessness that all the stress in school and at home that this 16 year old was experiencing plus an added confusion and hopelessness from a depression illness that she must be suffering. How in good conscience can anybody blame her from wanting to just end it all, the confusion, hopelessness and pain. And I strongly feel that I do not have the right to blame her nor does anybody else who have no idea what she was going through and that is only my observation and opinion.

    • bicolokano

      i think ang main point is not to “fully blame” the system. But to acknowledge that it was factor in the event. And dahil dun, dapat baguhin.

    • Meow Ming

      maybe she also had tried look for work to support herself but she’s only 16. So sad. =(

  • patriotic_act

    daughter helping her parents and siblings is the “another thing” but I guess the father should have thought first about the “first thing” which is to make sure that he has what it takes to support FIVE children even before deciding to make them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kiyoshi.konoe Mac Cruz

      it was stated that before he had a stable job and unfortunately, the business shut down. verify your statements before posting your judgment.

      • patriotic_act

        it is my opinion and I dont consider it a judgment.. read my delivery again before quoting me on your statement.

    • rolandtr

      Your statement is insensitive, stupid, and inhuman! To blame the father for not having the means to suppor his children is simply ignorant of the situation of the poor in our country. It is as if you are blaming the father for the suicide of his daughter.

      • patriotic_act

        I beg to disagree.. your reaction to my opinion and passing it as judgment without thinking IS stupid.

        so please save your judgments.. as I am saving mine..

      • spelster

        who should we blame then, the government?! ok lng na sisihin ang gobyerno but it is a taboo to blame the parents?! masyado ring mbabaw dude. Accrdg sa news, ng-aaway daw sa pera ang mga mgulang nya. Eh pano na kung nkikita pa ng bata ito? Also, why don’t we accept the fact na we also have our share of the pie kung bkit ngkakaganito ang ating bansa.

      • dan4321

        So sorry for your myopic and traditional view,but I agree with most that Tejada’s fate should not be blamed solely on UP’s,the Father or Parents have equal liability here and so is the student/daughter.There are many who aspire to enter UP but failed yet they didn’t commit suicide.The Parents should stop blaming UP or even the Government for such.The parents should look into themselves and ask who comitted the mistake in the very first place? Why should the parents pass the responsibility to their eldest daughter what should have been theirs? Even if I had a stable job,I should have thought twice before deciding to have 4 or 5 children.Will I be able to give them a Good Future? Will I even be able to provide for them?

      • patriotic_act

        I agree.. making a child bear the burden of the family is unfair to the child because you didnt give the child the power of “choice”..

      • FernandoBusi

        I think its fair to ask that people should also think before they start building a family. Though now is not the time to look at the matter.

    • cato_the_younger

      I agree. The assumption that one’s children are required to shoulder the burden of helping the other members of the family is just bothersome to me. It should be an act of freewill. It also places an inordinate psychological burden on the child who now has to be pressured to feel that his/her failure would be the family’s undoing. That is exactly the reason why when parents bring forth children in this world – they should be brought forth for what they are and not because of what one can benefit from them – in short bring them forth because you love and want them unconditionally. (Of course, it is also assumed that you are able to feed, clothe and educate them.)

      • biaknabato

        Rich people here in America can always take care of themselves, if wealthy folks here in California could not get into a public school like Berkeley or UCLA, they will just go to Harvard or Princeton or Stanford who will admit them thru some kind of a preference . Shouldn’t UP Diliman pay more attention to poor smart public high school students from Leyte and Davao than paying attention to students from Miriam or San Beda or whatever private high school there where the tuition is very expensive. ?

  • concern_netizen

    I am witness to undeserving ‘scholars’ that applied for socialized tuition back when I was in UP Diliman. A number of those students are well off and should be able to pay their tuition in full. But alas, such greed among young students. Shame on you UP grads who took advantage of the flawed STFAP and help clogged the system. You are mainly responsible why a more deserving student like Ms Tejada lost her life.

    • spelster

      I agree. Once I saw a student who rides a ferrari in the campus. Seems this supposedly “School for the poor” is now the go-to University of the kids of politicians and rich businessmen who have backers inside. Sobrang nilapastangan na ang sistema. I once had a dormmate who was on full scholar coz they were so poor. But eventually, he had to return home coz he didn’t have the money to pay for the dorm fee and his monthly consumption. Sayang. I believe he deserved it pa nmn sana to be in UP.

      • cato_the_younger

        I don’t care if you ride in a diamond studded ferrari as long as you paid your own way and you actually passed UPCAT. UP is not only for the poor – it is for the best of the best regardless of wealth, gender, social status, and all other forms of classification. That said, I recognize that there is something extremely wrong with the way STFAP is structured because it is based on income as shown in the tax returns and we all know that self-employed professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc.) and businessmen in RP never declare their proper income. There ought to be a better way of ascertaining need.

      • FernandoBusi

        Exactly when I was a student I used to hear about how this or that actor or rich kid managed to get into a real course first by doing workshops and all of a sudden their in the system without going through admissions exams.

      • $44843778

        agree.

      • Elena Banquilla

        agree! up is not solely to blame for this tragedy ! what about the government who failed to give u.p. and other state universities a bigger budget to begin with. we should not be having stfap if the budget of u.p. and other state colleges and universities have been increased also, i saw the parents on tv while i sympathize with them , they should know what the cost of a basic education in the u.p. entails. t hey should have been prepared. i’ve seen friends, classmates, cousins who stop schooling for a year or a sem in order to save tuition money.

      • dailymanila

        +1

      • manuelcdiaz

        Blame the corruption in the Philippines imagine it the PORK of these Congressmen/.Congresswomen and Senators are added to the budget of Education this tragedy could have been minimized.

      • Pangasugan

        What about her parents who cannot support her college education and also failed to bring her to emotional maturity? Education is not supposed to be free. If it is something of value, you have to pay for it.

      • janglegirl

        I agree. UP also have a budget for the poor but deserving students, and that is not limitless, that’s why they have to screen thoroughly. In the case of Kristel, I don’t believe that unable to go back to school is the only problem she’s having, it could be something more deeply-rooted for her to commit suicide. Unfortunately, it is so easy to blame somebody for this tragedy, and personally I think its unfair to put all the blame on the school. Shouldn’t the parents take part of the blame for not saving enough money for her tuition before enrolling her and not rely too much on UP? But that is how our society works, blame the moneyed but the poor will always be the victim and therefore blame-free.

      • Bamm Gabriana

        Did he pass the UPCAT? If yes, he deserves to be in UP, as long as he pays the full tuition. Poor and rich alike who are the cream of the crop deserve to be in UP.

      • gmaisthebestpresident

        Poor: cream of the crop talaga makakalusot sa UPCAT. Rich:?

      • magiting78

        Bakit ako mahirap naka lusot s UPCAT? abilidad lang kailangan dun at pahusayan pano mangopya…bwahahaha…

      • desi derata

        UPCAT is another system to filter out the poor.

        Most of the students bloom when they reach college but since he or she came from public high school where the teachers are generally lazy or with poor teaching aids, his odds of getting a slot is next to impossible.

        Quezon City and Manila pioneered the city science high schools. Somehow the graduates ably compete with the graduates of the Philippine High School. But I am glad the gap has been shortened, unlike before. Check every end of the school year, how the parents pick up their son or daughter from PSHS, with fancy and big cars.

        Hence, UPCAT is an oppressive instrument of the oppressive people.

        Do you remember when Fatima first topped the medical board exam, the UP graduates harassed the Fatima board exam takers and they even hurled them to the court. How arrogant, how unfair and cruel!

      • lostRunes

        Arrogant, unfair and cruel pala yung pag may mahuli kang may leakage at nandaya at kakasuhan mo sa korte.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

        meron ding cream of the CRAP na nakapasok – mey connection kc – nung time ko sa UP ang tawag duon ay PD or presidential discretion ang admission – we call it presidential disease!

      • gmaisthebestpresident

        Mas maraming mayaman na makakapasa sa UPCAT dahil galing sila sa mga mamahalin at magagaling na school bukod pa sa mga mageenroll pa yang mga yan sa UPCAT Review school kumpara sa mga mahihirap na galing sa public school kaya usually eh mga matatalino lang talaga nakakapasa.

      • manuelcdiaz

        Whose fault is that, as long as you pass the UPCAT you have the same right as anybody else in this world.

      • isellnuts

        Passing UPCAT does not entitle the passer a free education except he/she is qualified to be an scholar.

      • Cano Manuel

        If the poor student does not deserve to make it to UP, that is his/her fault. My parents did not let poverty get in the way to success. So should the students today.

        Puro kasi reklamo.

      • magiting78

        Tumpak…baket UP lang b ang Universidad…marami nmn mga SCU’s dyn..actually yung ibang grad ng UP walang panama sa mga grad ng SCU’s…

      • Cano Manuel

        The issue us not the school. Anyway, my parents did not graduate from UP but they definitely got scholarships from AIM and a university abroad. LOL!

      • nakawan

        So ano gusto mo? UP para sa mga di matalino?

      • magiting78

        UP para s lahat matalino at bobo…may pera o wala…Kung hnd ka pwd s UP pwd k dun s katabi..lol

      • Fulpol

        kung minsan incompetent ang COA.. minsan incompetent din ang UP…

        incompetency is no excuse..

        incompetency plus sadism, yan ang pumatay sa estudyante ng UP Manila..

      • Cano Manuel

        I thought it was ridiculous.

      • isellnuts

        Kung minsan incompetent ka rin.

      • http://twitter.com/Negastarr NegaStarr

        I love it! “UP is not only for the poor – it is for the best of the best regardless
        of wealth, gender, social status, and all other forms of classification.”

      • Paliwaweng

        “it is for the best regardless of wealth…”. Wrong.

        It was a university subsidized by peoples taxes primarily to serve the poor and deserving students.
        What you said is what UP is doing now, subsidizing the rich scions of politicians thru hard-earned money of tax-paying citizens.

        What an irony.

        Hence, the cause of all this furor over the death of one of its student.

      • biaknabato

        Totoo ba yan ?, akala ko ipinagbawal yan ni Kori noong pinatalsik niya si Diktador Marcos.

      • lucidlynx

        mali ang akala mo. wala naman pinagbabawal si cory.

      • $41083759

        ibawal na din ang ‘presidential discretion’ na nagaallow ng mga di nakapasa sa UPCAT pero nakakapasok dahil sa mga padrino.

      • Fulpol

        dorm fee and monthly consumption??

        kung may allowance siya galing UP, enough naman siguro..

        ang fair treatment lang naman yan eh, we will give you full support in return your academic competency..

        bagsak ka sa academic, no more support.. that is fair.

    • rodben

      In 50’s to 70’s UP tuition fee are free with allowances to those deserving poor Pinoy students…now this campus is for the ELITE STUDENTS already ……Dr. Jose Rizal words” KABATAAN AY PAG-ASA NG BAYAN” is now replace to ” KABATAANG MAY PERA AY PAG-ASA NG BAYAN” I suggest this should be written in a book for the school kids like EDSA…..because Rizal is replace by a new hero(EDSA)….ANG PINAS NGA NAMAN..

      • Guest

        well si rizal may pera kaya siya naging national hero. si rizal lang ang halimbawa ng elitista lang ang makakapag-aral at makikilala.

      • Cano Manuel

        Sige, magtagaan tayo sa kalye kung may hindi pagkakaintindihan at sabay sumigaw ng “BONIFACIO!”

      • magiting78

        Cge hasain mo maigi yang gulok mo…naka handa n 45 kal. ko hehehe

      • Cano Manuel

        Maghanap ka ng kapareho mo. Diplomatiko ako.

      • magiting78

        Mali si Rizal nun…hnd nya na predict na may lalabas n mga droga…kaya ngaun ” Kabataan adik ng bayan” lol

    • Dancing Bear

      That is one thing that needs to be exposed too.

    • tarikan

      What happened to student’s family background investigation? Does it mean that the UP admin just believe what was written in the application form, no investigation at all? Imagine an application form consisting of 14 pages? Does UP admin has the time to even read all of them considering there are hundreds if not thousands of applicants?

      • roots

        I got a chance to interview some employees in charge of this during my undergrad days for a project. They said that they investigate and go to houses. However there were financial constraints. But of course! So they could only maximize the resources.

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      90% of UP students come from well-to-do families. dapat sa ateneo or la salle na lang sila mag-aral para yon slots nila ay mapunta sa mga deserving poor students who really want to study

      • http://twitter.com/tagasalog tagasalog

        yun nga ang target ng stfap. lahat ng pwedeng magbayad ng pang ateneo presyo ay sisingilin ng presyon pang ateneo ng up. propblema lang sa implementation

      • nakawan

        Excuse me, who are you to turn away people from wanting to study at UP? Yabang mo rin noh?

    • Fulpol

      “socialized”

      yung wealth ng mayaman, ipamahagi sa mahihirap. taasan ang tuition fee ng mayayaman at ipamahagi ito sa mahihirap na estudyante sa pamamagitan ng free education at stipend.

      pero maraming nakakalusot.. bakit? dahil mismong UP ay incompetent.

    • http://twitter.com/tagasalog tagasalog

      oo kaya hinigpitan talaga yung stfap kasi marami ang madaya

    • Luke Devereaux

      She killed herself. It wasn’t those “greedy young students” that made her commit suicide.

    • frudo

      tama ka Sir

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    “If I only knew … ”

    Famous last words.

  • dmarkgonzales

    hindi ko alam ang kanyang pinagdaanang buhay… hindi ko rin sya kilala ng personal… pero para sakin, mali na sumuko na lang sya at kitilin ang sariling buhay.. kung hindi ka makapagenrol, eh di siguro magpahinga ka muna ng isang sem o isang taon, magtrabaho ka muna kahit part time para makaipon ka ng pangmatrikula para makabalik ka sa UP… hindi kayapat hindi ka makaenrol ay katapusan na ng lahat… kung tutuusin, mas marami pang tao ang mas matindi ang hirap na pinagdadaanan nila sa buhay kumpara ng sa kanya pero hindi sila sumusuko at sa huli sila ngayon ang mga matagumpay at nakaahon sa kahirapan.. sabi nga di ba, habang may buhay may pag-asa!!

    Ang totoong Iska hindi sumusuko sa laban ng buhay! lalaban ka’t lalaban!

    • farmerpo

      Tama po. Suicide is the easiest way out. For the young, it is to spite parents or lovers. Hindi dahil di maka enrol. Nakakalungkot pero nangyayari, Ang kasong ito a napikup ng media, medio luma na at pinalaki na lang. When a story gets a personality, it becomes viral.

    • Ayumi Water

      Yang response mo, it’s indicative of an ever bigger problem in this country which is ignorance. The problem is depression is widely misunderstood here in the Philippines. Kala ng karamihan malungkot lang. What people don’t know is that those who are depressed already suffer from a distorted view of reality. It’s like being tired, you can’t be un-tired just like that, you need to rest. With depression, you can’t force yourself to cheer up, you need treatment. That is what is girl needed. Your reasoning to her, walang effect yan dahil me karamdaman yung tao. She was no longer thinking as a healthy person.

      Marami na namatay dahil mga kababayan natin hindi nakakaintindi at kung di lang sila ignorante, siguro marami ang nasagip. Sayang dahil marami sa mga nagpapakamatay estudyante, professionals, etc. We should not take for granted our low suicide rates. We’re talking about real lives here and I hope you enlighten yourself more on the subject because it could happen to your loved one.

      • anermarcelo30

        i agree with you…depression is something like a taboo in Philippines…..however, others judge the poor girl easily

      • http://78angles.blogspot.com/ JahreDistrict78

        all this is related to poverty , deppresion to me is just clinical or psychological explanation , but if the kid is mayaman cguro baka depression nga 0(‘-‘)0

    • dailymanila

      Siguro hindi na niya nakayanan ang lahat… problema sa eskwela, problema sa pamilya, problema sa pera, kahihiyan, etc.

    • elimsqui

      she’s only 16, saan siya makapagtrabaho? may tatanggap ba sa kanya? at kung may kikitain man siya, kukunti lang at mapunta rin lang sa pamilya niya kasi may apat pa siyang kapatid, kaya desperate talaga yung bata…

      • One brave girl

        I started working when i was 17 yrs old, just a yr older than her, i just finished my 1st year in UP as well and i was forced to stop because of financial problem..after a Sem, i enrolled again because i was able to save enough money for my allowance..

    • CitizenofHumanity

      Madaling sabihin na mahina ang mga taong nagpakamatay dahil wala tayo sa sitwasyon nila. Makisimpatya, maawa, ipagdasal ang kanilang kaluluwa at pamilyang naiwan, at magpasalamat na hindi tayo dumaranas ng matinding pagsubok sa buhay ng gaya nila, Huwag nang maliitin pa at husgahan ang mga taong tulad niya na nawalan ng pagasa.

  • joerizal

    It was unfortunate she took her own life, but I don’t see why the school is to blame. It sounds more like a family problem coupled with Tejada’s tendency to take her own life – which she did. With all the brain-power concentrated in UP’s student body, no one had the decency to stand up and be the voice of reason. These so-called activists are just opportunists who found a reason to push their agenda. They should be ashamed of themselves. Millions of kids work their way through college and many suffer setbacks, but committing suicide is not the majority’s way of solving problems.

    • spelster

      tama ka dyan. msyadong mababaw kung ang d lng mkabayad ng tuition ang dahilan para mgpakamatay ang isang tao. msayado lng na-sensationalize ng media, pinagsamantalahan ng mga mkakaliwa at ndala ng bugso ng damdamin ang maraming tao kaya d na pinagana ang reasoning power kung bkit nangyari ang ganitong sitwasyon. sabi nga, dami pang ms mtitinding karanasan ang mga kababayan nating pilipinong dinadaanan. kailangan lang ntin mgpakatatag.

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. this activists are using the incident for their own selfish agenda.

      • haybuhay69

        tama. gusto ng libreng tuition tapos rally nman ng rally. wag na silang mag enroll sa UP at direcho nlang sa bundok.

      • patriotic_act

        indeed!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLLLMBSX5AMH3KQSHIIRQQYRGM milo go

      Although I agree with you the system is to blame for not allowing options as a last resort to help those in need. Failure to provide this option might have push Ms. Tajeda to think and do the unthinkable.

    • cato_the_younger

      Nobody kills one’s self over tuition – there must be some other cause – probably a case of undiagnosed depression. The fighting between the parents probably did not help either. Given the existing rules, the administrators can only do so much. The University should take a second look at the current policies – I agree that a “hulugan” system of payment is in order for people who cannot afford to do so. The income bracket should also be looked at – people who earn P150 K might not be really be able to afford the tuition if they live in Manila and rent their homes and there are still other kids to send to school and feed. STFAP should also probably be reviewed to ensure that deserving people get helped and not some rich millionaire kid whose parents declared just 1/10th of their annual income.

      • joerizal

        You’re right. The system needs fixing, but students can also supplement their income by taking on part-time jobs. I took on any job that would pay me money just to get through college – and I did not receive any handouts from the school. There can also be a work-study program wherein the school employs its own students to help defray some of the tuition/books cost. In short, there are many ways to skin the cat, but it will be for naught if the person in need gives up.

      • FernandoBusi

        You may be right but not being able to go to school could have been the trigger, STFAP should also be tweaked to look into socio-economic rather than mere income.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila

        the problem also is how to assess the family. if it’s based on income it’s always the gross.. they didn’t think about the taxes.. gross income of 250k is not 250k income.. they should looked at the net not the gross!!

      • manuelcdiaz

        This poor student must have been rebuffed by the parents that her education was a big burden to the family.

    • Jerry_SeinfeId

      you don’t see it coz you’re BOBO, TANGA!

      • joerizal

        Based on your reply, you need to go get some education.

      • droccu

        Your response to this serious topic is so pathetic. It gives us an idea on your level of education….or the lack of it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZYJLDPFZXW3GZVHSY5TOQZX6D4 SojuSaki

      Yes, it was very unfortunate that she took her own life but the father should stop blaming UP and instead ask himself, if he was able to adequately support his daughter. I knew all the pain and hardship she went through because I am one of the first recipients of STFAP program of UP. During my time, stipends and book allowance were released almost past the middle of the semester. It was really challenging as my parents could not even afford to buy me books as our income was hardly enough for our food. My dad, a laborer would accept any work available and would also regularly borrow money from neighbors for my jeepney fare. My parents did not finish even grade school but they really worked hard para makapagtapos ako. They did not let their circumstances to be my future reality and I will never cease appreciating them for that.

      • joerizal

        You hit the nail on the head. The system may be broken, but that does not mean people should give up. Thanks for the great insight and I’m sure your parents are proud of you.

      • FernandoBusi

        Times have changed since then the world has become harsher. I remember one of my first staffers before was also from UP and she told me of the difficulties she had to endure as a student. I probably would have broken down if I were subjected to that. I think the Alumni should create a support network for these students, I never bothered to apply STFAP myself when I saw the queues before and having estimated my likely bracket I didn’t think it was worth the effort, but I do support providing a system where help can be had. Tuition should also be raised on the A/B people and other money making scheme implemented. Haven’t been in campus in a long time but if they haven’t yet why don’t they start charging for parking.

      • manuelcdiaz

        Join the UP Band you will have free tuition.

    • farmerpo

      Right on the money. ‘“The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada”‘, this says it all. the daughter committed suicide and the parent’s lament is the lost hope of help from the deceased rather the loss of her life. I think the problem that led to the suicide is family rather than school problems. This does not lessen the tragedy though. A life lost unnecessarily is always very tragic.

      On the other side, the primary criteria for a student to get into UP should be the score made in UPCAT. Tuition should be flattened. Should be the same for all. The corruption is that ‘children of buddies’ of the UP officials get in at lower tuition fees as in frat brod,pare, mare,sorority sis….those who have the means but choose to cheat intentionally to save on tuition. Those who cannot really afford as determined by a credible evaluation body, should be supported thru the revenue generated. We need all the talent we can get. It is a crime against the state to let potential talent that we direly need to move ahead go to waste because the student cannot afford the tuition fees.

      • joerizal

        Thanks and I didn’t mean to try to hide the fact that there is a real problem with the system. However, I believe that the problem can and should be addressed via other means. It’s a complete disregard and utter disrespect to the deceased to be unceremoniously used for the purpose of advancing vested interests. If anything, this event has highlighted the need for the UP board to do an introspection on the school’s culture. More so than the corruption allegations in the STFAP, the entire UP culture should be evaluated and vetted against the school’s true mission.

      • FernandoBusi

        You cannot flatten the tuition, it would become 5K per unit, government’s budget for UP is not enough. Even now the university is unable to keep up with its peers overseas for lack of resources. They should stratify it further and have the rich kids pay what they would have been paying had they opted tor ADMU or DLSU.

    • Ayumi Water

      If that girl were able to stay in school, her family would probably have less financial pressures that made her home life unbearable. She likely suffered from a serious depression, had felt the hopelessness of her situation, had lost her self-value which drove her to suicide. Her condition would not have gotten this bad had she been able to stay productive. Schools are supposed to help kids out of the bad situations they’re in and UP failed her at that.

      UP should keep improving their assistance program, its screening process, its funding, its everything.

      • joerizal

        I understand but I beg to disagree. One’s mental health or inclination to self-destruction is not the school’s responsibility nor accountability. Unless there is a suicide note, there is no concrete proof to say what drove her to kill herself. Everyone, including the parents, are putting words in a dead person’s mouth and it’s patently inappropriate. I believe UP should fix its assistance program, but I also believe that rules exist for the purpose of maintaining a civil society. Rules may not serve everyone’s need, but every person needs to find his/her own way to success in spite of them. A lot of people have suddenly become experts in suicidal tendencies and their cause, as well as UP’s “broken” assistance program, but no one has really approached it from the point of view that the Filipino family is so broken and dysfunctional these days that they contribute to society’s ills as much as corruption does.

      • Ayumi Water

        it is safe to assume she was depressed. Please understand what depression does to a person. It impairs their reasoning. You cannot say the school was blame free because had it done what it was supposed to do, there would have been one or so less stressor in this girl’s life that compounded her condition. Kaya me mali pa rin ang UP although it is not to blame entirely. Mali nila they did not do their jobs right and had they done so, it could have prevented this tragedy, not a guarantee but could have.

        Again, her family could have the same amount of problem as the next Filipino family but to someone who has her condition, it would be harder to cope. Explain ako ng explain dito sana unti unti maintindihan rin ng mga kababayan natin ang depression. Kung naiintindihan nyo lang, hindi kayo magsasalita ng ganyan. Marami pang me problema nyan, pwedeng kamag anak mo. Isang araw malalaman mo na lang na nagpakamatay na sila. Wag sana pero ganon ang kondisyon na yan.

      • anermarcelo30

        like you said…it’s ignorance…it’s easy for them to judge….

      • Ayumi Water

        it’s a typical response. people who have this condition are held to the same standards as those who don’t. unless it’s happened to a relative of theirs, they wouldn’t know better. sometimes they still won’t.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila

        depression does not mean suicide.. you just need motivation and people to help you give a better perspective in life. the family of the girl is to be blame for not helping their daughter to cope up with the situation

      • virtualnook

        Yes it is not directly equated to suicide. but if she had school to attend to and continued with her social role, even with her “humongous” financial and family problems, and because of being attached to a support system (being enrolled and part of an institution/social group), she could still feel and act productive, and have the mechanism to cope with the challenges she faced. Depression is a disorder which is proven to have moved people to subconsciously do “irrational” things to themselves, mostly destructive, sometimes even fatal. Several eating disorders have been attributed to it. In some studies, it has been found out that certain animals, when “trapped to a corner” by its prey/s, will release certain chemicals that can trigger organ failure (i.e. heart attack) just so it can “escape” the situation. it is a coping mechanism, even though destructive at that, and is deeply ingrained in our genetic memory.

        Being forced to take LOA severed her from an important support system and even gave her much time to wallow into self pity and depression. That is what the UPM, as an institution failed to do when it closed several doors on her (student loan board disapproval of 2nd loan, forced LOA, misclassified to a higher income bracket for tuition fee rating), to function as a support system to bright students, who when properly educated can become productive part of society/nation (hence UP system is always subsidized by the govt because it is a social investment to our country’s human resource). Sending out memos to faculty members not to admit “officially un-enrolled” students in class (those yet to settle matriculation fees) is a way of alienating these young sometimes rebellious minds and driving them away from “society”. Withholding their grades until such time they have paid, could have an entirely different effect.

        When we get news of senators spending their pork barrels on bogus institutions or giving away public funds in copious amount as Christmas bonuses parallel to this news, should we be driven to pick on a dysfunctional family’s set of values instead of an institutional failure as the government hammer us with new and more revenue-extractive policies? I can not demand perfect parenting on other people for I also come from a perfectly normal family with dysfunctional tendencies at times. But I as a taxpayer, I should demand for functional government institutions which is basic reason for tax duties. The father lost a child, whether he sees her as a milking cow, a hope for a brighter future, or simply as a child who completes their family is all up for the Tejadas to consider. Their loss is huge enough, no need for insult to injury.

      • Janch

        UP didn’t know she was suffering from depression. I don’t think anyone interviewed said that the girl was suffering from depression so most like nobody knew. There was no way this was expected, nor can you obligate UP to keep non-paying students enrolled on the possibility that they might be suicidal.

      • virtualnook

        No one knows if she is suffering from depression, probably including her, since a behavioral science student with a sound mind may already know the symptoms and be able to do something about it other than take one’s own life. However, any school can place on hold the grades, transcript, or diploma of any student on proper grounds, unpaid debt included. But to allow a student to enroll only to force her to leave more than 3/4 of the sem is callous if not more. Budget, facility and personnel are already in place for the whole sem even if all students have taken leave of absence midway. Money/resource lost can not be recaptured by the forced LOA policy, it is a simplistic punitive measure, even wasteful at that. There are commercially viable avenues (i.e. Technohub lease agreement) already in place in the UP-system that can support a more flexible student loan scheme. The school is aware how many are having difficulty of paying, and a sound intervention can be arrived at. This is not to offer poor students benefits on a silver platter, but to ensure that options are available and known so that young potentials can continue to be honed and harnessed, which in turn can benefit us all.

      • Janch

        She was never enrolled in the second semester. She could finish the semester but all her units will go uncredited. She would have wasted even more money. She was asked to file an LOA so that she won’t be considered to have gone AWOL. I’m sure there are solutions to the problem of students not being able to make tuition fee payments including a review of the STFAP.

      • joerizal

        If the school accommodated her request, it would prolong her life – I agree – but only until the next challenge puts her down and finally pushes her to the brink of self-destruction. My point is, her suicidal tendencies would not have been cured by receiving tuition. It’s irresponsible to keep blaming the school when anything could have triggered her to commit suicide. Depression does not always lead to suicide, same as anger doesn’t always lead one to kill another person. The UP staff did their jobs. They are not trained to spot a suicidal person and they do not have the latitude to make exceptions on the spot.

      • Janch

        The girl was depressed but UP didn’t know that and has no way of knowing that. And UP officials were bound by the universiy code that requires students to pay before they can enroll and requires enrollment before they can attend classes.
        It was the familiy’s financial difficulties that brought on this problem, it was their failure to submit the documents necessary to lower the STFAP bracket Kristel belongs to that prevented her from having to enroll in UP for free and it was the Tejada spouses responsibility to ensure the mental and psychological health of their children.

      • Korean_woman

        The problem is much deeper, yes these mind conditions seem to affect the bright minds even more than others, So often we hear the exact same case here and outside also. Usually tragic with students young bright and adolescent, no warning signs. There are many factors involved, ie stressfulll competition, bullying, poverty in an age of callousness and glorified glamour, It is something we must not chose to ignore in our homes, schools, colleges

      • magsasakasanayon

        wow! what made you such an expert?

        “Filipino family is so broken and dysfunctional these days that they contribute to society’s ills as much as corruption does.”

        can you provide a scientific proof of this sweeping statement of yours?

      • joerizal

        I don’t need to because you are a great example of this. Judging by all you comments, you are nothing but a troll.

      • magsasakasanayon

        on the contrary, maybe it’s your family that is dysfunctional. but you have to wake up to the reality that not all families are dysfunctional.

        i’m a troll? haha. look at your choice of username and see who is the troll.

      • joerizal

        wow! you deduced all that from my username? Can you provide scientific proof for that sweeping statement of yours?

      • magsasakasanayon

        wow! i don’t need to. your posts speak for themselves; and also your username.

      • joerizal

        wow! you are so smart man! Can you provide scientific proof of your everlasting wisdom and illusions of grandeur?

      • magsasakasanayon

        wow! i would but you’d probably don’t understand, joe… rizal.

      • joerizal

        wow! you are so infinitely comprehensibly ecstatically superior in terms of all the collective knowledge in this universe. Can you provide scientific proof of your ulterior motive for seeking out people’s comments and trolling them to the point of firing back at your imbecillic comments? What a douche!!

    • tohellwithhypocrites

      nice comment joerizal…

      • joerizal

        Thanks.

  • chimney45

    death of beaurocracy

  • gerryjoaquin

    namu agulto. kung ano ano pinagsasabi mo, ipapasa mo pa ang sisi sa pamilya at kanilang kahirapan. saka ka maghuhugas kamay ngayon. kung sabagay semana santa naman dina lalayo ang mga pontio pilato. wag ka lang magpapakita sakin sa pgh. isusubsub ko yang pagmumukha mo at paguuntugin ko kayo ni de luna at litson.

  • gerryjoaquin

    litsons pronouncements that kristel had been reclassified as a bracket e scholar and doesnt have to pay any tuition for the 2nd sem contradicts the fact the kristel was asking for another loan to pay for her 2nd sem tuition which was not approved since she wasnt able to pay her 1st sem tuition on time. the situation was complicated by de lunas memo she signed nov 2012 to implement agulto’s no tuition no enrollment policy. only up manila has this policy. now all three official are saying that they have done everything to prevent this from happening. they should just resign. shame on you.

  • superpilipinas

    The government will spend billions of pesos for programs like RH and K+12, yet it could not make higher education affordable.

    The government chooses to educate 2 years more with condoms…he-he-he…14 Billion pesos.

    • cato_the_younger

      Think – they are poor yet there are five siblings. Think again.

  • guest

    I think the P1500 per unit for the rich is very small. That is around $40 per unit compared to more than $300 per unit in US and more than $1000 per unit in Canada which I goggled in the internet. They should pay more because the government is subsidizing UP.

    • cato_the_younger

      For parents who are millionaires, UP should charge tuition at par with Ateneo or University of Asia (or whatever that Opus Dei school is called).

    • biaknabato

      Tama ka, pero paano mo malalaman kung sino and mayaman of mahirap na estudyante sa UP?

    • es

      Average wages in the US & Canada are over 10 times more than they are in the Philippines, so you can’t just say that if it costs X there, then it should cost X here.

  • Beguine

    This UP student suicide has raised a Pandora’s box of
    questionable rules and procedures in the state university
    rules and regulations regarding paying tuition. Ideally, the
    number of poor families receiving assistance should be
    dramatically increased, but where to get the budget and the
    money when the politicians and government bureaucracy are
    daily busy stealing and robbing the national treasury themselves
    instead of the money and the budget helping poor students?

    It’s a shame that everything goes back to the great divide between
    the haves and have-nots, and the biggest tragedy is that the country
    has an overwhelming number of have-nots. More importantly, the
    haves couldn’t be bothered to do something to help the have-nots.
    It’s a to each his own kayod world, whether the kayod is done in an evil
    manner (pork barrel and kickbacks are the glaring examples) or a good way
    (honest and persevering work).

    It’s better to put the blame on the politicians and government officers.
    The people have to make the change through the ballot, and so they
    should use their vote very very wisely. Trouble is, everything is a vicious
    circle because when election time comes, as it does again this May, the winning candidates are still those who can buy the majority votes and win and then steal.
    And so the blame is back again to the people who don’t have the means
    not to sell their vote.

    Will it ever change? As the saying goes, pagputi ng uwak, but then again
    hope springs eternal and the silver lining maybe just around the corner.

    • biaknabato

      I agree , palaging pera and problema diyan kagaya rin dito sa Amerika . The problem here in Amerika is how to support adequately its taxpayer supported public university systems and to be fair most specifically towards the poor..

  • superpilipinas

    so ano ngayon yung sinasabi nilang improvement sa economy?

    nakakaabot ba sa mga mahihirap?

    he-he-he o sa bulsa lang ng iilan….

    tulad yang mga nasa PCSO na kung hindi pa nasilip ng CoA, tuloy ang kanilang ligaya…..binubulsa pera ng taumbayan at walang pakialam sa mga nagugutom at naghihirap. marami yan…hindi lang PCSO..hindi pa kasi nasisilip…

    NO to Team PNoy, UNA, LP, NP, NPC, Lakas, Kampi, etc….

    Puro mga….
    -TRAPO
    -nakikinabang sa Patronage Politics
    -Political Dynasties
    -Showbiz/TV personality na walang alam.
    -takot mahuli sa FOI

    Vote for NEW people with proven INTEGRITY, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, and GOOD SERVICE.

  • Mike_1974

    I have done Student Loan Board before which is what Ms.Tejada did in her first sem. In the SLB process, you need to have a guarantor ( needs to be a UP employee – academic or nonacademic personnel). If you fail to pay your loan, your guarantor pays for it. So if Ms. Tejada fails to pay for the first sem, that should not be a problem anymore!! It should be between her and the guarantor. She should be allowed to enroll for the second sem and be allowed to do SLB again, if she needs too!
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the SLB system we had before. Unless it has been changed now.

    • FernandoBusi

      I didn’t know about this but may be UP should expand it so Alums can be guarantors. The tuition for someone at her bracket is nothing to most UP graduates who’ve been working for atleast a year or two.

  • Tnosce

    Eto suggestion lang po sa inyo to avail free higher education and at the same time minimize po ang expenses sa familia and to help the traffic situation sa road, ” OPTIONAL ” lang po hindi po eto mandatory kung sino lang po ang may gusto po nitong idea na ito. ” The Gov’t should require colleges and universities for a FREE ONLINE EDUCATION for the needy students sama na ninyo ang libreng computer. Courses should be accredited by the Department of Education and under the supervision CHED. Examinations ( testing ) should be done in their respective colleges and universities on campus, Student projects should be also submitted to the head office of each department for grading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tufo Tufo

    This is bullshitttt. While our politician are embezzled Billion of Pesos cannot help our poor and deserving students. Schools official of our government institution in addition to these!!!!

  • Boardinggate101.com

    he’s blaming UP for his failure to provide for his kid

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    UP Chancellor Manuel Agulto
    UP Vice Chancellor Josephine de Luna

    Masaya na kayo mga HAY0P kayo!!! Pinatay ninyo kinabukasan ng bata.

  • Cool LahgotzMO

    “My position as UP president (is) no student shall be denied access to
    UP education due to financial constraints. I’m all for its lifting. I
    will immediately propose to the Board (of Regents) next meeting on April
    12 to lift the ‘no-late-payment policy’ effective on all college
    units,”

    Sus aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo? too late Mr. UP President.

  • biaknabato

    Alam mo ang problema ng UP e katulad din dito sa Amerika . In private schools here like Harvard, Stanford . Penn (alma mater ni Mar roxas ) Princeton ( pinagaralan ni Imee), mahigit sa kalahati ng manga studensts were admitted for reasons that have nothing to do with with their grades in high school or SAT scores (parang katulad ng UPCAT). That is what every Pilipino should know about the private educational system in America. In other words if grades in high school and SAT scores were the sole basis of admissions at Harvard then at least 60% of the freshman class of Harvard or Stanford will disappear into thin air because of this vast system of preferences ( anak ka ng alumni, anak ka ng kung sinung mayaman o kilala, anak ka ng profesor, itim o Latino ka, manlalaro ka ng tennis, lacrosse, crew ( boat na me sagwan , ano ba and boat sa Tagalog ? ) etc. Sa madaling sabi e maraming kalokohan ang admission system ng mga private schools dito sa Amerika. katulad ng Princeton , Yale, etc..

    The problem with UP is that it could not adequately monitor the number of students there who are really in great need of financial help (dinadaya yata ng ibang estudyante diyan and kanilang mga BIR tax forms eh ) and subsequently provide the needed financial help.. The UP admissions system is also not of much help..Students from private schools like La Salle, Ateneo , Assumption, St. Theresa etc. have also better books, better lab facilities and better trained teachers (probably ) compared to public high school students in Agusan, Samar etc. It does not mean that high school students from the Ateneo or Assumption were born smarter than public high school students in Samar or Agusan unless these public high school students in Agusan or Samar were born malnourished which affects their brain development. Puwede pa ba and Tagalog ko?, and tagal ko ng wala diyan. Nagaral din ako sa UP at dito sa Amerika .so I can compare the difference between the 2 educational systems.

    • accapistrano

      If it happens to private schools like harvard, yale or princeton, i think its ok because they are private, so much like Ateneo, Lasalle and UST. But what if UCLA does this?
      Things would then be like what is happening in UP.

    • Ben Tampadong

      UP should prioritize those who came from Public High Schools. Obviously, sila yung less privileged but deserving students. Students who came from private schools na naghirap is a different story. Actually , dapat nga automatic na yung mga magagaling na galing ng public schools pero in the spirit of being fair and raising up the standards, it’s better na dumaan sila ng UPCAT.

      I did not came from UP but I know ang buhay ng isang mahirap na tumutuntong sa college because I came from another state university located in intramuros, imagine graduating CS without owning a computer and using paper to simulate a program. Nag-working student din ako para mairaos yung last year ng course ko. Akala ko nga ako na yung pinakamahirap sa school namin , mas madami pa palang mas napakahirap ng pinagdadaanan kesa sa akin.

      It puzzled me na ito yung nag-trigger para ke Kristel para mag-suicide, tuition fee, pero I guess it partially triggered it. I hope yung sinabi ni G. Agulto is totoo, na dati rin siyang namroblema sa tuition. Kasi kung totoo yun , di lang dapat ganun ang naging tugon nya dun sa nagmamakaawang estudyante at magulang.

  • accapistrano

    I don’t think there is a policy issue. Many more students situated in the same way do not take suicide just because they were forced to take a leave. There is something wrong with the girl and her family. She just cannot cope with the problem, depression then sets in.
    Some people get temporary jobs to help family settle financial constraints like these. She did not do so and instead found the easiest way out.

    This actually is not a good media subject. It exposes our young to the idea of suicide and anger. This is one good example of how not to use media as a tool to stir people’s thoughts. Abuse media and this is what you get, over analysis and misguided actions.

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 SunTzu

    Nasa bulsa ng mga corrupt politicians mga pera na dapat sana for FREE TUITION FEE for all public schools. Senators and Congressman pork barrels sana lahat channel to school needs for the entire country.

  • anermarcelo30

    …please…condolence po sa family ni Kristel but we should stop blaming anyone…U.P do not wish this to happen to anyone…U.P produce great Filipinos…this is sad…really sad… think of solution instead of throwing red herrings… there are good ideas here….the responsibility of best education lies both to the parents and government of what they can afford…. here at UK if you don’t mind as a suggestion there is a State Student Loan Scheme available to all students payable (after graduating) when they reach certain salary….do not forget the words ‘to all’ students (it includes tuition fees, accommodation fees)…of’course you have to meet the grades or points….i hope this won’t happen again…please stop pointing fingers to ‘who have and have not’ as they are all students and the future of Philippines

  • Hawk_Eyes

    We have all been trying to blame UP for what happen to poor Kristel… may she have found peace with what she has done… But have anybody ever tried to put the focus on the parents of the child???!!! Yes, it wouldve been probably politically incorrect to blame the grieving parents in this situation but truly, if Mr. Tejada deeply felt that this is UP’s fault, I must say first and foremost that this is his defence mechanism to cope up with his own failings— and INCOMPETENCE AS A FATHER, PROVIDER TO HIS CHILDREN. The reports say that he was even a part-time taxi driver, no judging there but given the circumstances he should’ve been more persevering and untiring in his passions to seek more opportunities to have a more meaningful livelihood and therefore support Kristel in her studies- that is a father’s pride first and foremost.

    The argument that since he is poor, he can no longer do anything about it is a blatant attack on the creativity of the Filipino man. To even read in the reports that he can live at peace to know that her daughter eats candies to lunch should be in itself disturbing to the father. But alas, this is a red flag that Mr. Tejada didnt even bother reflecting on that he needed to make opportunities and quickly!!!

    There are alot of poor folks I know that despite their condition can still break the limb and the extra mile to ensure that they send their children to school— investing on their childrens future for a life that they themselves have not been able to achieve— and to them I give utmost respect and admiration.

  • dan4321

    Philippine Culture at a glance- First the washing of hands of everybody,nobody wants to accept LIABILITY.Then the Father/Parents passing their RESPONSIBILITIES to their CHILDREN,which is common and WRONG.Why would you expect and even oblige your children to HELP you when you decided to create them? The UTANG NA LOOB INDEED is devoid of REAL LOVE and defeats its PURPOSE. Then others argue the father had stable job then,but why would you decide to even have 4 or 5 children when you are not CERTAIN of your ABILITY to PROVIDE for them? Many FILIPINOS don’t have that sense of RESPONSIBLITY and ACCOUNTABILITY and many Filipinos still account for BAHALA NA Attitude,in the end,many suffer and are affected. Why would Parents decide to have children and/or can not control their lusts and later on expect their children to help them?
    Many even consider deciding to have a lot of children to help them later on.What kind of thinking is that? It is SELFISHNESS,without even being assured if you can provide even for their basic needs. Then even this Sociology Professor,the student texted her and there is already a clear danger on her message and yet the Professor didn’t see the signs/urgency of the student possibly hurting herself,or perhaps she just didn’t want to take responsibility or has issues of her own that she couldn’t help.Likewise,the student has already issues to begin with,the Family Problems,coupled by weak Personalities contributed greatly to her fate.The UP tuition is just one of the reasons she comitted suicide.So the Activists,the Parents and the Media should try to use their Brains and stop SENSATIONALIZING such,but this is not to say that the UP and even the Government is off the HOOK.All of them,including the student who committed suicied has ROLES to play here.

  • EdgarEdgar

    If this is soul-searching, it hasn’t gone far and deep enough. To be sure, the UP chancellor should bear some of the blame for the blighted future and the loss of this bright student. If only this nation’s wealth were not inequitably distributed and mostly concentrated in the hands of a few families as World Bank recently reported, then all Filipino students would have a better chance in life. The haciendero president Noynoy himself belongs to that sector of society that possesses so much wealth thereby depriving generations of peasant farmers and their families a brighter future. When Ninoy Aquino was detained and Cory Aquino was not gainfully employed for close to a decade, their children never had to worry about food or tuiton fees in expensive private schools or buying the latest vinyl LPs or the latest barbie dolls for Noynoy. Noynoy and his clan have amassed so much wealth to last them several lifetimes while keeping their Luisita slave farmers barefooted, unschooled, perpetually impoverished and without proper healthcare. When Ninoy Aquino and his family were on self-exile in the US, they could easily afford to buy two nice properties in the affluent neighborhoods of the leafy subrub of Boston. As it turned out, Noynoy’s clan had long ago salted away their precious dollars offshore even before Martial Law thereby undermining the Philippine Peso (much like the Lopez clan of ABS-CBN). Right at the time when our country needed those hard currency. History is replete with stories of evil clans that have harmed this country in unspeakable ways but are now perceived as heroes thanks to revisionism. With the advent of the internet age and social media however, more and more of the deep dark secrets of Noynoy and his clan will come to light. Directly or indirectly, Noynoy and his clan are responsible for the death of many bright young Filipinos. But let’s not expect Noynoy and his clan to do soul-searching, for they have no soul.

    • anermarcelo30

      …this is irrelevant…read my post…i am not a supporter of noynoy but i think your post is for another topic sir

      • vince_bugaboo

        who cares to read your posts? You seem to be opposed to everyone’s comments except yours.

      • anermarcelo30

        actually i listen…you just don’t care…that’s a big difference

      • vince_bugaboo

        why don’t you do a soliloquy? Oh yes, you are actually doing that now,

      • EdgarEdgar

        irrelevant to you as you are merely scratching the surface. but you are entitled to your own opinion, as I am to mine.

      • anermarcelo30

        of’course

      • vince_bugaboo

        EdgarEdgar, nakatagpo tayo ng nagdu-dunung-dunungan who’s one of the curses of social fora, who nonsensically meddle with moronic comments on comments of others para lang may maisulat.

      • EdgarEdgar

        Indeed. That’s what anermarcelo30 is doing.

      • anermarcelo30

        trying to get an ally now huh…sad….i’m sure edgar edgar can speak for himself without consulting with you

  • askal2u

    Agulto decried the media’s portrayal of him and De Luna as “cold-hearted and ruthless.”

    At the press conference, the official broke down and recalled how he was once in a situation similar to Tejada’s. “I was once a medical school student struggling to pay my tuition,” Agulto said, his voice cracking.

    “We do not wish to give anyone a difficult time. We dream for them as they aspire for their future. We do not wish to pose obstacles in realizing their dreams,” he said.

    What a bonehead comment from this idiot who have no heart.

  • vince_bugaboo

    As I see it, her suicide was a selfish act. Why? Because, fundamentally, her purpose in going to school, and eventually graduate, was to be able to land a decent job and help alleviate the poverty of her family, that’s a given. But, still, she wantonly ended her life only because of the impending possibilty that she’d not be able to continue her studies–other possibilities to explore, notwithstanding– without taking into consideration the misery and financial hardships–especially the hardships–her untimely departure would entail to the lives of the people who are the main reason, in the first place, that’s why she wanted to finish her studies. In short, if she shortsightedly neglected to think and give importance to the consequence of her death to her survivors, before taking her life, because she was only focused and preoccupied with her own feeling of misery and frustration, and wanted to end it all by committing suicide, then she was a selfish individual, and even if she did that to spite her parents for reasons difficult for us to fathom. If she was altruistic enough as to have tried to endure all the difficulties and problems, including her imminent ejection from the university, for the sake of her family, she should not have taken her life.

    Maybe the UP authroities are not totally free of blame, but how could they make sure that every student, out of thousands, who struggles with tuition has a tendency to commit suicide?

    • anermarcelo30

      a bit harsh don’t you think…read my post and send condolence to her family….

      • vince_bugaboo

        What so harsh in telling what might be the truth? Ikaw ba magpapakamatay ka hindi baleng mamatay-matay sa sama ng loob ang nanay mo o ang bf mo? ano ka> walang iniintindi kudi sarili mo?
        And my position on this doesn’t necesarily remove my commiseration to the family, can you grip that?

      • anermarcelo30

        …if you are happy to add misery to her family…that’s you not me…but Kristel can’t reply to you when you called her selfish ….can she

      • vince_bugaboo

        ang layo ng sagot mo, para kang may katok. that’s the danger of little learning, you know. you learned to write english and you think you are writing english. whew!

      • anermarcelo30

        wow…get a dictionary…go to church to learn compassion….i’m from UK you tweet…lastly…, go to your doctor if you can afford it and ask for MRI scan

      • vince_bugaboo

        being in UK doesn’t make a dolt intelligent. you seem to have undergone lobotomy. if i pointed your simple and glaring grammatical errors, which are tantamount to stupidity, your tongue would recede from shame–if you are capable to be ashamed.

      • anermarcelo30

        start with spelling

      • vince_bugaboo

        typo, bobong nitpicker na wala sa patulo!

      • anermarcelo30

        you got me there…i don’t know the word ‘patulo’ ..is that something you discussed with your doctor?

      • vince_bugaboo

        aha, nagkatulo ka na, ano? kaya you know how to insinuate, ano? goodbye tulo! wala kang sinabi. magtagalog ka na lang, halatang halata ang english mong mala-tagalog! babay!

      • vince_bugaboo

        ni hindi ka nararapat sagutin ng english. ang salita mong english, literal tagalog translation. lol!

      • anermarcelo30

        you responded…and check your pambalana and pantangi…i’m not pretending to be intelligent but thanks for the comment

      • vince_bugaboo

        i agree

  • ddano

    for lack of less than 10,000 pesos a young and promising life was snuffed out. Shame on the government. Tuloy ang Pork Barrel !

  • Camillo

    I don’t blame the UP officials. They were just following existing policies.

    I blame the national government and the parents, especially the dad who is now exploiting his kid’s death to exonerate himself.

  • Diepor

    Maybe some of the problem is the pressure Filipino parents put on their kids to help them and the rest of the family. It’s a big responsebilety for a young person. It should be the other way around , the parents that have been working for a lot of years should help the kids. I am not saying that happened here.

    • cato_the_younger

      You bet. The parents probably always reminded her that their future is in her hands. Then there is the usual quarrel about money which probably added more pressure on her.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    suicide means shame.

    If you cannot afford to ride a plane…take the bus or anything instead… you do not kill yourself. Suicidal students must be taken out of UP.

    Why blame the school? So she wants to show example? O common. There are other ways to get a degree and land a decent job.

  • Equalizer

    Mga senador at congressman ay nag-aaway away sa makukurakot nila sa mamayang Pilipino, samantalang libo-libo ang unti-unting namamatay sa mga mamayan sa kakulangan ng gamot, tirahan at pagkain. Mga unibersidad at maging sa mababang antas ng pag-aaral kulang ang mga libro at paaralan.

    Samantalang sina Enrile at Miriam, pinag-aawayan ang pera ng bayan. Gising na, Pilipinas!!!! Hanggang kailan ninyo iboboto mga kawatan na siya ding nagpapahirap sa bayan.

  • Hawk_Eyes

    To people who unabashedly put blame on the girl or criticize her for how she have handled the situation- please judge no more. For you do not know what lurks in the mind of a depressed human being… and what a depressed person is capable of. RIP Ms. Tejada.

    To this I say- “dont rely on others, the government, the president, your children , to uplift your own economic status and well-being for you. You have been given 24-hours by God everyday to give you opportunity, a fighting chance to uplift yourself and better yourself according to your aspirations. Those who sit idly by and let time waste on, blame everyone and anyone for their own plights. Those who toil, amidst the day and amongst the night have , by actively being agents of their own destiny have already made a difference— for their ownselves and for the betterment of the Philippine Republic and to them I cordially give my thanks.

    • anermarcelo30

      i agree

      • vince_bugaboo

        i agree. lol.

  • Johnson Doria

    How many more like Kristel to end the burden by taking own their lives or give up hope that they sell their own flesh to support their education? The latter could be the worst scenario I can think of. These poor students like to have a better education but these so-called institution restrictions denied their hopes & dreams… Why and what is it being part and earning a degree from highly-recognized or exclusive schools tend to be more privileged than non-private, public schools? How pitiful that her parents hard-earned living went for naught. Why can’t we find a much-lesser cost schools here but still have high quality standard of teachings?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Pang mayaman na talaga ang UP ngayon…..UP should simplify the processes…ax Agulto and his minions…..their mindset is pro elite…..dapat sa Ateneo sila nag apply…..

  • mavtan

    I dont know what document STAFP still wants, when the parents already made an appeal letter which surely contains their plight. Agulto and de Luna should resign simply for being uncompassionate. Leave of absence is a very cruel thing to suggest to a student struggling to pay their tuition fees. This is a very unfortunate incident, thumbs down to UP administration.

  • alex zita

    Heartless people. Some comments here blame the victim and her father for this tragedy that had befallen their family. They seem to have quite an intimate knowledge of the mind of the victim and they obviously have spoken to the father about how he ‘failed’ to provide for his family. This is precisely what could have driven this poor girl to suicide. We are judgmental, our apathy speaks volumes and our lack of compassion kills our citizens everyday. God bless your hearts, may you and your family never end in Tejada’s shoes. You probably know now how people like you would react.

    • anermarcelo30

      i agree

      • vince_bugaboo

        i agree

    • Ayumi Water

      There’s a lot of ignorance still on suicide and depression and the view of some posters here are similar to those I’ve heard expressed by other people to me in person. It’s really sad.

    • riccisan

      yes its partly the parents fault. as he (parents) set great expectations to their daughter. eh pwede naman sa ibang school eh! bakit nagpapakabaliw sya sa UP? pwede naman huminto muna at mag work. just like other students do?ako alam ko kung ano kaya ng magulang ko, the only way to help them is to work too. sakripisyo lang.papakamatay at papakabaliw ka sa halagang 9k eh dami tao dyan walang pinag aralan at walang makain hayun buhay pa hanggang ngayon.
      yung society natin may prob kasi pag UP grad kuno, tanggap ka sa malalaking kumpanya, nasa tao lang yan.

      • Ayumi Water

        Di natin alam yan. Baka gusto talaga nung bata doon magtapos. Sayang lang me karamdaman sya at hindi sya nasagip. Kapag depression pinaguusapan natin, nako, walang katwi-katwiran dyan. Dapat pinapagamot na yan.

        Sa totoo lang wala tayong support so mga biktima ng depression kaya me mga estudyanteng nagpapakamatay. Pagtawanan man mga maling katwiran nila pero wala na sila sa kondisyon para mag-isip ng tama kaya sila nagpakamatay. Yon ang dapat tinutuunan ng pansin hindi yung sisi dito sisi doon. We are not solving anything when this problem has gone on for a very long time and will likely claim more lives unless something is done about it.

      • alex zita

        I assume you spoke with her parents and they told you they had great expectations from her :)

      • riccisan

        nope. no need. a child was pushed on the edge here, and sino ba ang unang takbuhan ng bata, eh di magulang di ba? sino pangalawang magulang, UP faculty at officials di ba? at nabasa mo naman siguro ang mga news, kesyo siya daw ang pag asa ng pamilya at 5 magkakapatid. maybe its sensationalized or not di natin alam. pero cgurado, epekto ito ng maling psychological and societal upbringing, lalo na if ur a UP student.

      • riccisan

        di ka ba tinatayuan ng balahibo? parang aktibista ang dating ng tatay ni kristel? eh kung ako ang ama nun eh panay iyak ko at pagmumurahin ko ng wagas ang UP officials, o di kaya eh no comment na lang, eh patay na eh. eh siya kalma lang? something is wrong here. and you’re sarcasm wont work so pls try more harder to convince us that its not the parents fault

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TV7UX6Z5F4W3QJNODUMA6UTB2U Pinoydin

    Identifying deserving student should be determined by an independent private body otherwise if UP choose themselves this will be marred by corruption and greed.
    The system in place are outdated and needs major overhaul; these should be paired with changes to policies and even officials who runs them.

    I believe that the policies and system failed Ms. Tejeda and not UP per se.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada.

    I am really bothered by this kind of attitude from parents when it comes to their children. Yes, children owe their lives and their future to their parents. Yes, when they can, grown up children should help their parents during times of need. But for parents to say things like this is really UNREASONABLE. Children never asked their parents to bring them into this world. It is the parents’ desire to have kids. Why should children be burdened with thinking about their parents’ future?

    I don’t come from a wealthy family. There were times when we would eat the same kind of food over and over again for weeks. But I’d like to think that my parents did everything they can to secure my future, and that even in their relatively advanced age, they never expected anything from me in return. The few things that I have been able to give them so far were always viewed by my parents as extra gifts of appreciation rather than as required payments for having raised me.

    I went to UP too, during the times when STFAP was first introduced. I thank my parents for working so hard to see to it that whatever we had to pay in terms of tuition cost was there when needed. They borrowed money from friends and family, left and right, just to make sure I would finish my studies. But all throughout my stay at UP, my parents were VERY THANKFUL that I went there. Because whether we admit it or not, UP affords those who work hard an education of high quality at a fraction of the cost students at private universities pay.

    Sure, the system needs to go through some reforms. Yes, UP admin officials and STAFF have to be more sensitive to student difficulties. But parents must do their share, too!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESOLZFVKAWYGCVFPVUANFVV4W4 Efren

    Here are some facts worth synthesizing : (1) Suicide incidents are not uncommon in good US universities; in fact, some really good universities even assign security details on certain favorite suicide spots at certain times of the academic year ; (2) Students who can not afford the high tuition fees of good US universities can make loans on a “study now pay when you work after graduation” – – In UP some years ago when students were allowed to make a loan on the basis of co-signature of a faculty member who shouldered the responsibility of the loan getting paid back, a number of UP faculty members retired with practically nil retirement pensions for the simple reason that the students with loans “forgot” to pay the loans even after getting good-paying jobs ! (3) Surely, there are “backdoor” ways of pursuing good degrees at UP : some enter and finish first their undergraduate degrees at PUP and then take graduate courses at UP afterwards while working ! (In USA, the backdoor is the 2-year community college .)

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    I am very sad to hear this news especially from my alma mater. If she were in the USA she would have no problem getting financial from both the school and the non-profit organisations helping needy go to college. I could not believe how callous and cruel was the UP Manila Office of Student Affairs for giving her alternatives to keep through with her UP education. I hope her death was not in vain and it would wake up my alma mater for the insensitivity displayed to this desperate student. How they turned their deaf ears on her and her parents who asked the school to give her other alternatives to continue her education. I am both a product of UP Diliman and UP Padre Faura in Manila.

  • BatangSingapore

    kapag nakamatay ang policy ng administrasyon ay kailangan itong buwagin at lumisan ang lahat ng namumuno. palitan sila ng bago para umunlad at maiwasan muli ang masamang pangyayari.

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    I could not believe that my alma mater would do this to that student who took her life. If she were in the USA, she would have no problem getting the needed financial assistance from both the school and private organisations helping those who want to go to college. I could not believe how insensitive, callous, and cruel were the personnel at the UP Manila Office of Student Affairs.

    I hope that with this incident the UP will change its policy. I am a graduate of both UP Diliman and UP Padre Faura in Manila before I went to study abroad and receive the highest academic degree.

    • es

      You can’t just say “if she were in the USA…” The Philippines is a poor country. I hope you are giving back to UP and The Philippines in some way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

    to say that UP is only for the rich, naku naman… super-lumang tugtugin na iyan. dekada na ang binibliang ng linyang iyan. true, there are many students in UP who come from the more economically advantaged families, but we all have to keep in mind that UP is supposed to be for the BEST AND BRIGHTEST students, regardless of where they come from… should we punish bright students for coming from wealthier families? kasalanan ba ng matalinong estudyante na naging mayaman ang mga magulang niya, kung totoo naman na pinaghirapan at pinag-sumikapan din naman ng mga magulang ang narating nila?

    sa totoo lang, there are many students in UP who also do not come from wealthy families. depende lang din kung saang campus ka titingin. but that is also the point of UP having several campuses, to make it more accessible to the economically disadvantaged. siguro nga sa Diliman or sa Manila, medyo mas madami ang mayaman na students, pero sa Los Banos, Visayas, and Mindanao, madami din naman ang di mayaman.

    sa totoo lang din, pinaghihirapan talaga ang makatapos galing sa UP. may kilala ako, hindi lang yung nanay at tatay ang nagpipilit na itaguyod ang edukasyon nung anak. pati uncle, auntie, lolo at lola… buong pamilya ang sama-samang nagtutulong-tulong para maging maayos ang pag-aaral ng bata sa UP… madalas, pati mga kaklase, kabarkada, naglalapitan, nag-uutangan… sabi nga, “It takes a village!”

    • es

      Yes, blaming “the haves” for everything is so divisive and isn’t even relevant in this case.

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    Again a very sad story and to show how callous were the officials when they turned down the plea of the student and her parents for an alternative way to go back to school. I hope that this sad incident will provide the UP a strong wake-up call to be sensitive to the needs of students especially those in desperate financial needs.

  • John atm

    The death of the young girl is regretable by any account but from the limited information we know from the media that we all know can be very one sided and lacking at best – this was a suicide!!! The cause being played is her not being allowed to continue her studies. Are we sure this is the complete story??? People are nailing UP and some officials as if they are criminals. Easy for the parents to blame others as well!!! And ofcourse People will find reason to complain for the sake of it!

  • lucidlynx

    I don’t want to say this for possibly hurting the feelings of the family the student left behind. But it must be said because people are barking at the wrong tree.

    She took her own life for such a shallow reason like not being to be able to enroll at UP. There are more things that life has to offer than studying at UP.

    Sadly, and unfortunately, there’s no one else to blame for this tragedy but the person who committed suicide and possibly, the parents too.. It is not UP’s fault that this unfortunate event took place.

    I condole with the family but it is best to just move on and stop the blame game. Maybe, it is better for the parents to look at themselves in the mirror and ask, “Where have we gone wrong in raising our child?”. Acceptance of responsibilities is key in avoiding future tragedies.

    • Ayumi Water

      you have no idea how appalling your callous and ignorant statements are to the suicide survivors. apparently we have too many educated douche bags in the philippines.

  • Gerry los banos

    I know I’m gonna get flamed for posting this, but am I the only one who
    thinks that the poor girl’s father is washing his hands in public of any
    responsibility he may have had in this tragedy?

    I am not
    condoning the UP admin’s policy re non-payment and late payment of fees
    which, I agree, is something that needs to be rethought and reevaluated.
    But Mr. Tejada’s repeated statements to media are beginning to make
    him look as though he’s determined to divert all attention from his own
    role as father and turn the university into the sole scapegoat.

    • Ayumi Water

      Let me know what your state of mind would be if you survive a suicide victim who is dear to you.

      • bicolokano

        you start blaming the world – blaming everybody else?
        thanks for trying to enlighten people on depression. I’ll voting your comments up if I could more than just once each time.

      • manuelcdiaz

        ban silver cleaners as the mother suggested.

    • Julius_Caesar1

      Finally someone with a lot of sense. That was what I thought of at first but I prefer waiting for a full investigation report. There are many factors to suicide and I think its unfair that UP is solely to blame. Have they investigated the parents?

      • Elena Banquilla

        correct!

      • foreignerph

        The father stated that she was his only hope to $help$ them (him and his wife) after he was laid off. No word of mourning. It points to a very regrettable attitude in the Phils that kids are used (and perhaps bred) as slaves to provide the parents with an early retirement. Why couldn’t the father look for a new job? What about stressful family situations?
        Many people are confronted with hardships and drawbacks but they don’t commit suicide, certainly not is such a painful and weird way.

      • Julius_Caesar1

        What really sucks about the majority of Filipinos is that they view their own children as workers, each child being born is a lunchbox for us. Their excuse being “I’ve provided you with food, shelter, clothing as for basic education??” Isn’t that the role of the parents in the first place? A typical Pinoy family has too many children all because the father cannot control his sexual urges. Apart from that the oppressive CBCP says its okay as the lord said go out and multiply, hence they discourage the RH law. At least the RH law has been passed and its about time.

      • inquirercet

        or worse, they view them as lotto tickets. the more you have better chance of a jackpot.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        in some places this is backfiring. in my wifes family in the mountains the young arent finding jobs and the young gilrl are getting pregnant so now grandpa is driving a tricycle and taking care of his kids and grandkids this is becoming more common. many of the younger are doing drugs and wont work. i have had my cousins work for me because their families needed money but what happens is they get a cell phone and start texting some guy then diappear for 6 months or so later they show up pregnant. this has happened twice now of course they live off of the family with more mouths to feed

      • janglegirl

        vicious cycle

      • kangsongdaeguk

        and it was just suspended – hope it will pass after the deliberations, but hey, that’s not so soon.

      • frudo

        malamang sobrang pressure na kasi naka salalay sa bata ang future kanilang pamilya, sana mabago na rin ang kaisipan ng mga magulang na ang dahilan bakit nila pinagaaral ang kanilang mga anak ay dahil may hinihintay na kapalit or umaasa na iaahon sila sa hirap pag napag tapos nila ang kanilang mga anak, ang dapat ay kaya natin pinagaaral ang mga anak natin ay dahil obligation natin to bilang magulang at para magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilan mga sariling buhay, ayoko sisihin ang magulang ng bata pero sana naisip nya na ang trabaho nya at di sapat para mabigyan ng ng disenteng buhay ang kanyang limang anak, sana dalawa or tatlo lang,

      • nakawan

        you got that right to the nuts

      • nakawan

        Ya for all we know the parents put so much pressure on her to stay in UP.

    • edleon

      Tama ka!

    • titod

      The fact that Kristal passed the UPCAT speaks well of the parents. You do not pass such exam without a nurturing family. As a UP Alum, I grieve for her and her parents. Such talent and promise was snuffed out in an instant. Rest in peace Kristal.

    • Spocky Farolan

      I agree totally. That sorry excuse for a father is riding on the UP issue to hide his own faults. Pwede bang isama na rin siya sa hukay? Siya pa makikinabang sa mga abuloy na ibibigay ng iba’t ibang grupo e. Worse, after Kristel, ibang anak naman ang gagwin nilang parang Kristel.

    • $44479964

      Korek! Before that student entered UP, the system was already in place. Klaro sa Kanya kung ano ang mga patakaran ng paaralan. Documents Lang hinihingi ng UP para mare classify siya to bracket E. Hindi say nag comply. Ngayon sisihin nila ang UP?

      • nakawan

        Agreed. There are procedures in place that should have been accomplished. If she was really keen on staying then she should have complied with the rules. UP is not to blame at all, and I stand by the administrators for fulfilling their duty.

    • Manuel_II

      A person in his right mind will not blame you for your post, but others with mental issues will, do not be afraid of these trolls. LOL

      • i_am_filipino

        LOL, you are one of our opposite trolls too

      • Manuel_II

        Not on this issue, I’m trying to post as civilly as i could, LOL.

    • riccisan

      dont worry we have the same observation and sentiment.

    • filipinaskoh

      I don’t think so that her suicide is only based on her unpaid tuition fee; it is an accumulated pain as she mentioned that her parents continuously fights over money. The disorder in the family is always the main cause of suicide and then it would be triggered by some other factor- in Tejada’s case it was her unpaid tuition fee.

      Usually parents would never admit that they are the cause of their kid’s suicide.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mecha.cz Mecha CZ

        Yup. Dito ren sa office many dont seem to talk about the policy that UP has… we still think that its just a fraction of the burden she had…then with all the pressure…. she took her own life. Its just sad that the media and other students, groups, etc seem to sensationalize the story of the suicide then blame it sa UP…. or sa UP president.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

      I agree… what happened could be a manifestation of the home atmosphere. I come from a family of 6 siblings and my father was the a gov’t employee. Despite financial difficulties, we were brought up in an optimistic climate and this greatly helped us tide through. We were always hopeful for better things.

  • Julius_Caesar1

    Didn’t it ever occur to people that a tuition fee increase is necessary to improve the quality of education. Certain Philippine universities have delayed tuition fee increases over the past years in order to accommodate the less fortunate and look what happened. When state funded universities start increasing the tuition fee everybody complains, activists join the bandwagon and start protesting aimlessly. If this will be the case how are we expected to improve in the quality of our education. UP, La Salle, Ateneo and UST may be the best schools in the Philippines, but with the rest of the world they rank pretty poorly. Their standards have declined and are still declining. UP’s ranking is continuing to slide further down the drain. I encourage everyone to check the world rankings of those 4 given universities and you will see what I’m talking about.

    • Ayumi Water

      Funding is necessary. Doesn’t have to be from tuition fees all the time. What are all of our economic gains for if some of it in the form of tax proceeds can’t fund better education?

      • Julius_Caesar1

        The government couldn’t provide big funding for state universities forever especially UP, a tuition fee increase is necessary if quality education is to be achieved. Going back to UP, why not charge high tuition fees for the class A. I’m talking about 180,000.00 or more per year, that should balance out the tuition system. Everybody benefits and walks out happy.

      • Julius_Caesar1

        Almost any given university needs tuition fees to keep them going. What Philippine universities need are more international students. How can they have more international students when they are ranked so low with the rest of the world. Please refer to the standing of Philippine universities with the rest of the world and you will know what I’m talking about.

    • FernandoBusi

      You are right that tuition fees should be paid and infact I think should be raised in UP. But it has to be socialized to accommodate the poor but deserving. UP should raise its tuition for the A/B people to match that of DLSU/Ateneo. The Alumni as well should be active in many of the top global schools their reserve courtesy of Alumni donations are enough to actually run the universities if they had to. Heck the funds of Ivy league schools in the US are as large of our big local banks.

      • Julius_Caesar1

        Here is my idea, for the less fortunate the tuition fees should be kept at a minimum based upon their household income, salary etc. As for the A people charge them as what DLSU, Ateneo tuition rates or maybe even higher. That should balance out the system fairly. e.g.. charge them 180,000. per year or more depending upon the course.

  • vanguard61

    It’s not hard to imagine the scenario Ms.Tejada was undergoing back then before the tragic incident. She was in a lot of pressure as the eldest in the brood, parents arguing a lot on money matters, feeling helpless, not knowing what to do next or proper guidance as the parents are in the same situation as well. What comes next is depression and self pity, feeling life is so unfair. Yet, Mr. Agulto says he does relate to her situation but can’t do anything about it as that was Uni policy. Why does it always end up that somebody has to die first before the issue can be taken seriously and dealt with? ” Kailangan bang makita ka munang dumudugo sa hirap para mapansin at mapatunayang hirap kang talaga? I shake my head in shame and disgust. My condolences to the Tejada family, may you find peace and justice for a precious loved one lost.

  • Karabkatab

    Yung pag susunog ng mga upuan at mesa ng mga PUP students, hindi lang karapatdapat kundi kailangan bigyan aral ang mga tiwali na mag aaral. Huwag na silang bigyan pahintulot mag aral sa anumang paaralan ng pamahalaan. Mga bata pa lang balasubas na…

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      they will call that freedom of expression….ganyan sila kaungas.

      • Karabkatab

        kung ako ang parent ng ganyang mga balasubas ng estudyante ng PUP, ako mismo mag bo volunteer na pahintuin na ang aking anak sa pag aaral. Ang damo maliit pa lang ay inaalis na sa halamanan.

  • edleon

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada

    Aba eh teka lang po… ang alam ko ay tungkulin ng magulang ang palakihin at pag-aralin ang kanilang mga anak at hindi dapat ipasa ang resposibilidad sa mga taxpayers. Kung tutulong man ang estado, ito ay ayon sa pamantayan na kanilang itatakda. Naniniwala ako na ang tutuong may kasalanan dito ay ang mga magulang ni Kristel at hindi ang UP!

  • Hey_Dudes

    What does it mean? You can’t pursue higher education due to one reason or another and so the next best thing to do is commit suicide? I know it is a tragic thing to have someone in your family lost in this manner but when I was growing up, we were as poor as a rat. I push myself through all levels of education starting high school. I collected “bote’t-garapa and clean yards of neighbor so I can save money for tuition. I went to Manila with just a few clothes on my back and room board. I work then at Gil. J. Puyat furniture store varnishing and painting and save enough for my college. I weep at times because I never knew hard life could be so hard? Did I ever consider committing suicide? Heck no if I did I would have never arrive in the kind of life I am enjoying now.

    • FernandoBusi

      The world has changed, when you were growing up sipag at tyaga were probably enough to become someone now a days its minimum requirement to survive. I’d hear stories from older folks about how this or that guy was given a break as an actor by being at the right place ‘inuman’ while a movie shoot was going on or this company VP used to be just the driver of the owner. I don’t think these things can happen now. Things are much more harsher and competitive and this poor kids only way up was seemingly denied her.

      I remember once or twice having thought of doing the same because a business venture did not work out. Buti na lang I’ve always told myself it would become an even bigger embarrassment or liability for my family if i did. Without the right support structure and many of these young people don’t, suicide becomes a tempting option.

    • Andrei Mendoza

      well.. I agree with you, death is NOT the way out; however not all people has the same strength and mentality as you have, you can’t compare the level of your perseverance with others, sana i-consider mo rin ang factor na yon, hindi komo’t successful ka dahil sa gusto mo at kinaya mo eh kakayanin din ng iba.

    • Karabkatab

      Saludo ako saiyo Hey_Dudes at hindi ka nag iisa. Marami akong kakilala na ganyang karanasan saiyo, nag sumikap, gumapang at nagtagumpay. Kailangan lang konting talino, maraming tyaga ang lubos na paniniwala sa sarili at Maykapal.

  • Whoopigsooee

    The father seems to have viewed his daughter as a potential cash cow. From what I’ve read, the suicide note in her pocket was all about family problems and did not even mention UP. While her inability to enroll probably was the straw that broke the camel’s back, it’s unlikely to be the main reason. It wasn’t like she was being kicked out of UP, it was just a leave of absence.

    And when will these leftists realize that education is a right and not an entitlement? The government does not owe any one of us anything other than equal opportunities and freedom to do anything we want (within legal boundaries, of course). Her PhP300 per unit tuition fee is already heavily subsidized by the state. UP appears to have tried to extend as much assistance as it could. I came from UP and experienced the STFAP. They ask for documentations before they peg you into a bracket, and these documents are not impossibly difficult to show. I understand the “no late payment” policy and think it’s reasonable. The UP employees, from the teachers down to the grounds crew, need to feed their family too. Are they supposed to wait until a student finally decides to pay their tuition? The Philippines is not swimming in so much money that each one of us can afford to shoulder higher taxes because of students who say they cannot afford to pay the tuition fee but who won’t show enough due diligence to find alternative ways to fix his or her problem. My sympathies to her family, but this is not UP’s fault.

    These knee-jerk reactions is the reason why Filipinos are viewed as too emotional. All drama and OA, and not much critical thought.

    • Andrei Mendoza

      “These knee-jerk reactions is the reason why Filipinos are viewed as too emotional. All drama and OA, and not much critical thought.”

      should we blame incessant broadcasting of soap operas? nawawala na ang “critical thinking” ng karamihan sa kababayan natin, laging focus sa mga drama sa buhay,

      buti pa sa ibang bansa, merong PBS, kahit siguro hindi ka na mag-aral eh manuod ka lang yata ng PBS eh matututo ka na maski papaano.

    • sowhatifimfilipino

      Well said.

    • Jack Bw

      Right. I wonder how the media came to the conclusion that she committed suicide over her tuition? Maybe when he was asked why would a UP student kill herself, the father said it was because of the tuition. But the tuition is the father’s responsibility. The daughter’s problem appears to be that there’s no true love (based on her suicide note saying “without true love, we’re nothing”). Based on that, I would guess she’s depressed that all she lives for is nothing.

    • loclin

      “…education is a right and not an entitlement?”

      You must have meant, privilege?

      Education is a privilege, not a right. Food, clothing, shelter; those are basic rights. Take away those rights and a person will not survive.

      A lot of people have managed to get through life without or with limited education. Just ask actors, sportspeople, gambling lords, etc.

      • Whoopigsooee

        No, I mean entitlement. Our laws do not guarantee free education to every citizen.

        “An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation.”

    • i_am_filipino

      Tama, di ba napaiyak sa TV yung UP administration sa kahihiyan? oh drama nga kasi guilty.

    • anermarcelo30

      i agree…stop the blame game

  • User Guest

    stfap is one of up’s stupidest idea of all time … but with or without stfap, agulto should be kicked out for being inhuman before the kids death, and trying to shift the blame to the grieving poor parents like a typical politician

  • azkal futbol

    kapal ng mukha ng magulang. nagpamilya tapos ini-aasa sa state ang pag-unlad ng anak. kung ganyang mentalidad tayo, ilang milyong kabataan ang kailangang suportahan ng pamahalaan dahil sa kapabayaan at katamaran ng magulang. mas mahirap ang pinagdaanan ko pero natuto akong makibagay sa kapasidad at kakayahan ko. nag-working student habang ang magulang ay nagtinda ng sigarilyo. anim na taon ako sa engineering dahil kulang ang pera ko, pero di ako sumuko. andito na ako sa top 10 corporation dahil kahit na-retrench ang magulang ko, inilaban nya pa ring makatapos kami ng pag-aaral – magtinda man ng sigarilyo o mag-sideline sa konstruksyon.

  • Lifeisfull

    There may be flaws on UP policies and regulations but I agree with a lot of comments posted here that the chancellor nor UP should not be singled out as the culprit here. People should try listening to the student’s mother, not on what she tells on the radio during interviews, but on how she spoke about the realities in life. School for the young Tejada is an escape, not to seek knowledge, maybe because she’s so full of it, but a temporary respite from never ending difficulties, the litany of hardships at home, and the noise of constant reminders from a worried mother. It’s easy to put blame on the school, listen to people blabber about their reasoning coming from emotions albeit they pale on wisdom, but the ugly truth remains that taking one’s life just like that doesn’t happen instinctively because you’re no longer going to school tomorrow. It takes an accumulation of sad, very sad experiences that took away the girl’s conviction to live life.

    Sayang.

  • pepito gwaps

    Many of the current Universities and even in the Military schools have set of policy, rules and regulation to cancel student right to stay in the classroom whether due to delinquency or due to financial matters. However, the faculty should have an exit interview or counselling for the student to explain and listen to the students’ problem so that it will not be overwhelming to her. For student it is not an easy matter to accept such unlucky fate.They are dealing with human feelings and it is cruelty and rudeness if cutting away ones dream was done in such a manner. Please take a time to listen and discuss the student problem. You can remind her that she can still continue studying after some time. It would be very good for you if you still guide her even in the time she is leaving your portal.

  • Willard Grefaldia

    I thought UP students are bright. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t go to school this semester. Its not the end of the world if you don’t study in UP. It’s not wise to take your life just because you can’t study. Life is beautiful. I can see weakness in mind and heart.

  • droccu

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” The father should just stop publicly blaming UP alone for what happened here as the couple is NOT entirely blameless on this. To some extent, half of the posters here even point the finger at them (right or wrong). Given that the main culprit here is undetected depression which led to the suicide triggered probably (but not solely) by the tuition issue, who do you think should have been the first ones to have noticed the change in behavior of the child days, weeks or months prior to the suicide? As parents, we need not be doctors or psychiatrists to sense that there is something bothering our children….

    • Jack Bw

      I think it is the father’s way of escaping responsibility. He was the one who pointed to the tuition fee as the cause of her suicide. But Kristel didn’t even mention the tuition in her suicide note. She said: “without true love, we’re nothing”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHTWUXKL5GQ66NGG73Z6EIMYZI june

        i have this eerie feeling that the father of kristel is the deeper reason that compelled the latter to take her own life. the tuition fee angle is sooo shallow for someone as intelligent as kristel to do such desperate act

  • Putakte Naman

    Dapat magsumikap din ang mga magulang. Alam na nilang ganito ang situwasyon ng bayang Pilipinas huwag nang umasa pa sa gobyerno sa kunting tulong o libre man!! Maging responsible, obligasyong ng mga magulang na pag aralin ang mga anak. Kung kailangan doble o tripe kayod huwag umasa sa gobyernong bulok!

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. one must never rely on something they cannot control.. always 80% self reliance is the key atleast kung di man sila matulungan ng inaasahan nila eh mabubuhay pa rin sila..

      problem with people is masyado silang “dependent” sa gobyerno.. eh the only thing the government can do eh make education “accessible” and “cheap” specially to the poor.. but it doesnt mean “free”.

      This is to make sure na pagpapaguran pa rin at paghihirapan kahit papaano ng mga tao ang education.. this will make them feel the “importance” of it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila

    sad to say that education is not a right.. but there is a need to assess every situation of a student more deeply with compassion. The school administrator job is to make sure every student accepted will have all the opportunity to finish and that includes making sure that money will not be a hindrance. They can open a spot in the school as staff or the school will create income generating activities to help the students.. as for the student who did commit suicide it was decision.. no one else.. no one told her to do that. it’s no ones fault but her. if she can’t have her way she’ll just kill herself? if she’ll graduate and work but is not promoted she’ll go suicide again????? no one can know.. there a lot of students like her but did not do what she did.. instead they continue and fight and eventually they succeeded

  • Isko

    Would the death of Kristel Tejada serve as a catalyst to a
    Philippine-style of Arab Spring? Wait and see on what happens next.

  • Jack Phalaphitac

    The UP system about how students can deal with their tuition fee problem might be faulty, nevertheless that faulty system should not be hyped as the sole reason why this particular student took her own life.
    Well, you choose UP after high school, you’re self confidence must be as high as the sky, your faith in yourself must be as strong as a category 5 storm, and your hope boundless. And I’m just talking about hurdling the Upcat.
    UP students are as tough as they come, most of them bright but poor, yet tuition fee problems doesn’t count as one reason for them to stop living. Resourceful, they worked while enrolled, they dropped subjects so they won’t be kicked-out, they stopped for a sem, gather their wits, marshalled their resources and enroll again the next sem, plodding their way to the finish line. They do everything just to stay in the university, distractions and all.
    Revise the system, yes, but using that system so that other people concerned can be absolved of their guilt on her death, using that system as a cause to create chaos and destruction in schools, using her death as a rallying cry for causes that the public did not sink their teeth into, a big no. Unfortunate the demise of this girl is, but it is more unfortunate that her death is being used to further one’s agenda entirely foreign to this situation.

  • pedronimo

    “Soul searching”? If you only search our social soul thoroughly, we’ll see that we also need not only “socialized tuition” but socialized reproduction, Produce only what you can feed, raise and educate without fighting with the rich and powerful, if not incompetent or corrupt leaders.

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Best move: Set-up a suicide hotline for troubled people. Suicide is a mental issue.

    Ok, alcoholics, drink all you can if you have a problem. Then blame the system for your drinking problems.

  • Sir Ulrich Van Lichenstein

    Ganito lang yan kasimple.

    UP education must be free, period.

    The government can afford to squander funds through GOCC`s; it affords to fund bogus NGO`s; etc. The military schools (ie, PMA, PNPA, PMMA, etc) are all tuition free with living allowances too.

    Education is a right. In UP, education is both a right and a privilege; hence must be free. The caveat to this is that the beneficiaries of UP education must also render service to the country. The argument is this; UP is home to the best and brightest the country can produce be it rich or poor. If the military schools are free and the civilian government is always above the military; should it not follow that the civilian educational institution be served first?

    Wala ng pero pero; dapat once ang bata pumasa ng UP ang trabaho lang nya mag-aral at pumasa.

  • Magsasaka

    State U pagkamahal mahal ng tuition fee, ang edukasyon negosyo na, honga pala si richard gomez naging student of the year pero sa PUP lagapak ang damuho hehehe

  • tarikan

    Imagine UP does not have a tuition fee installment or even a study-now-pay-later systems? I think the UP, aside from being a killing field, has now become an elitist school (children of politicians abound, some with questionable academic performance) defeating its mandate of accommodating the deserving poor.

  • Rosani Masau

    University of the Visayas is a privately owned school. Yet, it has better pro-poor education policies than the government owned UP. This is evidenced by the number of poor students enrolling in UV compared to UP. I don’t understand why a government funded school like UP cannot have the same or better pro-poor education policies as that of UV.

  • Almighty Creator

    it pains me to see that people blame the poor girl or the family for their poverty. like poverty is not systemic and they bring it upon themselves. that is pure ignorance and bias against the poor. its not like the father sits down all day and do nothing. he works day and night but it is not enough. let me repost this from a friend’s status

    “I
    just wonder if there are ten or twenty people who commit suicide
    because they cannot pay their tuition fees , would we stop saying that
    it’s their weakness or their decision or it’s their parents fault? Do
    the numbers matter before we say it’s time for us to act? Tejada is dead
    but we still keep on killing her. I’m just really sad.”

  • i_am_filipino

    THE UP IS PENETRATED BY NOT SO INTELLIGENT YET VERY RICH PEOPLE WHO COULD SNEAK IN BY UNDER THE TABLE PAYMENT DIRECTLY TO THE UP ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS WHERE HYPOCRITES, PRETENTIOUS, CROOKS, CORRUPT ARE WORKING IN THE CAMPUS. THEY SHOULD PRIORITIZE POOR YET BRILLIANT AND NOT THOSE RICH MANIAC STUDENT WITH NO BRAIN AT ALL. UP SHOULD GO BACK TO WHERE IT USED TO BE.

  • DinngMae

    Blaming a dead person is unwise no matter what the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate event. Who are we to pass judgement when we don’t know the real reasons behind it?

    Suicide is a recognized phenomenon around the globe and blaming the victims is a mark of indifference. In other states, especially in first world countries where it is high, research and support groups are even funded to stem its growth.

    To set the record straight, suicide is not a monopoly of the average and under-average people. Suicide is not about IQ. Suicide is not about a person’s economic or social status. That’s why after years of painstaking research, scientists are still baffled by the question of what drives a person to commit suicide.

    However, they agree on one thing — society plays a big role on it.

  • Jack Bw

    I finally read the suicide note. She didn’t even mention her tuition. I wonder what she meant by: “Tandaan: Without true love, we’re nothing”. Now if I were her immediate family I would reflect on that note and ask myself where I went wrong. I’m not so sure about this statement: “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us”.

    Was it really about the tuition or did the tuition make an already existing problem worse? Sorry, I just can’t see the tuition problem as insurmountable. It’s not normal for a smart kid to be driven to desperation over something like that. There must be some other reason.

    • Lifeisfull

      Nobody is saying it but I think the parents have dysfunctional behavior.

  • i_am_filipino

    DAMING NAKAKARELATE DIYAN. DAMING MAGALING NA VALEDICTORIAN AND HONOR STUDENTS SA PROVINCE NG WALANG PERA, HINDI MAKAPASOK DIYAN SA UP KASI ANG RATIO NG MAYAMAN AT MAHIRAP MEDYO MALAKI. NGAYON KUNG ANG BRACKET NG DAMI NG STUDENT EH YUNG NAKAPASA AT NAKAKAPAGBAYAD, ANG MAGIGING HYPOCRITE FOR LIFE TALAGA IYANG U.P. (AS IN YUPI YUPI ANG INYONG ADMINISTRATION, AYUSIN NYO YAN!!!!)

    • Karabkatab

      Minsan napapadaan ako sa UP, galing ako ng probinsya. Aba, mantakin mo, ang daming magagarang rides sa loob ng campus. I saw famous European car badges parked. Maybe, mali lang ako ng hinala. Baka nag kakape lang an may ari sa nearby resto within UP Diliman.

      • Jack Bw

        Madami talagang rich kids sa Diliman. Pero in fairness hindi naman lahat dyan ay mayaman.

  • lemon88

    ANONG KLASE TAO AT BABAE ITONG VICE CHANCELLOR, NA KASAMA NA NI KRISTEL ANG AMA SA PAGMAMAKAAWA PERO DI PARIN PINAGBIGYAN.

  • i_am_filipino

    SABI NILA, LUMUHOD DAW YUNG MAGULANG PARA LANG MAGMAKAAWA. GANUN BA MANGYAYARI SA FUTURE SA LOOB NG U.P, KAILANGANG LUMUHOD ANG ESTUDYANTE NG WALANG PAMBAYAD? KAYA NAMAN SIGURO BREEDING GROUNDS DIN PALA KAYO NG MGA REBELDE BECAUSE OF THAT..

    • Janch

      This was already denied. Tsismis lang ata.

  • i_am_filipino

    MALAKI ANG BINABAYARANG LEAKAGE NG EXAMS UNDER THE TABLE NA NARIRINIG NAMIN NOON PA. ITO AY BINIBAYARAN NG MAYAYAMAN PARA MAKAPASOK SA LOOB NG U.P.

  • Yonon Dilag

    I remember the time when my daughter was yet a student in UP Visayas.Upon enrolment,each enrollee was OBLIGED to pay full the tuition fees.I was outraged by the atrocious policy that even private schools are not practicing it.I believe many promising youth were victims of this atrocity wherein Kristel symbolizes it.Many were deprived of a bright future but they never spoke up to denounce the irony what the UP stands for.Shame on you Madam Meriam and all prominent graduates of UP ,this inhuman policy has prevailed for long,long time yet you never lift a finger to denounce it.It takes a life of a lowly KRISTEL to expose this anomaly.

  • riza888

    I bet she’s an atheist…

    • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

      I bet she wasn’t, read the suicide note first, but I’m sure you’re sooooo…. NVM

  • sowhatifimfilipino

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada,

    Dang. Is this the reason you raise a child? To help you live? You can’t even afford to send her to school and you expect her to support you and four other children you cannot support????? No wonder she took her own life!! Too much pressure from her family to help them survive!! I am sorry, but this makes me so angry! Argh!!!!!

    • patriotic_act

      very troubling statement indeed coming from the father..

  • i_am_filipino

    IT IS FOR SURE THE U.P IS TO BLAME. WHY? THEY ACCEPTED THESE STUDENTS AND THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR, CHANGES, CHARACTER. IF THE STUDENT COMMITED SUICIDE, IT WAS THEM WHO DROVE HER TO COMMIT SUICIDE. IT IS HUMILIATION FROM OTHER RICH KID IN U.P.

  • lolong.buwaya

    parang over.. ang reaction … eh pano kung ang nagpakamatay eh simpleng estudyante na mahirap tapos sa mga maliliit na school lang.. mag react kaya ng ganito…??? porke UP… daming graduate ng UP na magagaling daw.. bakit hindi pa rin tayo asensado?

  • lolong.buwaya

    ilan na kaya ang nagpakamatay ng dahil sa ganitong sitwasyon na minalas lang na hindi taga UP.. ?

    • bicolokano

      awa ng diyos ako di nagpakamatay. ^_^ di lang nakatapos.

  • Gordo Viejo

    It takes a personal tragedy for an impersonal bureaucracy to move its wheels. And ironically, the students whose families have influence with the administration are the ones who can pay full tuition. Hopefully, they can just skip the blame game, do what needs to be done, and no more tragedies like this will happen.

  • virgoyap

    It’s a very sad thing that this happen to Kristel. And it’s easy to blame other people for what happened to her. But can we be sure that in some other times Kristel will not do the same had she been given the tuition fee for her schooling. People with suicidal tendencies will always look for reason behind their fatalistic decisions..

  • bicolokano

    bilis ng comments. dami talaga nakakarelate. sandamukal ng hirap na pinagdaanan dahil sa pesteng “requirements” ng bracketing na yan.

  • caberin

    The death of Kristel Tejada is really a big loss not only to her parents but also to the country because she is no ordinary UP scholar. She is a graduate of the Philippine Science High School, definitely the best high school in the country. In one batch of iskolar ng bayan at the UP, how many percent can boast of being a graduate of the PSHS?

    And yet, those in position to do something to help her did not recognize her being “special”, and decided instead to stick to the heartless and rigid rules. I don’t think it would have been very difficult to bend the rules and justify it later for the sake of special students like Kristel. To profess now that had they known more about Tejada’s predicament, they could have even personally seen to her needs raises the question: how can they not have known her predicament when her parents begged them for their consideration? The answer most probably is: why bother, the easier way was just to stick to the rules.

    • i_am_filipino

      Good point. Exposing the corruption inside the UP Campus. These officials can make money from POOR FAMILIES similar to the rich families with kids that are not so intelligent yet enrolled in UP.

    • es

      Just to get the facts right, she actually went to Manila Cathedral School. I think most PSHS students go to UP.

  • Nestor Moog

    This is a heart rending story with a tragic end. My condolence to her family. Rest in Peace, child. You are now One with God.

  • Spidekick

    We are now in the information age. I think that expenses on education can be radically reduced by using the vast potential of cheap communications technology.

    IT can reduce the cost of books, transportation, and practically all of a student’s expenses when physically going to school. Although I’m not saying students should no longer attend lectures in a classroom. But these actual classroom activities could be scheduled less frequently as there would be virtual classrooms available for students.

    There are a myriad of ways we could help our students lessen the cost of college education, if only we think out of the box.

  • i_am_filipino

    Let us say we put the blame to the family and the poor children realized that it is time for a change, that they don’t want to be like their ITAY, by studying really very hard, i mean really very hard, because they see their bright future, they have hopes, not only for themselves, but for their parents too, that we are facing this problem in the Philippines, that we have millions of poor, who wish to study and become rich in the future, yet we can’t afford to enrol and our dreams won’t materialize. In the case of the school, they don’t want to blame themselves, because it is the government (But why did you accept her in the first place? Knowing that a her dad as a taxi driver does not have a fix salary? ). Holistically speaking, the rich does not want to help the poor, the rich wants to isolate them from the poor, the rich does not recognize the poor yet the Philippines is still considered as a third world country because we still don’t have a firm medical system where it benefits not only the rich but the P O O R, the rich wants to divide the country then, the rich wants to destroy this country. IN CONCLUSION, if you are one of them, YOU ARE BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

  • penny4urtots

    Nakaka depress naman. Not too long ago, we read in the news about hundreds of millions in pork barrels from some senators going to non- existing NGO’s. (Nawala na sa news), Bakit hindi na lang UP system ang gawin nilang recipient? This student would still be alive…hmmmmmmmmmmm, just a thought…..

  • Janch

    Just watched Kristel’s father on ANC. He was interviewed by Karen Davila. He was blaming UP insisting UP should have enrolled his daughter despite his failure to pay the tuition fees. The problem is they didn’t exert all efforts to have Kristel’s STFAP bracket lowered and didn’t submits requirements for a student loan on time. Umasa lang kasi sa awa. Pinaasa lang yung anak niya na mababayaran yung tuition fee at pina-sit-in sa klases.

    I wonder what his daughter’s state of mind was and why she thought that going on LOA for a semester is the end of the world. There must be more to her suicide than her going on leave from school.

  • Lincoln1932

    kalokohan yang upcat na yan. raket lang yan ng mga opisyal dyan. may mga pera lang, mga kakilala at impluwensyado ang may access dyan at 100% ang passing rate sa mga mayayaman.

    gawan nyo nang paraan kung paano makakapasok sa up yung mga normal na tao, na pag nabigyan nang tamang exposure sa kolehiyo ay magiging isang marangal na dalubhasa na hindi kayang pantayan nang sino mang mga anak ng politiko at impluwensyado.

    • bicolokano

      di naman po. ^_^

  • Janch

    Eto ang suicide note niya:
    “Mahal na mahal ko ang pamilya ko. At lahat din ng iba pang nagmamahal sa akin. Di ko lang talaga rin kinaya. Sana mapatawad at ipagdasal niyo ko. Salamat sa lahat magkikita pa ulit tayo. Sorry pero kailangan ko lang talagang gawin to.”

    “Tandaan : Without true love, we’re nothing.”

    I wonder, did she really commit suicide because of her LOA from UP? Baka nakipagbreak sa boyfriend yan, o di kaya stess ng family problems?

  • el_latigo

    Chancellor Manuel Agulto’s and Vice Chancellor Josephine de Luna’s resignations are the least that these two can do, that is, if they still have some sense of shame left in their bones. Tinawag pang state & premier university ang UP kung ang the best and the brightest ng bansang ito cannot afford to enter it’s esteemed and hallowed halls because of poverty that sucks. These two can commit seppuku if they still have some sense of shame in them. Ang isa pang problema sa UP na supposedly ay maraming mulat o aktibista ay masyado rin ang pulitika diyan. The Palakasan System abound, basta anak ka ng UP professor sigurado pasok ka na kahit hindi kaya ng mga utak nila. Kaya marami ding bobong nag-aaral diyan at hindi tutuong bastion of highly intelligent people ang unibersidad na ito whose upkeep is funded by taxpayer, Juan dela Cruz.

  • dailymanila

    Hindi ba tiningnan ibang anggulo — baka naman nagpakamatay dahil sa relasyon o di kaya problema sa pamilya? Ang suicide note niya parang nagsasabi na may malalim na problema sa pamilya nila.

    • el_latigo

      Kapag pera ang problema ng isang mahirap lang na pamilya, aba! talagang malalim na problema iyan. Dahil hindi nila alam kung kelan sila magkakapera para pang-enroll at makakapagpatuloy ng pag-aaral. Phil. Science High School scholar/graduate ayaw pag-enrolin ng UP dahil lang kapos sa pera? Tsk, what a waste. Tinawag pang eskwelahan ng mga iskolar ng bayan ang unibersidad na ito eh, hindi naman pala porke matalino ka full scholar ka na automatically.

      • dailymanila

        Ang ibig ko sabihin, baka meron pang ibang factors hindi lang pera.

  • Fulpol

    there was an appeal from the parents, UP Manila had looked into that.. they should re-assessed the financial status of the family..

    were they lazy, idiot to re-assessed things again??

    UP Manila, the institution of lazy people???

    • el_latigo

      Fulpy rides again, heh, heh, heh… Hi Fulpy!

    • One brave girl

      Please try to read other articles first, they were given a chance but they failed to pass the requirements..so whose fault is it?

  • Vin

    I would agree with some of the comments posted here regarding the parents to stop blaming the educational institution as they should have found ways to provide for their daughter’s educational needs despite of their status in society.

    I would also like to say to the father that he should not think of his dead daughter as a lost means to uplift their lives from poverty. First of all as parents they should not become a burden to their children and let them live their lives. Probably the daughter took her life because she thought that she can’t fulfil her parents status in life besides the fighting between her parents due to their financial crisis.

    On the other hand if the UP Admin was sensitive to their pleas of the parents when approached then this would have been avoided. First and foremost UP was established to provide education to the brightest students of this country who are poor to improve their lives.

    Overall both UP and the Tejada family had a hand in the demise of a student who’s only wish was to make a brighter future for herself and to her loved ones.

    I hope the PNoy administration would look into this matter.

  • DinngMae

    Stop condemning the victim.

    Blaming a dead person is unwise no matter what the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate event. Who are we to pass judgement when we don’t know the real reasons behind it?

    Suicide is a recognized phenomenon around the globe and blaming the victims is a mark of indifference. In other states, especially in first world countries where it is high, research and support groups are even funded to stem its growth.

    To set the record straight, suicide is not a monopoly of the average and under-average people. Suicide is not about IQ. Suicide is not about a person’s economic or social status. That’s why after years of painstaking research, scientists are still baffled by the question of what drives a person to commit suicide.

    However, they agree on one thing — society plays a big role on it.

    • el_latigo

      And people who don’t know the real score, perhaps can at least stop speculating like this guessing ala-Madam Auring, full of excuses, so-called UP chancellor.

  • $41083759

    Beneficiary din ako ng STFAP at nakatapos lang dahil dun. Ang binabayaran ko lang noon sa Diliman ay miscellaneous fees. Kapag nauubusan ako ng pamasahe at pangkain hinihiraman ko ang Chemistry 11 classmate kong si Noel (di ko namatandaan ang apelyido). Kapag sya naman ang walang pamasahe sa akin din sya humihiram. Noel kung nasaan ka man ngayon maraming maraming salamat.

  • penny4urtots

    Where did my post go? I posted something about the missing pork barrel allocated to non- existing NGO”‘s, which should have been used to augment the UP system financially. Was my post censored? Any follow ups on that issue?

    • i_am_filipino

      I sort mo bro sa newest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    kawawa naman ang mga ganitong studyante, hindi prayoridad ng mga mambabatas ang edukasyon sa ating bansa na kung tutuusin ay nanggaling din sila sa ganitong situasyon, mas prioridad nila ang ang mga kanilang agenda at porkbarell para gumanda ang kanilang imahen hindi para makatulong sa bansa kundi para maging popular sila sa mamamayan…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DR2PAT3AO2DOH4IDYIGZQDM7CY thg

    Tapos na ba imbestigasyon? Suicide nga ba?

  • i_am_filipino

    UP has a lot of sh..t speculation. Why don’t you put it in your curriculum, a thorough psychological and medical exam for each successful student para walang sisihan. Your are so dumb idiot that you were caught red handed and wanting to cover your shame. Illusorily blaming all the behavior of their student. Ibig bang sabihin, Eh diba malaki ang singil ninyo sa mga rich kid? Ito ba ay para makapasok ang mahirap or it goes to your pocket?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    The girl decides to take her own life and people just doing their jobs and following policy face the risk of losing their jobs.

    Then certain groups take advantage of this to push their agenda. Then she’s made a heroine/victim? When faced with adversity are we supposed to kill ourselves?
    Sana nga para naman di masyadong masikip ang mundo natin.

    Life is not fair. But we need to be stronger sometimes to overcome challenges.
    Sorry but since she took her own life….this is all her fault.

    • es

      Some people say that there should be no discussion of the possible shortcomings of Kristel and her family, but if she’s going to be used as a symbol for various causes, then they should accept that scrutiny is inevitable. It also troubles me that she is being heralded as a hero.

  • boybakal

    UP president Alfredo Pascual said the (STFAP) needed to be restructured
    to make the economic indicators that determine a STUDENTS CAPACITY TO PAY MORE REALISTIC.

    Students capacity to pay. This is wrong very wrong.
    Give the loan first and talk of payment after graduation.
    Loans should be paid after the students graduated, finished a degree and have a job.
    That is where the payment should start.
    And not when the student is still studying, not to burden their young minds but focus on studies.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6R2QAY7UWNJMTCRTED3JZXPIA Joey

      malinaw na sign ng selfishness. kung may kakayanan na magbayad ang mga magulang ng estudyante ng UP, DAPAT LANG na MAGBAYAD! taga-UP din ako. kailanman ay di ko minasama ang pagbabayad ng tamang tuition sa UP dahil alam kong pinaghihirapan ng mga naging guro ko ang aking pag-aaral, di tulad sa ibang paaralan na madaming prof ang di man lang pumapasok sa klase. at alam din namin noon pa man na ikumpara man ito sa mga private universities, walang sinabi ang matrikula sa UP.

  • i_am_filipino

    But why U.P. accepts students from a family who’s income is uncertain, as a taxi driver. Di ba kayo marunong mag analyze?

  • JosengSisiw1

    “If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” Agulto said.
    What does it mean to Agulto when the mother came to him begging for her daughter…Its pure callousness on Agulto.

  • i_am_filipino

    Let us say, she was sick. When she took her exam, she passed, she was a bright student. This is an indication that her family is totally supportive, an indication that the innocent girl had full of hopes and happiness. BUT SHTTTTTTTTT!!!! U.P!!!!! What have you done to her? Does UP really need to be very much different from other school? After you finished your studies, say graduated as a nurse, you will be the same with other nurses coming from different schools. But why did you put your student a tendency to commit suicide? The answer is clear. You don’t focus on poverty because U.P. is no longer UP as it was. SHAME ON YOU !!!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

    • ano ikaw

      “a tendency to commit suicide”? Sure hindi ka taga UP ineng.

  • paengsdelrosario

    I do not know the relationship between administration and governance at the University of the Philippines. But as far as I am concerned, the president shouldn’t have to seek the approval of the UP Board of Regents to lift the institution’s “no-late-payment policy”.

  • i_am_filipino

    If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” Agulto said.

    And even the student knelt down before him

  • JanofVA

    Iyan naman kasi ang pinakamalaking problema sa mga Pilipino, bakit niyo ba pinapasa ang responsibilidad niyo sa inyong mg anak??? Hindi ba kayo dapat ang humanap ng paraan para gumaan ang buhay niyo at iyong mga anak??? Hindi responsibilidad ng anak na pagandahin ang buhay niyo…kaya ang daming mga kababayan natin napupunta kung saan saang bansa para lang magpadala ng pera..tapos mga kapatid at magulang sa Pinas nagpapasarap habang nagpapaalipin sila sa ibang bansa…maawa kayo sa mga

    • JanofVA

      …anak niyo..huwag niyong ilalagay ang ganyang kabigat na responsibilidad sa kanila…bata pa sila hindi nila kayo responsibilidad…

  • One brave girl

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada.”

    Is it your daughter’s responsibility to help you? Is it UP’s responsibility to help your daughter? So you as a father what’s your responsibility? I really think there’s something wrong with her father. He kept on blaming others but not himself.

    I am not against those who want UP to remove this “no-late-payment” tuition policy because i was also once a UP student who struggled to pay my tuition fee. However, for the parents to blame UP and the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for what Kristel has done…sorry but i find it absurd..they were simply doing their jobs..you as parents should look at yourselves first..

    • dailymanila

      Ganun naman yata ang mentality sa bansa natin, kailangan tulungan mo ang pamilya mo na umahon sa kahirapan ng buhay pag ikaw ang nakapag-tapos o di kaya nakapag-trabaho.

      • One brave girl

        We can say na ganon un mentality sa bansa natin, pero i still don’t think that parents should infuse that to their kids as if it is their responsibility to help them..

    • jopar

      Are the UP Chancellor and Vice Chancellor doing their job? Maybe, if they are working for a private school like the one in Katipunan or Taft Avenue.

      But they are working for the government! What injury does it make to the Filipino people allowing a poor but qualified student to enroll in this public funded university? Does our national coffer suffers because we let one poor Filipino get a better education sans the P10 000? What kind of values do these chancellors are showing to their young students? For whose interest are they serving for?

      • One brave girl

        You think it’s only Kristel who couldn’t afford the tuition fee? So everyone who’s in the same situation as her should be allowed as well? It will be unfair for others right? Some would have been forced to stop and worked to be able to save money for the tuition fee the next Sem. I don’t think she is the poorest student in UP, so why will she be the exception? Other students don’t even have allowance to buy food in school and she was even had the chance to join a beauty pageant the previous semester, i really wonder who spent for that.

      • jopar

        I understand where you’re coming from. I know we’ve been get used to the UP system. But is it fair? Will this kind of system beneficial to the underprivileged, in particular, and to our country as a whole? I don’t think so.

  • sigbin

    “If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” Agulto said.

    —Too late for that now huh?

  • i_am_filipino

    Why blaming her ITAY? He didn’t finish school and expect that his reasoning is shallow, and unrehearsed, and he can’t help himself but if you are intelligent enough, his voice is A SIGNAL for OUR COUNTRY TO WAKE UP, and that is POVERTY AND EDUCATION.

    • JanofVA

      Because he has put the heavy burden of making the family’s life better on the shoulder of her poor 16 year old daughter…that is his resposibility, not hers…it proved to be too much for the young girl..

      • i_am_filipino

        In the first place, UP knows that her dad is a taxi driver, who’s income is totally unreliable, evidently, it bounce the blame to the school by accepting her as she was.

      • One brave girl

        weh? So now UP kasalanan pa ng UP na tinanggap sya? Honestly, di kaya ikaw ung father nya?

      • i_am_filipino

        at ikaw yung mother kaya? puwede…

  • i_am_filipino

    DID YOU KNOW THAT THE INNOCENT GIRL’S HISTORY WHEN SHE WAS IN ELEMENTARY AND IN HIGH SCHOOL, THAT SHE WILL NEVER BLAME ANYBODY EVEN IF THEY COMMIT A MISTAKE AND SHE CARRIED THAT BEHAVIOR EVEN TO HER LAST BREATHE, THAT SHE WILL NEVER BLAME THE SCHOOL FOR NOT ACCEPTING HER BECAUSE SHE CAN’T PAY THE TUITION FEES.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maycee.lisano Maycee Lisano

    maraming dahilan ang papapakamatay nya.dala ng sobrang stress sa buhay,..ang pinaka huling alas pa o sana magboost ng hope nya, pinaka huling paraan nya napurnada pa..eh kung sana napagbigyan sya, ive heard lumuhod pa daw.(kung naluhod ang tao ibig sabihin sagad na paraan na nya yon)..chances are hindi sya madedepress lalo sana kung napagbigyan sya magdadalawang isip pa syang magpakamatay..sa sobrang lungkot at habag nya sa sarili nya at sa ibang taong nasa katayuan nya..ginawa nyang sacrificial lamb ang sarili nya para MAPANSIN ang
    PAMUNUAN NG UP…!!!!!

  • im_not_convinced

    it is not fair to blame the
    school for her death no matter how unfortunate. Neither are the parents
    to blame for not having enough money to send her to school. Madami
    kabataan before and now who had to give up studies because of financial
    woes and they did not kill themselves. Kung may kasalanan ang parents,
    it’s for not instilling in their child that there’s always hope while
    there is a tomorrow.

    having to go on LOA should not be the end of the world.

    • One brave girl

      yes, but the thing is..from the father’s statements, they are actually expecting Kristel to help them and it could be one of the reasons of her depression..

      • im_not_convinced

        not to be insensitive but her death is now even an added burden to her family now. I don’t condemn her though because depression is an affliction of the mind.

        But an LOA is still not the end of the world.

        i have friends who all had to stop school and find work when their father died, 2 of them (though with full scholarships) did not go back and just got jobs so that they can pay for the miscellaneous of their youngest brother who was also a scholar. all of them are doing relatively well now in spite of difficulties. imagine if they gave up?

      • One brave girl

        I know how she felt because I’ve been there as well, i stopped for a total of 2 yrs when i was in college because of financial problem..the only difference is i don’t have parents anymore,I lost both of them when i was young..but i was able to graduate by supporting myself..I don’t blame Kristel but i don’t agree with her parents to blame the school for what happened.

      • ooioo

        I personally think having an LOA and doing what you should do to rise against the troubles is a pragmatic application of what you have learned in school.

      • Guest

        ang problema. the father is expecting from the daughter.
        sabi nga ng isa dito sa forum, hindi dapat inilagay yung burden sa bata.

        the parent should have shielded the child from the difficulties of real life for the time being. napanood mo ba yung “la dolce vita”? Oscar best picture.
        sa pelikula, yung tatay ang namatay para sa bata.

    • http://78angles.blogspot.com/ JahreDistrict78

      blame is another thing , there’ a huge difference to ” protest ” . me too its not fair to blame to school the death of the kid , what if that kid he has a long terms of problem nagkataun nalang sguro yung isyu dahil examination period.

      But where’s the saying…

      ” Our School’s is our second home ”

      because even in our own home we are entitled as a children to make protest .
      to our parents system.

      mam shalani kayu pu ba yan ? 0(‘-‘)0

    • dailymanila

      +1

  • i_am_filipino

    IF YOU KNELT DOWN BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATION, KNOWING THAT YOU ARE POOR, AND DEPRIVED OF ACCEPTANCE, THE HUMILIATION WILL SET IN, BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOU ARE DIFFERENT, YES YOU ARE , BECAUSE YOU ARE POOR, AND THE LAST RESORT IS TO COMMIT SUICIDE, SHAME ON YOU UP!! RESIGN!!!!!

    • JanofVA

      I know people who have gone into prostitution just to support their studies..that is way more humiliating than any other act in front of any administrator..it was the thought of her parents not having a better life that put this pain in her heart..her parents should have never put that burden on her.

      • i_am_filipino

        DO YOU KNOW ANY PROSTITUTES WHO GRADUATED IN UP? WHO ARE THEY?

      • frudo

        blame the school and also blame the parents. parehas lang sila kasama sa dahilan ng pagpapakamatay

      • i_am_filipino

        HUMILIATION DOES NOT EXIST ON WILLINGNESS. AND WILLINGNESS IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM ITS CONCEPT.

  • manuelcdiaz

    All Board of Regents of UP should resign they should be ashamed of this no late payment policy.

  • $16638896

    napakaliit lng na halaga ang kailangan nya para mapagpatuloy nya ung studies nya, samantalang ung mga kupal na senador at congressman, kung maglustay ng pera akala mo sariling pera nila, puro mga hinayupak amputa, sana mamatay na yang mga yan tutal amoy lupa na ung iba sa kanila.

  • i_am_filipino

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada

    It is true. If that is the voice coming from her dad, expect that it would also be felt by millions of poor. Yes, it is his obligation, it is his duties, responsibilites, his will of having 5 kids. His voice reflects to those who have similar case. OUR PROBLEM IS POVERTY, POPULATION. ARE YOU STILL GOING TO HAVE ADDITIONAL PROBLEM WITH ‘ EDUCATION” BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF THIS TWO ELEMENTS. REMEMBER THE ELEMENTS OF FIRE, IF YOU CUT ONE ELEMENT, THEN THE FIRE CAN BE PREVENTED. SO U.P…… WAKE UP!!!!!!!!

    • One brave girl

      Wag mag-anak ng madami kung hindi kayang buhayin..then later on isisisi sa government ang kahirapan nila..

      • i_am_filipino

        Good girl, at least I know how many kids you will have in the future.

      • One brave girl

        parents should take full responsibility of their kids..

      • i_am_filipino

        They are responsible for their kids, no doubt about it. BUT U.P. IS NOT ONLY FOR THE RICH BUT FOR THE INTELLIGENT AND POOR.

      • frudo

        maaring hindi kasi kung responsable ka talaga alam mong hikahos ka na at wala kang malaking sweldo sa pagtataxi mo di ka na sana nag anak ng lima, tapos iaasa mo sa matalino mong anak ang pag asenso ng buhay, responsibility and accountability,

      • patrickinca

        pssssst magagalit ang simbahan niyan. lol

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    she died for something

  • alexfrommactan

    I always think that everyone should be allowed to go to
    College to get one course, but it should not be free. It should be on loan! The
    money from the government should not be given free to the few as it belongs to everyone.

    Once those graduates found a job, payments for their loan should
    be automatically deducted from their pay or business taxes ( if they become
    businessmen). The amount of deduction is dependent on your income. The challenge is getting some traceability. You cannot go abroad for immigration, tourism wihtout paying your loan first. If you are going abroad for work, you should provide a means for automatic salary deduction for loan payments.

    • i_am_filipino

      I really agree to that since poverty is our problem

    • frudo

      agree pero mahirap yan gawin kung wala tayong id system…

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    “If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” Agulto said.

    too late to say it, patay yon anak nila.

  • Littlefox131

    Media is really milking this. Di naba mabenta ang Sabah? How many teens commit suicide everyday? So life deals you a bad hand… don’t kill yourself over it! Just keep swimming!

  • alexfrommactan

    I always think that everyone should be allowed to go to
    College to get one course, but it should not be free. It should be on loan! The
    money from the government should not be free as it belongs to everyone.

    Once those graduates found a job, payments for their loan should
    be automatically deducted from their pay or business taxes ( if they become
    businessmen). The challenge is getting some traceability. If you are going
    abroad( for immigration, tourism, etc) you should first pay your loan. If you
    are going abroad for work, you should provide a means for automatic salary
    deduction for loan payments.

  • Guest

    the father is expecting from the daughter.
    sabi nga ng isa dito sa forum, hindi dapat inilagay yung burden sa bata.

    the parent should have shielded the child from the difficulties of real
    life for the time being. napanood mo ba yung “la dolce vita”? Oscar
    best picture.
    sa pelikula, yung tatay ang namatay para sa bata.

  • George Morales

    Sanamagan UP system! And UP is government subsidized! People’s money! Money from the taxes we pay for everything. Money which indirectly came from the pockets of his father who labored much to make both ends meet. Every thing he buys are taxed!

  • i_am_filipino

    ASK YOUR PARENTS. THEY WOULD ALWAYS EXPECT FROM THEIR KIDS. PERO KUNG SUWAIL KANG ANAK THOUGH INTELLIGENT, OKAY LANG SA PARENTS KAHIT DI KA TUMULONG SA KANILA. BUT REMEMBER, YOU CAN’T REPLACE YOUR PARENTS AND YOU CAN’T BLAME THEM FOR MAKING YOU.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Mahirap ang buhay sa isang mahirap na bansa. Hindi ako umaasa sa gobyerno.
    32% ang buwis na kinakaltas sa sahod buwan buwan ngunit wala akong inaasahang kapalit.
    Mahirap ang buhay ngunit patuloy ang pagbabanat ng buto.
    Dalawa lang ang anak ko dahil gusto ko silang palakihin ng maayos.
    Hindi ako aasa sa gobyerno para sa kanilang edukasyon at lalo ng di ako aasa sa mga anak ko para sa aming kabuhayan.

    • i_am_filipino

      True. that is why U.P. is a bogus school. It is no longer for the poor and talented bright student.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    i am very sure this is GMA’s fault. Pnoy

    • patrickinca

      Or the Kirams and the malaysians as well?

  • $26791673

    Let us not criticize Ms. Kristel Tejada for what she did; let us give her some respect.

  • Putakte Naman

    Masyado tayong mareklamo, nakakita nga ng not deserving scholars huwag nang pakikalaman. Huwag sisihin ang bulok na UP in the first place pinili mo yan at nag-expect ng kung ano. Kumayod na lang, maging self-reliant edi yan ang sagot. Simpleng solution sa bulok na gobierno!!

  • Brownfly

    Yung style kasi ng mga UP officials na yan ay di makatao. Siguro mga angkan sila ng mga mayayaman kaya ganun na lang ang tingin nila sa mahihirap na students. Kawawa ang mga kabataan sa ganitong uri ng asal ng ilan sa ating mga public officials. Manhid kayo!

  • tilamsik

    Dito nyo dalhin ang pork barrel nyo mga magnanankaw ng bayan! Shame on UP! You cannot even streamline your scholarship procedures in a way that will help the real needy students. Yukk!!!!

    • pepito gwaps

      daming nakakotseng pumapasok dyan…hindi na pangmasa yang unibersidad na yan

  • i_am_filipino

    The RH bill was not created yet and that was the reason why the father has 5 kids. Still the blame is UP and the Government.

    • pepito gwaps

      ano kinalaman ng RH dyan…Mas marami pa hapon sa atin at halos hindi sila marunong magsalita ng english eh bakit mas maunlad pa rin sila matapos bagsakan ng malalakas na bombang atomika….walang kinalaman sa paghihirap nila kung wala pang RH noon

      • i_am_filipino

        Good observation, that is also the reason why I asked my dad when he was alive, “Dad, I observed that most countries with one dialect are prosperous”. My dad said, we should go back to what is written in the bible and he was right. Another thing ive heard from my Dad was, we don’t know how to cook stainless steel or steel from raw materials. We can recycle only. So I believe we are still in the first stage of economic development and that is agriculture which you should not compare from the second stage because if you do so, then you are an ALIEN.

      • pepito gwaps

        Singapore also have plenty of languages and races but they managed to become 1st world country…its all in the leaders

      • patrickinca

        Its all in the people also. The citizens of this country should stop waiting for the government to do something and start doing some real action! such as stop voting the same corrupt officials over and over again and stop paying bribes to curve corruption.

  • http://78angles.blogspot.com/ JahreDistrict78

    maybe we must stop blaming each other

    the kid got lost in unknown territory , ” acceptance ”

    and maybe she is vulnerable in that aspect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.aricia Benjamin Aricia Jr

    kasalanan yang mga magulang na nag anak pero di kayag pag aralin!!!

    • i_am_filipino

      Mark my word, there will be a time where one day, your kid cant go to hospital because you can’t afford it and you will just watch him until he switch off.

  • PH2011

    Our sympathy to Kristel.

    It’s a wake up call
    for the UP President/Board of Regents
    who are all in a state of oblivion to impose immediate reforms and concern on
    the flight of poor and deserving students.

    The composition of Senate Chambers, headed by Senate President , (a UP alumnae) need to RE-ALIGNED
    PART OF THEIR YEARLY MILLION BONUSES to
    the deserving students of the country ( not only UP). Medyo mahirap gawin, seriously
    one of them should craft a bill or amendment
    to strengthen the existing laws that concerned the poor and deserving students
    of the country( e.g. Budget appropriation,
    or demand/require multi -national or big time Philippine private companies a
    quota to sponsor poor but deserving Filipino students, DSWD-Billion Peso Budget
    for Conditional Cash Transfer Program covers educational support, it’s policies
    and requirement need to be reviewed/reformed).

    Hope other UP alumnae senators/representatives in the house
    will support the call. Marami sila dyan sa Congress, ironically, one of the
    senator a former UP President.

    Kristel made sacrifice, for the sake of other poor Filipino students.

    To the UP Manila Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, the
    incident happened under your administration and leadership. Set a good
    precedence, we, the alumnae and current students do not demand Hara-kiri .

    Just resignation…

  • billy gunner

    “If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” Agulto said.

    Too late.

  • titod

    Minsan nasabi ko sa maid ng kapitbahay namin na “meron pagkakataon na sa isang daing mulang, darating agad ang tulong sa iyo”. Kaya naman dali siyang sumulat kay Dr Onofre D Corpuz, UP President ng panahon na iyon. Ilang araw lang ang lumipas at meron dumating na hagad ng UP sa kanila. Hatid niya yung freshman packet. Tanggap siya agad sa UP Diliman, kahit nagsimula na ang taon. Libre dorm, libro at tuition. Nagtapos sa UP Diliman ang maid na ito at ang huling balita ko, High School teacher siya sa Makati.

    Natulungan niya ang lahat ng kapatid niya na maka-aral at ni isa sa kanila ay hindi nakaranas na maging maid ng iba. Ito ang tinatawag na multiplier effect dala ng edukasyon. Lalo na kung tapos ka ng UP.

    Panahon ni Marcos nuon ng binago ang UP Charter upang mag-tabi ng quota para sa mahihirap. Pinalawak ni Marcos ang access ng mahirap sa UP. Bago nito, purely competetive ang UPCAT at ang resulta ay anak lamang ng mga mayayaman ang nakakapasok dito kahit ang pondo naman ay galing sa ating lahat.

    Mula nuon, lalo pang pinagtibay ang UP System. Pinalaki ang mga satellite campus nito sa buong Pilipinas. Dahil nga lumaki na ang UP, lumiit na rin ang paghahatian ng mga campus nito. Ganun pa man, dapat lang na pagsikapan na tulungan yung mga mahihirap na estudyante nito.

    Napakalaki ng lamang ng mayaman na mag-aaral laban sa mahirap. Ngunit ang multiplier effect ng nakatapos na mahirap ay mas malaki kaysa sa mga mayayaman. Kung gusto natin lutasin ang bigat dala ng kahirapan, tulungan natin sila para matulungan nila ang sarili nila at ang kapwa nilang mahihirap.

  • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us.”

    I find this line unfortunate in more ways than one. It used to be that parents provided for their children, and then children provided for their own children and so on and so forth.

    • i_am_filipino

      She is not an ordinary kid, she is exceptionally talented from other kid who enrolled in UP that was so happy and UP made her cry and eventually died.

      • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

        What made her so fragile then?

  • haybuhay69

    tatlong beses pinagbigyan, doc requirements lang ang kulang para maging libre ang tuition eh hindi pa naipasa. walang trabaho yung tatay eh di sana nilakad nya yung requirements na yon. simple lang diba? pero UP pa rin ang may kasalanan?

    • i_am_filipino

      Siyempre UP parin, kasi bakit di pinagbigyan or di na assist para sa mga under privilege. Madaling sabihin yan kung sinasabi mong documents kung may pambili ka ng papel. Eh baka yung bata wala ring baon at pambili ng papel. Gutom habang nag aaral.

      • Elena Banquilla

        i believe u.p. is not solely to blame for this tragedy. what about her parents? i know of cousins, friends, relatives who stop schooling for a year or a semester to work and raise funds for tuition. why didn’t they do that? when she passed upcat, her parents should have been aware of basic tuition and expenses of the university. there are ads of schools like tip, nu which says something like’valedictorians and salutatorians are free of tuition when they enroll’, they should have availed of these kind of offers. i am an alumni and i am very grateful for the kind of education i got from up diliman. with limited resources and run down facilities, the university is able to produce board topnotchers etc. etc.the greater blame should be placed on the government who has not increased the budget for state colleges an duniversities. the parents should also take part of the blame.

      • haybuhay69

        ilang beses na nga pinagbigyan eh. inassist naman cya. yun na nga lang ang gagawin ng magulang nya eh di pa nagawa. Hirap kasi satin laging nasa iba umaasa para magawan ng paraan. kung gusto talaga ng magulang nya na pag aralin cya, gagawa ng paraan yung magulang para makumpleto yung mga requirements na yun. kahit walang pambili ng papel.

      • Elena Banquilla

        p.s. i know of a housemaid whose daughter made it to up los banos. she is graduating this sem . we all rooted for her and her daughter. maybe she is lucky that she has a very understanding employer but then again, she is one example of a single parent who worked so hard to giver her daughter a life that will be an improvement. i find the attitude of kristel’s parents specially the father a bit too arrogant for comfort.

  • Sam

    Ang damin nyong sinisisi. Ang dapat nyong sisihin yung nagpakamatay. Porke’t di lang nakapag enroll sa semester nagpakamatay na. Ang kitid naman. Kahit anong bigat ng problema, di solusyon ang magkapamatay. Sorry pero wala akong simpatiya sa ganong mahihina ang loob.

  • inquirercet

    i think we have to wait for the final findings of an investigation, but i find it hard to believe that someone could be pushed to suicide for this reason alone. i believe the family has something to answer for. what is this about her daughter being robbed of the chance to help him? this is not how a father should react to a child’s death.

  • Ibongpipit

    It takes a life to lift restraints and blind chancellors to see a vision. A vision that life is not really meant to be expressed for its potential in that learning institution but be suppressed by greed and power so entrenched in the ancient mentality of those who are supposed to be emulating how to be free. Tear down that freedom statue at the entrance if it symbolize a mixed of sand and concrete.

  • Cano Manuel

    COLLEGE students in a university in Metro Manila burned chairs. That is good. The next step to do is reduce the number of students so that all chairs left behind will have only a student using them. Or, they can start burning schools as well para walang pasok at walang tuition.

    And as for UP, well… I would rather shut up, as I do not want people rallying in front of my house or committing suicide.

    MY MOTHER AND FATHER did not let poverty get in the way, and suicide is definitely not the way to success. But it does get a lot of attention, especially in UP.

    • i_am_filipino

      THe poor burnt chairs kasi wala silang panggatong sa bahay para makakain. Buti na lang hindi armchair yung sinunog, yung may arm, lol

    • es

      I would love to know the PUP students’ logic for burning school property. Kapos na nga sa funding yung school, dadagdagan pa ng estudyante yung gastos.

      • Cano Manuel

        Back in college, we used to come up with a meaning to each name of the school such as Studying Without Understanding (SWU) and so on…

        I am ashamed to call them college students. Not appropriate at all for committing without thinking first.

  • isellnuts

    Since when the responsibility to educate kids was transferred to the schools?

    • i_am_filipino

      Huh? educate kids was transferred to the schools? By definition of the word “educate”

  • Spocky Farolan

    “The UP deprived my daughter of her only hope to help us,” said the father of Kristel Tejada

    UNANG LINYA PA LANG KITA NANG MAY SAYAD ITONG @#$% TATAY NI KRISTEL!!! YAN ANG MGA TIPO NG MAGULANG NA HINUHUBOG SA ISIPAN NG KANILANG MGA ANAK NA OBLIGASYON AT TANGING DAHILAN NG KANILANG BUHAY AY ANG PAGSILBIHAN ANG KANILANG MGA MAGULANG, KAHIT NA GAANO KA-WALANG KWENTA. BAKIT MO KAILANGAN IPASA SA ANAK MO ANG PROBLEMA NG MUNDO GAYONG RESPONSIBILIDAD MO BILANG MAGULANG NA IKAW ANG MAGTAGUYAD AT MAG-UBAYA NG PANGANGAILANGAN NILA? YANG MGA TIPO NG MAGULANG NA GANYAN ANG MGA WALANG KWENTANG MARARAMOT AT MAKASARILI. KUNG GAGAWIN MO LANG PALANG TAGA-AHON MO SA HIRAP ANG ANAK MO, SANA HINDI KA NA LANG NAG-ANAK AT PINAGBUTI MO NA LANG PAG-AARAL O PAGTRATRABAHO MO! MAARING MAY KAMALIAN SA PROSESO NG UP PERO MAS MALALIM AT MAS MALAKI ANG KASALANAN MO! NGAYON IKAW PA IIYAK-IYAK SA MEDIA E KUNG HINDI KA NAMAN KASI UNGAS NA NAG-ANAK ANAK NG HINDI PALA KAYA RESPONSIBILIDAD, DI SANA HINDI NANGYARI ITO! KAYONG MAGULANG NI KRISTEL ANG PINAKA-UNANG DAPAT NAGPARAMDAM SA KANYA NA ANUMANG KABIGUAN ANG NARANASAN NIYA AY HINDI NIYA DAPAT MARAMDAMAN NA ISA SIYANG KABIGUAN BAGKUS SA INYO NIYA DAPAT KINUHA ANG LAKAS PARA BUMANGON. PERO SA SALITA MO PA LANG NAKIKINITA-KINITA KO NA KUNG PAANO MO PINARAMDAM SA ANAK MO NA WALA SIYANG KWENTA! KAPAL MONG H*Y*P KA! DAPAT IKAW MAPA-IMBESTIGAHAN NG PAGLABAG NG RA7610 PARA SA EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE NG BATA! SARAP MO KUTUSAN. AT LEAST MALAYA NA SI KRISTEL SA INYO! (Nagpapasalamat ako sa magulang ko at di sila tulad mo. Sa kahit na anumang kabiguan na pinagdaanan ko ay nandon sila hindi para mangutya ngunit nupang ihaon ako. At kung tumutulong man ako sa aking pamilya ay hindi dahil obligasyon ngunit dahil sa pagmamahal. Hindi dahil pinipilit ako pero dahil desisyon ko.)

    • i_am_filipino

      I would consider that statement of her Tatay during her funeral. It is a human natural instinct na magsabi nun kahit ikaw siguro kung mamatay ang magulang mo, magsisisihan kayong magkapatid which is normal during the burial but hanggang dun lang. But his message is a good signal to change the system not only in UP but in the Government as well.

  • patrickinca

    Ey! ang taas ng nakawan sa mga administration ng UP at PUP. Dapat aksyonan na iyan!

  • isellnuts

    Why blame the school?

  • isellnuts

    why blame the school?

  • galitnaupalum

    Eto ang problema sa karamihan. Sisihin ang lahat except ang sarili. Oo, hindi maganda yung policy ng UP na tanggalin ka sa class list pag hindi ka nakabayad after a certain period. Napakadaling ipasa ang pagkukulang sa iba, pero di natin nakikita kung ano ang ating kakulangan.

    Sa UPD ako nag-aral at grumaduate. Inabot ako na pitong taon para matapos ang isang engineering course. Galing ako sa isang science high school at nakakahiya na nagbabagsakan ang mga grades ko noon, naisip ko noon na tsamba lang yata ang pagpasa ko noon sa engineering at sa science high school dahil nagbabagsakan ang mga grades ko. Pero taas noo kong tinuloy ang pagaaral ko.

    Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga kaibigan ko na walang humpay na tinuruan ako sa calculus, thermodynamics, dynamics of rigid bodies at kung anu-ano pang subject. At nag-encourage na ituloy ko na lang. Sa magulang ko na hindi nagsawang sabihin na kaya ko yon. At sa sarili ko na hindi ko pinili ang mag-give up na lang.

    Nakakalungkot ang reaction ni Kristel, ng magulang nya, ng mga kaibigan nya, ng mga aktibista na ginagamit ang kanyang pagpapakamatay para isulong ang kanilang agenda, ng mga tao na walang alam gawin kundi ipasa sa iba ang responsibilidad. Nakakalungkot.

    Nasaan kayo nung kailangan nya kayo?

    Mahiya kayo sa sarili nyo.

    • i_am_filipino

      NASAAN KA SA MGA ORAS NA IYON?? HIPOKRITO KA RIN ANU? IKAW LANG BA NAG-ARAL SA UP? IDIOT!!!

      • anermarcelo30

        well said

      • galitnaupalum

        nagtratrabaho ako at nagbibigay ako ng pera sa org ko sa diliman para sa scholarship fund para sa ilang studyante sa up diliman na galing sa public school sa krus na ligas. ikaw?

      • i_am_filipino

        Bollocks.

      • vince_bugaboo

        hindi mo kailangan magmura.

  • ever green

    Lahat ng involved may kasalanan…..5 ang anak pero hindi kayang tustusin ang lahat ng pangangailangan….Ung mga sa university, wala rin namang puso, – “If only I knew the extent of her difficulties, I personally would have attended to her family’s needs,” –too late na…….. at si Kristel, nawalan agad ng pag-asa sa buhay……tsktsk tsk……

  • $23455908

    Bakit Gov’t and sinisisi? Bakit UP? Bakit hindi yung parents and sisihin dahil sa less than P10,000 hindi sila nakapag produce. Nasa parents din iyan. Kung paano niya patatakbuhin ang pamilya niya. Isa- isa pagpapa-aral at hindi dapat sabay-sabay para kahit papaano ay naigagapang nila ang pag-aaral ng mga anak. Sa maayos na pagpapaliwanag sa mga anak nairaraos ang pang araw-araw na takbo ng buhay. Tamang budget sa kinikita. HIndi naman sila nag-iisa. marami ang gumagapang para lamang makapagpa-aral ng mga anak sa kolehiyo. Siguro mas may malalim pang dahilan kung bakit nagpakamatay yung bata? O sadyang siya’y mahina lamang ang loob na lumaban sa mundo ng kahirapan.

    • i_am_filipino

      Bakit sya tinanggap ng school? Kasi alam nila na kahit anong galing bata hindi siya makakagraduate dahil mahirap lang, eh yung pera na maliit na pambili nasa bulsa na ng administration. Alam pala ng school na mas mababa sa 10,000 pesos yung kita ng magulang nag accept pa. Pag inaccept ka, ibig sabihin, kaming bahala. Gets MO?

      • Janch

        Not true. UP education has the STFAP system and students pay according to their income brackets.

      • ano ikaw

        Teka, ba’t galit ka ata. Dapat kumuha ka ng PSYCHO exams :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Negastarr NegaStarr

    To the father of Kristel: Ever considered that YOU are also responsible for what happened to your daughter?

    Kapalmuks ka ha calling for the resignation of the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor.

  • Vertumnus

    What happened to her was tragic but you cannot lay all the blame on the University. It appears that UP’s STFAP is more than generous to low income students. You cannot predict the psychological reaction of all students for inability to pay tuition. There are thousands who benefits from STFAP and thousands more who could not qualify. All colleges and universities must balance academics with fiscal responsibility. In a perfect world education is free. We should be thankful we have higher education to offer millions of students.

    • i_am_filipino

      Thousands who could not qualify? Ano bang capacity ng school? anong ratio ng naka enrol ngayon sa UP na considered mahirap at mayaman. Paano kung mahirap sila pero mas talented kaysa dun sa mayaman kaso lang walang pera? anong explanation mo dun? So sa makatuwid, para lang talaga sa may pera ang school at di para sa mahirap na talented? Kaso di perfect yung Education policy natin diba? Bagsak nga sa EMSA yung napabalita sa inquirer nun. Kaya ayusin na lang yan ng UP. Mag resign yung incharge.

  • ano ikaw

    So what the fuss about UP anyway? It’s a third class low standard institution.

  • isellnuts

    Is it UP’s fault?

  • feargo

    if it will take a board of regents’ action to rescind no late payment rule, then of what use are those people running the various units in the university? they are just a waste of money if they can’t manage such simple things as loan terms. the board should be above these operational issues. it’s not right to call the chancellors to task for this – the regents have apparently tied their hands and gave them no leeway at all in managing their respective units. its the entire board that should resign.

    • i_am_filipino

      AGREE!!!!

  • ano ikaw

    My initial reaction: blame this incident to the way the parents parenting their daughter. It is not the School’s fault.

    In the US or Australia/UK, if you cannot pay, on whether you are a scholar, or if you are bungled in the bureaucratic red tape, you are responsible to make things happen to achieve what you want.

    Some universities are too strict to even have their own red tape (UP needs to follow suit, it must institutionalize and ensure efficacy within its structure). Red tape is a big no-no even to the oldest institutions, especially when it comes to $$$.

    Unfortunately to end up like this, a weak soul took her own life, because perhaps of the demands of the parents? I can only assume. I don’t intend to shift the blame on them, but hey could they just allow themselves to grieve rather than sensationalize this rather very sad incident by talking to the media?

    Second reaction: It is not UP’s fault, neither other institutions of higher learning with 10 or more suicide in a year (ex Tokyo University etc).But UP is not Tokyo Uni. So UP needs to revisit it’s outdated policies and procedures.

    • i_am_filipino

      The Law of Causation of applies on why she killed herself. No tuition, not accepted. It is UP who drove her to kill herself due to HUMILIATION. Kaya U.P. mag dadag kayo ng medical and psycho exam sa mga studyanteng papasok kung ayaw nyong masisi

      • ano ikaw

        Humiliation? Your law of causation does not apply here.

        Did people commit suicide when booted out of Harvard? What a humiliation that was…but no one dared blame that school….

        Still UP needs to modernize its processes to avoid things like these to occur. Ask the new students to take PSYCHO exams ( I agree ako dyan). This will also minimize admitting some students with violent/radical and looney tendencies.

      • i_am_filipino

        humiliated because she knelt down para magmakaawa, eh di ba signage yun. In harvard , you will be booted out kung BOBO ka and you deserve it. Pero sa kaso nitong innocent girl, she was very special , exceptional student, kaso walang pera, Gets Mo? So bago ka sumagot, kumain ka muna ng tanghalian dahil palpak ang reasoning mo.

      • One brave girl

        sino ba nagsabi sayo na she knelt down para magmakaawa? duh! gumagawa ng kwento?

  • marionics

    bakit wala pang naninisi kay pnoy sa insidenteng ito? well, to be fair e kay gma din? haha

  • isellnuts

    filipino mindset, blaming the school.

  • isellnuts

    do we have democracy here?

  • Janch

    There are so many students who work part-time and who go on leaves to raise money to support their education. These students are no less committed to finishing their studies yet don’t commit suicide when faced with the difficulty of paying their tuition fees but rather they deal with their situation. I think the parents of Kristel are unable to face not only the financial responsibilities of sending their daughter to school. They also neglected her emotional and psychological welfare. Lets not blame UP for the depression the girl went through. There had to be more to the environment she was in that made her suicidal. Maybe the parents should ask themselves why their daughter developed suicidal tendencies.

    • i_am_filipino

      Until she was accepted in UP and became different. She was a good intelligent, honorable happy student in Science High School . Blame not from the parents but by the pressure of school for lacking of payments.

      • Janch

        Her parents can’t afford to send her to school. That doesn’t normally drive you suicidal. Like I said, there are way too many students in this country who deserve to go to school but couldn’t even if they want too. They are not driven to kill themselves because of that. Kristel was already suicidal and UP cannot be blamed for that.

      • ano ikaw

        She did not graduate from Science HS….check your facts again.

        RIP to her.

      • i_am_filipino

        misinformed by somebody but on picture, she is special coz she had a lot of medals like us..

      • Manuel_II

        Its only 6k, she could have source the money elsewhere and one of them is taking part time job in fast food chain, we all know student work at this places. She made a wrong choice, and pls. do not blame the school for that.

      • i_am_filipino

        It is easy for an average or rich people to say I could produce 6K or could work, but the only people who knows the problem was her family and the UP admin. Now picture of an innocent girl, who knelt down before you and begging for anything, and instead humiliated? Sana pakuhain din ng Psycho yung mga nasa administration

      • Manuel_II

        I agree with you, the school could have done something more, but if blaming game is to be put forward, most fault will have to fall with the parents and not to the school, they supposed to provide for their child.

      • i_am_filipino

        I know.. but she was accepted by UP in the very beginning knowing that their income did not meet the requirements or perhaps there might be some hidden agenda so I am considering to blame it to UP.

      • frudo

        blame also the father for having 5 kids na taxi driver lang ang work, tapos iiisa sa bata ang ika aasenso ng buhay nila, kawawang mga batang Pinoy

      • Janch

        They didn’t go down on their knees and beg. Blesilda Tejada clarified that.

        And the Tejadas were to blame for not submitting the proper documents when they applied for rebracketing. Kristel could have been recategorized under bracket E and not be required to pay anything.

  • isellnuts

    why blame the school?

  • ano ikaw

    Ang kitid naman ng isip ng iba dito. Bakit mag-resign ang mga administrators?
    The problem with some people , they shift the blame to others rather than accept the fact that everyone (even 16 year olds ) have responsibilities to their own lives. UP is not responsible to look after your life. It is you. You take good care of it. If you are a minor, you go to your parents for help. If you are a parent, do your job as a parent.

    Society (aka) govt, schools like UP, cannot be held responsible for something like this.

  • TGM _ERICK

    10 kmore or less cost the life of a student? if only his father hadn’t been laid off from work, Kristel could still be alive. People manning the registrar and enrolment offices should also have at least 18 units of psychology subjects.

    Naawa ak o 6k madaling iproduce! kung nalalaman lang daw extent ng difficulty, siya na ang sasagot. Useless na. Hindi magmamakaawa ang parents kung mayroon talaga. Nakabayad na pala, bakit hindi pautangin. Kailangan pa ba ang red tape documents. Naiiyak ako habang ginagawa ito. Ganyan na ba tayo kahirap? Ninanakaw lang ng mga pulitiko ang perang bayan. 6k, ipatuka lang iyan sa manok ng mga mandarambong. Isali ko na rito frustration ni Kiram. Naunaawan na ba ninyo kung bakit nagsuicide na rin sila dahil sa napakaliit na bayad na 70K sa isang malaki at mayamang lupa. Minsan talaga magdidilim ang paningin ng isang tao hindi ng kawalan kundi frustrasyon. It’s either magpakamatay ka o pumatay. Kung siguro pupuunta tayo sa nga slums., at liblib na pook, may mga namamatay ng di nabibigyan man lang ng unang lunas.

    Hindi na ako naniniwala sa karma. Naniniwala pa ba ako sa kabutihan ng tao hindi rin. Lahat tayo ay mga hayop iba-t ibang uri lamang. Mayroon sa atin lahing buwitre.

  • Manuel_II

    Everyone should enroll in UP, they are giving FREE education.

    I suggest UP should also to stop the Entrance exam and accept everyone as it is their constitutional right for proper education, bytheway, in order to accommodate the thousands of students with NO tuition fee, the Philippine Governemnt would increase the tax rate of everyone to 60% and increase VAT to atleast 50% more.

    Kudus, welcome to communism.

    • i_am_filipino

      Bro, ang layo mo na, loll…

      • Manuel_II

        It is called “Sarcasm” LOL

  • isellnuts

    Its UP’s fault

  • isellnuts

    Typical Filipino mindset.

  • ano ikaw

    Every school has a student-admin body to provide support , psychologically and financially (if possible) students.

    Student organizations have a support group.

    Where were these student organizations ? Did this kid approach the student council for assistance? What did the student council do?

    So instead of blaming the school, ask the questions to the student council – they are there to support students.

  • http://twitter.com/31dMB Dodjie Basco

    What is the responsibility of parents with regards to the education of their children? Isn’t it that first and foremost, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide good education to their children? Isn’t it that it is their responsibility to find ways and means on getting the tuition fee paid? My mom, when I was still in college, would move heaven and earth just to get our tuition fee paid. We were four children and all of us are in college. In my mind, I would always blame my parents for not planning well for our education. But when I saw her perseverance and and hard work just to raise money for our education, I can’t help but just pity her. I know this because I am not just a witness to her hardship, actually, I am part of her hardship. She is raising our family all by her lone some.I know this because I am the one asked to go to our relatives and friends to borrow money. I know this because I experience skipping meals because of lack of money. I know this because I am her errand boy to pawn her valuable things even those things that are too sentimental to let go.To tell you honestly, we were never able to recover all those things she pawned. As we were going through these tough times, we never blamed any one of our predicament, not even the government. She died 10 years after I’ve finished college. And I know she is one proud mother specially now that I am finally making a good living. All that we had before was our commitment in the family to stay together and survive the storm. I am really glad she did not quit on me that is why I did quit on her.

    • i_am_filipino

      I gave my parents money while I was studying in University.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    sunogin niyo na lang ang U-Pay(UP) pang mayaman lang yan

  • Pancho.Abby

    The Php1,500/unit for bracket A students should be increased to the same level as those being charged by Ateneo and La Salle. Most of the students under this category are children of millionaires, some of which are well known in the society for being rich. The families of these students can easily afford the tuition. The Php1,500/unit is much cheaper compared to the regular universities. In this manner, their tuition can subsidize the well deserving poor students and more poor students can be accommodated in UP.

  • nakawan

    See this is why I think most UP-bred activists are a joke. A rollback on tuition? Are you f u c k i n g kidding me?! UP has one of the cheapest uni tuitions in the world! For f u c k’s sake, you people should be on your knees handing out hand jobs to whoever got you in there, not out on the streets demanding for rollbacks! Activists, I swear– you yield an inch, soon they want the whole nine yards.

  • victor casquejo

    UP is supposed to be an affordable learning institution,being a state university. It’s extremely unpalatable that poor Filipino students has to undergo so much strain in their pursuit of academic excellence. This country is always bragging of a better tomorrow,yet,is obviously gearing towards the wrong path. It’s commonsense that we should allocate more budget on education,thus,assuring a brighter future.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YO4QYV7TG6VV5TSKPZXNKQHKUE Brando

    Very poor but so intelligent students like Kristel must be supported all the way by government until they graduate. The economic standing of Kristel’s family must be the principal basis in crafting a law by our lawmakers that would give free education in state universities and colleges of students like her.

    I will vote candidates for Senator who will sponsor such a bill. I would be happy seeing that law called “Kristel Law”.

  • Pangasugan

    What wrong with us Filipinos? Why do we always expect our government to give free education to the poor? Are we not suppose to work hard for our children’s education? Is it not our responsibility as a parent to pay for our kid’s education no matter where they want to study?
    If I was Kristel’s father, I will only blame myself for her death for two reasons: 1. I failed on my responsibility to support her college education 2. I failed to bring her to emotional maturity – the lack of it was the real cause of the suicide.

    • One brave girl

      NOPE walang kasalanan ang father nya, it’s UP’s fault, it’s gov’t’s fault, it’s the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor’s fault, it’s Pnoy’s fault, it’s their mayor’s fault, etc but not the parents..absurd right? ang yabang pa ng father na pag-resignin un Chancellor at Vice Chancellor kasi daw di sila deserving sa position..eh sya as a father, deserving kaya sya?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YO4QYV7TG6VV5TSKPZXNKQHKUE Brando

    You need to be very poor in order to understand Kristel and her family.

  • ron cruz

    Do you think she killed herself just because she did not able pay her tuition? Or a family problem.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    late last year, the president himself suggested that state-run colleges and universities should be more self reliant. following this pronouncement, budget secretary florencio abad announced that budget cuts in state universities and colleges (SUCs) could be solved through increasing tuition rates and utilizing savings of public schools.

    this administration have more money to spend giving doleout to the poor. the government spends 45 billion peso alone for CCT while being callus to the very limited budget on SUCs. what’s important for this administration, education or doleout?

  • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

    A taxi driver can afford to have 5 kids?

  • juanamboy

    “Each man’s death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.” (John Donne).

    Yes, I sympathizes with Kristel and the Tejada’s.

    Yes, I sympathizes with them for being poor because of the inequities in our society where the poor becomes poorer while the rich becomes richer.

    Yes, I sympathizes with Kristel and the Tejada’s because they are victims of government neglect, UP in particular.

    Yes, I sympathizes with Kristel and the Tejada’s because I myself, my parents and my family have been similarly situated like the Tejada’s, if not even worse than them.

    And there are millions of us like the Tejada’s, if not even worse than them.

    But then, while I, my parents, my family and millions of similarly situated decry such social inequities and government neglect, we never ever thought that that’s the end of the world because while I and millions like me are never as bright as Kristel, we worked our way up DESPITE those social inequities and government neglect. Para po may pangtustos sa pag-aaral, habang ako po ay na sa barangay high school sa mahirap na bayan sa Capiz ako po ay nagtitinda ng balut kapag walang klase. Ng magcollege po ako ako naman ay nagtiyagang namasukan sa kung ano-anong trabaho tulad ng pagkakargador. Sa awa po ng Diyos ako ay naging abugado. Andami pong success stories na nagmula po sa katulad ng kwento ng buhay ko.

    The moral of my and our story is: while ang sosyodad o sa gobyerno ay may obkigasyon sa atin at may kasalanan sila kapag di nila ito nagampanan, wag naman nating isandal na lang sa kanila ang tagumpay natin. Ako, ikaw, tayo na mismo ang gumawa ng paraan para magtagumpay – at ang kahirapan o ang kapabayaan ng sosyodad at gobyerno ay di dapat maging balakid.

    Ang di makagawa ng paraan, lalo na kung ako, ikaw at tayo ay matalino naman, ay katalinuhang kulang sa pagkamaparaan – at ang mas masaklap ay katalinuhan pero sagad sa kaartihan kaya ayaw or nahihiyang maghanapbuhay para may pantustos sa pag-aaral.

    Simple lang naman po sana ang solusyon ni Kristel: kumayod ng pantustos sa pag-aaral; magworking student – di yong magambisyon na maging “proffessional” student kung di naman kaya ang panggastos. Yan po ang ipagdiinan natin sa mga kabataan ngayon.

  • juanamboy

    There are demands for the resignation of some UP officials because of the Kristel Tejada tragedy. Bale ba, para nating sinasabi na “Hoy UP, let me study there at wala ng etse buretse pa, or else magpapakamatay ako.”

    Maaaring may kasalanan nga ang UP officials na pinagreresign. Pero, come on, di yan ang solution para di na maulit ang nangyari kay Kristel. Ang solution ay, given the pagkukulang ng UP at ng opisyales nito, isaksak natin sa kukuti ng mga estudyante na “Hey, kung ala kang pangtustos sa pagaaral, maghanapbuhay ka kahit kargador or side-walk vendor para may panggastos sa pagaaral at wag masyadong maarte. Wag mapagmayabang sa katalinuhan lang, dagdagan mo ng pagkamaparaan. Kung katalinuhan lang naman ang ipinagmamalaki mo, uungusan ka ng milya-milya ng average lang ang utak pero maparaan naman.”

  • maximus_meridius

    For me, these are the major parties at fault in this Kristel incident:

    1. UP Manila management – for being inflexible in providing for the needs of students such as Kristel.

    2. Kristel’s parents – for being unable to find a way to provide the needs of their daughter. and also for placing the blame entirely upon the UP Manila officials hereby absolving themselves for what has happened.

    3. The government – for having not so progressive education policies plus lesser budget allocated to education.

    3. Kristel herself – for being so faint-hearted in dealing with this situation. as if it’s the end of the world already if her education was temporarily discontinued.

  • filipinaskoh

    The suicide of Kristel should not only be blamed to the administrator of UP. There are lot of factors to consider on her suicide; she is already having a problem with her parents as she said they continuously fight over money. The burden that was laid on her shoulder as the family’s sole hope is another factor.

    The school not grating her petition triggered her of losing hope. When one lost hope- suicide is most of the time the option.

    On the other hand her suicide made the UP administration to review their policy- to make it more better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    kapal ng mukha niyo mg UP officials…resign now..!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    cut the Senate and House’s pork barrel by half..and divert these to funding college scholars and livelihood programs…!

  • jopar

    Public funds intended to uplift the poor through education, somehow, failed to reach the intended beneficiaries. I’m sure there are millions of Kristel Tejadas out there, suffering in silence. We need to overhaul the income threshold of STFAP.

    How could the STFAP decide to make Kristel Tejada pay 100% tuition for a family of five children, with only their father earning a living by driving a taxi cab they don’t own?

    As we now can clearly see, everybody in the school administration, with their personal interest in mind, comes to the media washing their bloodied hands. Can this people face the issue of tuition payment for poor but deserving students? Can they admit in front of tax-paying public that there is a need to reform the STFAP?

    Here’s my suggestion. Why don’t you exempt public high school graduates who passed the UPCAT from paying tuition fees?

    • juanamboy

      tama ka po. pero hanga’t di pa nangyayari yan ay magbanat ang estudyante ng buto, magworking student, maghanapbuhay kahit magkargador or magsidewalk vendor at ng may pantustos sa pagaaral. wag maarte, wag mahiya magtrabaho ng pangtustos sa pagaaral.

      • frudo

        eh bakit di nalang sila bigyan ng loan, dito sa lugar ko matalino ka man or hindi pag gusto mo mag aral papautangin ka ng gobyerno at babayaran mo pag naka pag trabaho ka na automatic na ibabawas sa sweldo mo, kaya lahat ng gusto makapag aral vocational man or college nakakapag aral, walang entrance exam, kasi lahat ng tao dito may id number kaya kung may utang ka siguradong mababayaran mo pag naagwork ka na, ang problema pa sa pinas pag pinautang ng gobyerno ang mga studyante mahihirapan sila maningil kasi nga walang id system. at lam ko na hindi rin papasa sa congresso a lahat ng tao magkaroon ng number or id, dahil lam nyo na,

    • es

      Just to clarify, she paid 30% tuition but was supposed to be rebracket to 0%.

      As I understand, she went to a private Catholic high school on a scholarship.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    STFAP should be made to serve the needs of the poor Iska/Isko. Making sure that the rich pays their dues truthfully should not be made at the expense of the poor’s access to STFAP….

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    SI PNOY KUNG LALABAS SA MALAKANYANG AT MANGANGAMPANYA SA TEAM PENOY, NAPAKARAMI NG ENTOURAGE, PSG PA LANG HINDI NA BABABA SA 100 PERSONS….IT MEANS, MONEY FOR THEIR TRANSPO, MONEY FOR THEIR FOODS AT ALLOWANCES COMES FROM TAXPAYERS MONEY…

    KUNG ITONG PAGLALALABAS NI PENOY THAT CAN WORTH 500 THOUSAND EXPENDITURES SA MGA TAUHAN NIYA EVERYTIME NA LUMABAS SIYA SA MALAKANYANG AT MANGAMPANYA, IBINIGAY NA SANA SA MGA NAPAKARAMING KRISTEL DIYAN SA IBAT IBANG PAARALAN..

    yan ba ang daan matuwid???

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    sa mga commercials na pinapalabas sa natinal tv an worth 10 THOUSAND PER SECOND…IF IT IS 30 SECOND COMMERCIAL, IT CAN WORTH 300 THOUSAND TIMES THE FREQUENCY SA PAGLABAS…

    KUNG YUNG MGA COMMERCIAL LALO NA KASAMA PA ANG PRESIDENTE SA PANGANGAMPANYA SA KANYANG MGA ALIPORES, IBINIGAY NA SA MGA NAPAKARAMING KRISTEL SA IBAT IBANG KOLEHIYO, WALA NA SANA GANYAN NA PANGYAYARI…

    yan ba ang daan matuwid???

    • frudo

      kaya nga eh dapat ipagbawal na yan lugi ang taong bayan sa ganyan klaseng commercial ng pulitiko kasi galing din yan pera na ginastos jan sa kaban ng bayan, sino ba nagpauso nyan? dapat yan ipag bawal na, kung gusto ng tv or media coverage para makilala sila eh mayroon nman tayong channel 4 or 13 na pag aari ng gobyerno kung di ako nagkakamali eh bakit di dun sila mag debate at ipakilala ang sarili nila, kumikita tuloy ng husto ang sikat ng network, tangalin ang pork ilagay sa education!!!

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        correct!!!

  • billy gunner

    at the end of the day, gloria is behind this tragedy, says penoy.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    KUNG SI PENOY PINAPAKIALAMAN ANG MGA GANITONG KLASENG PROBLEMA, SANA WALANG KRISTEL NA NAGHIHIRAP AT MAGPAKAMATAY…

    UNFORTUNATELY, MAS IMPORTANTE PA KAY PENOY ANG PANGANGAMPANYA, IMBES NA ANG MGA PROBLEMA NG BANSA NA NAPAKARAMI…

  • Rameses Javier Casten

    This is an injustice to the Declaration of School Student Rights. I hope that UP will live up to its promise. The “Iskolar ng Bayan” should never be abused by any and all circumstance. JUSTICE!

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    andaming mga trapo pulitiko na sobra na ang yaman pero nag aaral sa UP…so, ang uunahin ung anak ni tongressman..ung anak ni senatong…pero ung anak ni tasyo na isang mangingisda, walang boses, walang pera, so, hindi makakapasok, hindi makakatapos…

    sobrang yaman na ng mga taong ito ng mga politiko pero gusto pa ng minimum o libre edukasyon…samantalang ung mahihirap, sobrang hirap makapasok…so, pano sila aangat?

    tas, hindi man lang pigilan ni penoy ang pagtaas ng tuition sa UP…

    yan ba ang daan matuwid???

    dapat dito, ung mayayaman diyan na studyante sa UP…mga de-kotse, triple ang bayaran nila na tuition to subsidize these poor people….

    • TGM _ERICK

      million x agree!

    • frudo

      kasing presyo dapat din ng tuition sa lasalle at ateneo dun sa mga mayayaman,

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        correct!!!

  • Pangasugan

    SOUL SEARCHING?!! Bakit nila hinahanap ang kaluluwa ng nag suicide? Para ba sisingilin sa utang na tuition? Di ba quits na ang utang pag namatay na yung tao?

  • siegfeil

    Baka in the future bilhin na lang ni Manny Pangilinan yan like most universities na hawak na nang mga Chinese tycoons. Bakit kaya eh maliit lang naman kita diyan or BIR purposes.

  • patrick 2013

    You can not blame the university for the demise of Kristel. There are many many reasons for her depression and this includes family pressure, peer pressure, bullying, etc. For her to commit something drastic such as suicide indicates there is a much deeper problem with her psyche and her belief that there is no hope to look forward to. It sounds like her parents are using the University as a scapegoat to a deeper problem that was bugging their daughter and family. Many students including myself, have had tuition fee problems but we survive and strive to continue on. Stop blaming the system and look at the values imposed on children by their family.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      yes..there might be other factors that made her depressed..BUT, what TRIGGERS it is that SYSTEM!!!…why not tell the UP to change the system BY ASKING TEN TIMES HIGHER TUITION FEE TO THOSE LITE AND SONS OF POLITICIANS…TO SUBSIDIZE THESE POOR SONS OF FARMERS, FISHERMEN, ETC…why dont u research, most students in UP are not really poor…

      • frudo

        korek kaya nga may song na ganito ang lyrics, DUMADAMI DUMADAMI ANG KOTSE SA STATE UNIVERSITY. STATE UNIVERSITY. limot ko na yung band na kumanta nun

  • http://thegeometre.blogspot.com/ Jeruel R. Canales

    Making the rich pay more and the poor pay less is reverse discrimination. Why do we have to penalize the rich? It’s because the in our current system, there is that unspoken belief that the rich has obtained their wealth through fraud. Which is true about 50% of the time. That is knowingly or unknowingly. Our current political system sucks. 99% of the people think that changing the people in the system will make it better. My say is, as Einstein put it: Lunacy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same result. The government is the most inefficient system to give us services, but somehow we entrust with most of the services we want society to give us. Good luck. Election is the opium of the masses. Fare the Philippines well.

  • PapatowtyHantam

    Sang-ayon ako na marami pang dapat ayusin sa UP system, ang STFAP na yan at ang fraternity na pinagmumulan ng corruption ng gobyerno (ibang kwento na ito).
    Nakalulungkot lamang isipin na kailangan pang mamatay ang isang estudyante para lamang masimulan ang isang karapat-dapat na pagbabago.

  • frudo

    pag mahirap ka sana, wala ka na dapat bayaran na tuition fee sa UP; pero pag mayaman ka dapat parehas sa lasalle at ateneo ang dapat mong bayarang tuition, sa gayon di kakapusin sa budget ang UP,

  • Gilberto Reyes

    I am sorry about the cost of education in UP. But what I am sorry for is that it is immediately taken that the reason for suicide was that she would not be able to study. I read no fact and yet the speculation on the reason for suicide was taken as a truth. That is what I am so sorry and shocked about.

  • http://twitter.com/McCormickang Alvic S. Roda

    I am so thankful that i graduated from Mindanao State University- affordable yet providing quality and outstanding professionals here in mindanao.

  • mariano

    This issue is going way way overboard, no school policy or regulation is perfect. It is unfortunate and sad with what happened with Kristel, and because of emotions guns are blazing pointing the blame on whoever may have been contributory. To institute measures to prevent any further untoward incident is the right way, to demand resignation is childish and emotional and lacks substance. In time each one of us gets to be parents, we raise our children to the best of our knowledge and a school is never responsible for our children’s psychological state, not even us as parents in fact, so no fingers should be pointed. We can only pray for Kristel and pray harder for her parents.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    Public schools are not for rich students, they are for the poor. UP is for deserving poor students only. If rich students want to enroll, they have to pay higher tuition than poor students.

  • boybakal

    Coed suicide sparks Soul Searching at UP….

    No need to soul search, just resign and your soul will be fine.

  • boybakal

    UP….University of the Philippines….The only public University where it is funded by taxpayer’s money….meaning tuituion is affordable to those who are striving but deserving students.
    UP now becomes University of Pananalapi….You have to have money to get into this State University funded by taxpayers money.

  • jseesus

    Buti pa isara na lang ninyo UP, dahil bulok din naman yang university na yan kaya mga graduate dyan mga walang alam din. kulelat nga yang UP sa university ranking dito sa asia. asia lang po what more kung whole world na.. karamihan ng mga professor at instructor diyan nalalagyan papano ang baba ng sweldo. bakit di ko alam eh nagturo pamangkin ko dyan na wlang ginawa kung hindi mag xbox. pampalipas oras daw.. bulok ang sistema pati mga nagtuturo bulok equals bulok na mga estudyante..

  • upupperclassman

    The idea to project UP as “school for the poor” is a very wrong concept. UP should aim to be a need blind school, it means UP should be ready to meet all the need of a deserving student as long as such need can be substantiated. UP should aim to be need blind up 100%. For the students from well to do families, they should be asked to pay tuition fee comparable to Ateneo and La Salle. For students from Class A families, the tuition fee should no less than P5,000 per unit. For a typical load of 18 units, the tuition fee for student of Class A family will around P90,000 per semester. Should such need blind concept be adopted, UP can be a world class university to both students from rich and poor families. UP will be able to charge the correct full tuition fee from students who can pay and meet up to 100% need of poor students. Mr. Alfredo Pascual, I hope you will seriously consider this humble suggestion from an old classmate.

  • upupperclassman

    It is a very wrong concept to look at UP as “a school for the poor”. UP should aim to be a world class university that is need blind to all Filipinos. UP should be prepared to meet up to 100% need of a deserving student. The students from Bracket A should be charged a tuition fee comparable to Ateneo and La Salle at P5,000 per unit for a typical load of 18 units per semester. A graduated discount can be granted to Bracket B & C and the demonstrated need of Bracket D & E will be met up to 100%. This way all academically deserving students can attend UP. The rich and those who can afford to pay will pay and those that need financial assistance will be accommodated with their need.

  • JasonBieber

    It’s sad for the girl and their families. At the same time hopefully not only UP but the Administration does something about education. We hear the President boast about all the money he’s thrown at the education sector but the example of this girl just shows the lack of quality programs and initiatives being done for students.

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    The greed among students that you have alluded to should not be used solely to judge those who are not greedy. In the case of Kristel Tejada, nagmakaawa na siya sampo ng kanyang amang jeepney driver. Kinapalan na nila ang kanilang mukha upang magkaroon lang si Kristel ng chance na mabigyan ng other alternatives so she could continue attending the UP. But our officers in charge were really callous. Why put the blame and anger on poor, honest and not greedy students na nagmamakaawa na for the fault of greedy students. That is not how you solve problems in life. You have to weed out the bad from the good ones. YOU can’t just lump them all in one category as bad and therefore withhold assistance or providing alternatives for them to get assistance. In the USA, private organisations both for profit and for non-profit offer assistance to needy students. We do have private organisations and wealth corporations in the Philippines that our institutions can ask for contributions towards education and financial assistance.

  • anermarcelo30

    lets stop the blaming game…the government and the parents have a duty to provide education to their students only to what they can afford…may i suggest then a ‘government state student loan scheme’ like here in UK that is available to all students to any university (only if you meet the grades or points) and payable (after graduating) when they reach certain salary…this is a sad story and depression can hit anyone rich or poor…stop pointing fingers children….

  • desi derata

    To: UP Vice-Chancellor

    How can you deny the young mind an education she dreamed just because she is poor? Yours is an oppressive system. Instead of helping the very poor, you make them feel that they don’t belong there.

    You have been perpetuating a system of “wang-wang” where the rich and the influential have the first placement in the selection process, and we kept our peace because we were thinking those students must be superior in IQ and more adaptable to the system you maintain. And I saw that most of them go to the next class not by jeepney but with their own cars, they are sons and daughters of rich families.

    They can go to other schools, they can afford to. But no, they have to abuse the system, they can because they have the wherewithal and the system is corrupt, autonomously corrupt.

    The system is corrupt and the graduates are generally corrupt. Despite having benefitted from public funding, when they go to government service, they commit not a medium- sized graft but enterprise scale one.

    One day, I will come and see you and will I not leave any stone or timber unturned. I will spread salt all over the campus so that nothing will come out from that oppressive place.

  • titod

    My parents sent us to Catholic schools from elem to hs. I remember how those who were not paid were not allowed to take tests. They announced it over the intercom and you knew those who stood up and left the room were guilty. That was 30 years ago and its amazing how things has gotten worse in the Philippines. Of all schools, sa UP pa. At least then they just held up your grade. Now, its TIME they rob you off. Imagine giving up a semester. It messes everything up, as not all subjects/prerequisites are available the following semester. That was really a dumb policy if I ever saw one. But then again, the poor were from the start discriminated against in UP. It was as if they were undeserving and actually stealing the spot of a more talented scholar ng bayan.

  • ron cruz

    Nagpakamatay ang bata dahil sa family problem at ang pamilya ginamit na scapegoat kanilang kakulangan sa kanilang anak. Sa mga left minded student ng UP, tama ba na sirain nyo ang mga gamit ng public school na pinopondohan ng mga tax payers at syang nagpapa aral sa inyo, scholar nga kayo ng bayan pero wala kayong karapatan manira ng public properties.

  • remyr

    1st for the chancellor to say that if they have known that the girl was really undergoing financial problems, etc., they could help her is a “so so”. The child appealed, the parents, according to them begged and humbled themselves – nagmakaawa na” to consider their situation. Paper works needed? They have to consider, a lot of their deserving scholars, those who come from the province, UPs financial lower bracket, they don’t have those 9 to 5 jobs, baka yung iba, karpintero, magsasaka, mangingisda, driver, nagbebenta ng kakanin, what paper works will they be able to provide if hindi sila kumita, if they lost their jobs? UP should reconsider this. They should also consider that those students coming from the D or E brackets are coming from financially challenged families but students in those brackets are in UP because they deserve it, that despite their financial situation they were able to pursue their studies, matalino at matiyaga. If nagmamakaawa na ang pamilya, tignan ng mabuti ang katayuan. Will you deny the child her studies – her chance of improving her life?
    2nd, it saddens me a lot to hear from a parent, that their child is their only means of rising from poverty. Putting that burden in a child is too much. Yes, a a parent, we hope that our child would live a life better than what we have, pero para ipasa at ibigay sa anak mo ang pasan na ito, at sabihin sa anak mo na siya ang pagasa para bumuti ang buhay ng pamilya, masyadong mabigat ito para sa bata. I don’t want to conclude, but having that burden put to a young one’s mind, compounded by her being denied help from UP – a failure to help her family, must have been too much for the girl to bear. She didn’t have that “simple teenager angst or problems”, she had the weight of carrying the weight of her entire clan on her shoulders – a weight too much for her to carry.

  • bogli_anakdami

    … flip gung gongs UP graduates do not contribute anything to the betterment of flipland…
    … after graduation, they ‘bakwet to ‘merka to work as barmaids, hugas pwets, and kahera at jcp…
    … hay naku, mga flip gung gongs, you’re wasting my TAXES.

  • John Do

    Shame on you Aquino administration……yan dahil kinatay nyo ang budget ng education…mas na una pa ang mga politiko……pork daw….saan ba nila ginagamit yon? Kaya mahiya na kayo…..ilang buhay pa ba ang dapat mawala para matauhan kayo? Its more fun in the Philippines…para lang yan sa mga politiko……ulol nyo…

  • doublecross

    UP is for the poor, bkt kaya ang daming naka_SUV!

  • Mendoza_Juniors

    What do you mean by “coed?” I hate to guess or to do some irritating research just for one confusing word. Please help!

  • Mendoza_Juniors

    I politely told those who were attacking the Catholic educational institutions to try enrolling at UP or state schools and find out the affairs of public education. Where is the money of the public? Political Corruption! Soon RH corruption in billions!

  • One brave girl

    “Ang pera konektado sa magulang. Wag nilang pahirapan yung magulang na pilitin magbayad kasi ang tanging pag-asa din ng magulang ay yung anak.Pparang ganun e – ang nag-aaral wag nilang bigyan ng problema ng magulang. Yung magulang wag bigyan ng problema ng paaralan,” he added.

    “Hindi nagpakamatay si Kristel dahil sinasabi nag-aaway, kahirapan, ganito. We’ve been experiencing this for the past 4 years. Bakit niya lang ginawa ito kung halimbawa nakikita niya na naghihirap kami, nag-aaway kami ng mama nya kasi alam niyo nasanay na siyang nakikita kaming nag-aaway. Nasanay na rin siyang naghihirap kami pero wala siyang magawa. Hindi siya pwedeng magtrabahao. Ang pwede lang niyang gawin mag-aral ng mabuti, i-continue yung pag-aaral niya despite nag-aaway kami at kulang kami sa pera.”

    This was from one of the interviews of Kristel’s father.

    = This is how IRRESPONSIBLE her father is..nag-tataka pa ba sya kung bakit nag-suicide si Kristel? Proud na proud pa sya na “nasanay” na ang mga anak nya nag-aaway silang mag-asawa? Ang tanging pag-asa ng magulang ay ang anak? Ganyan ang paniniwala mo pero ayaw mong bigyan ka ng problema ng nag-aaral mong anak? Clearly states na pinabayaan mo si Kristel! I won’t be surprised kung sinisi nyo din sya ng maforced LOA sya kasi nawala yung “pag-asa nyong maka-ahon sa hirap”.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    As some people say there are other angles or reasons why this young coed took her life. Third party maybe involved, a foul play until the final investigation has conducted.
    At present the most probable cause of her death is undeniable, RED TAPE. Poor students are treated like beggars.

  • paengsdelrosario

    Here the United States, even a HOMELESS person can attend college at Harvard University (and other top-rated schools, for that matter). That’s because Harvard finds the money to guarantee the best among the best gets the best education. Only 40 percent of Harvard students pay the full cost of attendance of $55,000 plus. This is made possible by A 32-BILLION DOLLAR ENDOWMENT, a big chunk of which comes from the institution’s ALUMNI.

    I personally believe that very few UP graduates give back to their alma mater. UP currently has less than 8 billion PhP in endowment…and alumni donations account for less than 25% of it. UP has had thousands of graduates since its foundation. But a siginificant number of them, particularly the professionals (e.g., MDs, RNs, medtechs, engineers, architects, and lawyers) moved out of the country almost immediately after earning their professional licenses. They received world-class education at UP paid for by tax pesos…but never bothered to give anything back either to the school or the country.

    Our national reserve is in excess of 60 billion US dollars. But the Aquino government does not seem interested in investing some of that money for our higher education. Perhaps UP should focus more on one of its untapped resources – the alumni – to increase its endowment funds and allocate some of it to help students pay for tuition and fees.

  • Don Dee

    MESSAGE SA LAHAT NG KANDIDATO NGAYONG HALALAN. Lalo na sa mga gustong maging senador at congressman. Bakit ang edukasyon sa elementarya at hayskul kayang gawing libre. Pero sa kolehiyo, biglang naubusan ng budget? What are you saying? Our educational system will only support you until you are qualified enough to become a DH in Hongkong?Ayusin nyo ang budget. Bawasan ang pork barrel. Dapat merong tunay na STATE UNIVERSITY kung saan ang gustong mag kolehiyo, may pera man o wala e pwedeng mag aral. Huwag nyong gawing factory ng DH ang Pinas.

  • Leonard Loria

    hindi na nahiya ang mga hudas na PhD sa UP>>>at least Kristel still had the decency not to sell her body para lang makapag-aral >>>>may you hypocrites burn in hell, FOREVER!

  • Leonard Loria

    CANT STAND THE TRUTH?

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO CHANGE THE ENROLLMENT SYSTEM IN THE GOVERNMENT STATE UNIVERSITY…..

    FOR THOSE QUALIFIED IN UP GRADING SYSTEM MUST BE FREE IN TUITION FEES AND EVEN IN BOARD AND LODGING SUBSIDY OF GOVERNMENT……. THE GOVERNMENT MUST GIVE FREE FULL SUBSIDY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY….

    THERE MUST BE NO RICH AND POOR IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY ADMISSION PASS IN GRADING STANDARD….THE GRADING STANDARD IS GOOD FOR THE STUDENTS BECAUSE IT GAUGE THE SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES AND KNOWLEDGE OF STUDENTS TO BECOME GOOD AFTER GRADUATIONS OR IN APPLICATIONS OF HIS DEGREE…

    THERE MUST BE NO BRACKETING SYSTEM THE GRADING SYSTEM IS THE BEST AND PASSING ENTRANCE IN THE SCHOOL ADMITTING OF STUDENTS…

    ISKOLAR TALAGA NG BAYAN ANG IPROPRODUCE NG UP SA MATAAS N GRADING SYSTEM AT FULL SUPPORT NG GOVERNMENT….AT DUN SA MGA STATE UNIVERSITY NA HINDI UP AY KAHIT HINDI GANUON KATAAS ANG GRADING SYSTEM UPANG MAKATULONG SA PAGAARAL AT SITWASYON NG PILIPINAS KUNG SAAN AY MARAMI ANG WORKING STUDENT AT NAGSISIKAP MAG-ARAL NA HINDI KAYA ANG SOBRANG TAAS NG GRADE AND STILL FREE FULL SUBSIDIZED ANG SUPPORT NG GOVERNMENT AT QUALITY PA DIN ANG GRADUATES AT NAKAKASIGURO NA NAKAKATAPAT SA MGA OTHER SCHOOLS ANG GRADUATES………

    UP HAS EXCELLENT STUDENTS ON THE SCHOOLS SUBSIDY IN GETTING PROFESSORS AND FACILITIES AND GRADE STANDARDS…….JUST MAINTAIN GRADE STANDARDS IN UP FOR FAIR ADMISSION OF STUDENTS NOT IN BRACKETING OF FAMILY INCOME PLUS GRADES STANDARDS WHO WILL ADMIT IN THE SCHOOL…..

    LET US ALL ACCEPT AND ORIENT TO FILIPINO PEOPLE THAT UP HAS GRADE STANDARDS TO IMPLEMENT AND NOT IN BRACKETING THAT IS THE SIMPLE SYSTEM IN ADMISSION OF STUDENTS FOR THE PEOPLE TO ADMIT THAT UP CAMPUS HAS A GRADE STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS…THOSE STUDENT IN U.P. HAS HIGHER CAPABILITY FOR OUR NATIONS TO BUILD…

    THERE MUST BE NO RICH AND POOR IN ADMISSION IN UP, THE GRADING SYSTEM WILL TELL WHO THE UP CAMPUS WILL ADMIT…AND THE GOVERNMENT MUST SUBSIDIZED IT FOR FREE…

    THE U.P. COULD BE FREE SCHOOL OF ALL THE INTELLECTUAL POOR WHO HAS THEIR KNOWLEDGE IS THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD AND BUILD THE NATIONS PASS THE U.P. GRADING SYSTEM…

    PROMOTIONS OF RIGHT TO EDUCATIONS….

    • frudo

      pero ang nakakalungkot minsan naproproduce ng UP na ginagastusan ng taong bayan ay makakaliwa at lumalaban pa gobyerno,.

  • Alex Alvarez

    “At the press conference, the official broke down and recalled how he was once in a situation similar to Tejada’s. “I was once a medical school student struggling to pay my tuition,” Agulto said, his voice cracking.

    “We do not wish to give anyone a difficult time. We dream for them as they aspire for their future. We do not wish to pose obstacles in realizing their dreams,” he said.”

    Most probably this guy, want others to experience what he had gone through during his time…………………

  • boybakal

    Coed suicide sparks soul-searching at UP….

    Soul searching at UP….well, these people should not be in the board to do soul searching.
    Soul searching is for young minds and not for those old, matured people.
    Soul searching dapat Decision making….tunggak.

  • $14334231

    a public university should not be a school for profit like private universities…..the government should start finding a way to help those needy students, like giving them grants, or thru a loan payable when they graduate and help them find a decent job and repay the government, say, within 10 to 15 years with a minimal interest of 2 or 3 percent…we have so much money being wasted by having this so called “pork barrel” which very few really are benefited…the rest goes to the politicians’ pockets for use on their next reelection bids…..how pitiful…bear in mind that this poor students are talented (else how could they pass the entrance exam?) and may well become our future leaders….penoy, you’ve been to so many foreign nations…did you ever asked them how their public schools are funding the marginalized students?…i think going to foreign nations should not be limited to finding investors or enticing tourists to visit our country, but engage a little farther on how to make our country stand on its own two feet….we cannot and should not be a country of foreigners…the government should encourage filipinos to become entrepeneurs in which the government has funds to give loans to prospective pinoys who wants to open, maybe, a small business to start up…of course collateral has to be put up so the government can recoup also its loses should the borrower’s business fail….this is a sad story that has to be retold to PTA’s meetings, and for college students, an open house for the parents to meet the faculties and see the school’s facilities…and most important here is to instill in the minds of the parents that sending their kids to school is not a way to uplift their ways of living but a moral obligation to ensure a good life for their children…..this story is so sad that i hope would open the minds of parents who only think of having to alleviate their ways of life for a better future for themselves thru their children’s education….and public administrators should now think twice and get rid of red tape, especially for the indigent students…these administrators are there to help, not to deny any student that needs their help….may she rest in peace…..

  • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

    there will never be resignations of these officials, they suck real pretty hard that would put the “Dawson” vacuum cleaner to shame!

  • JasonBieber

    We all can’t help but feel terrible about this whole entire situation.

    We don’t know exactly what was going thru this girl’s mind and it is hard to pinpoint blame but certainly the poor support offered to students studying is a factor. The current PNoy administration has not done enough to help students pay for tuition to study. Many say negative things about GMA but at least she had several study now pay later programs as well as scholarships to help college students during her term.

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