Grade 10 Students from Araullo High School on Tuesday, November 19 volunteered to repaint their walls after militants allegedly vandalized their school premises.

About 10 students and two teachers volunteered to join the repainting activity of the school’s Taft Avenue side.

Jermaine Sarmiento, a Grade 10 student, said that militants should stop vandalizing because it disrespects the efforts of the city government to clean up the nation’s capital.

“Sana huwag na nilang ulitin kasi nakakasama rin po sa kapaligiran kasi nabababoy rin po. Naghihirap rin po si Mayor [Isko Moreno] para maayos yung ating kapaligiran,” Sarmiento said.

“Sana yung grupo na iyon umamin na at magtago na para matigil na po tong pag-vavandal,” he added.

Likewise, Macniel Marcellana, a Mathematics teacher, said that while the public has the freedom to express themselves, they should not deface and destroy public property.

“Kung gusto mong i-express ang sarili mo, sana man lang huwag kang mamemerwisyo ng ibang tao. I think this is considered as a damage to property,” Marcellana said.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, on the same day, issued a statement praising the efforts of the students.

Domagoso also lauded the teachers for teaching its students “very well,” saying that the Manila City government is proud of them.

“Taos-puso pong nagpapasalamat ang mga Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila sa pagkukusa at pakikiisa ng mga mag-aaral at guro ng Araullo High School na panatilihing malinis ang kanilang kapaligiran,” Domagoso said in a statement.

“Hindi man nila obligasyon ito, ngunit ikinatutuwa po naming mga taga-pamahalaan ang kanilang pagpapahalaga sa pagsisikap nating lahat na linisin at isaayos ang ating mahal na Lungsod,” the Mayor added.

Domagoso then reiterated his call to the public to cooperate with the government in reviving the beauty of Manila.

(Photos by K R De Asis/MPIO)