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Small Jo with a giant heart: UP Manila student council pays tribute to student slain in Batangas clash

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The University of the Philippines Manila University Student Council (USC) has paid tribute to Josephine Anne Lapira, one of the students killed in a clash between government forces and communist rebels in Batangas on November 28.

In a statement, the UP Manila USC described Lapira as an advocate of women’s rights, and someone who had a deep insight of the “intersectionality” of women’s struggles with that of other sectors.

“Though small in stature, Jo, as her friends fondly called her, was a giant of bravery, principles, and service,” she said.

As the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Representative, the USC said Lapira was known as a hard worker who went out of her way to ensure the timely delivery of projects, services, and campaigns not just for students but the basic sectors as well.

“Up to the present, the student body holds her in high regard. Jo lived up to the ideals of the Oblation: offering of oneself to the Filipino people, to the underserved. We will miss her dearly,” the USC said.

According to the military, Lapira was with other youth militatn leaders in Nasugbu, Batangas for an “immersion” with the New People’s Army.

The program was supposed to train the young activists for the dangers of living with communists.