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PRESS RELEASE: Uphold truth! Defend press freedom!

Student publications, writers and media organizations of the University stand together to condemn attacks on press freedom.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a joint statement of student publications, writers and media organizations of the University.

We, student publications, writers and media organizations of the University of Santo Tomas, strongly manifest our unity with other media organizations in condemning the Duterte administration’s efforts to stifle press freedom in the country.

While freedom of speech, expression, and the press is protected by our Constitution, it is alarming that President Rodrigo Duterte himself—who has repeatedly shown contempt for human rights, rule of law, and checks and balances—is now going after the free press to silence and intimidate critics of his administration.

The revocation of Rappler’s certificate of registration by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the banning of their reporter from Malacañang is the latest and most blatant attack on press freedom—and it seems that these would not be the last.

Aside from Rappler, President Duterte also lambasted and threatened to order the closure of ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer during his Second State of the Nation Address for supposed biased reportage. The license renewal of at least 54 radio stations operated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, a staunch critic of the administration, is being blocked in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, President Duterte’s support for pro-administration bloggers by their appointment to key government positions is a blatant ploy to allow them to manipulate public opinion and suppress dissent by spreading disinformation, attacking journalists online, and discrediting the media.

Despite the formation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the culture of impunity against journalists in the country still continues. It is perpetuated by none other than President Duterte himself, who has verbally assaulted journalists, catcalled female reporters and claimed corrupt journalists deserved to be killed.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders declared the Philippines the “deadliest country” in Asia for journalists after recording four journalist killings in 2017. Local media groups such as the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism recorded the killings of six journalists in the first 16 months of the Duterte administration, along with eight attempted murders and death threats, and six major cases of threats from local officials and pro-administration bloggers.

Even the campus press is not safe from the state’s attacks: The College Editors Guild of the Philippines denounced last October the military and police surveillance, harassment, intimidation, and red-tagging of several member publications in Bicol, and several other campus journalists and activists.

Pro-administration blogger and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has publicly attacked the editors of Ateneo de Manila University’s Matanglawin for lampooning her in their satirical issue by posting their personal details on her Facebook page, making them vulnerable to online harassment.


We loudly decry President Duterte’s attacks on the press and the administration’s attempts to discredit the media with its active support in spreading online disinformation.

We strongly demand an end to the culture of impunity and violence against journalists and media workers in the country, and we will continue to seek justice for journalists killed in the line of duty.

We vehemently resist efforts to close down media outlets and organizations, which are nothing but blatant acts to stifle press freedom and silence dissent in the country.

To this end, we will continue to uphold the freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and the democratic rights of students, the youth, and the Filipino people in the face of an increasingly authoritarian regime.

We will continue to serve the people and stand for freedom, democracy, and most importantly, veritas: the truth.


Amierielle Anne Bulan
The Varsitarian

Philip Jamilla
Executive Editor

Noelle Aetana Malagkit
Chief Communications Officer

Joshua Carl Palomera
Thomasian Writers Guild

Mikkah Factor
The Flame

Mary Joy Abalos
La Stampa Tomasino

Ristel Mae Tagudando
The Purple Gazette

Patricia Lee Yanga
UST Journalism Society

Neal Andreu Tayco
UST Literary Society


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AIESEC UST presents the Global Youth Leadership Fair

AIESEC in the University of Santo Tomas in line with Youth Leadership Month proudly brings you the Global Youth Leadership Fair.



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AIESEC in the University of Santo Tomas in line with Youth Leadership Month proudly brings you the Global Youth Leadership Fair – a day full of opportunities, full of leadership experiences, developing every aspect of being a leader and putting everything in a global perspective.

With 2015 as a milestone year for the Philippines, the focus of Youth Leadership Month for the year is to forward Youth Leadership as a relevant contributor to creating a globally competitive and world-class Philippines.

GYLF is a one-day event that aims to impart a global mindset to the Thomasian Community and the Filipino Youth in developing them to become globally competitive, world-class leaders.

Discussions and activities will be centered on key topics of social entrepreneurship and innovation, social awareness and involvement: the role of the youth in the society and developing leadership through travelling.

This event is happening on the 20th of March 2015 at the Quadricentennial Square from 11AM – 7PM!

So, join us and reach beyond your limits because it all starts with YOUth! Join the movement!

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PRESS RELEASE: Youth Leadership Month

This March, AIESEC challenges the youth to activate, enable, and develop their potential in the month-long movement geared towards the empowerment of strong leadership in the Philippines, the Youth Leadership Month!




Time to take the lead this Youth Leadership Month!

This March, AIESEC challenges the youth to activate, enable, and develop their potential in the month-long movement geared towards the empowerment of strong leadership in the Philippines, the Youth Leadership Month!

Throughout the month, witness a series of activities engaging different sectors and individuals to create an environment of a united and strong Filipino community such as conferences, different university fairs and expos, volunteerism days, and a lot more.

Three of its biggest events are the Youth to Government Forum, aiming to create game-changers and young leaders for collaborative and transparent dialogue between the youth and government in the Philippines; the Youth to Business Forum, connecting the youth and businesses in an effort to create a globally competitive Philippines; and the International Youth Leaders’ Conference, a gathering of youth leaders to amplify purpose and brave actions to step up as one nation.
Engaging different campuses and local organizations as well, several events dedicated to the development of youth leadership will be hosted such as:

Dumaguete Youth Leaders’ Summit, an AIESEC Siliman initiative to develop youth leaders in Dumaguete on March 2;

UP Manila Youth Leadership Assembly, a weeklong celebration of linking, engaging, activating, & developing youth leadership happening on March 9 – 11;

Miriam College Youth Leadership Week, a 5-day event made to develop the youth’s leadership skills through various talks from renowned speakers on March 10-15;

Calabarzon Youth Leaders’ Summit, AIESEC DLSU-D x UPLB leadership initiative calling young people of Region 4-A to get involved on March 13;

Mindanao Youth Leadership Summit, an event participated by the youth from different universities within Mindanao with the aim of establishing and developing world-class leadership on March 14;

Global Changemaker Summit, a gathering for youth leaders to learn from speakers tackling leadership, cultural understanding and social impact happening in DLSU-Manila on March 20;

PUP Leadership Development Summit, an AIESEC SU PUP’s initiative to move the society for the better on March 20;

Global Youth Leadership Fair, a one-day event to celebrate youth leadership in UST on March 21;

Cebu Youth-to-Business Forum, aims for a globally competitive Visayas through inclusive growth and youth involvement on March 29.

Make a stand; join the advocacy and #LeadStrongPH for the nation!
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PRESS RELEASE: Becarios de Santo Tomas presents 3rd Philippine Scholars’ Summit



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Ask not the MEANING but the PURPOSE of being a scholar.

Becarios De Santo Tomas, in partnership with Bedan Scholars’ Guild, FEU-IT Honor Students’ Society and Ateneo Gabay, presents the 3RD PHILIPPINE SCHOLARS’ SUMMIT with the theme “Filipino Scholars’ Role and Contribution to the Coming of ASEAN Integration.”

The event will be held on December 13-14, 2014 at UST Civil Law Auditorium.

Expand your horizon.
Exceed your limitations.
Be part of a national congregation of scholars!


For further details, you may download the invitation letter at Deadline of submission of registration forms and fees is on November 14, 2014. See you!


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