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Biology student ‘physically, emotionally abused’

A biology student last Saturday night revealed the “physical abuses,” which led to severe hematoma, allegedly done by her then-boyfriend.

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A biology student last Saturday night revealed the “physical abuses,” which led to severe hematoma, allegedly done by her then-boyfriend.

Diane Kimberly Arcena shared on Twitter how Kyle Viray, also a biology student of UST, has treated her as a “physical and emotional punching bag.”

“I was putting up a smile but I was all broken inside and [couldn’t] possibly understand how he (Viray) could do such things then act all normal and be sorry in a matter of seconds[,]” Arcena said.

The two started dating around September last year, a close friend of Arcena, who requested anonymity, confirmed to TomasinoWeb through an online interview.

Arcena’s almost-two-year college friend added that the “beatings” began in December, when Arcena was supposed to have a drink with a friend.

Viray “assumed Kim would flirt and cheat on him,” the confidant said.

In her Twitter thread, Arcena told that Viray “physically hurt” her again over an Instagram post with a message, “landi lang ganon,” while playing around with a flask. She had to “sneak out of his sight” just to inform her friends about what happened.

But, Arcena did not want them to tell her brothers that she was “beaten up.”

“She didn’t want us na magsabi sa mga kuya niya. But you can feel na natatakot siya by the way she messaged us that day,” Arcena’s companion said.

“She was scared nung una na magsumbong o maglabas ng mga nangyayari kasi baka balikan siya ni Kyle,” the source added.

Meanwhile, another biology student, who has known Viray since second year college and wished to be named anonymous, said Viray is different as a friend.

“Mabait siyang kaibigan pero sa babae talaga siya violent,” the friend told TomasinoWeb in a separate interview.

A comrade of Viray since first year college, who wanted to be unnamed as well, also claimed “they did not know much” about the incident.

“Pinaniwala niya rin kami…na wala siyang ginagawa, na si Kim may kasalanan.”

Before the alleged abuses took place, the ex-lovers have been quarreling over “petty” things, Arcena posted.

“We’d always fight over petty things. I’d always feel the need to explain myself kahit wala naman talaga akong dapat i-explain in the first place… I don’t owe him an explanation kasi I’m not even doing anything behind his back[,]” she stated in a tweet.

Viray has been reported to have “abused” Gil Morales, his girlfriend before Arcena, too.

Morales disclosed on Twitter the bruises allegedly performed by Viray.

According to the UST student handbook, “threatening or inflicting injuries, physical or otherwise, on another person, whether inside or outside the campus” is a violation of the maintenance of peace and order in the University.

The handbook states that the “imposition of appropriate disciplinary actions shall be progressive in character, taking into account the previous violations committed by the offender.” Grave offenses, meanwhile, will warrant a suspension, wherein the extent is based on the panel assigned to the case.

Social Welfare and Development Board of the College of Science purportedly penalized Viray with 250 hours of community service.

Arcena also filed a lawsuit against Viray last month for the alleged violation of Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

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The measure defines violence against women as any act, which will “result in or likely result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering,” done by a person against his wife, former wife, or a woman whom he has or had a sexual and dating relationship and a common child.

Violators of the act will face imprisonment, a fine of P100,000 to P300,000 and mandatory psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment.

Arcena’s friend said Kim will check for updates on the resolution of the case in the Manila City hall this week.

TomasinoWeb tried to reach some faculty members of the College of Science but they still have yet to respond as of press time.

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Counter military, police propaganda-based disinformation—veteran journalist

Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

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Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

Glenda Gloria, a journalism alumna of the University, said that the military and the police do not seem to understand the role of the media as the fourth estate because of their “very utilitarian” view of information. 

“They use information as propaganda because they think it has to achieve something for the organization, whether that means further securing the country or defeating the enemies of the state,” Gloria said in a fact-checking webinar. 

According to her, the attempt of law enforcers to speed up their propaganda is due to the tremendous pressure to eliminate insurgency before President Duterte steps down in 2020. 

“The biggest factor behind the politicization of the armed forces is the commander-in-chief. Whatever the President wants will determine the political influence of the military,” she said. 

Gloria reminded aspiring journalists that no war has been won using propaganda as a primary tool and to “continue the fight against lies” that are being weaponized for the mass destruction of the country.

The webinar titled, “Propaganda, State Secrets and Other Issues in the Security Sector,” was hosted by MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler. Vhey Tapia and Raheema Velasco 

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Flatten curve to revive economy, solon says

The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

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The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Klaro naman na hindi natin kailangan pumili between saving lives and livelihood. Hindi na tama na ang trade-off between the two…[b]ecause we can save both,” Marikina 2nd District Representative Stella Quimbo said. 

Quimbo, who is also an economist, stressed the importance of evidence-based policymaking and monitoring, as well as business continuity and job projection interventions. 

The solution and interventions included grants for technical assistance, subsidies for COVID-19 testing, and wage subsidies with retention clauses. 

“We can afford to rise, pero dapat balansehin so as not to fall into a debt crisis… [b]ecause as we all know napakadali po to become poor pero napakahirap mag-exit sa poverty. Importanteng importante ang datos,” Quimbo said.

Quimbo also laid out the framework for the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines (ARISE), which she is one of the principal authors. 

Under the ARISE, a comprehensive plan will be followed to address the pandemic-brought economic crisis with a proposed P1.3 trillion budget over three years.

In the bill still pending in the Senate, Quimbo specified transitional, financial, sectoral, and structural support that, according to her, were the basis of the framework for the “mini-version” of the Bayanihan 2 that is in effect until the end of this year.

‘Reform the economy’

IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa urged the government to “reform and shape” an economy that benefits everyone. 

According to Africa, the government’s current response is focused on a “very artificial poverty reduction” by granting cash transfers without addressing the structure that continues poverty.

“The government is very keen on infrastructure to promote economic growth, but the Philippines is so lacking in economic fundamentals as it uses infrastructure as a short-cut to growth,” he said.

Africa also criticized that while the government is focused on infrastructure development, decades of neoliberal health privatization eroded  the public health system, which worsened the mortality rate even pre-pandemic.

The webinar “EkonDisyon: Philippine Economic Recession and COVID-19” is a part of the MulaTalakayan organized by the University’s Central Student Council. 

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Tourism recovery to revamp economic sectors, officials urge

Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alfonsus Tesoro called for sustainable and strategic recovery efforts to support and revamp economic sectors.

“Tuloy-tuloy dapat ang pag-conduct ng tourism site assessment and planning kasama ang iba’t-ibang stakeholders from the national government agencies, provincial government offices, and the private sector,” Tesoro said in a webinar, Thursday, Oct. 23. 

According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, a survey conducted in Eastern Visayas showed that 66 percent of the respondents admitted that health risks affected their decision to travel, while 80 percent are now eager to visit tourism sites within the region only. 

“This gives us an idea of what tourism activities we should prioritize when we reopen our [tourism] sites. A large majority expect health and safety protocols in place, there should be value for money, and that fun activities will still be offered even under the ‘new normal,’” she said.

Tiopes added that despite the steady reopening of the tourism sector, health protocols would still be strictly employed to ensure safety of tourists and residents. 

The webinar titled, “Philippine Tourism Development and COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery through Sustainable Development,” was spearheaded by the University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in partnership with the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Inc., and co-organized by the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. Paolo Alejandrino 

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