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Media profs, students decry House ‘murder’ of ABS-CBN

The University’s media professors and student councils expressed their outrage on the killing of ABS-CBN franchise, through their statements released today, June 11.

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The University’s media professors and student councils expressed their outrage on the killing of ABS-CBN franchise, through their statements released today, June 11.

“The Malacañang lackeys at the House of the Representatives have just committed murder,” the UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) said regarding the July 10 decision of the Lower House to junk the ABS-CBN franchise.

READ: Statement of the UST Journalism Society on the rejection of the ABS-CBN Franchise Bill#DefendPressFreedom#RedefinedUSTJRN

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The murder of the ABS-CBN franchise, according to the student organization, is the latest addition to the list of acts committed by the administration against journalists.

“The 12 hearings on the network’s franchise proved that these lawmakers were not after the truth,” the UST JournSoc said.

Professors of the Department of Communication and Media Studies also called the 12th hearing “an orgy of personal and petty gripes of onion-skinned politicians against ABS-CBN.”

“Congressmen even exceeded their ambit and proclaimed themselves arbiters of good journalism and broadcast practices, exposing their ignorance and media illiteracy,” the professors said.

READ: Statement from UST communication and journalism educators on the decision of the House of Representatives to kill ABS-CBN’s application gor a legislative franchise#DefendPressFreedom#RedefinedUSTJRN

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They commended the 11 lawmakers who voted in favor of the ABS-CBN franchise while condemning the others, “Cayetano House,” who “delivers on Duterte promise.”

Despite the shutdown of ABS-CBN for the second time, UST JournSoc and the media faculty are both hopeful for its return.

“We eagerly await ABS-CBN’s return to the airwaves, and along with it, the return of our freedom,” the media faculty said, citing the resurrection of the network after Marcos’ martial law.

“Nobody stays in power forever. Their time for reckoning will come,” UST JournSoc also said. “Maniningil ang kasaysayan.” 

Enemy of democracy

The Artlets Student Council (ABSC) urged the Thomasian community and Filipino youth “not to cower in fear” but instead “resist tyranny and fascism.”

“[T]he Duterte regime has again proven itself as the enemy of democracy by denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN,” the statement released yesterday, June 10, read.  

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The Council questioned the scrutiny of the Congress on the deliberations over the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, citing that the testimonies in the Technical Working Group are “based on personal vendetta.”

ABSC, along with UST JournSoc and media professors, mourned for the 11,000 workers who lost their jobs after the network’s shutdown. 

“[P]resident Duterte and his cronies in the Congress did not only deprive us of our right free press but also displaced at least 11,000 media workers jobless amid the country’s worst public health and economic crisis,” ABSC said. 

The Council called for a collective action and reminded the Thomasian community to keep their eyes on how the government “lacks empathy and compassion” to its constituents.

“[W]e must channel our rage into a collective action that will expose, oppose, and isolate the oppressive Duterte regime,” ABSC said.

“We will hold accountable those who trampled on our rights and reclaim our freedom!”

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Maging malikhain sa ‘Enhanced Virtual Mode’ ngayong taon—Bise Kansilyer

Sa kabila ng pandemya, hinimok ng bise kansilyer ng Unibersidad ang mga guro na “maging malikhain” sa panibagong taong panuruan.

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Litrato sa Misa de Apertura sa Plaza Mayor noong Pebrero 13, 2020. (Larizza Lucas/TomasinoWeb)

Sa kabila ng pandemya, hinimok ng bise kansilyer ng Unibersidad ang mga guro na “maging malikhain” sa panibagong taong panuruan. 

Ayon sa misa ni Bise Kansilyer Fr. Napoleon Sipalay O.P. noong Agosto 12, iisa ang buong pamantasan sa pagbagtas ng implementasyon ng Enriched Virtual Mode sa gitna ng pandemyang kinakaharap ng bansa. 

“We are one community in this experience…[a]nd we also encourage our teachers this is the right time for us to be very creative. Be docile to cooperate to make this learning Enhanced Virtual Mode possible,” ani ni Fr. Sipalay. 

Ayon kay Fr. Sipalay na kasalukuyan ring Priory Provincial ng Order of Preachers, sapat ang kakayahan ng Unibersidad para tulungan ang mga mag-aaral sa taong panuruan na ito. 

Pinaalalahan din niya ang mga mag-aaral na maging positibo, huwag mawalan ng pag-asa bagaman hindi madali ang situwasyon dala ng pandemya, at umangkop sa darating na online classes.

“A special word for [the] students: I know this is not an easy journey for this year with the experience of anxietiesfears…[W]hat we need is to encourage and give a word of hope to everyone that this is possible. We can do this together,” ani Fr. Sipalay. 

Binigyang diin din sa misa ang kahalagahan ng paghingi ng tulong sa panahong ito ay kinakailangan. 

“If you want to talk to someone, we have this counseling center. If you have no (sic) enough skills, get the right skills from the right person,” ayon kay Fr. Sipalay. 

Ang tradisyunal na Misa de Apertura, o tinatawag ding Misa ng Espiritu Santo, ay taunang selebrasyon ng banal na misa upang opisyal na simulan ang panibagong taong panuruan ng Unibersidad. 

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Artlets student councils appeal for explanation on fund, tuition

The Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), together with its Board of Members (BOM), appealed for the reconsideration of the table of fees which was released last August 9.

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The Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), together with its Board of Members (BOM), appealed for the reconsideration of the table of fees which was released last August 9.

“[S]ocio-economic problems are also experienced by the Thomasian community who had been adversely affected by the loss of livelihood, displacement, and even contraction of virus,” their appeal said.

The letter or appeal, last August 9, was addressed to Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P. The Rector, Rev. Fr. Rolando M. Castro, O.P. The Vice-Rector for finance, and Prof. Marilu R. Madrunio, Ph.D., The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

“The Artlets Student Council appreciates the efforts of the University to alleviate the financial hardship of students and their parents…[H]owever, the reduction is not enough,” ABSC said.

According to the ABSC, students and parents have approached and given their sentiments over the tuition fee reduction which have been “disapproving and unsatisfactory.” 

Parents have also been vocal about the insufficient reduction of fees in the comment section of the University Facebook page. 

It is, according to the council, a critical moment to exercise compassion as the University homes students of varying financial capabilities. 

“Some students opted not to enroll for the upcoming academic year because they could not afford it,” the council said.

“[W]e urge the University to leave no student behind and exercise the Thomasian core value of compassion,” the council added. Cherizza Mae Bautista

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‘Duterte regime falls deaf to people’s cries’ –CSC, LSCs

Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

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Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

“As we reflect upon the state of our nation, so stands our responsibility to address incompetence, the lack of national response from the administration in implementing the need for mass testing and systematic protocols in containing the virus, and its blatant value for militarization over medical solutions,” CSC’s said in a unity statement released yesterday. 

The councils demanded accountability from public officials such as Senator Kiko Pimentel, NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, and Malacañang spokesperson Harry Roque. 

They also called on lawmakers who created “rushed laws that impede fundamental humans rights and freedom of speech.”

‘This is not how democracy works’ 

As Thomasians, the council expressed that they “could no longer sit idly” and watch the government compromise and abuse the country’s freedom. 

“As President Duterte falls deaf towards the cries of his people, his self-serving and personal interests prevail,” CSC said. 

According to them, this is not how democracy works. 

“[I]t is our utmost responsibility that we use our voice to speak for the silenced and oppressed,” the council said. 

“[W]e will embody the resistance and furbish our strength until it extends to the majority of our fellow Filipinos, the true cradle of our sovereignty,” the council added. Paolo Alejandrino 

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