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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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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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Youth groups, student leaders file 14th plea vs anti-terror law

The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

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The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

“Members of these organizations continue to experience red-tagging, harassment, and intimidation from security forces for actively engaging in protests and different forms of advocacy work and for speaking out on the current administration’s policies,” their statement read.

The petition was filed by Atty. Dino de Leon on behalf of 16 youth organizations “to protect their members and their fellow youth from the dangerous provisions of the Act.” 

CSC, which was represented by Arts and Letters student Therese Ifurung, was joined by De La Salle University Student Government, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman University Student Council, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines.

Other youth-led and youth-serving organization co-petitioners were Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Millennials PH, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, Good Gov PH, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change Philippines, Liberal Youth of the Philippines, Aksyon Kabataan, La Salle Debate Society.

Earlier petitions were filed by a coalition of university law professors, human rights groups, labor unions, partylist blocs, constitutional framers Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo, and retired justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Another petition is expected to be filed yesterday from the Bangsamoro sector, which is set to bring the total number of petitions to 15.

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