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Militant student group decries death threat on SHS student amid activist crackdown

Prior to the death threat, the League of Filipino Students member had been receiving phone calls from the same number since Saturday, Dec. 2.

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Militant student group League of Filipino Students — UST (LFS-UST) has denounced a death threat sent to one of its members, a senior high school student, through an anonymous phone call received Dec. 4, Monday.

In a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page, LFS-UST detailed that a “much older man” told the student “maghanap ka na ng paglilibingan mo” in a call that lasted for one minute and 33 seconds.

The activist group rebuked the fatal warning given to its member, who requested to remain anonymous for security purposes.

“The League of Filipino Students-UST strongly condemns this lousy threat to our member in this time of crackdown on progressive organizations,” the post read.

The statement continued: “It is with great indignation that we find this threat during this time of political uncertainty.”

People bearing the names of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States Army were allegedly sending the student Facebook friend requests amid the threats.

Yesterday afternoon, 3:51 p.m., the student also received a Facebook password reset code through a text message, suggesting attempts to hack and access LFS-UST member’s account.

The account has since been recovered earlier today.

Prior to the Monday call, the threatened student had been receiving phone calls from the same number since Saturday, Dec. 2.

The call came from the number 09063168000, which is still unreachable as of updated press time. The same number also sent death threats to a member of poetry collective KM64 last Dec. 6.

Kabataan Patylist has included the case of the LFS-UST SHS member in its “crackdown bulletin” for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

Earlier today, LFS-UST posted an update containing a series of phone screenshots from its member, who received more threats through text messages last midnight sent from the same number.

Progressive groups from other schools have reported similar cases of harassment and intimidation of their members by police and suspected military agents over the past months in the midst of the government’s crackdown on activists (READ: Anti-revgov protesters blocked from Mendiola on Bonifacio Day).

Following the collapse of the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Pres. Rodrigo Duterte stated last Nov. 22 that he will order the arrest of progressive groups , which he referred to as CPP’s “legal fronts.”

The President has accused them of terrorism and conspiring with the New People’s Army (NPA), CPP’s armed wing.

“I will simply declare you all terrorists. Terorista kayo pati ‘yang mga legal front niyo,” he said, adding: “You are helping each other, conspiring to topple or whatever to sow terror.”

Yesterday, Nov. 5, the President signed Proclamation No. 374 declaring CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations. — with additional reports from P. Jamilla

by Angelika Ortega

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Dagohoy concludes University rectorship

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

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Rev. Fr. Richard Ang and Rev. Fr.Herminio Dagohoy, UST's 96th rector, during the Paskuhan mass in December 2019 | Deojon Elarco/TomasinoWeb

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the 96th Rector Magnificus of the University, has already concluded his eight-year term in the University.

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

Dagohoy, 55, was the 9th Rector of the UST Angelicum College and former finance director of UST Hospital before he assumed his rectorship in the University.

He was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and he graduated accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines before joining the Order of Preachers.

He also finished other degrees: AB Philosophy, Sacred Theology, Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, Licentiate in Philosophy, and Doctorate in Philosophy.

Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., UST Vice-Rector for seven years, is now the acting rector.

He was the former dean of the then Faculty of Philosophy and former chairman of Manpower, Scholarship, and Retirement Board Committee of the University.

Ang, during his academic years, has published several scholarly articles about philosophy such as “The Confucian Li,” “On Conceiving Ren towards Birthing Ru Jia,” and “The Concept of Ren.”

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Aegis Juris fratmen in Atio slay denied of bail petition

Manila RTC Branch 20’s resolution states that despite Castillo’s ailment, the blow delivered by the accused Aegis Juris members “is the efficient cause of death” or may have “accelerated his death” making the accused criminally liable.

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[UPDATED] Ten main suspects in the hazing slay of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III in 2017 were denied of their petition to post bail due to their ‘strong evidence of guilt.’

The resolution of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 on Dec. 10, 2019 states that the court is “not convinced” of the autopsy findings showing that Castillo died of Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN), and the hazing injuries inflicted on the victim did not cause his death.

This prevents Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Hipe, Oliver Onofre, Joshua Macabili, Ralph Trangia, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Danielle Rodrigo, and Marcelino Bagtang Jr. who were charged for violation of R.A. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law from posting bail after “finding the evidence of guilt” strong, the resolution states.

It reiterates that despite Castillo’s ailment, the blow delivered by the accused Aegis Juris members “is the efficient cause of death” or may have “accelerated his death” making the accused criminally liable.

Presence during hazing, according to the Anti-Hazing Law, is “prima facie” or proves the participation of the accused unless they did something to prevent the punishable acts committed.

The 10 fraternity members were indicted last March 2018.

Last June 17, 2019, one of the principal suspects in the case, John Paul Solano, has been convicted for obstruction of justice.

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Harry Potter-inspired Paskuhan draws 110,000 crowd

An estimated crowd of 110,000 attended the annual Paskuhan Fair concert and pyromusical show of the University which took inspiration from the book series and movie franchise Harry Potter Friday, Dec. 20.

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An estimated crowd of 110,000 attended the annual Paskuhan Fair concert and pyromusical show of the University which took inspiration from the book series and movie franchise Harry Potter Friday, Dec. 20.

The crowd estimate is higher of around 10,000 from last year’s festivities according to the UST Security Office.

The official theme of this year’s Paskuhan is “For unto us a child is born” which is taken from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

Unfazed by the light rainfall at the start of the event, this year’s highly-anticipated program at the UST Grandstand featured some of the local bands and artists such as Himig Borhuh, Magnus Haven, Hey Billie!, Munimuni, Lola Amour, and Ben&Ben. 

However, The Juans was not able to perform due to “a non-compliance issue between the bookers and organizers of the event after hours of trying [their] best to meet halfway,” in a statement they released on Facebook.

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe of the University also graced the stage with their performance, as well as the UST Galvanize of the senior high school along with Ronins.  

Following “one Thomasian is to one non-Thomasian visitor” and “no water bottle” policies, heightened and stricter security measures were followed. 

Keeping Paskuhan #ZeroWaste

Stations for garbage segregation were also implemented to ensure that the event follows the University guidelines in maintaining the event clean and orderly.

UST Green Marshals stationed at the eight designated trash collecting bins led the campaign in keeping a zero waste Paskuhan Fair. 

Last Dec. 2, Paskuhan started with the opening of lights and the Thomasian Agape led by the University officials and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. 

The Christmas tree and decors will remain lit every night until the first week of January, 2020.

The tradition of the annual celebration during the Christmas season in the University emerged in 1991, and was formally named Paskuhan a couple of years later. 

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