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Protests erupt following stealthy Marcos burial

During the protest, League of Filipino Students blamed Marcos on economic problems currently faced by the country as well as human rights violations committed under his dictatorship.

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Protests erupted in various parts of the country after former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried stealthily at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), Friday noon, Nov. 18.

Marcos was transported from Ilocos to the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig via chopper and was finally buried after almost three decades of being kept waxed and frozen.

Outside the cemetery, Marcos supporters sported white shirts and bandanas bearing the name of the deposed dictator and waved Philippine flags.

“Alam na namin sa simula about sa paglibing niya at matagal na naming hinintay ito,” said Preii Pancho of Youth4BBM, a group of young Marcos supporters.

While loyalists were jubilant, Martial Law victims, activists, and students from various universities, including UST, were indignant.

Students from the different colleges and faculties of the University gathered at the Plaza Mayor at around 3 p.m., following calls on social media—particularly Twitter—to gather in protest of the burial of Marcos.

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Compared to other protests, the assembly in the University was not organized by any particular group or individual and was said to be merely a “spontaneous reaction” regarding the Marcos burial.

Tweets about the protest began appearing at around 1 p.m., calling students to gather at the Plaza Mayor.

The gathering was later moved outside University premises at around 4:30 p.m., where protesters staged a noise barrage along España Boulevard.

Members of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) then led the protest as more students joined, holding pictures of Martial Law victims as well as tarpaulins that read “Marcos hindi bayani!”

TomasinoWeb editor-in-chief Xavier Gregorio also spoke on behalf of the protesters, slamming social media “slacktivism” commonly associated with millennials, and called on students to make legitimate efforts by joining protests.

“Not a hero”

During the protest, LFS lamented the government prioritizing the Marcos burial over more pressing issues such education and wage hikes. They also blamed Marcos on economic problems currently faced by the country as well as human rights violations committed under his dictatorship.

“Hindi kabayanihan ang pagnanakaw, pagiging diktador, at pagiging tuta [sa mga Kano],” said one of the protesters, calling the burial a shame to the people who fought and died during the Marcos regime.

Another activist criticized the problems in the system of government, saying that the youth should take part in changing a system that “oppresses and kills its own citizens.”

LFS National Spokesperson John Paul Rosos deemed the Marcos burial unacceptable, asking: “papayayag ba ang kabataan na tawaging bayani ang isang diktador?” He also feared the historical implications brought by the Supreme Court ruling, insisting that despite being given a hero’s burial, Marcos “would never be a hero.”

Apathy, more protests

Rosos admitted that they were “happy” that a protest had been organized in the University.

“Sa katunayan po, wala po kaming idea kung sino nagpatawag nito,” he said. “Nabalitaan lang naming na alas-tres ng hapon, may nagpapatawag ng protesta sa Plaza Mayor.”

Macoy Mercolita from LFS U-Belt, acknowledged he effort of the Thomasians who took part in the protest; however, he also criticized the silence of the University administration and the apathy of most students regarding social issues.

“Ang pagmumulat sa sambayanang Pilipino ay hindi makukukuha sa isang iglap lang ng pagsisigaw dito sa labas,” Mercolita said, “kolektibo natin ‘tong tatrabahuhin at ipapalaganap pa.”

He also encouraged more students to join the future protests and hopes that these protests would help the Church and the University make their stand on the issue.

Larger protests in UP, Ateneo, Miriam

There were only about 30 people who protested outside the University, a significantly smaller number compared to the 2,500-strong contingent composed of students from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College that occupied Katipunan Avenue.</div

UP Vice Chancellor for community affairs Nestor Castro told student protesters that millennials should be aware and active with such issues.

“Hindi natutulog ang mga millennials!” Castro said. “Naniniwala akong gising ang mga millennials sa mga ganitong isyu.”

Despite having fewer participants both Rosos and Mercolito pointed out that these protests were already planned weeks ahead and were set to be staged whether or not Marcos would indeed be buried on that day.

Nonetheless, Rosos believes that the message of all the protests in these schools and universities remain the same: “Hindi bayani si Marcos at hindi [siya] dapat bigyan ng parangal.” -P. Jamilla, V. Ferreras, C. Zarate

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UST remains sixth top school in November 2019 civil eng’g boards

The University remained as the sixth top-performing school for the second straight year in the November 2019 civil engineering licensure examinations. 

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The University remained as the sixth top-performing school for the second straight year in the November 2019 civil engineering licensure examinations. 

The University posted 81.86 percent passing rate or 176 out of 215 examinees passing the exams. 

This was a bit higher from last year’s score of 81.04 percent or 171 out of 221 examinees.

No Thomasians entered the topnotchers in this year’s exams.

Lou Mervin Tristan Mahilum of the University of San Carlos took the top spot with a rating of 93.25 percent.

Carlosa A. Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay was hailed as this year’s top-performing school after scoring 98 percent or 48 out of 50 examinees.

Meanwhile, the national passing rate declined to 43.18 percent or 6,510 out of 15,075 exam takers from 45.09 percent, or 6,262 out of 13,887 examinees in the last year’s exams.  

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‘Sexual violence is display of power, rooted from injustice’

Thomasian feminist scholars asserted that sexual violence is a “matter of making [a] person powerless so [one] can feel powerful” and is deeply rooted from perceived injustice of earlier sexual abuse during the “Say No: A Talk on Consent and Violence Against Women” held at the Central Laboratory Auditorium yesterday, Nov. 6.

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Thomasian feminist scholars asserted that sexual violence is a “matter of making [a] person powerless so [one] can feel powerful” and is deeply rooted from perceived injustice of earlier sexual abuse.

Asst. Prof. Rhodora Lynn Lintag-Tababa, a sociology professor from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said during her talk about gender-based violence that sexual violence results from the idea of a person being more powerful and has more advantage than others during the “Say No: A Talk on Consent and Violence Against Women” held at the Central Laboratory Auditorium yesterday, Nov. 6.

“[This] violence is coming from the idea that in the first place, ‘I believe I am more powerful. I have more advantage over you,’ so some people have the tendency to really discriminate and undermine other people and practice their power, and therefore can result to harassment and violence,” according to Lintag-Tababa.

Lintag-Tababa said that the explanation as to why sexual harassment is rampant up to this time is because “personal is political.”

“’Away mag-asawa ‘yan. LQ ng mag-jowa ‘yan. Wala tayong pakialam diyan because that’s personal,’… That is being used by the society [to not] actually look into the matters of the women who are being abused,” she said. “Because it is something personal.”

Women’s issues and concerns, according to her, are often disregarded, treated as petty or irrelevant, and considered as a personal matter in which no one should interfere.

Lintag-Tababa mentioned American sociologist C. Wright Mills’ concept of sociological imagination which identifies the personal as a reflection of something greater or wider political issues.

“The personal should be political. That is the cry. That is the statement. That should be the slogan that should empower women,” she said.

Matter of sexual control

“Rape is a legal term [and] not a medical entity. It is a crime of violence. […] Rapists use sexual violence to dominate and degrade their victims and to express their own anger,” Asst. Prof. Ma. Georgina Manzano of College of Nursing said.

According to Manzano, rape is perpetrated not because of the sexual urge but because when a person’s self esteem is threatened, he or she projects the feeling of being helpless and powerless to the victim.

“It is an issue of having power and control…It is not about having sexual urge towards the person [who is] wearing bikini. [It is when a] person sees the woman as a vulnerable individual. He might take over the ability of [the woman] to fight or protect herself,” she said during the open forum.

“The abuser or the rapist may have [had] some childhood experiences that could have triggered this kind of aggression towards another person,” she added.

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Manzano emphasized that in social media, when men see pictures of women in revealing clothes, the initial reaction is not to have control over the latter through force or threat but is attributed to the Philippine culture in which women are expected to wear Maria Clara clothes.

“It starts with you, and it will end with you,” Tababa said. “Violence starts with you, especially if you are not aware that you are actually harassing or doing something that is already promoting violence against women […] It will also end with you if you will do something about it.”

The event “Say No: A Talk on Consent and Violence Against Women” was organized by the Thomasian Debaters Council, in partnership with UST Hiraya, Fotomasino, Tiger Media Network, and TomasinoWeb.

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Thomasians dominate top ten of psychometrician boards

Fourteen Thomasians landed on the top ten of the October 2019 psychometrician licensure examinations with the University being named as the third top-performing school.

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Fourteen Thomasians landed on the top ten of the October 2019 psychometrician licensure examinations with the University being named as the third top-performing school.

The University accumulated an average of 96.74 percent or 178 passers out of 184 examinees passing the exams, higher than last year’s 88.02 percent.

Darlene Angela Ilagan led the new batch of Thomasian psychometricians placing third with an average of 86.00 percent, followed by Michelle Angela Arellano, Catherine Manansala and Jean-Clarence Perias ranking fifth with an average of 85.60 percent.

Cyrille Ann Patrice Chua took the seventh spot with 85.20 percent mark, followed by Lejandro Raevino Toledo placing eight with an average of 85.00 percent mark

Alexandra Michaela Carmen, Mark Allen de Lara, Samantha Isabelle Soliven, Micah Victoria Tan, Julianne Khryztelle Torres, Cristina Gaspar Callagan and Angel Letun Hilario all took the ninth spot with 84.80 percent average.

Cristina Gaspar Callagan and Angel Letun Hilario tied at the tenth place with 84.60 percent average.

The Ateneo de Manila University emerged as the top-performing school having a perfect percent passing rate with all 57 examinees passing the exams.

The national passing rate rose to 63.78 percent or 6,800 out of 10,670 examinees passing the psychometrician licensure examinations higher than last year’s 47.73 percent or 4,035 out of 8,453 examinees.

Meanwhile, in the psychologist licensure examinations, Elaine Fatima Acosta Simon ranked fourth having an average of 84.60 percent.

Only the De La Salle University had a spot in the top-performing schools garnering an average of 95.24 percent or 20 out of 21 examinees making it to the cut.

The national passing rate also improved to 72.18 percent or 205 out of 284 examinees passing the psychologist licensure examinations from last year’s 67.02 percent. R. Velasco.

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