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Resists Silence–Thomasians, Progressive groups after AFP’s ‘red-tagging’

In a statement on Wednesday, LFS-UST, Anakbayan-UST, and UST CSC urges the Thomasian community to remain vigilant amidst red-tagging by AFP Deputy Assistant Chief for Operations Antonio Parlade Jr.

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“Resist silence possible efforts of silence.”

Progressive group, League of Filipino Students (LFS – UST), said in a statement on Wednesday after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) released a list of schools, including UST, where communist rebels were allegedly recruiting to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.

Dubbing President Duterte, the military and the current administration as terrorists, Michael Jusayan from LFS – UST said that Duterte is merely “Orchestrating and accelerating his own downfall amid the growing rage of the Filipino people against his fascist rule.”

“Nakikita kasi ng administrasyon na lumalaki na yung bilang ng mga Tomasino na nagiging kritikal sa gobyerno,” Jusayan told TomasinoWeb in an online interview.

“Habang mas lumalakas yung dissent ng Thomasian community sa gobyerno, mas lalong tumitindi rin yung pamamasista nito hindi lamang sa mga progresibong grupo ngunit pati na rin sa mga org[anization]s na pinipiling maging boses ng masang inaapi,” he added.

Furthermore, Kobe Baldomero from Anakbayan – UST, called the AFP’s allegations as a “tactic” of the administration scare the masses.

“Ito ay isang taktika ng administrasyon para takutin at linlangin ang masa, at supilin ang mga gumagalaw at nagsasalita laban sa kanya,” Baldomero told TomasinoWeb.

He added: Kinokondena namin ang mga taktikang nagdudulot ng mass panic. hinihikayat namin ang mga estudyante na patuloy magsalita ukol sa mga socio-political issues na umoopresa sa taong bayan. Sa panahong tayo’y pinapatahimik, tayo’y dapat mas lalong mag-ingay.

Earlier this week, the AFP revealed the communist rebels’ alleged plot to oust Duterte, with the military dubbing it as “Red October.”

According to Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr., deputy chief of staff of the AFP, the following schools are allegedly in collaboration with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to oust the president.

University of the Philippines – Diliman
University of the Philippines – Manila
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University
De La Salle University
University of Santo Tomas
Adamson University
Far Eastern University
University of the East – Caloocan
University of the East – Recto
Emilio Aguinaldo College
Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
San Beda College
Lyceum of the Philippines University
University of Makati
Caloocan City College
University of Manila
Philippine Normal University

According to Parlade, some of the schools’ officials are unaware that their students are allegedly joining communist campaigns, called parents to caution their children against such organizations.

Santos: AFP allegation outrageous, verify your sources

Central Student Council (CSC) President Francis “Kiko” Santos condemns AFP’s inclusion of UST in the list of schools allegedly involved in “Red October.”

According to Santos, citing the University allegedly involved is “a huge allegation,” asks the AFP to verify their intelligence information.

“The recent red-tagging of the University by the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a huge allegation. Furthermore, it is an allegation that is outrageous, inappropriate, and questionable,” Santos told TomasinoWeb in an online interview

“I believe that as an institution, the AFP must do their due diligence to verify and to ensure the veracity of their intelligence information because it has now put the security of the students and of the university at risk,” he added.

Moreover, Santos called for Thomasians to stay vigilant in the recent events.

“I call on the students of the University to stay vigilant and report to university authorities any suspicious or unusual acts that may or may not be related to this incident,” Santos said.

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Thomasian notches top spot in October 2019 CPA licensure exams

Justine Louie Bautista Santiago notched the top spot after garnering 90.33 percent rate, leading the new batch of registered public accountants. 

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A Thomasian ranked first in the October 2019 certified public account licensure examinations with five other Thomasians landing in the top 10.

Justine Louie Bautista Santiago notched the top spot after garnering 90.33 percent rate, leading the new batch of registered public accountants. 

Marc Angelo Galvez Santos placed fifth with a score of 89.17 percent, Bill Julius Lagman Ocampo ranked sixth with a rating of 89 percent, while Alyssa Nicole Dela Cruz Rosario placed ninth after gaining 87.50 percent. Lovely Alegre Dulay and Jhudge Perez Salaya shared tenth spot with 87.33 percent rate.

For two consecutive years, UST graduates topped October accountancy boards. In 2018, Lahaira Amy Cayog Reyes ranked first, and Alfonso Solomon Magno led the 2017 batch of new public accountants. 

Meanwhile, the University posted 57.32 percent passing rate or 227 out of 396 examinees passing the exam. This was lower than last year’s 76.82 percent passing rate or 285 out of 371 who passed the examination.

Only the University of the Philippines-Diliman made it on the list of top performing schools after garnering 84.21 percent passing rate or 76 out of 64 examinees passing since only schools having at least 50 examinees with at least 80 percent passing rate are included.

The national passing rate also slipped this year to 14.32 percent or 2,075 out of 14,492 examinees from last October 2018’s 25.18 percent passing rate or or 3,616 out of 14,358 examinees making it to the cut.

 

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“Kantahan sa Lansangan”: Thomasians organize benefit street gig for farmers

Progressive Thomasian students held a street performance event in commemoration of Peasant’s Month echoing the demand for better policies and the call to end the killing of farmers, Thursday, Oct. 17.

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Progressive Thomasian students held a street performance event in commemoration of Peasant’s Month echoing the demand for better policies and the call to end the killing of farmers, Thursday, Oct. 17.

The event “Kantahan sa Lansangan” was spearheaded by Anakbayan-UST to gather funds to aid farmers and be able to register the call by featuring spoken open mic performances and busking. 

Angelo del Rosario of Anakbayan-UST highlighted the benefit gig’s role in joining the plight of farmers in registering and asserting their rights. 

“Yung street gig na ito ay in support sa mga peasants natin. Gusto rin natin na makiisa sa laban ng mga magsasaka para sa mga iba’t-ibang karapatan nila […] at makakamtan natin sa pamamagitan ng tunay na reporma sa lupa,” del Rosario said. 

Peasant workers were also set to talk in the event to share their experiences which, however, did not push through due to heightened police presence in the area, citing safety and security concerns in line with the alleged spur of targeted killings of farmers.

Del Rosario also expressed his frustration in the surveillance of the local police in the area for the event: “Sobrang nakakafrustrate siya, kasi karapatan naman na mag-perform hindi lamang ipanawagan yung mga legitimate na calls ng mga magsasaka, [pati na] yung mga calls ng mga estudyante.”

He added: “Itong tinitiktikan tayo parang kumbaga ikino-consider tayong threat of security sa public. Well in fact, gusto kong sabihin na sila pa nga ang mas karapat-dapat bansagan bilang threat of security.”

Farmers burdened by rice tariffication law, militarization

Moreover, peasants’ rights group spokesperson lambasted the government’s policy of Rice Tariffication Law, saying that farmers’ rights, as the producers of the country, must be addressed by the government. 

Eddie Billolas, spokesperson of Katipunan ng Samahan ng Magsasaka – Timog Katagalugan, in an exclusive with TomasinoWeb, said: “Ang magsasaka ay tagapaglikha ng pagkain ‘yan. [Na] pakainin ang sambayanang Pilipino na walang bahid ng paglabag sa karapatan at dapat nga tugunan ang kanyang pangangailangan.” 

Billolas added that even though the law has already passed, farmers have no control on what they sell. He also implicated that the price of palay has deflated for as low as P9, making the local farmers suffer more in this current bill. 

A farmer from Mindoro, who had an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, stated that there is an ongoing militarization which targets the farmers and also the indigenous people specifically the Mangyan tribe. He decided to disclose his personal information for  safety reasons.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay marami ang militar sa amin at ang mga katutubo ay dinadaya at sinasaktan. Pumili rin [sila] ng mga lugar na malapit sa tinitirhan ng mga katutubo at binabantayan sila,” he said. 

Pertaining to the Rice Tariffication Law, he stated that he wishes the government would hear their plights and make an action towards the dreadful situation of the local farmers. “Ang panawagan namin ay sana itaas manlang ang produksyon namin hinggil sa aming pinagkakakitaan tulad na lamang ng niyog, saging at kung ano pa,” he added. 

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Pagtuturo ng agham sa Filipino, isinulong

‪Isinulong ng ilang dalubhasa ang kasanayan sa wikang Filipino sa agham at pananaliksik sa idinaos na 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham: Masulong na Agham sa Wikang Filipino, Miyerkules, ika-17 ng Oktubre. ‬

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Isinulong ng ilang dalubhasa ang kasanayan sa wikang Filipino sa agham at pananaliksik sa idinaos na 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham: Masulong na Agham sa Wikang Filipino, Miyerkules, ika-17 ng Oktubre. 

“Ang pinakapangunahing layunin ng ating batas—ng ating konstitusyon—para sa wikang Pambansa ay gamitin ito bilang wika ng akademya—bilang wika ng pagtuturo—hindi lamang sa batayang edukasyon [kung hindi pati] sa lahat at buong sistema ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas,” wika ni Virgilio Almario sa kanyang talumpati sa bulwagan ng Thomas Research Aquinas Complex.

Ayon kay Almario, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan at tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), layunin natin ngayon na gamitin ang wikang Pambansa sa mga usaping teknikal at maglikom ng mga salita mula sa Tagalog at iba’t ibang wikang katutubo ng Pilipinas upang ipantumbas sa mga teknikal na salitang Ingles.

“Hangga’t maaari ay magsimula na tayo talaga na gumamit ng Filipino [sa larangan ng agham] dahil puwede namang gamitin. Nakikita natin [ngayon na] kahit yung napakahirap na topics ay puwedeng gamitin ang Filipino…Mas maiintindihan yung ating pinaguusapan kung nasa Filipino, kaysa nag-iInglesan tayo [ngunit] hindi naman tayo nagkakaintindihan,” aniya sa isang panayam sa TomasinoWeb.

Hinimok din ni Almario ang lahat na maging mahilig sa wika at sa paggamit ng diksiyonaryo upang mapaunlad ang kaalaman sa agham at wikang Pambansa.

 Wikang Filipino bilang wika ng agham

“Naniniwala ako [na] higit tayong makukumbinsi na [ang] wikang Filipino ay wika rin ng agham,” ani Engr. Albert G. Mariño, deputy director ng Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute.

Ayon kay Mariño, maliit lamang na hakbang ang paggamit ng sariling wika ngunit malaki ang epekto nito sa pagsusulong ng kaalamang agham at teknolohiya.

“Masasabi kong higit na epektibo ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino… Sa aming karanasan, mas matututo at aktibo ang mga mag-aaral dahil higit nilang naipapahayag ang kanilang mga ideya at karunungan,” wika niya.

Nabangggit naman sa malayang talakayan ni Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Outstanding Young Scientist 2013 mula sa Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila, na hindi madali ang pagsasalin sa Filipino ng karamihan sa mga terminolohiyang ginagamit sa agham.

“Talagang ‘pag tinatalakay ko ang [agham], Ingles ang ginagamit ko. Ngunit ngayon parang masaya siya [kapag Filipino]. Kaya siguro sa pagtuturo ko ulit, paminsan-minsan susubukan kong ibigay yung lecture gamit ang [Filipino],” aniya.

Pinuna naman ng dalubgurong si Fortunato B. Sevilla III ang masyadong pagiging kritikal sa pagsasalin sa Filipino ng mga wikang ginagamit sa agham.

“Yung ‘alon,’ gagamitin sa ‘wave.’ Sakto naman ‘yon. So puwede nating sabihin [na ang lightwave ay] ‘alon ng ilaw,’” wika niya. “Kunwari [yung] ‘wavelength,’ literal nating gawing Filipino…‘haba ng alon.’”

Dagdag pa ni Sevilla, “Ang problema [ay] hindi lang tayo sanay [kasi] hindi natin ginagamit. Pero kung gagamitin lagi, matatanggap natin. Kung umpisahan natin ngayon at gamitin lagi, madaling tanggapin.”

Kasama sa mga nag-ambag ng panayam ay sina Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza, pangulo ng National Academy of Science and Technology at Dr. James Anthony C. Bautista at Dr. Marilyn A. Rimando ng UST Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS).

Ang 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham ay inorganisa ng RCNAS, Kolehiyo ng Agham, at Departamento ng Filipino ng UST, sa pakikipagtulungan ng KWF.

Ang Sentro ng Salin, sa pamamahala ng Departamento ng Filipino, ay una ring itinayo sa UST at kaisa-isa pa lamang sa buong Pilipinas.

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