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Science officials apologize over ‘insensitive’ Christmas poster

Netizens slammed the party’s title “Extra Joyful Krismas” for its supposed play on the EJK acronym.

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A shot of the poster, which was uploaded on Twitter on Dec. 14, garnered criticism for netizens. Photo used with permission from the original poster, who requested not to be credited.

Officials of the College of Science denounced on Saturday, Dec. 16, a poster for the college’s Christmas party, which drew flak online for its supposed “insensitivity” and “mockery” of the spate of extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the country.

In a Facebook post containing a statement from the Office of the Dean, the college assured that the poster was taken down after receiving reports of the “unfortunate” event. “We regret and condemn the posting of the unofficial and unapproved Christmas poster of the college,” the post read.

Netizens slammed the party’s title “Extra Joyful Krismas” for its supposed play on the EJK acronym, after a student, who requested not to be named, posted a shot of the poster on Twitter last Thursday, Dec. 14.

The “insensitive” poster also encouraged attendees to come in “bloody red” Christmas attire.
The college clarified that the poster was one of the suggestions for the Christmas party but was never approved by the office.

The poster was nonetheless found plastered in the halls of the college without any stamp of approval from the dean or the Office of the Secretary General before it was subsequently removed.

The officials added that “the College is steadfast in the formation of competent, committed, and compassionate Christians of high moral standards.”

The college’s student council likewise assured in a tweet that “the [dean’s] office is currently taking necessary actions” to make sure that the said event does not happen again.

The rampant cases of EJKs and other human rights violations in the country under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn international attention and strong criticism.

International humanitarian group Human Rights Watch has documented more than 12,000 deaths in the Philippines, including EJKs, linked to the government’s brutal war against drugs.

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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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