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Students denounce P50-M SEA Games cauldron

Progressive students from the University joined the Nationwide Protest to denounce current state policies and programs particularly the funds allotted for the SEA Games Thursday, Nov. 21.

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Progressive students from the University joined the Nationwide Protest to denounce current state policies and programs particularly the funds allotted for the SEA Games Thursday, Nov. 21.

In an ambush interview with TomasinoWeb, Michael Jusayan of League of Filipino Students-UST expressed his anger and dismay over the 50-million SEA Games’ cauldron.

“Ang dami-daming puwedeng paglagyan o paglagakan nung 50-million na ‘yun ‘di ba. Maliban pa dun sa sobra-sobra ‘yung 50-million para doon lamang sa iisang kalderong ginto na ‘yon,” said Jusayan.

He asserted that if the government can allot millions of fund such events, then it should also be able to respond to the basic needs of the Filipinos.

“Kung kayang maglagak ng 50-milyong piso ng gobyerno para sa SEA Games, yung mamamayang Pilipino araw-araw silang nagugutom, araw-araw walang laman ‘yung kaldero nila,” he said.

“‘Yung mga magsasaka nanghihingi ng subsidiya sa gobyerno pero ano ‘yung binibigay? Wala! ‘Yung mga manggagawa nanghihingi ng tulong para itaas man lamang ‘yung kanilang sahod, wakasan ‘yung kontraktwalisasyon, pero ano ‘yung ginagawa ng gobyerno natin. Wala!,” Jusayan said.

Jusayan also remarked that the government should also be able to allot the same amount of funds for the basic services and the rights of the people like health and education. 

“Kayang-kaya maglagak ng gobyerno natin 50-milyong piso para sa kaldero na ‘yon pero ‘yung hinanaing ng mga mamamayang Pilipino, ‘yung puwedeng ilagak para [sa edukasyon, sa pangkalusugan]. Bakit hindi niya kayang maglabas ng ganoong kalaking halaga para sa welfare ng mga mamamayan natin?” Jusayan added.

Meanwhile, Naomi Alariao of Anakbayan-UST also shared the same sentiments with the 50-million cauldron, noting that the kaldero of the Filipino people is still unfilled.

“‘Yung kaldero ng sambayanang ginugutom ay walang laman. Alamin natin, tandaan natin na ang kalderong walang laman ang pinaka-makingay kapag iyan ang kinalampang,” said Alariao.

Senate Committee Report No. 10

Alariao also expressed her disappointment over the government’s failure to respond to the current “crisis” besetting the country.

“Nakikita naman natin na mas umiigting yung krisis sa ating lipunan, sa lupa, sa tubig, sa transportasyon, sa agrikultura, pati yung laban nung mga manggagawa sa sahod ay mayroon pa rin ngayong kontraktwalisasyon. Sobra na, sukdulan na ang pinaggagagawa ng gobyernong ito,” said Alariao.

Jusayan shared the same sentiment, noting the crisis faced by farmers as well as students: “Nandyan yung Rice Liberalization Law tsaka yung patuloy na pangangamkam ng lupa. Sa hanay nating mga kabataan ‘di ba, nananatiling pribilehiyo yung edukasyon imbis na karapatan.”

He also expressed his concern over Senate Committee Report No. 10 which aims to respond to the alleged recruitment of leftist groups in schools and universities.

“Sa kasalukuyan, may Senate committee report na sinusubukang i-apruba nila [Senator] Bato Dela Rosa na kung saan gusto nilang papasukin yung mga militar at kapulisan sa mga pamantasan, tiktikan yung ating mga guro. Isa itong paglabag dun sa akademikong karapatan natin dito sa loob ng pamantasan,” he asserted.

“Nanganganib yung mga guro natin at nanganganib mismo tayong mga kabataang estudyante na ang pagtingin ng estado sa mga kritikong katulad natin, yung mga nagcr-criticize sa [kanila] ay mga NPA, terorista,” he said.

For Jusayan, the government responds to the crisis and problems plaguing the country through police and military resistance and intimidation.

“‘Yung konsepto yata ng kapayapaan ni Pangulong Duterte ay pagtahimik, pagpapatahimik dun sa mga mamamayan, pagtetengang-kawali, yung pagsasawalang-bahala dun sa mga tunay na hinanaing ng mga mamamayan. […] Panunupil, pang-iintimidate ng kapulisan, ng militar,” Jusayan expressed.

Alariao aired the same sentiments, “Sa lahat ng lumalaban, pati pa yung mga aktibista, dinadakip yung lahat ng mga progresibo, patuloy yung pag-aatake sa kanila. So pilit nilang pinapatahimik dahil mas lalong nag-iingay ang sambayanan.”

Alariao and Jusayan also urged students to show their disapproval of the said policies.

“Sa ngayon, kailangan nating magkaisa bilang isang sektor at tutulan yung mga ganoong maniobra na tatapak doon sa akademikong kalayaan natin at doon sa mga karapatan natin bilang mga mamamayang Pilipino,” said Jusayan.

“Sa kasaysayan naman natin naputanayan na natin na ang kabataan na palaging nangunguna sa tarangkahan kasama ang mga masang api. […] At ito rin ang panawagan natin sa lahat ng mga estudyante na ipatuloy ang pag-iingay,” Alariao expressed.

The Nationwide Protest was held at UST Gate 2, FEU-Morayta, and then in Mendiola in Manila, and in other parts of the country as well.

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Thomasians demand for passage of students’ code in First Day Fight

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

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Progressive students from the University held their “First Day Fight” protest to kick-off the first day of classes for the second semester at UST Gate 2 Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Karch Rafael of Kabataan Partylist-UST expressed his concern over the passage of the students’ code which might start again from the very beginning after the change in the University’s rector.

“Ngayon ang [gusto nating tutukan] ay tuition increase nanaman tsaka ‘yung democratic rights na patuloy na inaapakan, na sinusupil ng estado natin tsaka ng administrasyon ng UST.

“Gusto nating mabuo ‘yung students’ demand at maipasa na ‘yung students’ code [ngayong] taon na mahigit 16 to 17 years na siyang nakabinbin. Napalitan nanaman ang rector, ibig sabihin nito mataas ‘yung posibilidad na bumalik siya from square one,” Rafael said.

“Dahil sino ba dapat ‘yung primaryang nakikinabang sa kung anong ibinibigay ng isang paaralan. Siyempre ang estudyante, estudyanteng parte ng kabataan at magiging pag-asa ng bagong henerasyon,” Rafael added.

Students also criticized the budget cuts on the country’s calamity fund and government’s response on the Taal Eruption.

“Tinututulan natin yun [budger cut]. Nung nakipag-usap naman ako [na] nabiktima din nung kalamidad ay malaki yung inaasahan nila na tulong mula sa gobyerno natin sapagkat alam nila na yung gobyerno dapat natin ‘yung primaryang tumutulong sa mga mamamayan sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” he said.

Rafael also expressed his anger towards Duterte administraton and its policies, “Habang tumatagal si Duterte sa bulok niyang palasyo, lalong tumitindi yung pag-atake sa mga mamamayan”, he added.

Trisha Ifurung of League of Filipino Students-UST also said that the protest also aims to look back on what has been done from the previous semester and continuing to fight for the students’ and the people’s rights that are being neglected by the administration.

“Panibagong taon nanaman pero yung mga problema na nararanasan ng mga mamamayan ay patuloy pa din,” she said.

The students also called for the junking of the mandatory ROTC for senior high school students and the K-12 program which is about to undergo a public review by the House of Representatives. R. Velasco with reports from J. A. Pangilinan

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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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