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Walkout sa mga paaralan at kilos-protesta, isinagawa

Kinondena ng iba’t ibang progresibong grupo ang karahasang nangyayari sa Negros at ang planong militarisasyon sa mga paaralan at pamantasan.

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Kinondena ng iba’t ibang progresibong grupo ang karahasang nangyayari sa Negros at ang planong militarisasyon sa mga paaralan at pamantasan.

Sa isinagawang National Day of Mourning and Action kahapon, ika-20 ng Agosto 2019, nagtipon-tipon ang iba’t ibang grupo ng mga magsasaka, estudyante, manggagawa at iba pang sektor para alalahanin ang mga biktima ng pagpatay sa Negros.

Kasabay nito, nagsagawa rin ng walkout ang mga estudyante sa iba’t ibang mga pamantasan bilang pagpapakita ng kanilang mariing pagtutol sa planong militarisasyon o pagdadagdag ng presensya ng kapulisan sa mga eskuwelahan at pamantasan.

Nakilahok dito ang ilang mga progresibong grupo sa Unibersidad at nagkaroon ng maikling mobilisasyon sa harap ng Gate 2 bago sila sumama sa programa sa Mendiola at Liwasang Bonifacio.

Sa isang ambush na panayam ng TomasinoWeb kay Kara Taggaoa, National Spokesperson ng League of Filipino Students, kanyang sinabi na pagpapakita ng pakikiisa ng mga Pilipino sa tuloy-tuloy na karahasan sa Negros ang isinagawang kilos-protesta.

“Ngayong araw naglulunsad tayo ng protesta, […] bilang pag-alala doon sa lahat ng biktima na pinaslang sa Negros. At ‘yung pakikiisa ng mga mamamayan sa buong Pilipinas laban doon sa tuloy-tuloy na atake at pagpatay sa Negros, at ‘yung tuloy-tuloy din na paglaban natin doon sa Oplan Sauron na ipinapatupad sa Negros,” ani Taggaoa.

Kanya ring nabanggit na ang kasabay na malawakang walkout sa iba’t ibang mga pamantasan ay pagpapakita ng pagtutol sa planong militarisasyon o “pagpapatupad ng martial law sa loob ng mga paaralan at pamantasan.”

Iginiit din ni Taggaoa na isang atake sa academic freedom at mga demokratikong karapatan ang planong militarisasyon sa mga paaralan at pamantasan.

“Coming from the statement ng PNP [Philippine National Police] at Senator Bato na i-review daw yung mga accords o mga policies between school administrations and the government na pinipigilan or parang nililimitahan ‘yung presensya ng military and police forces within universities. Kaya nakikita natin ‘to na atake sa ating academic freedom, sa ating democratic rights. Kaya tinututulan natin ‘yung pagpapatupad ng essentially de facto martial law sa loob ng mga pamantasan,” aniya.

Hinimok din ni Taggaoa ang mga estudyante na tumindig para sa kanilang mga karapatan at panatilihing peace zones ang mga paaralan at pamantasan.

“Kailangan tumindig ng mga kabataan para sa ating mga karapatan, para sa academic freedom and democratic rights. Walang lugar sa loob ng ating mga pamantasan ang mga mamamatay-tao, ang mga sunud-sunuran sa isang pasistang diktador na si Duterte,” aniya.

“Walang lugar sa loob ng mga pamantasan natin ang mga tumatapak sa karapatang-pantao. Ang mga pamantasan natin ay dapat peace zones, santuwaryo para sa mga kabataan at para sa iba’t ibang sector na inaatake ng administrasyong Duterte,” dagdag pa ni Taggaoa.

Bukod pa sa mga programang ginanap sa Kamaynilaan, isinagawa rin ang National Day of Mourning and Action at ang kasabay nitong walkout ng mga estudyante sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa.

 

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Expect a more critical, careful Salinggawi with ‘OneFORESTpaña,’ coach tells

Mark Chaiwalla, the head coach and an alumnus of Salinggawi, assured the Thomasian community that the troupe is now more careful and critical, especially being half a point shy from being a podium finisher last year. 

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In this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition, the University’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe is set to enchant with their nature and magical theme, Salinggawi coach said. 

Mark Chaiwalla, the head coach and an alumnus of Salinggawi, assured the Thomasian community that the troupe is now more careful and critical, especially being half a point shy from being a podium finisher last year. 

“How they took it last year parang they are more careful and they are more critical with what they are doing this year,” Chaiwalla expressed in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb

He added: “Whether we land on the podium or not they are always […] motivated naman. They do not lose the motivation depending on where they would land on from the previous year.”

Mark Chaiwalla, UST Salinggawi head coach | Larizza Lucas/TomasinoWeb

In dealing with pressure and expectations, however, Chaiwalla said that those “[are] always there, what we do is just to remind ourselves to always do our best.”

He also clarified that it’s not the pressure and expectations that would push them to do the yearly competition, but the primary goal is “to always serve the Thomasian community.”

As for the theme for this year’s competition, Chaiwalla admitted that initially, the theme was supposed to focus on the teaser that Salinggawi released on Twitter; hinting that it would be a Lady Gaga theme, continuing the Beyonce stunt last competition.  

However, they decided to pick another theme wherein they could use the fortes of the coaches, specifically the dance coach. 

“We chose a theme kung saan mailalabas talaga nung dance coach yung strength niya. Yung theme kasi mas maapektuhan niya ‘yung sayaw rather than the cheer element, so we chose a theme wherein our dance coach would really use his strength that’s why we chose this theme,” Chaiwalla added. 

The idea for this year’s Cheerdance Competition would be enchanted. “There’s a touch of magical feeling and it’s very related to nature,” he said. with reports from Sam Magbuhat.

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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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