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#TalkonTW: 2.5% tuition fee increase

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     TUITION FEE of the University for this academic year increased by 2.5 percent, with a price of P1,280.33 per unit, after meetings of the administration with deans and student leaders.

     Originally meant to be 5 percent, the increase this year was lower than the 3.5 percent of academic year 2012-2013, and 3 percent of academic year 2011-2012.

     TomasinoWeb requested a statement coming from the Office of the Vice Rector for Finance, but the office has yet to answer.

     The following are the thoughts of students regarding the said increase:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#TalkOnTW: LGBTQI+ Community in PH

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The House of Representatives, voting 197-0, had already approved on third and final reading its version of the bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), which involves provision of equal rights to members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

However, the measure has yet to face difficulty in the Upper Chamber as some senators remain in the opposition of its passage. To note, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, a staunch Catholic, stated that there is still hope for the SOGIE bill, but only if its “controversial provisions” are resolved.

These controversial provisions for Sotto include the removal of dress codes and allowing members of the LGBT community to dress based on their SOGIE; the use of restrooms on the basis of SOGIE; and the “encroachment into religious and academic practices.”

Christian groups in the country, moreover, strongly condemned the bill’s motion, saying homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible, and violates the present Constitution. Jesus Is Lord (JIL) founder Brother Eddie Villanueva even affirmed during a JIL-led movement: “Same-sex marriage is an abomination to God. The Bible is so clear about the man marrying another man. This will invite kinds of curses that we cannot contain in our generation.”

Yet, even as denunciation and dissent continue to occur, the recent years of the country saw the rise of concerns toward and battles against LGBT—now LGBTQI+ (Queer and Intersex+)—discrimination: In 2016, the first trans legislator had been elected. Pop culture has now become positively gayer than before. Pride flags splash their colors everywhere. Not only the LGBTQI+ community but its supporters as well now march in solidarity—for equality.

On another note, in 2013, Pope Francis himself had asserted that gay people should not be marginalized but integrated in the society. The Pope expressed: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

With Pride Month nearing its end and preparations for Pride March are on the works, TomasinoWeb sparked an online discussion regarding the state of the LGBTQI+ community in the country. The following are the thoughts of the students on the issue:

 

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#TalkOnTW: Ang huling SONA ng PNoy

MULING ibinida ni Pangulong Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino III ang mga naging tagumpay ng kanyang administrasyon sa kanyang pinakahuling State of the Nation Address (SONA).

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MULING ibinida ni Pangulong Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino III ang mga naging tagumpay ng kanyang administrasyon sa kanyang pinakahuling State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Sa pagbabalik-tanaw ni Aquino sa nakaraang limang taon niya bilang Pangulo, kanya ding inalala ang pagre-resign ng dating Ombudsman Mercedita Gutierrez habang nahaharap sa isang impeachment complaint, at ang pagkaka-impeach sa dating Chief Justice Renato Corona. Ani niya, ito daw ay dahil sa kanyang platapormang “tuwid na daan.”

Ipinagmalaki niya ang mga proyektong katulad ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Public Private Partnerships, mga bagong gawang imprastraktura, pagmomodernisa ng kapulisan at ng militar, K to 12 program, at flood control.

Kanya ding ipinagmalaki ang mga batas na naipasa sa ilalim ng kanyang administrasyon, gaya ng Philippine Competition Law, Sin Tax Reform Law, at ang kontrobersiyal na Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act.

Ibinilin niya sa Kongreso na agarang ipasa ang Fiscal Incentives Rationalization Act, ang Unified Uniformed Personnel Pension Reform Bill, ang Proposed 2016 General Appropriations Act, o ang national buget para sa susunod na taon, ang Bangsamoro Basic Law, at ang Anti-Dynasty Law.

Kapansin-pansin na hindi nabanggit ng Pangulo ang Freedom of Information Act (FOI) na kabilang sa kanyang plataporma. Hindi niya rin nabanggit ang 44 na Special Action Force (SAF) troopers na namatay sa engkwentro sa pagtugis nila sa mga teroristang sina Zulkifi bin Hir alias Marwan at Basit Usman, sa kabila ng pagmamalaki ni Aquino na na-“neutralize” ang dalawa sa ilalim ng kanyang administrasyon.

Tila’y pinasaringan din ni Aquino ang Unibersidad sa pagtutol nito sa isang proyekto kung saan gagawing catch basin ng baha ang ilalim ng UST Field, na isang National Cultural Treasure.

Ano kaya ang masasabi ng mga Tomasino tungkol sa huling SONA ni Aquino?

Kuha ni Patrick Palencia

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#TalkonTW: Manila bus ban [UPDATED]

NOONG ika-23 ng Hulyo ay pormal na ipinatupad ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila ang isang bagong ordinansa na nagbabawal sa mga bus na walang sariling prangkisa o sariling terminal na dumaan sa nasabing siyudad.

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NOONG ika-23 ng Hulyo ay pormal na ipinatupad ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila ang isang bagong ordinansa na nagbabawal sa mga bus na walang sariling prangkisa o sariling terminal na dumaan sa nasabing siyudad.

Manila Bus Ban, ito ang sagot ng bagong luklok na alkalde ng Maynila, na si Joseph Ejercito Estrada, at ng kanyang bise akalde, na si Isko Moreno, sa lumalalang sitwasyon ng trapiko sa kanilang nasasakupan.

Nagkagulo at nabigla ang mga commuters sa unang araw ng pagpapatupad ng batas na ito. Umulan naman ng protesta mula sa mga tsuper at may-ari ng mga bus na dumadaan sa Maynila mula sa mga karatig-siyudad tulad ng San Juan, Quezon City at Makati City.

Hindi natinag si Erap at Isko. Sa halip, nakipagdiyalogo sila sa mga tsuper, may-ari ng mga bus at iba pang sektor na direktang apektado ng bagong batas. Sa pagpupulong noong ika-8 ng Agosto sa Manila City Hall, napagkasunduan ng parehong panig na ipatupad ang bago at pinagbuting bersyon ng ordinansa.

Sa kasalukuyan ay unti-unti nang naisaayos ang kalituhang idinulot ng bus ban sa mga mananakay, tsuper at may-ari ng mga bus.

Ano kaya ang masasabi ng mga Tomasino sa bagong patakarang ito?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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