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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: Manila Council declares Panday Sining as persona non grata

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The Manila City Council released a resolution declaring the progressive group Panday Sining as persona non grata in the country’s capital city Friday, Dec. 6.

This came after the incident in November where the group spray-painted the newly painted Lagusnilad underpass near Manila City Hall, and after four members of the group were arrested during the Bonifacio Day protest last Nov. 30 after spray-painting LRT posts in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso made several remarks warning the group. “Huwag kayong pahuhuli sa akin. Sige, human rights. ‘Pag nahuli ko kayo, padidila ko sa inyo ‘to. Buburahin niyo ‘to ng dila niyo,” Domagoso said.

In a statement, Panday Sining reiterated that what they did is not just vandalism but “protest art” and demanded the release of the four cultural workers who belong to the group.

“Protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking is not only just but necessary. […] We call on all artists and cultural workers to create and distribute art that exposes genuine social realities and articulates the people’s demands.” the statement reads.

TomasinoWeb launched an online discussion regarding Manila City Council’s decision. Here are some of the thoughts of netizens:

 

 

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#TalkOnTW: Isko’s Liquor Ban near schools in Manila

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed an executive order on Thursday, July 25, mandating strict implementation of city ordinances prohibiting the selling of alcoholic beverages within the 200-meter range of schools and universities in Manila. The regulation immediately took effect upon issuance.

Executive Order No. 17 mandates the Bureau of Permits and License Office (BPLO), City Treasurer’s Office, and business establishments to strictly observe Ordinance No. 8520 and Ordinance No. 3532, with the former pertaining to the prohibiting of selling intoxicating liquor to minors in “any store, mall, bar, restaurant, eatery or any commercial establishment in Manila” and the latter pertaining to the prohibiting of selling liquor in said establishments located within the 200-meter radius of learning institutions, such as schools and universities.

With the resumption of classes slowly approaching the calendar, TomasinoWeb launched an online discussion regarding the recently signed regulation. The following are the thoughts of the students on the issue:

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno also joined the discussion:

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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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