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#TalkOnTW: Students react to President Duterte’s recent media address

“Lethal force is not the answer neither is striking fear to the people. There are better ways but for some odd reason you fail to see even one. You basically condemned the Filipino people to their deaths at the hands of your soldiers and the virus.”

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It’s almost two and a half weeks since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte imposed a quarantine on the National Capital Region following the entirety of Luzon. Ever since then, citizens were restricted from going outside their homes, giving only a few to go out to buy necessities to get by the following days. The enhanced community quarantine came along with numerous checkpoints and military personnel to instill discipline to the communities they were deployed to. Despite the enhanced community quarantine, the country’s frontliners – the doctors, nurses, store attendants, and journalists – continue to pave the way despite the struggles in the country today.

Ever since the Bayanihan to Heal Act as One Act (RA 11469) was signed by President Duterte, the country was placed under a state of emergency for three months unless extended. In this law, the president was granted to distribute P5,000 to P8,000 pesos in cash aid to low-income families, a special risk allowance to health workers, and to allow the president “to exercise powers necessary and proper to carry out a declared national policy”, and more.

Last night at 9:43PM, the president addressed the nation once more to reiterate the threats faced by the country today. With this, TomasinoWeb initiated a discussion that asks the peoples’ thoughts on his most recent media address.

One of the main highlights of the president’s media address was the threats that were posed towards the left. Many were angered towards his threats by ordering authorities to detain those who cause chaos and riots. Moreover, his address was observed to contain intimidation and fear towards the common people. Twitter users @tljdwln, @MigeruTagaki, @angelwithaliner, and @jayzielkhim share their thoughts towards the threats of the president. 

Nagulat ka na kasi biglaang presscon, nagalit ka pa kasi puro pagbabanta at karahasan yung lumalabas sa bibig nya”

The country is already in a pandemic then you would just say you will kill people who wouldn’t cooperate? Heartless and disgusting attitude. They are the less fortunate that is why they are like this. We should be helping them not killing them or arresting them…”

Kung gusto niyang mabigyan tayo ng reassurance, give factual reports. Saan napupunta ang budget, pwede na ba ang mass testing, ano na ang nangyari sa donasyon, atbp. Hindi natin kailangan ng ‘urgent’ press con kung pagbabanta lang pala ang sasabihin.”

kapag sa patayan napakabilis gumalaw ng gobyernong ‘to pero kapag pangangailangan ng mamamayan ayan naghuhulaan pa kung anong dapat gawin”

In his 12-minute speech, President Rodrigo Duterte failed to address what the people have been waiting for – updates and actions to be done in light of the pandemic. Twitter user @d_dddana mentioned that his speech instead contained reprimands without offering solutions towards the problem on-hand. 

“Nagulat ka na kasi biglaang presscon, nagalit ka pa kasi puro pagbabanta at karahasan yung lumalabas sa bibig nya”

Additionally, Twitter user @yopokkiseu mentioned that none of the press conferences actually served its purpose to brief and address the problems faced by the country in light of the pandemic.

“None the presscons showed any hint of handling the contagion with coordinated efforts to address the problems wt food security, public, mobility, jobs, medical services among the poorest, and to the concern of all, mass testing and lack of PPEs and funding for frontliners”

This is not the first time that the public has voiced out their opinions regarding the president’s leadership in this state of emergency. Twitter users @tipsyd_ei and @jolofernando have pointed out his incompetence and the use of threats as a compensation to show his power and might.

His words are loud and threatening but they contain empty concrete plans for the pandemic. He is simply INCOMPETENT. He can NEVER silence the people.#OUSTDUTERTENOW

This isnt about the pandemic anymore hes trying to silence the people from protesting his incompetent governance”

President Duterte’s leadership performance was also highlighted by netizens, expressing their frustration towards his neglect and his response to the struggles the country is facing today. For Twitter user @Barsieee, he said that the president does not care about his people especially the frontliners as evident with the blatant verbal harassment of those who are unsatisfied with his rule.

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#TalkOnTW: Thomasians call for the suspension of classes

“Suspending classes frees them from both physical and mental burden as they recuperate from the trauma.”

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Three typhoons have recently passed the country, leaving significant damages especially to the last one that rained over the Philippine skies. As of November 16, 2020, more than 151,600 families were affected and at about P73.788 million is left in damages in the agricultural sector, all in Cagayan Valley alone. Many locations in the Philippines such as Marikina and Isabela were drastically affected by the typhoon bringing floods, rains, winds, and destruction. Netizens were quick to act in bringing awareness and a helping hand to Ulysses’s victims. 

Many concerns were brought up in the midst andi in the aftermath of the Ulysses such as the President’s absence to act on the issue and the urgency of the situation.

Because of the chilling consequences of the typhoon, many students called for the suspension of classes due to the damages it brought to the country..

Last Monday, we asked Thomasians netizens in the recent #TalkOnTW if classes must be suspended following the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses. Majority of the responses resounded to a strong opposition to the question posted.

With this, Twitter user @juliiannex returned an important question where they asked if the student body will be heard by the people it is trying to reach out to.

“even if majority would obviously say no…. hahaha would our opinion matter?”

Many Thomasians responded with a more important question: should this be asked in a matter of a calamity in the middle of a pandemic? Twitter users @Danyeeel_, @Kaloyyskie, and @eddoreven expounds this more in their tweet.

“Hindi na dapat ‘to tinatanong. Wala naman mawawala sa’tin kung magiging makatao tayo, lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya at delubyo. #AcademicBreakNow #NoStudentLeftBehind

“The answer is very obvious yet the administration chose to be blind.”

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#SONA2020: Netizens react to this year’s state of the nation address

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”

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Every year, the president is tasked to deliver a speech at the Batasang Pambansa Complex to address the country on its whereabouts and the government’s plans for it in the near future. Despite the ravaging situation of the Philippines due to the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte insisted not breaking tradition to speak at the hall with few guests from the government and the administration itself. The president spoke about numerous topics. A few to mention are human rights, COVID-19, child labor, ABS-CBN, and the Build, Build, Build Program. While the president is expected to talk about his administration’s achievements from the past year, he failed to disclose this important part in this address yesterday to which where he promised to release a printed report of it soon.

Duterte’s speech yesterday received backlash because of the lack of substantive resolutions and updates to reassure the Philippines of its state and how the administration will lead the country in the following years to come. 

As of July 26, the Philippines has 83,000 known confirmed cases with 1,1974 deaths and 26,617 recoveries.

Yesterday, TomasinoWeb asked Thomasian netizens on their thoughts about this year’s State of the Nation Address. 

“NO THOUGHTS, JUST PURE RAGE & DISGUST”

“INSENSIBLE to the true state of our nation!
#TalkOnTW

“no concrete plans again. we shouldn’t call it SONA because of the fact it is his state of his own damn ego and for self serving interest only + impunity and authoritarianism.
he should resign or the masses shall overthrow him and his government???
#WAKASONA2020
#SONAgkaisa2020

“yet another show of incompetency from our dear president.”

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”

“IS THIS SONA OR YOUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR YOUR ALLIES???!!!
GAHD!!!”

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While Duterte’s address failed to properly address the pressing issues in the Philippines, one must never forget to hold its officials accountable for their performance in handling the pandemic and among issues that coexist with it. Filipinos need and will continuously demand concrete plans, actions, and leadership from those who govern their country. The fight from the pandemic, human rights, and all other issues the country faces will continue until they get to what they are promised and what they truly deserve.

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#TalkOnTW: Students decide if they will enroll for an online term

“The world is in literal shambles right now and yet students are still academically pressured by their schools to function and adapt to this ‘new normal’.”

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The Office of the Rector recently released a memorandum announcing that the first term of AY 2020-2021 will be facilitated through “online and offline learning strategies”. The discussion of enrollment for the upcoming academic year has been a buzz among students, most especially because of the decision of the University to push forward with the Institutional Community Plan despite the contentions of those who belong in the Thomasian community. 

The topic of enrollment has been quite a topic among students not only within the University but also from those who belong in other academic institutions. While developing online-learning strategies has been the goal of the University, it is difficult to ignore that online learning does not serve all students that well. This issue does not only encompass the availability of a steady internet connection and a ready device to do work that we need to accomplish. It also adds the fact that not all students will be able to continue their education because of different reasons such as: financial status, health, and the lack of an optimal work environment from home.

With this, we asked students through the recent #TalkOnTW if they will still enroll for AY 2020-2021.

Twitter user @Strangel101 shared her initial thoughts on the “pressure” of academic institutions to adapt with the “new normal”.

The world is in literal shambles right now and yet students are still academically pressured by their schools to function and adapt to this ‘new normal’ 

Nakakalungkot na ang daming mapipilitang magLOA just because they were financially/physically/psychologically affected”

With the struggles that students and their families face in the pandemic, many are stuck with the dilemma if they should continue with AY 2020-2021. Twitter users @olyver_ly and @marcavalmoriaa shared propositions on the pressure in enrolling for  the upcoming academic year. 

“there are 2 options: (a) mag-eenroll but we cant have a quality education. (b) dont enroll and there’s academic/peer pressure.

we hate the fact that we are all victims of this ccf education system.”

Pag nag enroll wala nanaman matututunan, pag di nag enroll hassle yung process pag gap year”

On the other hand, some students such as Twitter user @dulce_pomme decided not to enroll for the next academic year but as pronounced of feelings of guilt because of the lengthy journey to reach an important milestone.

my dad told me na wag na lang pero kasi, as first batch na rin ng k12, feeling ko sobrang natagalan na ako sa pag aaral tapos panganay pa ako?? so the guilt na walang maipagmalaki parents ko :(“

Meanwhile, students are given unduly pressure from their families and their peers if they should enroll because of the fear of getting “left behind”. Twitter users @jxntxp, @fyabby, @gjcco, and @asi1892 share their experiences.

My family wants me to enroll despite explaining that I have 3 laboratory subjects that will be difficult to learn online.

The only thing they said was “Hindi ka pwedeng madelay.””

di talaga effective sakin online classes pero natatakot naman akong maiwanan ng batchmates ko :////”

my parents and i think that i shouldnt enroll cuz of health reasons, lack of funds and resources, and the many problems of distance learning… but u kno they also have this fear of me getting delayed #TalkOnTW

I am still weighing the pros and cons of enrolling for online classes. I don’t want to waste my parents’ money if I can’t guarantee the quality education. :<”

Twitter user @YouRONElyONE shared his thoughts on the learning environment for law students in light of this pandemic. 

“An Online Term for Law School is not conducive for learning…

Many of us law students experienced a waste of a good semester with online activities given for compliance sake, not for learning at all.

If this keeps up, damn the Bar exams would be at high stakes.

#TalkOnTW

Enrolling for an online term is still a pressing issue despite the efforts of the University administration to get the Thomasian community aboard in online learning. Students have reiterated over time again and again that there are issues to be fixed that obviously go beyond a steady internet connection and stable devices. An online term is a challenge not only the University will face but the Philippines’ education system as well.

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