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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: What were you doing last March 9?

“‘Stay safe and see you next week!'”

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Last March 9, 2020, Mayor Isko “Moreno” Domagoso suspended classes for a week amidst the growing cases of Covid-19 in the Philippines. This caused students to go back to their hometowns, unaware of what’s to come in the following months.

Ever since the suspension of classes last year, life has never been the same. The pandemic changed the way we used to live and think about our daily lives. Despite the developments on the Covid-19 vaccine, it seems as if we’re far from going back from the lives we used to live.

Yesterday, we asked the Thomasian community in the recent #TalkOnTW to tell their stories on the last day of the normal we used to know.

After classes were suspended, Twitter user @mellalinsolis woke up to the announcement.

“Went home and took a nap tapos pag gising ko, suspended na pala”

On the other hand, Twitter users @blondedraf and @patriciakahanap attended their classes despite the dreary day that they thought were ahead of them.

“If I remember it correctly kakatapos ko lang magdusa sa econ nung pumutok yung announcement”

“Pumasok kahit walang tulog at may sakit #TalkOnTW”

Twitter user @maaarshan was in the University’s Central Laboratory preparing for an experiment that never pushed through.

“nasa central lab busy na pinagsisiksik yung saba sa vials para sa experiment na hindi rin pala natuloy”

While many students were attending their classes, some of them including Twitter users @moxlicityreigns and @roby_lacanilao were attending to their academic and extracurricular affairs.

“probably with my friends sa ICS student council room in Ruano Building, we are about to pay for some merch in the incomeming IICS week”

“Kakabalik ko lang ng swimming attire (na hanggang ngayon di ko pa rin ngagamit HAHAHA) para sa PE tas natuwa ako kasi suspended. Di ako informed na magiging 1 year pala.”

Twitter users @liaaahfrancesca and @brdgtkv were headed to their respective dormitories after learning about the announcement.

“Asa bahay ako nagaayos ng gamit kasi babalik na dapat ako ng dorm sa gabi tas tuwang tuwa pa ko noon”

“andon sa condo panik ligpit kasi lockdown daw kinabukasan HABANABAHABBA”

Speaking of dormitories, Twitter users @REDMAD0NNA and @CrisseyPau headed to their respective friends’ place to spend one of the last non-socially distanced hangouts they will have in 2020.

“tulog sa dorm and as soon as i heard the news, i immediately packed what i can carry and commuted back to laguna tapos naka-attend pa ako ng pageant in my former school”

“Natulog sa sahig ng condo ni Dwayne.”

And if one has finally joined their friends, the usual course of events are to spend one’s allowance on food. Twitter user @reinerdale tells us his story.

“inubos ko pa baon ko non for the week para sa unli wings, huling baon ko na pala yon asdfjsvhnghj”

Whole some spent the remaining hours of the day with their friends, Twitter users @highsocksgwyn and @krtlwi decided to head straight home.

“Hinahanap pa kami ng prof namin sa p.e. pero nakasakay na ako ng jeep papuntang sakayan ng bus :>”

“I was at home in Muntinlupa. Pero my trip home was more interesting.

Pag natutulog ako sa bus, I always hold my fare on my hands para pag tinapik ako ng conduktor, iaabot ko nlng yung bayad. Pagdating ng alabang, lipat naman ng keep. Nung iaabot ko na yung bayad ko (1/2}”

He continues this story in his next tweet.

“Nagtaka ako kasi may 33 pesos pa ako sa kamay ko. i was like “sh*t!” i jumped in my seat sa jeep kasi i realized na nde ako nakapagbayad sa bus kasi nde ako nagising ni manong conductor. I planned on paying the next day but I didn’t know i won’t be riding a bus fr a long time.”

And before anything else, bidding your friends and colleagues the last greetings of the day is the most important of all. Twitter user @4M_Defenders” shares his short bittersweet greeting to his friends.

“I was at home messaging my friends “stay safe and see ya next week!” : )”

The pandemic has indeed brought us many challenges and many of them deal with academic and personal matters. However, we must keep our heads up to fight for a better tomorrow. Hopefully soon enough we’ll be able to hug our family and friends we have not seen in a long time.

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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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