National Situationer
Carpio delivers lecture on Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea
by Cristina Francia and Ryan Lim
National Situationer Straight News // November 21, 2018

In light of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines, the International Studies Department held a lecture, which featured acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio last November 19 at the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room. In the lecture, Carpio gave a brief background of the dispute in the West Philippine Sea, the Philippines’ proof…

#NeverNovember protest against Imelda held at People Power Monument
by Ramon Castañeda
National Situationer // November 20, 2018

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) was spared from rallies and protests held against the Duterte administration in the recent months. Although last Saturday, November 18, opposition groups staged a protest dubbed as #NeverNovember in front of the People Power Monument to commemorate the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga…

The price to pay: Ramifications of rising PH inflation
by Isabel Cañaveral, Warren Chua and Frank Santiago
National Situationer Straight News // November 7, 2018

In August 2018, the Philippine inflation rate soared to 6.4 percent, the highest in the past nine years. The following month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported it rising to 6.7 percent—a small increase, but still far above estimates. The reason, as PSA reported, was due to price increases seen on food, transportation, and utilities….

Youth in Activism: On the 46th Martial Law anniversary protest
by Danielle Aglubat, Ramon Castañeda, Gershon De La Cruz and Ian Benedict Mia
National Situationer // September 22, 2018

As part of the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, a mob dubbed the “United People’s Action: Labanan ang Diktadura” was organized and held last September 21 in front of Luneta Park. The event aimed to unite various sectors of the Filipino society, to address the aftereffects of the Marcos…

Opposition presents ‘true’ state of PH in United People’s SONA
by Ramon Castañeda
National Situationer Straight News // July 24, 2018

Reports from Andrea Punzalan   In an effort to engage the Filipinos in a discussion regarding the “true” state of the nation, a mobilization tagged as “United People’s SONA” was held yesterday, July 23, outside St. Peter’s Parish in Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. Movement Against Tyranny, Anakbayan, Tindig Pilipinas, BAYAN, and members of the #BabaeAko…

HINDIpendence Day Proclamation held against Duterte admin
by Ramon Castañeda
National Situationer Straight News // June 13, 2018

A movement against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, tagged as “HINDIpendence Day,” was held yesterday at Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita as a mobilization to commemorate the 120th year of the nation’s independence. Being part of the event, a Women’s Freedom March, dubbed “#BabaeAko,” also transpired, led by women’s issues advocate group, Gabriela.     In…

Carpio returns to DLSU, tackles PH-China maritime dispute anew
by Isabel Cañaveral and Maxine Ferrer
National Situationer Straight News // March 25, 2018

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, one of the staunchest advocates on the maritime issues surrounding West Philippine Sea, delivered a talk titled “The South China Sea Dispute: Philippines vs. China” last March 1. The talk, organized by the International Studies Department, tackled the history and background of the territorial dispute, the actions currently being done…

Federalism in the Philippine Context
by Isabel Cañaveral, Cristina Francia and Frank Santiago
National Situationer Straight News // March 15, 2018

Aside from his war against corruption and illegal drugs, one of the landmark aspects of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential campaign is the shift to a federal government. Touted as the solution to the growing socio-economic divide between the capital and the far-flung regions of the Philippines, federalism aims to provide regions an equal playing field by…

A month with the train law: Reviewing changes, implications, and experiences
by Yasmin Cariño and Maxine Ferrer
National Situationer Straight News // February 22, 2018

Over the years, the Philippine tax system has been described as ‘unfair’, ‘corrupt’, and ‘complicated’ among other distressing adjectives. Congress has put forth numerous bills and exchanged multiple arguments to revamp the prejudiced Tax Reform Act of 1997, but it was only in December 2017 that it finally passed a new bill that promised to…

#OneLaSalleForMarawi: A downpour of humanitarian aid
by Ian Benedict Mia
National Situationer Straight News // December 20, 2017

The threat posed by the Islamic State is still far from over as the five-month firefight between government forces and armed non-state actors or “militants” in Marawi City has supposedly come to an end. According to a November 2017 report by the Amnesty International, the conflict resulted to unlawful killings and hostage-taking by militants, ill-treatment…