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Transport groups slam gov’t efforts to revamp PUV designs, franchising system, transport routes
by Danielle Aglubat, Roselin Manawis and Ian Benedict Mia
National Situationer Straight News // August 31, 2017

Various transport groups gathered for a protest against the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program last July 17 at various places in the country such as Metro Manila, Pampanga, and Zambales. Some of the transport groups involved were Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) Partylist, United Transportation Federation of Makati (UTFM),…


How DLSU students perceive Duterte’s 2nd SONA
by Dab Castañeda, Roselin Manawis and Alex Kaluag
National Situationer Straight News //

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 24. The LaSallian looks into the insights of DLSU students on the address. While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discussed some key developments in the second State of the Nation Address (SONA), analysts from various news organizations cite how the president mostly…


PH war on drugs: A crippling, pervading nightmare
by Ian Benedict Mia
National Situationer // August 21, 2017

  On the eve of his election victory last May 9, 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told a crowd of around 300,000 people, “If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, holdup men, and do-nothings, you better get out because I’ll kill you.”…


Assessing viewpoints on the SC’s TRO on contraceptives
by Alex Kaluag and Isabel Canaveral
National Situationer Straight News // August 6, 2017

The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Act was signed into law by former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in 2012. Three years later, the Supreme Court (SC) issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on certain contraceptives for allegedly having “abortifacient” qualities. Forty-eight contraceptives were affected by the TRO released in 2015, 15 of which…


Amid the crossfire: Martial law in Marawi City
by Johanna Ellice Tantoco and Angelo Chupeco
National Situationer Straight News // July 19, 2017

As of July 17, CNN Philippines reports that the ongoing crisis in Marawi City has led to approximately 553 deaths, among which are 45 civilians, 97 soldiers and policemen, and 411 militants. According to Military Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, government efforts against the terrorists may continue even after July 24, when President Rodrigo Duterte…


Tax reform in the Philippines: A look at fuel tax and its alternatives
by Rebekah Navarro and Josemaria Rustia
National Situationer Straight News // March 11, 2017

In a nationwide initiative to generate revenues, the Philippine government recently proposed a P6 per liter increase in diesel, gasoline, and cooking oil. The tax reform proposal is intended to help fund the administration’s infrastructure program, as well as to keep the president’s promise to reform the fuel tax system, which is widely considered outdated…


On Duterte’s first 100 days and beyond
by Rebekah Navarro and Alex Kaluag
National Situationer News Feature // November 17, 2016

The first 100 days of the current administration were defined by various developments and unexpected sentiments from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.  With his unconventional demeanor and unpredictable behavior, the president has sparked uproar both in local and international media. The war against drugs campaign, for instance, has sparked several controversies, caused social unrest within the…


The plight of the country’s indigenous community
by Ian Benedict Mia, Eunice De Castro, Vivean Pallera and Samantha Cenizal
National Situationer Straight News // November 16, 2016

This October, around 3,000 indigenous peoples (IP) consisting of 153 ethnolinguistic groups gathered in Metro Manila for a national caravan dubbed as the “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya para sa Sariling Pagpapasya at Makatarungang Kapayapaan.” The caravan, which began on October 8 in Mindanao, sought to raise awareness on the issues of commercialization and militarization of the…


On Duterte’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy
by Jill Chua and Kheem Gines
National Situationer News Feature // October 8, 2016

Four months after being sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte has been dealing with various matters on his hands, ranging from the campaign against illegal drugs to meeting with foreign dignitaries, among others. Part of his key responsibilities as the president is setting and directing the country’s foreign policy. Following his return from Laos for…


Tanggol Wika: Opposing CHED Memo No. 20-2013
by Kheem Gines and Josemaria Rustia
National Situationer Straight News // September 26, 2016

Last July, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) ordered all universities to retain six to nine units of Filipino subjects in compliance with the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) on CHED Memorandum (CMO) No. 20 Series of 2013. The memo proposed to remove all Filipino and Literature General Education (GE) subjects from the university…