National Situationer
Journalists, supporters stand with Rappler amid Maria Ressa arrest
by Ramon Castañeda and Enrico Sebastian Salazar
National Situationer Straight News // February 14, 2019

“No amount of legal cases, black propaganda, and lies can silence Filipino journalists who continue to hold the line.” This was a statement quoted from Maria Ressa, Chief Executive Officer of Rappler, who was arrested late afternoon on February 13 by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) due to her alleged connection to a cyber…

Under arrest: Ressa and Press Freedom
by The LaSallian
Editorial National Situationer //

Last February 13 at 5pm, Rappler Founder and CEO Maria Ressa was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for charges of violating Sec. 4(C)(4) of Republic Act (RA) 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Despite being arrested beyond working hours, making it harder for Ressa to find a court, she attempted…

Divided perspectives: Senatoriables tackle national issues in televised debate
by Gershon De La Cruz, Maxine Ferrer and Roselin Manawis
National Situationer // February 12, 2019

After facing a panel of journalists in the first round of Debate 2019: GMA Network’s Senatorial Face-Off last February 9, the 21 aspiring senators were then paired off for short debates on 10 pressing national issues. Each candidate was given 45 seconds to explain why they were in favor or against the assigned topic, and…

Senate hopefuls probed on track record, competence in Debate 2019
by Gershon De La Cruz, Maxine Ferrer and Roselin Manawis
National Situationer //

Twenty-one senatoriables pit their wits against each other last February 9 in Debate 2019: GMA Network’s Senatorial Face-Off. The televised debate, hosted by Pia Arcangel and Vicky Morales, was organized into two rounds. In the first round, candidates had to face a panel of veteran journalists who fielded staggering questions concerning the senatoriables’ track record…

Juvenile justice, children’s future discussed in KAMALAYAN forum
by Ryan Lim and Miguel Angelo Rabago
National Situationer Straight News // February 10, 2019

Last February 8, the Kapihan ng Malalayang Lasalyano (KAMALAYAN) forum on Juvenile Justice and Welfare was held at the Learning Commons, sixth floor of Henry Sy Sr. Hall with the aim of providing information and an avenue for multilateral discussions between different sectors of society. In attendance for the forum were public school teachers, pastors,…

Civic groups protest lowering of MACR outside Senate compound
by Jan Emmanuel Alonzo
National Situationer Straight News // February 5, 2019

Protesters flocked to the Senate gates last February 4 to rally against the proposal in Congress to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR). Various civic organizations—several of whom were members of the Child Rights Network (CRN)—were joined by political parties and educational institutions in their fight for children’s rights. Speakers from these groups…

Religious groups gather against injustices of Duterte administration
by Ryan Lim
National Situationer Straight News // January 27, 2019

Extrajudicial killings (EJK), slander against the Church, the lowering of the age of criminal liability, and the implementation of martial law in Mindanao are only some of the issues brought up last January 25 when hundreds of participants from different religious groups, youth groups, Catholic schools, and Lumad students gathered at the Rajah Soliman Plaza…

Twenty seven years in the making: On the graft case of Imelda Marcos
by Ramon Castañeda, Miguel Angelo Rabago and Isabela Marie Roque
National Situationer News Feature // January 14, 2019

Last November 9, Former First Lady Imelda Marcos was convicted of seven counts of graft and corruption by the Sandiganbayan for funneling roughly $200-million—meant to be used as public funds—to offshore Swiss bank accounts during her tenure as the Governor of Metro Manila in the 1970s. Marcos was first indicted by the anti-graft court in…

In retrospect: The Philippines in 2018
by Miguel Angelo Rabago, Isabela Marie Roque, Frank Santiago and Helen Mae Saudi
National Situationer News Feature // December 31, 2018

Numerous developments in the Philippines were brought to light this year marked also by numerous controversies that sprung up. Economic developments brought about by policy changes related to taxes and inflation were some of the major factors that drove markets. Various politicians were also the face of different controversies throughout 2018, with impeachment trials, corruption…

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…