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One year later: Justice Antonio Carpio tackles the PH arbitration ruling
by Isabel Canaveral and Maxine Ferrer
National Situationer Straight News // October 22, 2017

In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Netherlands issued a ruling in favor of the Philippines regarding its maritime disputes with the People’s Republic of China in the West Philippine Sea. The ruling was a product of a three-year process pursued by the Philippine government for a non-violent and legitimate means…


Debunking the case: LTFRB vs. Transportation Network Companies
by Isabel Canaveral, Yasmin Cariño and Eliza Santos
Straight News // October 17, 2017

Pre-organized transportation is one of the country’s peaks in terms of transport technology. As such, riding apps like Uber and Grab have taken the country by storm because of their viability as more convenient and efficient options in the Philippine transportation scene. Civilians, especially students, have greatly imprinted on these ride-hailing services. Tricia Garcia* (IV,…


Lakbayan Animo 2k17: On the struggles of the nation’s cultural minorities
by Roselin Manawis and Cristina Francia
Straight News // October 16, 2017

Lakbayan Animo 2k17, an event highlighting the experiences of the members of the Lumad community that visited the University was held last September 12 to September 21. A LAKBAYAN exhibit was also launched last September 12 in the Learning Commons, which was followed by a forum about National Minority Issues. The Lumad were welcomed last…


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),…


On voices unheard: The Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017
by Johanna Ellice Tantoco and Samantha Cenizal
Straight News //

It was in May 2 when Senate Bill 1354 or the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017 was approved on its third and final reading. Voting 19-0, the Philippine Senate passed the bill which seeks to mandate the provisions of affordable and accessible mental health services in the country. Since its authorization, the bill has…


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…


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…


One La Salle for Marawi: Updates on relief efforts
by Ian Benedict Mia
Straight News // August 3, 2017

As of July 24, the One La Salle for Marawi relief operations, which are led by La Salle Academy (LSA) in Iligan City and De La Salle Philippines, have benefited many locals caught in between the crossfire at Marawi City. In a Facebook post, LSA Social Action Staff Andrew Pamorada announced the following updates: 1….


DLSP, CBCP deny harboring of Turkish terrorists in PH NGOs
by Samantha Cenizal
Straight News // July 21, 2017

Last July 13, Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur reported that terrorists from the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) were allegedly being harbored by Philippine non-government organizations (NGO) Integrative Center for Alternative Development Foundation, Inc. (ICAD) and Pacific Dialogue Foundation, Inc. (PDF), adding that FETO is now present in 50 different countries and is seeking to expand its…


DLSU, HEIs to offer postgraduate programs with partner UK universities
by Ian Benedict Mia
Straight News // July 20, 2017

Last July 13, British Council Philippines (BCP) announced that several higher education institutions (HEI) in the country, including DLSU, will be offering postgraduate programs in collaboration with universities from the United Kingdom (UK). The program was made possible with the BCP’s and Commission on Higher Education’s Joint Development of Niche Programmes through Philippines-United Kingdom Linkages….