In defense of editorials
by Althea Gonzales
Editorial Opinion // October 18, 2016

A couple of months ago, The LaSallian ran an editorial on former President Ferdinand Marcos, whose scheduled burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) was the talk of town at the time. The former dictator, remembered by many for the atrocities and human rights violations rampant during his rule and by some for his…

Substance over scores (or why I dislike using Turnitin)
by Wilhelm Tan
Opinion // September 27, 2016

Turnitin is flawed. For those that aren’t aware, Turnitin is a company that provides many services designed to assist professors and help students learn and improve. One of its common functions is to act as a plagiarism checker; Turnitin has a program that can scan any document submitted for strings of words and phrases that…

Reading beyond headlines
by The LaSallian
Editorial Opinion // September 7, 2016

Last July 25, a terrible incident occurred on the streets of Quiapo, Manila. The CCTV footage that showed a bicycle rider and car driver getting into a physical altercation, after which the latter shoots the former point-blank in the face, went viral on social media primarily because of Top Gear Philippines. The popular Facebook page…

Not a hero
by The LaSallian
Editorial Opinion // August 29, 2016

The anniversary of EDSA is commemorated every year lest we forget the dark years under the Martial Law, and to celebrate our nation’s victory in clamoring for the restoration of democracy through a peaceful revolution. This year on February 25th, the Philippines celebrated the 30th anniversary of the EDSA revolution, in honor of a time…

Renewed confidence
by The LaSallian
Editorial Opinion // July 30, 2016

From a 72.73 percent voter turnout in 2013, the succeeding University Student Government (USG) General Elections (GE) saw the number decline to 62.05 in 2014, before hitting an all time low in recent years at 35.90 in 2015. Last year’s GE failure wasn’t the first of its kind. A plebiscite to change the USG Constitution…

Hell-bent and law-bending
by The LaSallian
Editorial Opinion // July 17, 2016

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s aptly named “Kill List,” a total of 136 deaths of suspected criminals have been recorded since Duterte’s inauguration as President on June 30 as of press time. A huge number of them were identified by policemen as suspected drug killers and drug pushers. Some of them were killed by…

Is anyone listening?
by The LaSallian
Editorial Opinion // July 12, 2016

It is a rare thing to see the student body united—across all colleges and among all levels—on a single issue. When the administration proposed the change in the day of the U Break from Fridays to Mondays, however, the diverse student body responded last month with a collective and resounding no. More recently, the University…

(Un)Truly Filipino
by Ian Benedict Mia
Opinion // June 29, 2016

Nowadays, does it still matter to Filipinos, being a Filipino? It’s a funny question to ask in English. I, a Filipino since birth, am able to articulate my thoughts better in English. Probably because the Filipino language is still not yet intellectualized. However, I personally think it’s the best way for me to share my…

Beyond the consequence
by The LaSallian
Editorial Opinion // June 25, 2016

We lost one of our own last May in a tragedy that claimed the lives of several other attendees of the Closeup Forever Summer concert. The Lasallian community mourned her passing in a mass sponsored by the University in Parañaque last May 25, and as the healing continues, so do the investigations. Bianca’s death, along…

Selective defense
by Marinel Mamac
Opinion // June 23, 2016

When I woke up last Thursday and logged on to social media I had no idea I would be greeted by a barrage of photographs of a freshly broken up Taylor Swift on some rocks by the sea with one Tom Hiddleston, along with a myriad of comments from friends and friends of friends, ranging…