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The Rundown: Pemberton pardoned, Manila Bay project criticized, physical distancing reduced

Outcry erupted last week as President Rodrigo Duterte granted absolute pardon to United States (US) Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted for the killing of Filipino transwoman Jennifer Laude in 2014.  Government officials and civic society groups also questioned the effectiveness of a P389-million “beach nourishment” project for Manila Bay to fill…

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HAYAG forum examines key facets, structural issues within the PH gov’t

Growing flaws and a chain of injustices in the three branches of government were dissected in a forum titled HAYAG: The Three Branches of the Philippine Government and Its Functions held last August 21 via Facebook Live, organized by the DLSU Political Science Society. Educator and policy advisor Richard Heydarian, Free Legal Assistance Group Chairperson…

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Threats to press freedom, civil liberties scrutinized in KAMALAYAN forum

Last July 24, a Kapihan ng Malalayang Lasalyano (KAMALAYAN) forum was held via Facebook Live to tackle ongoing issues and renewed challenges concerning press freedom in the Philippines. KAMALAYAN is intended to serve as a safe space to discuss social issues, with dialogue encouraged between panel members and the audience. The latest session, titled Kilos…

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DLSU provides online teaching assistance, connectivity support for faculty

Students were not the only ones unprepared for the transition of colleges and universities to flexible or distance learning. Across the country, faculty from higher education institutions (HEIs) are faced with the herculean task of continuing teaching through a fully online mode of instruction. While the Commission on Higher Education rolled out assistance to help…

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ECTS: Toward academic crediting system standardization

A radical shift in measuring student workload might soon come into being. In a Help Desk announcement (HDA) released last April 27, the Academics Council moved to bring DLSU’s crediting system closer to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), the standard used by educational institutions in European Union member states. Instead of using…

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The Rundown: Fake Facebook accounts, citizens stranded, Independence Day ‘mañanita’

Facebook users across the country were caught in grips of paranoia in the past week as duplicate accounts bearing their names popped up across the platform. All the while, debate on the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 continued to gather steam surrounding the country’s Independence Day celebrations. The LaSallian recaps the mysterious surge of suspicious Facebook…

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Sustaining momentum: Student orgs step up to challenges

Multiple sectors in the University have been affected by widespread quarantine measures against COVID-19, and student organizations are no exception. The shutdown of schools since mid-March not only signaled the halt of face-to-face classes, but also left student organizations in a tight predicament. With no place to hold events, seminars, or even meetings, organizations had…

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A comparative look at the authorized powers of the President

Despite work suspensions, the Senate and the House of Representatives called for special sessions last March 23 to officially declare a national emergency and grant President Rodrigo Duterte “powers necessary and proper” to deal with the increasing damage caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Under Article VI, Section 23 (2) of the 1987…

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The unknown

One of my greatest fears as a kid was the dark. I was afraid because I couldn’t see anything, letting my imagination run wild from all the horror films and stories I would bathe myself in. Sleeping alone at night would be difficult for me, urging myself to leave the door open and the night…

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Lack of ‘Manpower’: The growing concern over the return of Gokongwei Hall

“Concerns regarding the contractor’s scheduling of manpower and delivery of materials have caused the project timeline to adjust.” This is the statement given by Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Development Josemari Calleja regarding the delays on the Gokongwei Hall renovations, which has been under construction for more than eight months. Housing most of the courses…