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Makings of a strongman: Deconstructing President Rodrigo Duterte

The “Real Eagle of Davao” was a natural politician—an expert at connecting with ordinary people and their aspiratons.

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LA OKs absences and missed requirements manual

In a Legislative Assembly (LA) session held last September 10, representatives approved the establishment of an absences and missed requirements manual, a collaborative effort between the LA and the Student Affairs Committee of the Office of the Vice President for Internal Affairs (OVPIA). Meanwhile, a plan to amend the Mental Health Task Force’s manual was…

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‘Mirror images’: How Tapat, Santugon define their branding

As the 2021 General Elections draws near, publicity materials are popping up by the dozen. For the University’s political parties—Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista (Tapat) and Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon (Santugon)—this would mean pumping out a slew of testimony campaigns, holistic development projects, and social awareness initiatives. While their branding may just seem informative on…

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Toward economic growth and recovery with PhilSys

In August 2018, Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act was signed into law to integrate all government-issued IDs into a national ID system, which would streamline public and private services and make it easier for citizens and businesses to perform transactions and access social benefits. Aside from promoting the efficiency…

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‘Unique challenges and opportunities’ drive incoming DLSU President Br. Bernard Oca FSC in new role

Br. Bernard Oca FSC officially began his term as the 24th DLSU President last August 1. After three years of serving as the University Chancellor, he will succeed Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC, who has led DLSU since 2015.  A seasoned administrator in La Salle campuses across the country, Oca looks back on his tenure as…

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A ‘shadow pandemic’: How domestic violence rose amid COVID-19

From March to December 2020, as lockdown restrictions remained in place across the country, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) received 521 requests for assistance on domestic violence incidents. The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, recorded 15,553 cases of violence against women (VAW) last year. While there was an observed drop in reports compared to the…

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Looking back at and moving forward with online learning

On March 9, 2020, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno suspended classes in response to rising COVID-19 cases. What started out as a one-week class interruption would turn into a two-week class disruption and, until now, an indefinite hiatus on face-to-face classes. As a result, educational institutions have been forced to shift to an online learning setup.…

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Three nominees decline as 1Sambayan unveils president, vice president bets for 2022 elections

Opposition coalition 1Sambayan announced its nominees for president and vice president in the 2022 national elections in a webinar titled Isang Boto, 1Sambayan via Zoom and Facebook live last June 12 in commemoration of the Philippines’ 123rd Independence Day celebration. Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Grace Poe, Atty. Chel Diokno, former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV,…

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LA approves guidelines requiring COA clearance for all USG units

The Legislative Assembly (LA) unanimously approved a resolution mandating all University Student Government (USG) units to meet the term-end and year-end clearance requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA) in a session held last April 23. With the implementation of the new rule, the commission can make the submission of all financial statements mandatory, a…

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Toward a more progressive student government with USG President Maegan Ragudo

At the start of 2021, the University Student Government (USG) embarked on what had been its first fully online elections, a historic feat matched by its historic results. Emerging on top in these elections was Maegan Ragudo. A former majority floor leader and active member of the legislature where she crafted resolutions that embodied the…