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News and ‘bias’: Must journalism be neutral?

“The biased media” is such a common buzz phrase used for those critical of mainstream media’s coverage of social and political issues. Filipinos are no strangers to this as news outlets have long faced allegations of unfair reporting, especially from those in government. Former President Benigno Aquino III thought news coverage in his time was…

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Trials and tribulations: Journalists’ morale in times of turmoil

A journalist’s work is never done. As events continue to transpire and the need for news and information refuses to cease, so must writers and reporters continue to keep the public aware of current affairs. For many, being in the field of journalism is more than just an occupation—it is a duty. Hence, even in…

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LA rejects officer recall process, approves creation of assembly chief’s office

The Legislative Assembly (LA), in its session last September 11, rejected the resolution seeking to create and implement guidelines for a recall process for University Student Government (USG) officials. Voting 10-9, with two abstentions, against the approval of the legislation, the body put to rest the three-session long debate on the issue. Right after, the…

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The Rundown: Duque and PhilHealth execs to face charges, new PhilHealth chief appointed, US marine’s release blocked, voter registration resumes

Investigation on corruption allegations in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) took another step forward as the Senate Committee of the Whole recommended last September 1 the filing of criminal charges against officials allegedly involved in fraudulent schemes within the agency. With the top PhilHealth post left vacant amid the controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte has…

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Closing the gap: A question of access behind the vaccine race

The search for life-saving treatment is becoming increasingly intertwined with sociopolitical realities. The launch of Sputnik V, a Russian COVID-19 vaccine candidate whose name is a callback to the Soviet-era satellite, has become a symbol for what some—not least billionaire-philanthropist Bill Gates—have called the “vaccine race”.  Yet, as some vaccine candidates begin Phase III of…

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Democratic backsliding: The ins and outs of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) took effect last July 18 amid continuing public clamor for its disposal. As of press time, there are 29 petitions filed before the Supreme Court challenging its constitutionality; the court has set oral arguments on the matter no earlier than the third week of September. Debate over the new…

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Elago, Diokno, Frankie Pangilinan urge youth to vote in three-part webinar

Aiming to increase youth participation in the upcoming 2022 presidential elections, the BLAZE2022 Batch Government hosted PollPower, a three-part webinar, last July 25 and August 6 via Zoom. The event featured Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago, Former DLSU College of Law Dean Atty. Chel Diokno, and social media personality Frankie Pangilinan. Educating the youth Beginning…

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The Rundown: COVID-19 tally tops 60,000, Anti-Terror Law takes effect, lockdown restrictions eased

While the country grapples with a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases, which were recorded to have reached 67,456 today, July 19, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) relaxed some restrictions on travel and outdoor activities. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque brushed off concerns, however, claiming that the government’s response to the pandemic is…

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The Rundown: Cyber libel, task force internal issues, GCQ extension, duplicate beneficiaries

As the Philippines’ COVID-19 tally went well beyond the 25,000 mark, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 was met with the issue of the alleged removal of its Special Adviser, shortly after the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila and various other parts of the country was extended for 15 more days. These…

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In the dark

As stores reopen, on-site work continues, and people return to the streets, we are made to think that the country has braved a wave of infections, that the spread of COVID-19 has been successfully mitigated, and that all that is left to do now is to prevent a resurgence of cases. Yet one should not…