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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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Recovery plans, action against ‘oligarchs’ highlighted in SONA 2020

On Monday, July 27, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. Duterte’s address—which, unlike his previous SONAs, began on-time at 4 pm—tackled concerns over the country’s economic recovery and highlighted milestones under his administration. Yet, the President also took the opportunity to criticize…

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OVPEA, OCCS host first ever online Google Exposure Trip

The Office of the Vice President for External Affairs and the Office of Career and Counseling Services, in collaboration with Google Philippines, hosted the first ever online Google Exposure Trip for DLSU students last July 24 on Google Meet. The trip aimed to provide students a glimpse of Google’s workspace through the eyes of DLSU…

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Opening the gates: DLSU offers early ID 120 enrollment, discounts, online support for undergrads

As the final term of the Academic Year (AY) shifts into full gear, uncertainty continues to loom over DLSU. Adjusting to changes brought by the pandemic began well before Term 3, with the policies set by the Academics Council last Term 2 of AY 2019-2020 beset with criticism—if not direct challenges—from students regarding the effectiveness…

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The Rundown: ABS-CBN franchise bid denied, Anti-Terror Act challenged, COVID-19 cases surpass 50,000

With eased lockdown measures, the reported cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise around the country, especially in parts of Metro Manila. Meanwhile, more local government units were also put under new community quarantine regulations.  Government priorities continue to be questioned amid rising infection rates, with ABS-CBN’s bid for franchise renewal quashed in Congress and…

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DLSU opens inter-college minor programs, electives for undergrads, free of charge

“[It’s] libre—walang bayad.” ([It’s] free—as in, no fees will be collected.) Vice Chancellor for Academics (VCA) Dr. Robert Roleda points to such as one of the appeals of the University’s recently-announced free electives and minor programs. To differentiate the two, he explains, “[For] free electives, each course could be in different disciplines. But in a…

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Leadership beyond borders: Manila, DLSU at the forefront against COVID-19

Times of crisis underscore the need for effective leadership amid difficulty. Facing several dilemmas in the continuing fight against COVID-19, strides were made by the Manila City Government and DLSU to aid sectors hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno joined Vice President for Lasallian Mission Fritzie de Vera in an online forum…

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To the last, the least, and the lost: Lasallian community organizes COVID-19 relief efforts

In times of crisis, the poor tend to be impacted the most across the socioeconomic spectrum. Access to food, shelter, and safety—already challenges in pre-pandemic circumstances—grew more difficult in the past two months as quarantine measures were imposed.  Government assistance was relayed through the Social Amelioration Program, the first tranche of which was worth P100-billion…

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Forum on Terror Bill dissects repercussions on Filipinos

The University’s Committee on National Issues and Concerns held another session of Kapihan ng Malalayang Lasalyano (KAMALAYAN) on Facebook Live last June 11 to tackle the controversy surrounding House Bill No. 6875, or the  Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020.  Joined by civil society leaders, the online forum is one of a growing number of discussions on…

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The Rundown: Discontent over testing woes, blended learning, anti-terror bill

As concerns over the COVID-19 crisis’ adverse economic effects mount, the country is set to shift into eased quarantine measures by Monday, June 1. Nevertheless, the clamor for better leadership, greater transparency on pandemic-related budget utilization, and clearer policies still persists. The LaSallian delves into what occurred in the country the past week, including new…