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EDGE2018 LA rep Dabao impeached for gross negligence

Celine Dabao, the Batch Legislator for EDGE2018, was impeached by the University Student Government (USG) Judiciary last September 10 due to negligence and gross negligence of duty. The Court ruled that Dabao violated the Rules of the Legislative Assembly (LA), which allowed legislators no more than three unexcused absences in all sessions for the entire…

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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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In longest post-Marcos SONA, Duterte spotlights gov’t ‘achievements’, unfulfilled campaign promises

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his sixth and final State of the Nation Address last July 26 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. Clocking a little less than three hours—the longest address on record since former President Ferdinand Marcos—Duterte’s speech looked back on what he considered were the accomplishments of his administration before and during…

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Five years later, the Duterte admin’s approach to the WPS dispute remains unclear

Over the past few months, tensions in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) have escalated between the Philippines and China. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has since lodged a series of diplomatic protests calling out China’s encroachment in the area, which stemmed from the sighting of around 220 Chinese fishing vessels at the Julian Felipe…

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The intervention dilemma: How ASEAN maintains regional peace

Nearly three months after the Myanmar military coup, where military officials removed and detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected officials, the ruling junta continues its crackdown on anti-coup protests and the suspension of democratic institutions. As of April 28, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Thailand-based advocacy group, reported…

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Journalistic responsibility, social media activism explored in BayLayn 2021

Para sa Bayan at Lasalyano 2021, an inter-school journalism competition and press conference hosted by Ang Pahayagang Plaridel, was held last May 15 via Zoom and Facebook live. GMA News and Public Affairs Senior News Producer Raffy Tima, Kabataan Partylist National Spokesperson Raoul Manuel, and content creators Gab Campos and Yani Villarosa discussed the current…

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Oligarchy in the PH: A tale of political and economic entrenchment

The term oligarchy is arguably inseparable from Philippine politics. President Rodrigo Duterte made calls earlier this year to dismantle “oligarchs”, who he claimed “controlled the economy of the Filipino people”, including the Lopez family, owners of the ABS-CBN media network. Duterte himself has been hounded by allegations of supporting oligarchs with his close ties to…

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Born and bred: Lasallians in media

Over the years, DLSU has continued to produce graduates who have gone on to have successful careers in media, taking on positions and roles that play no small part in the information discourse in the country. A Lasallian education undoubtedly instills critical thinking and fact-checking, skills that prove to be useful after college but more…

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Mike Navallo: Principles over fear

“Truth is our defense.” With these words, Mike Navallo reaffirmed the importance of accurate reporting and encapsulated the essence of credible journalism—presenting stories backed by evidence. Prior to becoming a reporter for ABS-CBN, Navallo worked as a lawyer and a researcher for Amnesty International. However, he has always had an interest in news reporting, and…

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Student leaders examine youth vote, bandwagon activism, nation-building in online forum

With voter registration having resumed last September 1, the EDGE2019 Batch Government, in partnership with Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon (Santugon) and Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista (Tapat), held an online forum titled Find Your EDGE: The Role of the Youth in Nation Building with DLSU Student Leaders last August 28 via Facebook Live.  University Student…