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Behind the bench: Ten questions for Chief Magistrate Jericho Quiro

Modelled after the Philippine government, the University Student Government (USG) is divided into three branches: the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. The third of the bunch, a rather lesser-known division among the student body, works quietly on University-level legal cases spanning from impeachment trials to election-related matters, robust from any smear of bias and partisanship. Last…

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Comelec’s lapses in Almazan and Lazo case exposed in second oral arguments session

Last March 10, magistrates from the Judiciary Department pinpointed the DLSU Commission of Elections’ (Comelec) own lapses in the case filed against them by Calvin Almazan and Ma. Bianca Lazo, Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista’s (Tapat) intended slate members for BLAZE2022 and whose legal arguments were laid out the previous day. Comelec’s ‘negligence’ In the last…

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LA confirms new COA vice chairperson for admin

Voting 5-0-0, the Legislative Assembly (LA) approved the appointment of Kaycee Acis as vice chairperson for administration of the Commission on Audit (COA) earlier today, January 29, following the appointments of the commission’s chairperson and vice chairperson for audit two weeks prior. Acis, who previously served as officer in charge of administration, seeks to increase…

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LA rescinds unconstitutional LOA rule for officers, ratifies online learning recommendations

The Legislative Assembly (LA) agreed to overturn amendments to the partisanship guidelines for University Student Government (USG) officers in a session held on Zoom last January 22. In the same meeting, legislators also approved a resolution on an online learning policy recommendation to be submitted to the Academics Council. Reversing unconstitutional amendments In a special…

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Tapat may face suspension for missing reqs while separate case pends in Judiciary

Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista (Tapat) is facing a possible 24-hour suspension from conducting campaign activities after the DLSU Commission on Elections (Comelec) saw fit to charge the party with the equivalent of one major and one minor offense for missing candidacy requirements. Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon (Santugon) President Gelo Casipe, whose party was involved…

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LA amends partisanship rules, mandates LCSG needs survey as Chief takes LOA

Days before the campaign period for the Make-up Elections 2021, the University Student Government (USG) Legislative Assembly (LA) convened on January 13 for a special session. The body amended the political partisanship guidelines for USG officers and mandated Laguna Campus Student Government (LCSG) officers to distribute a needs assessment survey to students in their campus.…

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Vulnerable groups, health sector, PH governance discussed in Tapatan 2020

Last December 17 to 19, Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista held a three-part webinar over Zoom and Facebook Live titled Tapatan 2020: Padayon, Pinas!, discussing issues surrounding vulnerable groups, the Philippine health sector, and governance, especially in the context of the pandemic. Rights for vulnerable groups “As student leaders, you have the means and resources to…

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LA tables USG charter revisions, DRRM fund

The Legislative Assembly (LA) tabled discussions on more proposed amendments to the University Student Government (USG) Constitution and the establishment of the Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (DRRM) emergency fund, the only two agenda in their online session earlier today, December 11. Constitutional amendments In their previous session, the LA tabled the USG constitutional amendments…

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Stricter rules on gender-neutral pronoun use, additional constitutional amendments approved in LA session

After almost a month without sessions, the Legislative Assembly (LA) once again convened over Zoom last December 5 to approve resolutions on using gender-neutral terms in LA resolutions and making minor amendments to the University Student Government (USG) Constitution, both of which were shelved during their last session on November 6. Legislators unanimously approved a…

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‘Educate, not humiliate’: Fighting back historical distortions

History, as public memory, is integral to a society. After all, how people perceive—or even deal with—the important events and figures in the past can shape the realities of the present. But public memory is not set in stone; people can deliberately change the facts and interpretations to influence the opinions of others. Recently, a…