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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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Inquiry into 2021 Make-up Elections opened, grievance manual amendments finalized in first LA session of the term

The Legislative Assembly (LA) held its first session of the term last June 25 to approve a resolution calling for a legislative inquiry on the recently conducted 2021 Make-up Elections, the finalization of amendments to the grievance manual for students, the resignation of EDGE2020 Batch Vice President Nadine Santos and EDGE2019 Batch Vice President Sabine…

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As the pandemic drags on, vaccines became a political tool

Realpolitik does not stop in the middle of a pandemic. International affairs continue to influence local courses of action—the most evident at present being vaccine distribution. Launching into a global market for COVID-19 vaccines, the Philippines faces not just the challenge of vaccine supply inequity but also the need to keep an eye on the…

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LA approves Ombudsman Act, USG Code of Violations

The Legislative Assembly (LA) held its sixth regular session last May 14 to sign off resolutions on the implementation of the Ombudsman Act of 2021 and the University Student Government (USG) Code of Violations. FAST2018 LA Representative Marts Madrelejos spearheaded additional changes to the resolution calling for the implementation of the Ombudsman Act based on…

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LA approves sensitive content warning proposal, appoints new LCSG Treasurer

Chief Legislator Giorgina Escoto called for an emergency Legislative Assembly (LA) session last April 8 to authorize resolutions for the inclusion of a sensitive content warning for statements and initiatives, the appointment of Trisha Martinez as Laguna Campus Student Government (LCSG) Treasurer, and a statement for Araw ng Kagitingan.  (Day of Valor) Meanwhile, discussions on…

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‘Tayo ang EDSA’: 35 years on, student leaders, faculty revisit significance of historic revolt in online forum

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution, speakers from different generations shared their insights on the historic movement in Rekindling People Power: A Kapihan ng Malalayang Lasalyano Forum, an online seminar hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Lasallian Mission last February 26 on Facebook live. Information gap As…

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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.…