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No honor due

September 21, 1972 etched itself in Philippine history as the day the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos began a 14-year rule with the country under Martial Law. But what is often left unmentioned is that the proclamation was not officially declared that day; in actuality, those alive at the time would remember Martial Law to have…

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Behind the numbers

When the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed last July 30 that it carried out a “mass recovery” adjustment, it gave the impression of a government papering over the many, many cracks caused by their refusal to deal with the crisis in an appropriate and immediate manner. The record-high amount of “recoveries” reported are meant to…

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A ways to go

Last June 11, the Lucban Municipal Police Station publicized what soon became a controversial Facebook post warning women and girls to “not wear short clothes” to prevent becoming victims of sexual assault crimes. Among many others condemning the post for its perpetuation of rape culture, Frankie Pangilinan’s tweet, “Stop teaching girls how to dress? Teach…

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All but Juan

As the Philippines’ 122nd day of independence approaches, news of President Rodrigo Duterte certifying House Bill 6875 or the Anti-Terrorism Bill as “urgent”—fast-tracking the Bill’s approval through Congress—last June 1 has once again raised questions as to what our rights are as citizens of the State.  Two days later, it was approved by the House…

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Broadcast interrupted

Now more than ever, the public is in dire need of information.  With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing individuals and their families into a sense of seclusion, staying vigilant and aware of the developments across the nation has become a more grueling task. Yet it is through the eyes of media outlets that people can still…

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Skewed representation

With the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) drastically changing the landscape of the country, and the subsequent announcement of Metro Manila being put under Enhanced Community Quarantine, the University’s Academics Council (AC) decided to suspend online learning from March 18 to 24, allotting time to evaluate the situation at hand.  During this week-long…

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Regulating truth

Back in 2017, The LaSallian spearheaded a campus journalism seminar, PressPlay, which focused on the credibility and reliability of news reporting—especially from outlets like Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN who, despite being impartial, were labelled as “biased media” by President Rodrigo Duterte. At the time, news coverage on his administration’s Drug War, whose effects on…

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Freedom disarmed

Yesterday, February 24, the Senate held a hearing on the renewal of ABS-CBN’s media franchise and its alleged violations of the conditions stipulated in Republic Act 7966, the law that allows it to operate as a broadcasting company. Two weeks prior, Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court seeking…

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A silent response

On December 31, 2019, a day before the world entered into a new year, the first case of what has come to be known as the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease was reported in Wuhan, China. As of press time, over 35,000 cases have been confirmed across 28 countries worldwide, leaving over 800 people…

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Hounding the watchdog

On December 19, Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes served the long-awaited verdict on the Maguindanao Massacre case, 10 years after it took place. Regarded as one of the worst election-related violence in the country and the deadliest single attack on journalists in history, the Quezon City Regional Trial court found brothers Zaldy Ampatuan, Sajid Ampatuan, and…