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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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The Rundown: Anti-Terrorism Law signed, COVID-19 infections soar, ABS-CBN probed on tax payments

There is still no respite for the nation as COVID-19 cases surged past the 40,000 mark last July 3, Friday, with what was then the highest daily increase at 1,531 new cases recorded. On the same day, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the contentious Anti-Terrorism Bill into law, raising concerns over the preservation of civil liberties. …

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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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The Rundown: New COVID-19 hotspots, ASEAN Summit, Pride March suppressed, economy still gloomy

As June comes to an end, the country’s COVID-19 case count continues to rise sharply, maintaining worries on the state of national preparedness. Cases of the disease surged past 31,000 last June 23—100 days since the start of quarantine measures. The number continues to rise alarmingly close to the 40,000 end-of-the-month total projected by experts…

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2020 GE postponed, new meeting guidelines formalized in first online LA session

The deferral of the 2020 General Elections (GE), new rules for conducting online Legislative Assembly (LA) sessions, and overdue batch government appointments were among the matters discussed by the LA last June 27 via Zoom in what had been their first online session. Resolution on remaining USG operations Last May 8, the DLSU Commission on…

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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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The Rundown: Cyber libel, task force internal issues, GCQ extension, duplicate beneficiaries

As the Philippines’ COVID-19 tally went well beyond the 25,000 mark, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 was met with the issue of the alleged removal of its Special Adviser, shortly after the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila and various other parts of the country was extended for 15 more days. These…

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PRESS RELEASE: Working from home and courageous challenges: Trainee program offers a fast track to getting your dream job

It’s never too early to chart your own career path. That was the case when Meg Mercado got a taste of what it’s like to work with one of the largest snack companies in the world — Mondelez Philippines. Fresh from completing her studies, Mercado was selected for the Company’s prestigious Graduate Trainee Program. Popularly…

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Opposition senator raises concerns over ‘draconian’ Anti-Terrorism Bill

“You have everything to become harbingers of change,” said Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, opposition senator and member of the Senate’s minority floor, in an online discussion organized by Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon last June 15.  The forum, titled Bayanihan Live: The Anti-Terrorism Bill, served as a platform for students from different universities to raise…

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Mitigate not eliminate: Countering the COVID-19 infodemic

Before COVID-19 escalated into a pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned world leaders against another issue that may arise. “[We’re] not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic,” he argued then.  According to the WHO, an infodemic occurs when there is “an excessive amount of information about a problem”…