Monday, July 4

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VLOG POPULI: Thomasian first-time voters in the 2022 national elections

VLOG POPULI: Thomasian first-time voters in the 2022 national elections

Issues, Vlog Populi
  The Thomasian community showed support for its respective candidates in the recently concluded 2022 national elections. Numerous student-led initiatives in the University showed the studentry's desire in choosing the right leaders who would greatly influence in changing the lives of the Filipinos. However, previous elections in the country were allegedly marred by electoral mismanagement, malfunctioning voting machines, and armed intimidation. In this episode, The Flame checked the experiences of the Thomasian first-time voters across the country and abroad. For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel
Sent from above? How faith matters in poll decisions

Sent from above? How faith matters in poll decisions

Issues, The Flame Explains
  THE GROWING influence of secularization poses a threat to the authority of churches worldwide as some groups question traditional values inspired by religious ideals while calling for freedom of choice.  However, in a deeply religious country like the Philippines – which has a constitution that guarantees the separation of church and state – faith is seen to play a crucial role in practically every aspect of the lives of its citizens, including choosing their next leaders. In the case of Filipinos, religion and politics are not separated, according to Asst. Prof. Ma. Zenia Rodriguez of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) political science department.  “It is safe to say yes it may. Religion continues to play a role in influencing the faithful, and this may extend as
F Files: The truth about exit polls

F Files: The truth about exit polls

F Files, Issues
  In this episode, The Flame explains the legality and ethics of conducting "exit polls." As overseas Filipinos began voting last April 10, many online posts claimed presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. as the candidate to have received the highest vote based on the exit polls. However, the Commission on Elections warned that these numbers are not yet the official count. Are exit polls legal and ethical? Like us on Facebook (The Flame) and follow us on Twitter (@abtheflame)
Independent candidates eye amendments to ‘outdated’ ABSC constitution

Independent candidates eye amendments to ‘outdated’ ABSC constitution

Issues
by EDUARDO FAJERMO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES running for president and external vice president of the Faculty of Arts and Letter Student Council (ABSC) are pushing for amendments to the student body’s constitution, citing the need to update and clarify some of its provisions. Ratified in 2005, the constitution outlines the basic principles of the ABSC, including the powers and duties of the elected officials and the committees.  ABSC presidential aspirant Cyrille Coronado and Ierathel Tabuno, candidate for external vice president, believe there are pressing issues that need to be resolved within the document to better lead and serve the Artlet community.  ‘Vague provisions’ Coronado, a creative writing sophomore and former UST MaKatha vice president, cited the need for an A
Businesses around UST remain affected by pandemic but expert sees chance of recovery

Businesses around UST remain affected by pandemic but expert sees chance of recovery

Issues, The Flame Explains
FIVE MONTHS after the start of the nationwide lockdown in 2020, John Lloyd Rolea, a political science junior, saw the impact of the pandemic on several businesses when he went to the University to return some books in the library. “Numerous stores were closed because UST students were no longer present around the area to patronize their food or products,” Rolea told The Flame. “It was completely different because UST [University of Santo Tomas] is not UST without its students,” he added. Just this year, Rolea went back to the University and witnessed the stark difference in the state of the businesses around the campus compared to two years ago. “Some businesses are now recovering from the devastating effects of the pandemic. Stores are now gradually reopening due to limite
F Files: The Marcos disqualification case

F Files: The Marcos disqualification case

F Files
In its new multimedia segment, F Files, The Flame will explain issues, trends, and current events concerning the Artlet community, the University, and the nation.   For its first episode, The Flame explains Marcos Jr's disqualification cases.   Now that seven of the petitions to cancel and disqualify Marcos Jr's bid to presidency were dismissed by Comelec at the division level, what could happen next?   Like us on Facebook (The Flame) and follow us on Twitter (@abtheflame)
VLOG POPULI: Restricting the Movement of the Unvaccinated

VLOG POPULI: Restricting the Movement of the Unvaccinated

Vlog Populi
 The Philippines logged more than 30,000 new COVID-19 infections weeks after a local case of Omicron variant was detected. To address the rising number of cases, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered local officials to limit the movement of unvaccinated persons and allowed authorities to arrest those who will refuse to cooperate. Officials claim the President’s order was meant to protect public health and to prevent the further spread of the virus. They noted that vaccines have been proven to be effective in preventing hospitalization and COVID-related deaths. However, some claim the policy violates human rights and discriminates against those who refuse to get vaccinated. With this, the Flame asks: Should the government restrict the movement of persons who are not yet inoculated
Shooting the shot: Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Filipinos

Shooting the shot: Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Filipinos

Issues
by MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM and BLESS AUBREY OGERIO THE GOVERNMENT has sought to vaccinate at least 70 percent of its total population to achieve herd immunity—the perceived solution against the untamed pandemic—when mass COVID-19 vaccination started last March. From March to September, a total of 21.3 million Filipinos or 19.59 percent of the whole Philippine population were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Meanwhile, 24.2 million Filipinos or 22.23 percent of the whole Philippine population received their first dose of vaccine.  However, widespread misinformation and controversies regarding vaccines still lurk on the internet, prompting several Filipinos to refuse to get inoculated. This is a roadblock in the government’s goal of achieving herd immunity.  Among them is Ca
VLOG POPULI: Christmas Special

VLOG POPULI: Christmas Special

Vlog Populi
With the Christmas season and New Year approaching, Filipinos are hoping for brighter days. However, uncertainties related to the upcoming elections and the looming threat of the Omicron variant are giving people reasons to temper their optimism for the coming year.  Given this context, The Flame asks: What are you looking forward to this 2022?  For more updates, subscribe to The Flame's YouTube channel.