Monday, October 25

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VLOG POPULI: Duterte vs. The International Criminal Court (ICC)

VLOG POPULI: Duterte vs. The International Criminal Court (ICC)

Vlog Populi
A pre-trial chamber of the ICC has authorized an investigation into the Duterte administration’s bloody war against illegal drugs. The investigation will cover not only the drug war but also the vigilante killings committed in Davao City during President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure as mayor and vice-mayor. Given this, The Flame asks: What do you think will happen to the crimes against humanity complaint against Duterte? For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel
TeleConsultation: Assessing the quality of UST’s online medical support during the pandemic

TeleConsultation: Assessing the quality of UST’s online medical support during the pandemic

Issues, The Flame Explains
AT A time when mobility is limited and some tasks can only be done through digital means, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Health Service is performing its crucial role in an entirely different way. Before the pandemic, the UST Health Service used the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) to provide medical support and patient services for students, faculty, and support staff. Because of quarantine restrictions and fears of catching COVID-19 in health establishments, more members of the Thomasian community are expected to use the online service for consultations and prescription of medicines. While ThOMedSS has gained praises for being efficient and responsive to the needs of patients, there are calls for an improved awareness of its features given that t...
VLOG POPULI : AB Special Elections

VLOG POPULI : AB Special Elections

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With the special AB Elections fast approaching, Artlets are about to decide whether to support candidates who vowed to look after them during this period of uncertainty. The Flame now asks: Given the present circumstances, do you think Denzelle Jude Caro and Frances Leisa Buensuceso are the student leaders we need? For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel.
The waiting game: Thomasians outside Metro Manila still seeking access to COVID-19 jabs

The waiting game: Thomasians outside Metro Manila still seeking access to COVID-19 jabs

Issues, The Flame Explains
THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) has become one of  Manila's vaccination sites, giving Thomasians and their families—Manileño or not—access to what everyone hopes will end the pandemic. But for students residing in the province, the means to travel and the quarantine protocols in the Philippine capital pose a problem. This leaves Thomasians far from school with no choice but to play the waiting game.  Among them is Maxine Rae Joaquin, a third year communication arts student from Ilocos Norte who remains unvaccinated since her local government is still administering jabs to the priority groups.  Because of the limited vaccine supply, the government prioritized health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, essential workers, and the indigent population, sectors tha
VLOG POPULI: Online Classes 2.0

VLOG POPULI: Online Classes 2.0

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More than a year since the University adopted the enriched virtual mode of instruction, The Flame asked Thomasian students to share their experiences with the set-up. Can learners and educators withstand another year of online classes? Compiled by Hannah Beatrisse Oledan and Eduardo Fajermo Voiceover by Taffy Arella M. Bernales Animation by Tcheky Nicole D. Cabrera and Frances Marie G. Ignalaga Video edited by Frances Marie G. Ignalaga
Breaking barriers: Filipino and native languages as ‘language of resistance’

Breaking barriers: Filipino and native languages as ‘language of resistance’

Issues, The Flame Explains
by JHONA VITOR and BLESS AUBREY OGERIO  AUGUST MARKS the 24th year of celebrating Buwan ng Wika and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) pushed to emphasize the importance of not only Filipino, the national language, but also of the native languages in the call for decolonization that affected Filipinos' collective identity as a nation today. The Philippines continues to face the endangerment of 40 out of over 180 languages and if these languages disappear, the rich tradition, customs, knowledge, and wisdom will also vanish. Filipino language on the frontlines As the pandemic is a real struggle for all communities across the world, language is playing an indisputable role in addressing them. UST Department of Filipino Chair Prof. Roberto Ampil told The Flame that one cannot
Hit and (a lot of) Miss: President Duterte’s Final SONA

Hit and (a lot of) Miss: President Duterte’s Final SONA

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By: HANNAH BEATRISSE OLEDAN and EDUARDO FAJERMO PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte, as enshrined in the constitution, is obligated to report the accomplishments, lay out plans for the coming year, and suggest immediate legislation to the Congress.  This particular State of the Nation Address (SONA) was expected by the people to be the president’s swan song which would untie the knots of his marred track record. It appears that the outcome has brewed different reactions.  The speech, according to Atty. Michael Henry Yusingco of the Ateneo School of Government, painted a narrative that was designed for the president’s followers. Speaking to an audience of 300 people, mostly his friends and allies, it is not impossible for the president to “feel relaxed enough to speak from the gut,”
Accusations and lessons: Behind the impeachment complaint

Accusations and lessons: Behind the impeachment complaint

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by FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG and ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL ON Mar. 21, less than a week before the start of the 2019 Artlets Student Council (ABSC) general elections, a memorandum released by the Board of Majors (BOM) rocked the Artlet community. It was an impeachment complaint filed by 28 Artlets, composed mostly of Asian studies seniors, against incumbent ABSC President Rafael Arellano for “gross negligence of duties,” citing the “disappointing” AB Week and the failure to distribute last academic year’s official AB merchandise. After the BOM’s deliberation on the complaint, it concluded that Arellano will not undergo an impeachment trial due to “lack of sufficient evidence” to support the accusations of the complainants. However, the BOM, which acts as the impeachment tribunal of
A new breed of voters: Examining the power of the Artlet vote

A new breed of voters: Examining the power of the Artlet vote

Issues, The Flame Explains
By ANA GABRIELLE CEGUERA THE ARTLET community continues to constantly be at the forefront of movements against injustices and calls for accountability. In the recently concluded midterm elections, there is no doubt Artlets played a huge role in influencing others to exercise their right to vote and determine the nation’s history. As students of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) who have always been exposed to the culture of politics and governance, it is undeniable that the Artlet community has the leverage in choosing their candidates. With this knowledge at hand, one must know how influential an Artlet’s vote could be. “Napakalaki ng impluwensiya natin, especially in the University, given that we, of course, are from the liberal arts. We are exposed to politics, differen