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SONA delayed by unexpected ouster; no ad-libs, cussing

SONA delayed by unexpected ouster; no ad-libs, cussing

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday was delayed for an hour by the unprecedented ouster of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo unseated Alvarez, necessitating two separate sit-downs between Duterte and the two solons before his speech. A manifesto calling for Alvarez’ resignation gained 161 signatures and was passed early afternoon, but his ouster was only formalized after the president’s speech after 184 congressmen voted him out. Meanwhile, Duterte, who is known for sidetracking and cussing in his speeches, stuck to his script. His SONA at the Batasang Pambansa lasted 48 minutes. Duterte pledged to bolster his infamous anti-illegal d
Youth is the greatest danger to Duterte –Sr. Mary John Mananzan

Youth is the greatest danger to Duterte –Sr. Mary John Mananzan

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By JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO THE YOUTH is the “greatest danger” to the Duterte administration, said veteran activist Sr. Mary John Mananzan on the sidelines of the rally against President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday afternoon. During the “United People’s SONA” staged at Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City, Mananzan said she welcomes the youth activists whose eyes have been opened to the ills of the country. “Ako, 40 years na akong nagpoprotesta. Siyempre, hindi naman kami mabubuhay nang [walang] hangganan. Nasisiyahan ako na merong mga millennial. Nakikita ko ang inyong pagkamulat,” she told the Flame in an interview. “Sa akin, dapat bigyan talaga ng lahat ng aid, lahat ng help ang mga kabataan na talagang ma-develop nila itong love of count
Slain priests are not victims but martyrs –Caloocan bishop

Slain priests are not victims but martyrs –Caloocan bishop

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THE CATHOLIC priests who died in a recent spate of attacks against the clergy are not victims but martyrs, said Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgillo David in a homily during the fifth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 5). “[Martyrdom] is about [living] out one's faith no matter if it could mean suffering and death. From the moment they chose the path of Christ, they already chose out the path of suffering and death, so how can you call them victims?” he said. The bishop said it is the priests' job to “be the lamb” and to give up their life for the Catholic people. “They will say, ‘I will be the lamb. I'll give up my life for you because I am a friend of the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’,” he said. David also urged seminarians not to be discoura
Artlets shine in Student Quill awards; UST is 5-time School of the Year awardee

Artlets shine in Student Quill awards; UST is 5-time School of the Year awardee

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN MEDIA STUDENTS from the Faculty of Arts and Letters shone and took home 10 trophies at the 6th Philippine Student Quill Awards held Monday at the Marriott Hotel. The University was also named School of the Year for the fifth time in a row after winning a total of 36 awards, besting UST Angelicum College, Inc., De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and Bataan Peninsula State University. Awards of Excellence were given to “Anker: Power in Your Hands” and “Triggered” from Communication Arts (CA) students, “Kwentong Balangay: A Documentary about the Flooding in UST” from Journalism majors, and “Dapitan: Paglisan,” the 2017 literary folio of the Flame. Awards of Merit were given to C
Dean’s Office denies setting deadline for breakdown, promises to work on it

Dean’s Office denies setting deadline for breakdown, promises to work on it

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN ASST. DEAN Narcisa Tabirara denied that the Dean’s Office specified a date for the release of the breakdown on the use of the controversial P1,200 pilgrimage fee, but promised that they will start working on it this week. In an online exchange on June 27, Artlets Student Council (ABSC) President Rafael Arellano told the Flame that the Office was set to release the breakdown “not later than July 6.” READ: P1.2k breakdown to be released soon, says ABSC president “I don’t really recall giving a specific date for [the breakdown] because I also have to rely on the information that I get from the Office of the Vice Rector for Finance,” Tabirara said in an interview on Tuesday. Arellano confirmed on Wednesday that there was miscommunication between the
Stricter anti-hazing act signed into law

Stricter anti-hazing act signed into law

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN AN AMENDED version of the anti-hazing law, which now bans all forms of hazing, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 29 after an almost year-long debacle following the death of University of Santo Tomas Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III. Republic Act (R.A.) 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 prohibits “all forms of hazing [...] in fraternities, sororities, and organizations in schools including citizens’ military training and citizens’ army training.” The new law nullifies any waiver signed by the victim prior to the initiation rite, adding that “the defense that the recruit, neophyte, or applicant consented to being subjected to hazing shall not be available to persons prosecuted under this Act.” In addition, the new law imposes
ABSC president is new Central Board speaker

ABSC president is new Central Board speaker

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) President Rafael Arellano was chosen as the new Central Board (CB) speaker of the Central Student Council for academic year 2018-2019 through a secret ballot election held Tuesday night. The speaker’s duties, as decided by the CB, will include convening the board members, presiding over sessions and appointing or dissolving ad hoc committees. “To be honest, I’m still overwhelmed. Imagine being the presider of all local student council presidents and [being] the head of the legislative arm of the Central Student Council,” Arellano told the Flame in an online exchange. Arellano said he will handle his responsibilities as ABSC president and CB speaker through “proper planning and investment [in] who you work with.” “I
P1.2k breakdown to be released soon, says ABSC president

P1.2k breakdown to be released soon, says ABSC president

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE DEAN'S Office is set to release the breakdown of the P1,200 pilgrimage fee no later than July 6, Artlets Student Council (ABSC) president Rafael Arellano revealed. Arellano said the Council had submitted a formal letter of request weeks ago as required by the Dean’s Office. "Sabi [po] samin may cine-clear pa po sila sa [Office of the Vice Rector for Finance]. Pero mabibigay daw po nila not later than July 6," the Council president told the Flame. The P1,200 that each student from Batch 2018 paid last academic year for a pilgrimage was reallocated to a thanksgiving and prayer worship activity after the Commission on Higher Education put a hold order on all off-campus activities after the February 2017 Tanay bus accident. READ: No breakdown for
Robredo: Do not be afraid of China in WPS issue

Robredo: Do not be afraid of China in WPS issue

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN VICE PRESIDENT Leni Robredo stressed that the Philippines must not be afraid of China in asserting its ownership over territories within the West Philippine Sea (WPS) during a forum held June 11. “[Speaking] up against a major global superpower is intimidating. By size, by headcount by, influence or by military strength, the Philippines may seem small and insignificant, but our people are not,” she said. “We cannot hand over our sovereignty just because we are afraid. We must assert our claim on the [WPS], but that means each of us must stand united so that we can fight for what is ours,” Robredo added. The Chinese Coast Guard has reportedly been harassing Filipino fishermen in the WPS despite the July 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitrati
JournSoc condemns killing of Davao journo

JournSoc condemns killing of Davao journo

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) denounced the killing of Davao journalist Dennis Denora, the sixth journalist killed since Pres. Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. In their statement released Saturday, JournSoc questioned the effectiveness of Duterte's Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS). https://www.facebook.com/ustjrnsoc/posts/1887139671338400 “While Duterte has formed the [PTFoMS], journalists still fall prey to violence, creating the impression that the president’s move did little if nothing to deter criminals like Denora’s killers from committing their nefarious acts,” the statement read. Denora was shot on June 7 in Panabo City by two men on a motorcycle. He was a publisher of the community paper Trends and Times. JournSo