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“Walang kwenta,” really?

“Walang kwenta,” really?

Perspectives
By REYANNE LOUISSE AMPONG   Last October, I turned 19 and I spent it with three of my friends in a place I never thought I would spend my birthday at: the Department of Health Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Bicutan (DOH-TRC Bicutan). We were a little bit nervous the first time we went there; almost all eyes were on us and we did not know how to act. We soon learned it was because the patients become happy every time someone visits the center because they get to see someone new. It is like a break from their everyday routine. In almost every building inside the facility, there is at least one patient who is at the door or the lobby, ready to answer queries or address needs. It made me happy how accommodating and kind they are, contrary to the stigma attached to dru
A bigger battle

A bigger battle

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By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES All three branches of the government have become terrifying since the beginning of the current president’s rule. It is as if all Filipinos have no one left to trust, because what can the people do when the ones who they have placed in power—people who were supposed to protect them—ended up catering to their own selfish needs? The administration has countlessly used and abused the name of the Filipino people to their advantage: the drug war was said to be for our safety, the alarming connections that were initiated with China were supposedly for the betterment of the Filipino citizens. We are all being sold, threatened, and violated in our own land, and in both subtle and literal manners by the institutions who have taken an oath to protect us. W
Filipino Jokes Vol. 5

Filipino Jokes Vol. 5

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By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG In Aristotle’s Rhetoric, he says one way a speaker can make an audience laugh is by violating their expectations in telling a story. Philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard and Immanuel Kant later took on this approach, which is now called the Incongruity Theory: a theory saying laughter is caused by the violation of our mental patterns, by seeing the incongruous. We Filipinos may see this theory on humor transcend into our own jokes: “Anong tawag sa asong tumalon sa ilog? Aso pa rin.” “Anong tawag sa maliit na unan? Unano.” This manner of joking may earn a good laugh or two, but when a president says during a speech that he uses marijuana to cope with his “killing” meetings and duties while leading a drug war that has taken thousands of lives—r
The burden of being a woman of the world

The burden of being a woman of the world

Culture
By DOMINIQUE NATHANIELLE M. MULI IF THERE is anything prominent about President Rodrigo Duterte’s traits, aside from his blatant disregard for human rights, it is his spite for women. By now, it is already clear: holding a high ranking position does not stop him from making sexist remarks. Nikki Luna’s display at 1335Mabini titled This is how to be a woman of the world? is dedicated to sharing sexual harassment stories of women from different parts of the world and how they are still victimized by injustices perpetuated by the same old sexist mentality. Upon entering the all-white exhibit, a full-length mirror with a rusty frame catches all eyes. The president’s infamous statement saying that there are many rape cases in Davao because the city has “many beautiful women” ta
Focus on duties despite attacks on press, Palace reporters tell student journos

Focus on duties despite attacks on press, Palace reporters tell student journos

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III MALACAÑANG REPORTERS urged journalism students on Monday to continue performing their duties despite the continuous attacks of the Duterte administration on the press. Rappler Palace reporter Pia Ranada reminded students that journalists should not disregard the rules and journalism ethics despite the attacks of the government on the press. “[E]ven if the government is vindictive, media cannot be vindictive. Just because the government has become an existential threat for us, it doesn’t mean that we also have to throw away the rules and just write whatever negative things about the government, make up stories, fake news, siraan lang 'yung government,” she said. “[T]hat’s exactly why it’s hard to fight this fight, because they’re not playing by the rules, but
The justice system vis-a-vis jail congestion

The justice system vis-a-vis jail congestion

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By FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG THOUSANDS HAVE been killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs while tens of thousands of others have been thrown into jail to live under unbearable living conditions and unshakeable ghosts of uncertainty. According to a report by Inquirer, in Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) jails alone, congestion rates go as high as 612 percent nationwide. The BJMP blames the worsening jail congestion on the spike in arrests, inmates’ ineligibility to pay the bond, and slow movement of criminal cases, among others. However, during my internship where I had the chance to witness the jail congestion at the Quezon City Jail and interview inmates arrested because of involvement with illegal drugs, a number of them claimed that they were framed
The red-faced theory

The red-faced theory

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN  CALOOCAN CITY College was one of the 18 schools that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed to be hotbeds for communist recruitment for the rumored ‘Red October’ ouster plot. The military cannot fulfill its role without the knowledge and intelligence-gathering skills of experts. When the military claims something, one can rest assured that it is true. But Caloocan City College does not exist The AFP later admitted in a statement that their list was “subject to continuing validation.” They seem to want to follow in the administration’s footsteps and throw around allegations before or without presenting evidence. In retrospect, the military’s plans and actions seem more red-faced than Red October. Step one was to make up a conspiracy out
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
Human rights being delegitimized by Duterte admin, says PolSci educator

Human rights being delegitimized by Duterte admin, says PolSci educator

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THE INCUMBENT administration undermines the existence of human rights in the country to continue its war against illegal drugs, the chairperson of the political science program of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila claimed in a forum held Nov. 8. Cleve Arguelles said President Rodrigo Duterte exposes people to a "war against human rights," apart from his administration’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs. “He is trying to present human rights as an enemy of the people. We have been fed [by] this false notion na kapag sinacrifice natin ‘yung mga ibang tao ay uunlad ‘yung buhay natin,” Arguelles said. “After delegitimizing human rights as an idea, we see na he’s now attacking the institutional basis of human rights. Halimbawa, the Supreme Court will call his atten
Blind, deaf, but never mute

Blind, deaf, but never mute

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IN OUR democracy, the privilege of expressing our concerns has always been on a green light. It is never impeded until now. The current administration, as we see vividly, has expressed its abhorrence over the nationwide abuse of drugs, which has drawn flak from the dichotomy of political entities on the ground that it destroys people’s access to their fundamental human rights. Before even starting its reign, it has promised the people what they have longed to hear. A treasure, to compare perfectly, for the people whose living has always been at the deepest level of the status quo. With such dream, the promised have closed its eyes and its ears over the matters assailing the reality of how dirty the mechanism of the authority works on completing its goal. This administration is bli