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Fixing a reputation, not the mistakes

There are apparent similarities in the sequential systems of enrollment: glitches, hassles and the coarse clamor of the students in every social media platform. What made this year’s enrollment system slightly different is its all-online nature. But, besides anything else, the same upheaval of students countered the promises of ease …

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What could be inside Tito Sotto’s brain?

If you ask me how Eat Bulaga host (since netizens find it no more fitting to call him ‘Senator’) Tito Sotto got into the senate, the answer would be a clear-cut “na-ano lang.” Today, during the appointment hearing of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the …

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University’s ‘we of indifference’

I supposed the University has its own subtle irony. While ‘social justice’ and ‘common good’ are projected outside, a minority inside the campus composed of contractual workers had apparently been left unnoticed. Last January 2017, the agency that provides workforce services in our university issued a memorandum mandating all employees …

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They hear us, but they don’t listen

Almost every year, a number of Ateneo de Davao students oppose the increase of their tuition. Dissatisfied with the limited pool of students who are invited to the consultation on every increase, they oftentimes demand for a more genuine conversation. While this is sometimes granted by the administration, it appears …

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Silence and apathy: The Ateneo way

It’s true. Most of my fellow students, save for some student organizations, have become immersed in their culture of silence and apathy that even now, during this time of great turpitude, it seems as though we neither know nor even care at all where we stand. Even as the body …

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I was once a Marcos apologist, but never again

I shamefully admit that I was once an admirer of the late President-Dictator Ferdinand Marcos for a brief period after one of my high school friends brainwashed me as he was telling me some promising (but actually deceiving) Marcos stories. Two years ago, I was taking a bus ride from …

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Never forget, never again

People have become so fixated in making Martial Law the story of two rivaling families: the Marcoses vs. the Aquinos—the Reds vs. the Yellows. The people have become so engrossed in this false dichotomy that they have forgotten that it was the Filipino people who truly suffered during this decade—they …

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A hero’s grave for a mass murderer’s body

They have buried the body, secretly, while the country was still grieving the Supreme Court’s decision. They have buried Marcos, but let us not do the same thing with our memories, because history is not a corpse we bury. It lives. It breathes. And if only history had hands, then …

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Unnecessary inconvenience

It was the last day of the adding and dropping period when I woke up earlier than usual, perhaps like any other students who wished to process all their documents for enrollment that day. I went to the university only to discover that all offices were closed. I was as …

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Nonexistent service and protection

Patriotic groups are supposed to feel safe in the country they try to safeguard, but in the Philippines, they are dispersed, gassed, and violated in the most inhumane manner by the sector that should supposedly ‘serve’ and ‘protect’. Today, indigenous people, peasants, and human rights groups among others, protested in …

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