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SAMAHAN Constitution: Yes or No

Facebook and Twitter now seem to be flooded with posts regarding the proposed SAMAHAN constitution. The proposed SAMAHAN constitution garnered a significant number of criticisms as well as support in social media. You could read posts saying that it would turn SAMAHAN into a bureaucratic and complicated government where everything …

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Why the 2014 SAMAHAN Constitution Plebiscite Failed

The failure of the 2014 SAMAHAN Constitution Plebiscite has nothing to do with its content, nor the apathy of the studentry; not even those who are strongly against it. It is not about the method of elections, its location, or the lack of preparation for the said ratification. In fact, …

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Reaffirming the need for a new SAMAHAN Constitution

History of the Constitution For a brief background, SAMAHAN does have an existing Constitution that they currently follow since 1982. It even predates that of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, thus making it rather outdated in terms of its constitutionality to the latest laws of the land. Not much is known …

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Her body is a commodity

I once laughed at a quote from a woman saying “Bago ko sila mapakain, kakainin muna nila ako.” I didn’t really understand that at first. I thought she was just saying something about how hard it is to work in order to feed a child. But as I went out …

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Why do we need a SAMAHAN Constitution?

by Paolo C. Cansino* While the course of public discussion is gearing already towards examining the specifics of the drafted SAMAHAN Constitution, it is vital for every Atenean to have a deep understanding and appreciation on why a Constitution to govern our student government is being problematized. To be able …

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A slap on the face of democracy

“No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances”. This is the line, provided under Article 3 of the Bill of Rights Section 4, that protects …

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Filipinos unite!

It’s amazing to watch the developments in the highly controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act. In just a few days after its implementation, Senators are now rushing to excuse and apologize for their mistake. Senator Angara, the principal sponsor of the law in the Senate, has even stated that he will file …

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Activism. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action; especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue; and the people who engage in activism are referred to as activists. Often have I walked along the streets to see …

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Seizing the good earth

“A Garden in the city”, a phrase that will get you imagining of blooming flowers and trees that promises fruitful bounties. However, in reality, it speaks of injustice, cruelty and irrelevant displays of power that got Marcela “Nanay Silay” Camumot and the other residents of Bariquit compound standing up for …

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Police “Power”

Police power, as stated in our Constitutional law, is the power vested in the legislature by the Constitution to make, ordain, and establish all manners of wholesome and reasonable laws for the good and welfare of the State and its people. The basic purposes of police power are to promote …

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