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No Compromise
EditoRyal
his year is laden with promises of change. The whole country is in rapture, anticipating the end of nine tumultuous years under Gloria Arroyo. In UP, the last few months are reeling for the administration of UP President Emerlinda Roman, whose term was marked with a string of anti-student policies strongly opposed by her constituents. The Philippine Collegian, however, will never be complacent despite possibilities of change, for the times leave an opportunity for regressive policies to disguise themselves as the alternative that we seek. After the first automated elections in history, the country has a new set of political leaders, from the councilors and mayors to the 15 th president of the republic. President-elect Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III vows to bring forth change by eliminating corruption, which is what Arroyo’s administration, and even her family, are notorious for. Meanwhile, just as Arroyo’s stint is drawing to a close, the University Council will choose a new UP president in December. The next UP administration will replace a leadership much castigated for its policies of commercialization and undemocratic political maneuverings. In this context, the Collegian continues its 88 years of pro-student, pro-people journalism, reminding its readers that change is not handed to the people in a silver platter. It shall be vigilant of Aquino’s administration, whether the new president fulfills his promises and if he does hold Arroyo liable for plunder, political repression and myopic economic policies. W hile the people wait for the new administration to fulfill its vows of change, the Collegian will retain its tradition of penned dissent. This publication remains skeptical of the change promised during the election campaign, because promises of change can be just empty rhetoric of the selfserving. The next UP president will find himself in an almost similar situation. The only way he and his administration can redeem the university from the vestiges of Roman’s term is to scrap the policies introduced by his predecessor. Roman’s leadership was full of dangerous precedents such as the 300 percent tuition fee increase, the spate of infrastructure projects funded by private corporations, and the removal of the sole student representative in the Board of Regents. Hence, the next UP President needs to make a choice: either to continue Roman’s policies or steer the university to a different direction. At a time when the people are prone to accepting illusions of genuine change, a student paper with a principled line of activism is all the more necessary. An institution born out of the struggle of the students and the people, the Collegian is not beholden to please the administration, nor is it indebted to corporate interests that have long gripped mainstream media. The Collegian has, and will continue to publish without prior restraint. Reaffirming its almost century-long orientation, the Collegian will criticize and contextualize without fear, because its only duty is to its stakeholders: the students and the people. The Collegian does not limit itself to simple reportage of facts. It aims to arm its readers with critical, alternative analysis. The youth, after all, are the catalysts of genuine change, and to inform them is tantamount to providing them with a framework for action. This objective fuels the Collegian’s brand of journalism, which unf linchingly stands by its principles amid any forms of repression. To truly advance the rights and interests of the people, this publication will subvert institutions that perpetuate the status quo, institutions that include even the mainstream media. The mainstream media have long ignored the plight of the impoverished, and unwittingly assented to the status quo. The status quo that tolerates increasing tuition rates that force students to drop out of school. The status quo that allows the government to abduct journalists and kill members of progressive organizations. The status quo that lets Arroyo run away with siphoning public funds to her lavish dinners while the rest of the country scramble to make ends meet for a decent living.

Miguel Nicholas R. Punzalan
W hile the antiquated standards of mainstream media call for unbiased journalism, the Collegian rejects neutrality for it stands by the students and the people. For the bias we hold is not mere defiance of the status quo, it is a choice justified by the persistence of poverty, landlessness and corruption. As Aquino’s government and the university attempts to break away from the sins of the preceding terms, the Collegian will continue to allot its pages for the marginalized. Even if change is imminent, the Collegian will continue to write against the forces and conditions that oppress the voiceless. It will tell the stories that beg to be written, stories of underpaid workers, landless farmers and the students deprived of quality education. And beyond narratives, the Collegian will posit alternatives and actively pursue genuine change with the people. As hope and uncertainty sweeps a nation longing for change, the Collegian stands firm in its stance as an alternative publication. It remains critical, defying the myth of objectivity. It retains its radical, activist character, voicing dissent unapologetically and unequivocally. This bias, this resistance, defines the unchanging commitment of the Philippine Collegian.

The Philippine Collegian, however, will never be complacent despite possibilities of change, for the times leave an opportutnity for regressive policies to disguise themselves as the alternative that we seek

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BOR approves new lab fees in Diliman, Visayas
Marjohara Tucay
espite approving a motion to suspend further tuition hikes for academic year 2010-2011, the Board of regents (Bor) has approved 38 laboratory fee increases and the institution of 15 new laboratory fees in Up Diliman (UpD) and Up visayas Cebu New laboratory fee rates
COURSE CoE 134, CoE 111, EE 159, EEE 7, ECE 133, CoE 133, EEE 4 CoE 135, CoE 151, CoE 153, EEE 11, EEE 13 CoE 23, EE 151, EE 152 ECE 113, EE 121, EEE 1, EEE 42, EEE 52, EEE 54, CoE 115, EEE 107, EEE 117, EEE 141, ECE 159, CoE 123, CoE 141, CoE 143, EE 146, EEE 44 EEE 34 EEE 100 CoE 121, CoE 129, EEE 35 Chem 101.1, Chem 101.2, Chem 102.1, Chem 102.2* Bio 120.1, Chem 31.1** Bio 140.1** Bot 121** Chem 11** Chem 23** Chem 40.1** Bio 160.1** Bio 180** Bot 111.1** Zoo 131.1 Stat 105, Stat 106** Stat 131** LAB FEES (in pesos) FROM TO 0 800 0 1,200 390 800 500 800 500 1,200 200 300 390 0 200 200 200 200 200 300 0 0 0 0 300 0 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,500 850 900 700 450 1,400 850 700 600 150 150 600 600

College (UpvCC) in its May 27 meeting. in UpvCC natural sciences and Mathematics Division, new fees ranging from p150 to p700 will be charged on four Biology subjects that used to have no lab fees, while lab fees for seven Biology subjects will increase by over 600 percent, from the current rate of p200-p300 to p1,400. (See sidebar 1) all approved increases and new fees

will be implemented this semester. Laboratory fees in two statistics subjects in UpvCC will also double from p300 to p600. in UpD institute of Chemistry (iC), four new subjects which will integrate separate laboratory courses will be charging a p1,500 fee to cover for the cost of chemicals and the maintenance of lab equipment. Meanwhile, 29 subjects in the electrical and electronics engineering institute (eeei) will be increasing laboratory fees from current p200-p500 to p1,200. seven newly-instituted subjects in eeei will also charge a p1,200 laboratory fee. new lab fees in UpvCC, iC and eeei are now comparable with rates in ateneo de Manila and De La salle University, both of which charge p1,600 to over p4,000 for lab fees. Due to the continuous decline of government allocation for Up, the administration is forced to charge students more fees to cope with maintenance and operating expenses, said student regent Cori alessa Co. For 2010, the government has only Proposed PE Fees
FEE Php 100 Php 250 Php 400 JUSTIFICATION courses with minimal use of facilities, equipments, and supplies courses which more resources courses which resource-intensive utilize are

allotted a p6.9 billion budget to Up, lower than the p7.06 billion budget in 2009. “state university [ang orientation ng Up] at hindi dapat nanggagaling sa mga estudyante ang pambayad sa kuryente at iba pang kagamitan sa unibersidad,” said University student Council (UsC) students’ rights and Welfare Committee Chair Dan neil ramos.

Fees

Meanwhile, the Bor has deferred discussions for both the physical education (pe) fee and the graduate tuition increase proposals. The deferral sho uld give time for the new student regent to study the proposals and conduct consultations, Up president emerlinda roman said. if the proposal is approved, students could pay fees amounting from p100 to p400, depending on the facilities used for the class. only “practical pe courses” such as Walking for Fitness and running for Fitness will remain free of charge. (See sidebar 2) pe courses and athletic activities such as Up’s participation in the University athletic association of the philippines
EXAMPLES OF PE COURSES dance / aerobics / f itness cluster, martial arts cluster, outdoor recreation, chess, philippine games, arnis basketball, volleyball, softball, football, badminton, table tennis, tap dance, weight training aquatic sports programs i.e. swimming, archery, lawn tennis
Source: Off ice of the Student Regent

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*New integrated subjects **To be implemented in UP Visayas Source: Off ice of the Student Regent

league activities are funded by constituent units from the collection of p75 to p100 athletic fee per semester. The athletic fee is part of the miscellaneous fees paid by all Up students. “The policy of not charging fees has given rise to a situation where some constituent universities have had to look for other sources to maintain pe facilities and to purchase pe equipment once the athletic fund runs out,” according to the proposal. “[The Bor] agreed in principle that lab fees for pe courses will be allowed but each [proposal] will have to go to the Bor for approval and shall be the subject of consultations,” roman said. However, Co said that the Bor did not pass the pe fee proposal due to lack of consultation. she explained that in the proposal submitted to the Bor, it was stated that there were consultations held in Up visayas (Upv), though the UpvUsC reported that consultations did not really take place. along with the pe fee, another proposal to increase graduate tuition in the Management program in Up Baguio is pending approval from the Bor. according to the proposal, the tuition increase would be implemented in three tranches within the next four years “to soften the impact to students.” in the first increase, tuition rates would increase by 67 percent from the current p600 to p1,000. When the scheme is fully implemented by 2014, the tuition rate would increase to p1,500, more than double the current rate.
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Soon to rise

CAL orgs slam demolition of tambayans
Kevin Brandon Saure
He CoLLege oF arts and Letters (CaL) administration demolished on april 28 six huts used as tambayans without properly informing the students, said the affected student organizations in the college. “Hindi mayaman ang org namin para bumili ng [bagong kubo]. sa usaping ito, nais naming mga organisasyon na mapagkalooban ng tambayan—lagi’t laging hiling sa [Up administration] ang maayos at mapakikinabangang tambayan,” said patrick Bautista, president of Up Ugnayan ng mga Manunulat (Ugat), one of the CaL-based organizations whose tambayans were demolished. Ugat, along with organizations Up graphic arts in Literature (gRAiL), Deutscher verein and Le Club Français, were notified barely two weeks before the demolition. affected organizations reported to the CaL student council (sC) that they were given only a short notice, leaving no time for them to consult their members, said CaL sC Chair trisha sanijon. on april 14, CaL students affair Coordinator and professor Kenneth Ja-

The UP Integrated School (UPIS) faces possible relocation to the old Narra Residence Hall based on a proposal made during the May 27 Board of Regents meeting. After the UP-Ayala Technohub project, Ayala Land Inc. now plans to redevelop the present UPIS site and conver t it into a “mixed used” commercial center. Airnel T. Abarra

mandre sent a notification via e-mail to all affected organizations, saying that the structures were already “falling apart” due to “severe termite infestation.” The tambayans “were beyond repair” and needed to be removed to prevent the spread of pests to nearby huts, Jamandre added. Maintenance and pest control expenses amount to p3,000 annually for each hut, sanijon said, explaining that some organizations with only few members cannot afford such expenses. “Dahil medyo magastos ang pag-maintain ng mga kubo, minsan napapabayaan na ang mga ito at kaya inaanay,” she explained. in a meeting with CaL sC on May 25, Jamandre said that the CaL administration may allow organizations to use stone benches located near the Faculty Center and the CaL new Building (CnB) as tambayans to address the inadequacy of the remaining huts in the CaL tambayan Complex. However, at present, there only six stone benches around CnB for the nine CaL-based organizations that still do not have tambayans. Based on Collegian records, of over 270 recognized organizations in Up DiliCont on pg 10

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Kamag-anak, Inc. Political dynasties in the 2010 elections
John alliaGe Tinio Morales
HE grip OF pOliTical dynasties is stronger than ever, with a total of 264 political families dominating the country’s first automated elections. Based on the online election returns from the Commission on Elections, at least 593 out of 2,094 winning candidates for six elective posts – senator, district representative, governor, vice governor, mayor, and vice mayor – came from these 264 political families (see sidebar). in this report, Collegian only included political families that had two or more of their members winning in the last election. On average, two members of one political family won tandem posts – one as governor while the other as district representative or one as mayor while the other as vice mayor. some political families managed to claim three up to nine positions. These families reside in provinces where feudal farming is the main source of livelihood and where warlordism sows terror among the populace.

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Countdown

zones, a few political families are slowly establishing themselves, such as the Binays of makati and revillas of Cavite. in 111 municipalities and cities, political families won tandem posts – one winning as mayor and other as vice mayor – in an emerging political set-up that shows that politics is a family affair. This arrangement will likely reduce the political friction between the mayor and vice mayor. The ilocos region and the autonomous region in muslim mindanao had the most number of political families, with 22 families per region elected in tandem at the town level. some of the tandem wins were unopposed.

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in the country’s 80 provinces, 53 governors and 26 vice governors who won in the may 10 polls hail from the 264 political families. These provincial officials won in the elections along with at least two members of their families. in 1998, 64 percent of all governors were connected with political families, according to the institute for popular Democracy. in 2004, the proportion of clanmember governors slightly decreased to 63 percent. six years later, 66 percent of winning governors still hail from political families. The proportion could be higher, since Collegian excluded families that won only in the gubernatorial race. Twenty-six or 33 percent of 80 vice governors also came from political families. most of the time, the families of both the governor and vice governor are political allies. For instance, in isabela, rep. Faustino Dy won as governor while the vice governor hails from an allied political family, the albanos. Down the municipal level, political families are still able to consolidate power among themselves. Three in every 10 municipal/city mayors and two in every 10 vice mayors are members of political families. Even in cities and industrialized urban

in the House of representatives, meanwhile, political clans have maintained a strong hold on at least 48 percent of the seats, with members of political clans clinching 111 out of 229 district seats. Out of the first 35 representatives already proclaimed came from well-entrenched and moneyed political families. From Eighth Congress to the 12th Congress, the proportion of district representatives coming from political clans has remained at an average of 60 percent, according to a 2004 study by the philippine Center for investigative Journalism. The figures could go higher if we are to include political families that won only in the congressional race, such as the ramiros of misamis Occidental and abads of Batanes. in the senate, seven winning candidates had family members and relatives also winning as House representatives and other provincial and local posts. The success of political clans in claiming multiple seats indicates that the term limits set by the 1987 Constitution is only a paper tiger – it did not make a dent on dynastic rule in Congress, said University of the philippines Development studies professor and former faculty regent roland simbulan in a 2007 lecture. “The state shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law,” read sec. 26 art. ii of the 1987 Constitution. “Though this prohibition does exist, an enabling law is needed,” simbulan said. However, since 1987, the anti-political dynasty bills filed “never got to first base” because most lawmakers from the administration and opposition, who also came from political clans, oppose the Constitutional ban on political dynasties, he explained.

A man returns a ballot box which contains Cer tif icates of Canvass (COCs) from Davao as the joint session of Congress, acting as the National Board of Canvassers, canvass votes for the president and vice-president. As of press time, only 1 COC remains to be canvassed. The tally leaders are expected to be proclaimed today. Chris Martin Imperial

HierarcHical

Structure

The path to dynastic rise follows the hierarchical structure of philippine bureaucracy. political families first battle it out at the town-level elections to secure their political bases for future political contests. For instance, 95 budding political dynasties virtually established their bases by winning both posts of mayor and vice mayor. some of these families thrive in “free-for-all” provinces or places where there are no ruling political families present, or in provinces where most members of traditional families are gunning for higher office beyond town positions. The last election saw the rise, decline and fall of political families, changing the composition of entrenched families in power but not necessarily the dynastic tradition. For instance, the decline of the ampatuans has only resulted in the rise of the mangudadatus in maguindanao. “The phenomenon of political dynasties shows the absence of any real competition in politics because of the lopsided economic structure of inequality which allow only a few to monopolize wealth and power,” simbulan said. “For precisely, landed wealthy Filipino families have tried to protect their interests by occupying public office,” he added. q
With assistance from Kevin Brandon Saure

Higit 20,000 pamilya sa QC, maaaring mawalan ng tahanan
Gino n. ChanG
aaaring mapaalis sa kanilang mga tahanan ang 20,000 pamilyang nakatira sa paligid ng north at East Triangle upang magbigay daan sa Quezon City Central Business District (QCCBD) project. isa sa mga pangunahing proyekto ng pamahalaan ng QC ang QC-CBD, na nilalayong maging sentro ng komersyo sa metro manila tulad ng makati CBD, Ortigas CBD sa pasig at Bonifacio global City sa Taguig. Unang matatamaan ng demolisyon ang mahigit 16,000 pamilyang nakatira sa sitio san roque, Barangay Bagong pag-asa, isang komunidad sa pagitan ng agham road at Epifanio delos santos avenue na bahagi ng north Triangle, batay sa datos ng Confederation and Unity for the advancement of government Employees (COURAgE). Bahagi ang COURAgE ng Concerned Organizations against lay-off, Transfer, Demolitions and privatization due to the QC-CBD o COnTRA-CBD, isang alyansa ng mga organisayong katuwang ng mga apektadong residente sa pagtutol sa QC-CBD. nauna nang namahagi ng notice of Demolition ang national Housing authority (nHa), na nagmamay-ari sa 29.1 ektaryang lupain sa north Triangle, sa mga residente noong abril 14. ililipat umano ang mga boluntaryong aalis sa isang relocation site sa rodriguez, rizal, saad ng nHa.

Number of 2010 winning candidates from political clans
POLITICAL FAMILIES
Total Number of Families TOTALS OFFICIAL NUMBERS OF SEA TS % Congress Governors Vice Governors Mayors Vice Mayors

264

111 230 48%

52 80 65%

26 80 33%

252 852 30%

152 852 18%

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pagmamay-ari ng nHa ang kalakhan ng north Triangle, kasama ang sitio san roque, dahil dati na umanong inilaan ng gobyerno ang lupang ito para sa “socialized housing,” paliwanag ni Bea arellano, pangkalahatang kalihim ng Kalipunan ng Damayang mahihirap (KADamaY). “Kung mapapansin, katabi nga ng north Triangle ang iba pang dating housing projects gaya ng project 7 at project 8,” dagdag niya. Batay sa notice, kinakailangang umalis ng lahat ng naninirahan sa san roque sa loob ng 30 araw upang magbigay daan sa unang bahagi ng konstruksyon para sa QC-CBD sa north Triangle. pangangasiwaan ng ayala land inc. (ali), ang kumpanyang nagwagi sa public bidding noong 2008, ang pangunang proyektong nagkakahalagang p22 bilyon. Bagaman natapos ang 30 araw na palugit ng nHa noong mayo 13, tinatayang 900 pamilya lamang ang lumipat sa rizal, ani Juan paolo alfonso, tagapagsalita ng COURAgE. mga nangungupahan at bagong-lipat umano sa sitio san roque ang karamihan sa pumayag umalis at tumungo sa relocation site, samantalang nanatili ang kalakhan ng mga matagal nang naninirahan doon, paliwanag ni alfonso. “nanindigan ang mga residente na may karapatan silang manirahan sa lupaing ito—ang ilan sa kanila ay mahigit 30 taon na dito,” ani arellano.

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noong gabi ng mayo 22, isang sunog
Sundan sa pg 10

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Source: Commission on Elections

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Thorny issues
Marjohara Tucay
The Board of Regents (BOR) has granted the appeal for tenure of Sociology Assistant Professor Sarah Raymundo, reversing UP President Emerlinda Roman’s December 2009 decision rejecting the tenure application. During the May 27 BOR meet, the board granted Raymundo’s appeal, voting 5-2-1, with the majority in favor of granting her tenure and one regent abstaining. The BOR based its decision on the motion filed by Faculty Regent Judy Taguiwalo, where she explained that Raymundo has met the academic requirements required for tenure and there were no other “substantive reason” cited in both the Sociology department deliberations and the appeals process to bar the tenure grant. “[The] absence of any reason to deny tenure from a temporary faculty who has otherwise met the declared requirements for tenure is not an acceptable exercise of departmental autonomy that should be uncritically respected,” Taguiwalo stated in her motion. Raymundo raised her tenure case to the BOR, the highest decision-making body in the university, after both Roman and UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio Cao denied her appeal to reverse the decision of the Sociology department not to recommend her tenure application. “The BOR decided to give Prof. Raymundo tenure precisely because the Sociology department, the [College of Social Sciences and Philosophy], the Chancellor and the President have offered no academic basis to deny her tenure,” said

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BOR grants tenure to Raymundo
Rights of Untenured UP Faculty Alliance (RUUP) co-convenor Prof. Michael Andrada. A temporary faculty must meet the minimum requirements indicated in the UP Faculty Manual to apply for tenure: a master’s degree, a satisfactory teaching performance, and sole or lead authorship of a published work. To be granted tenure, a faculty member must first garner the vote of the majority of the tenured faculty in her department to recommend her application to the College Executive Board (CEB). The CEB will then forward the application to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), the Chancellor and to the BOR. In Raymundo’s case, the Sociology department thrice voted on her tenureship. During the first vote on May 2008, tenured Sociology faculty voted 7-3, in favor of recommending tenure for Raymundo. However, the minority who voted against tenure sent a report to the OVCAA, which prompted VCCA Lorna Paredes to return the department’s tenureship recommendation. On March 2009, the department voted on Raymundo’s tenureship again. Five voted in her favor, four against, one abstained and one waived the decision for a year. The department could not recommend Raymundo’s application because it failed to garner two-thirds of the votes cast, Sociology Department Chair Randolf David said in an earlier statement. However, Prof. Walden Bello, a former Sociology faculty member, said he “has not heard of such a rule in his more than 10 years of practice” in the department. Raymundo appealed to Cao on June 2009, but Cao denied her appeal in October last year. Raymundo’s academic qualifications are not enough to “tip the balance” in her favour, said Cao in his memorandum. The appeal was then forwarded to the UP President. She asked the Sociology Department to hold a referendum on December 16 with the sole question “Do you recommend the grant of tenure to Prof. Sarah Raymundo?” The tenured faculty voted 4-6, with the majority voting against Raymundo’s favor. Roman released a December 18 memorandum denying Raymundo’s appeal and instead upholding the department’s decision “in the interest of upholding the autonomy of the department.” For Taguiwalo, Roman denied Raymundo’s appeal “by simply asking the department to vote again and to treat the negative vote result as basis for denying the appeal, without seeking to determine the substantive reasons for the vote.” But Roman said the BOR granted tenure to Professor Raymundo “despite the fact that there was no endorsement from the department, from the college, from the Chancellor, from the President.” She added that this is the first time that this has happened. “A very large majority of the deans wrote to the BOR stating that recommendation from the academic bodies especially the President must be given weight when deciding on the tenure,” explained Roman. Roman was referring to a March 22 letter to the BOR signed by five vice chancellors and 22 deans and directors of UP Diliman which urged the board to adapt the Sociology department, Cao and Roman’s earlier decisions. “Such gives the rather unpleasant impression of a bunch of the most powerful University officials “ganging up” on a powerless untenured faculty member who did her best to achieve all the academic requirements of tenure during nine years of committed teaching and service to the University,” according to a statement of the RUUP. q Highlights of the May 27 and June 2 Board of Regents meetings
Aside from passing several laboratory fees and granting Prof. Sarah Raymundo tenure (see related articles), the Board of Regents has also discussed the following important issues: *Approval of the Large Class Lecture Scheme in UP Los Baños
The Large Class Lecture Scheme (LLCS) was approved for “full-scale” implementation in UPLB star ting this semester. Under the LLCS, all general education (GE) classes in UPLB will now be composed of 160 to 250 students, more than f ive times the regular class size of 30 to 40 students. The BOR will compose a regents’ committee to review the policy and look into issues raised by students and faculty regarding its implementation.

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tenure applIcatIon’

Students from different colleges and universities hold a protest in front of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on June 02. Condemning CHED’s failure in meeting the demands of the students, they also called for greater state subsidy on education. Airnel T. Abarra

Debt row

*The Faculty Medical Arts Building and PGH directorship issues

The UP administration has asked for clarif ication from the Depar tment of Justice, which has earlier declared in a legal opinion that the contract of lease for the Faculty Medical Ar ts Building (FMAB) project violated procedures set by the new UP Char ter such as the three-four ths vote requirement needed to pass contracts amounting over P50 million. The FMAB project has leased the Old Dispensary Building of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to Daniel Mercado Medical Center for it to be conver ted into a private medical facility which will house clinics, laboratories and pharmacies. Meanwhile, the PGH directorship issue has not yet been resolved. Several regents opposed a motion in the June 2 meeting to reopen the discussions for the directorship, as the issue is currently being deliberated in the Quezon City T Cour t (QCRTC). rial

*Selection of the next UP President and Faculty Regent

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Parents and students wait in long queues for the application of student loan at the Off ice of Student Scholarships and Services at Vinzons Hall. Statistics show an increase in the number of loan requests made star ting 2007, ref lecting the rising number of students who cannot afford the cost of UP education. Airnel T. Abarra

Through the BOR’s decision, however, Raymundo will be reinstated and given teaching units in the Sociology department, where she was previously asked not to teach any subjects while her case was under appeal. “On June 1, 2010, I went to the Department of Sociology to manifest my report for duty through a letter I submitted to the Chair. I’m still awaiting an official response to that letter,” Raymundo said.

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The BOR has opened the selection process for the nex t UP president and faculty regent (FR), as the terms of incumbent President Emerlinda Roman and FR Judy Taguiwalo are to end by February 2011 and December 2010, respectively. The BOR has already constituted itself into a search committee to facilitate the UP President selection. “Based on the [UP] Char ter, the President can have only a single term. I am not running for another term,” Roman told the Collegian. Meanwhile, the FR selection process is set to begin in July. The UP President serves a six-year term while the FR serves for two years. ■

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Philippine Collegian

Miyerkules, 09 Hunyo 2010

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Power

Play

Tatak na ng Kulê ang pagbatikos sa mapanupil na pamamalakad ng administrasyon ng UP at maging ng pambansang pamahalaan. Noong 1951, sapilitang pinagbitiw ng pamahalaang Quirino si UP President Gonzalez dahil sa pag-imbita nito sa katunggaling si Carlos Romulo bilang tagapagsalita para sa mga magsisipagtapos. Tinalakay ni Elmer Ordoñez sa kanyang editoryal na “Road to Extinction” ang pagmamaniobrang ito bilang banta sa mga demokratikong karapatan sa pamantasan. Sa taon ding iyon, naglunsad ang mga estudyante ng malawakang protesta laban sa panghihimasok na ito. Kung nakiisa ang Kulê sa laban ng administrasyon noong 1951, tahasan naman nitong binatikos ang pamunuan ng UP noong 1996. Itinalaga ng administrasyon si Voltaire Veneracion bilang punong patnugot ng Kulê sa halip na si Richard Gappi, kilalang kritiko ng pamunuang Javier at nanguna sa editorial exams. Bunsod nito, nagkaroon ng dalawang Kulê ng taong iyon ang regular na Collegian ni Veneracion at Rebel Collegian ni Gappi.

88 taon ng walang pagpaumanhing pagpanig artikulo: kevin mark gomez dibuho: rd aliposa disenyo: patricia basmayor
ay sariling estilo, may angas at may palayaw. Ito ang Philippine Collegian, o mas kilala bilang Kulê. Lingguhan itong dinadampot at binabasa ng mga estudyante upang mabatid ang mga nangyayari sa pamantasan at lipunan. Tinitingala ang Kulê bilang pinakaprehistiyosong pahayagang pangmag-aaral sa bansa. Kinikilala man ito maging ng mainstream media, inilaan ng Kulê ang mga pahina nito para sa kalagayan ng mga batayang sektor gaya ng mga magsasaka, at aktibong nakisangkot sa kanilang mga karanasan. Madalas pinupuna ang Kulê sapagkat hindi umano obhetibo ang pag-uulat sa mga mahahalagang usapin. Subalit ang Kulê ay naniniwala sa pagtindig at pagtataguyod ng maka-estudyante at maka-mamamayang interes. Sa alternatibo at kritikal na peryodismo, sa halip na obhetibo at pluralistang pagsusulat, naging tanyag ang Kulê. Gayunman, hindi palaging ganito ang Kulê. Nagsimula ito bilang College Folio noong 1910 at naging Varsity News noong 1917 sa ilalim ni Carlos Romulo bilang punong patnugot. Si Cipriano Cid, isa sa mga unang naging lider manggagawa ng Congress of Labor Organizations, ang naging unang patnugot ng Philippine Collegian noong 1922. Minsan ding nagpacontest ang Kulê ng Miss Philippine Collegian, naglathala ng larawan ng mga campus hearthrobs at print-ad ng Ateneo. Samantalang noong dekada ng 1970, binansagan itong “Radical Activist Student Paper” dahil sa matapang nitong pagpanig . Hanggang sa kasalukuyan, pinagpapatuloy ng Kulê ang pagiging kritikal sa mga mahahalagang usapin ng mga estudyante at mamamayan tulad ng pagtaas ng matrikula, Hacienda Luisita at Maguindanao Massacre, Charter Change at halalan ng 2010. Kritikal na pagsusuri, sadyang pagbali sa mga nakasanayan at malayang pamamahayag. Ito ang pinanghahawakang linya ng Philippine Collegian sa ika-88 taon nito. q

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Matapos ang EDSA 1, hindi naging popular ang mga pagsusuri ng Kulê laban sa “bagong” pamahalaan. Hindi kailanaman binitbit ng Kulê ang mga konsepto ng pag-asa at tunay na pagbabagong dala umano ni Cory. Sa mga pahina ng Kulê, hindi ipininta si Cory bilang mapagmahal na ina dahil pinili nitong isiwalat ang mga katotohanang hindi ipinakita ng mainstream media ang pagkunsinti ni Cory sa dahas laban sa mga nagprotestang magsasaka sa Mendiola at ang pagiging maka-Estados Unidos ng kanyang administrasyon. Kinakitaan ng mga sumunod na pamatnugutan ang paglalapat ng pluralistang balangkas sa Kulê, walang pagkiling at walang malinaw na pagtindig. Ito ang linyang tinangan ng mga termino nina Herbert Docena at Duke Bajenting, na tumangging talakayin ang mga pulitikal na isyu.

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Ang Kulê na malamang ang pinakamalayang pahayagan sa bansa. Walang kaugnayan sa anumang korporasyon, walang faculty adviser simula 1977, at walang pinanghahawakan kundi ang boses ng mga estudyante at mamamayan. Kaya naman, nakapagtatalakay ang Kulê ng mga paksang “taboo” at kolonyal na kaisipan mula sex, drugs, atheismo hanggang sosyalismo. Sa kasagsagan ng mga communist hunts noong 1950’s, nanindigan ang Kulê laban sa red-tagging, o pag-akusa sa isang tao bilang komunista nang walang batayan. Hanggang sa kasalukuyan, tinutuligsa ng Kulê ang nagaganap na redtagging sa mga progresibong mga estudyante at ilang faculty ng UP Los Baños. Masugid na ipinagtanggol ng Kulê ang kalayaang akademiko nito at ng UP sa kabila ng mga direktang pagsikil dito. Sa termino ni Jose Masakayan noong 1957, naglabas ang Kulê ng special issue sa anyo ng isang aklat na tumalakay sa academic freedom. Naging laganap ang mga makabayang kaisipan noong 70s, at malaki ang naging impluwensiya nito upang maging isa ang Kulê sa mga pahayagang pangmag-aaral na unang naglabas ng mga artikulong nasa wikang Filipino. Bilang ambag, itinatag ang Pilipino seksyon noong 1969 na naging Kultura matapos ang isang taon.

Katulad ng pagbabalita sa ilalim ng termino ni Cory, ang pag-uulat sa mga sumunod na termino ng Kulê ay nanatiling kritikal sa administrasyon ni Gloria Arroyo, maliban sa termino ni Colet noong 2005. Habang mainit noon ang impeachment complaint laban kay Arroyo, naglabas ang Kulê ng UAAP Special issue. Sa termino ring iyon nagbitiw ang karamihan sa mga kawani at nagkaroon ng P250,000 deficit ang Kulê. Tinangan ng mga terminong sumunod kay Colet ang tradisyon ng pagiging kritikal ng Kulê. Masugid na iniulat ng Kulê ang mga anomalya sa ilalim ng pamahalaang Arroyo at masusing tinalakay ang palisiyang anti-mamamayan. Paulit-ulit na binasag ng Kulê ang mga pahayag ni Arroyo hinggil sa panlipunan at pang-ekonomiyang kaunlaran.

Hindi nagpatali ang Kulê sa pagiging pahayagang pangmag-aaral lamang. Nakisangkot ito sa mga pambansang usapin at malaki ang ginampanan sa paghubog ng kolektibong kamalayan ng mga estudyante. Matibay na ang makabayang oryentasyon ng Kulê nang ideklara ang Martial Law, kaya inilimbag sa panahong ito ang mga unang Rebel Collegian, na tumutuligsa sa diktaduryang Marcos. Sa kabila ng halatang banta, patuloy na inilimbag ang Collegian kahit underground na ito. Matapang nitong isiniwalat ang mga kabuktutan ng pamahalaan na taliwas sa sinasabi ng midyang binusalan ni Marcos. Ilang manunulat ng Kulê ang dinakip at namatay tulad nina Abraham Sarmiento, Jr. at Enrique Voltaire Garcia II.

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Nitong 2006, hindi regular na nakapaglathala ang Kulê sa termino ni Karl Castro dahil inipit ng administrasyon ang pondo nito. Sa ilalim ng Government Procurement Reform Act, hindi hawak ng Kulê ang pondo nito bilang isang “institusyong pangpamahalaan.” Naging malaking dagok ito sa awtonomiya ng Kulê. Ngunit ang pag-ipit sa pondo ng Kulê ay taktika lamang ng administrasyon upang sikilin ang protesta laban sa 300 bahagdang pagtaas ng matrikula. Sa taong ito ipinanukala ang pagtaas ng batayang matrikula mula P300 tungong P1000. Matapos ang tatlong buwang walang isyu, muling nagbalik ang Rebel Collegian, na pinondohan ng mga donasyon mula sa alumni ng pahayagan at ibang estudyante , upang iparating sa administrasyong hindi kailanman mapapatahimik ang Kulê.

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Gino N. Chang

Philippine Collegian

Miyerkules, 09 Hunyo 2010

09

TURNING

Drawing the first bloodMarah Sayaman
he other day, I saw a group of freshmen touring the Acad Oval. They were all wearing yellow. Some of them looked tired, but most of them were nodding at the words of a senior student who was enumerating tips on how to survive your first year in UP. The senior said: do not take a 7 am Math 17 class, try to get this and that prof, say AS not Palma, among others. He looked like a shepherd leading his flock. As the group walked past me, I felt my oldness, my years in UP settling in. I was sniggering while listening to the senior student educating the freshies, a clear indication that I knew most of the things he was saying. But more than my knowledge, I was sniggering because I remembered: I have been through this phase. I was certain I once walked the Acad Oval with fellow sheep, waiting to be steered in the right direction, but I could not remember how. I cannot recall the exact moment in my head. I lost the picture in my mind, and all I had was a fading memory of how it once felt to be a novice. It was then I realized how old I had become. I was so old my freshman year had turned into a mirage of faces, colors, and random events, like the first time I joined an org and the merienda nights in the dorm. While almost everything was a haze, I have a clear recollection of one thing – I was a TOFI baby. In every class I had in freshman year, almost all my professors asked how much I was paying. Immediately, I felt that something distinguished me and my batchmates from every upperclassman. We were the first of our kind. We were UP students who, by paysaves face. Every year, subsidy for education only gets smaller, and institutions like UP are left to fend for themselves. Thus, we have the TechnoHub in Diliman, the Large Lecture Class Scheme in UP Los Baños, and soon, private clinics in UP Manila-PGH. These facts, however, are not written in the survival kit, distributed to freshmen during orientations. These information are not included in spiels made in freshie concerts, or the initial dormitory assemblies. These things were not mentioned by the upperclassman touring the students in yellow. All these may be things a freshman would have to find for himself, things he would have to ask about, if ever it occurs to him that the UP he now faces is a UP transformed drastically by the recent years. It is a university reinvented for purposes besides providing quality, accessible education to all Filipinos. Despite all the excitement and euphoria at having passed the UPCAT, grave truths await the freshman in UP. This is not to dampen the freshman spirit, rather, it is only a reminder of what he signed up for when he submitted that UPCAT form. The freshmen may all be novices, but the aged and old (like me) have no monopoly over critical thinking. Sometimes, it begins with hesitating to nod every time we are asked to. q

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he said columns that could never be written are just the least of her problems. Indeed, my dilemmas of stubborn adjectives that just don’t fit in the sentence are all too trivial when compared to hers. She is a good Features writer who always finds a way to brew fresh story angles out of crap, but today, her luck has ran out. She fell down a sinkhole of crashing grades, tuition that she could not afford, and a course that kicked her out. Do not worry, everything will get better, I said. I could not say anything sensible, maybe because I never had a grade lower than 1.75. Sounds proud, doesn’t it? I don’t really care. It’s a good thing I have a talent in keeping arrogance and sarcasm within my head, or, when worse comes to worst, simply disguise them under some witty form of humor – or behind this faceless name “Gino N. Chang.” And nine out of ten people are named Gino Chang, the nine excluding me. How’s life on the other side of the spectrum, she asked. “Kaya naman ata ng mga magulang ko ang tuition,” I answered, and at that moment, I felt a bit remorseful over the heightened contradictions between us, whose only point of similarity is perhaps being Kule writers. I was born to a middle class family, or maybe “middle class” is an understatement if you want to be honest. My parents are of Chinese descent. My mother is a pharmacist, my father an electrical engineer. She and her four siblings, meanwhile, all have to make ends meet with their mother’s income as a call center agent. She barely knew her father – her parents were separated when she was barely three. We own several food shops in Tondo and Binondo. She, on the other hand, often asks me to treat her in a food shop in SC. Bye, I’ll buy cigarettes at the back of Vinzons Hall, she said. She is already hungry, I just knew it. Cigarettes, perhaps, as a recourse when she could not buy anything and her stomach is already running amok. Good riddance, I said in my mind. I do not know what will go next in this column as I type away spontaneously. I could hear the other staffers at the adjacent room talking
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ing more, were being groomed to accept the sad fate of UP. UP was meant to serve the underprivileged and brilliant youth, but the government, and sometimes the UP administration itself, has chosen a different path for the university. In lieu of everything, the government barely

Cracks in the wall Mila Polinar
uildings fall apart despite the façade of white paint that seeks to hide the cracks. When an earthquake strikes, the white paint itself will show those cracks; the first signs of falling apart. The walls of the Collegian, as it seems, are filled with such cracks, a testimony to the many earthquakes that Room 401 had to put up with over the years. They were the cracks that I first stared at while I took the Collegian exam during my freshman year. And, for those of us who have entered the Collegian, they were the cracks that were to become the theme of our lives. True enough, in the Collegian, we have published many stories that all give a glimpse of falling apart—from farmers who get killed for fighting for their right to land, workers who hold a picket outside of their factories in protest of unjust wages to students who could not enroll because of escalating tuition fees. We have witnessed many lives which have their own stories of falling apart, including our own. In our stay in the paper, many of us have become victims of crashing grades and of (almost) severed family ties. With each pitfall, the contradiction hits harder—we who must detail the extent of falling “Sa pagpapasa ng napakaraming bagong bayarin, halatang naghahabol ang UP administration upang mapatupad ang Long Term Higher Education Plan (LTHEDP) na nakatakdang magtapos ngayong taon,” said USC Vice Chair Fermina Agudo. The LTHEDP, a ten-year plan (2001-2010) of the Arroyo administration, aims to make more than half of state universities and colleges in the country “selfsufficient” by raising tuition and other fees to rates and implementing income-generating projects such as utilization of “idle assets.” UP has entered various income-generating schemes in the past decade, including the lease of university land to private corporations to build “science and technology parks,” such as the UP-Ayala Land Technohub
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apart are just as vulnerable to the same fate. When as a teenager I witnessed the death of my father and the eventual departure of my mother to seek greener pastures abroad, I realized that our family was to

become one of the thousands of families falling apart because of globalization. The family that prays together will not always stay together. Alas, even a family that once gathered together to pray the rosary every Sunday night is not exempted from economic problems. No matter how much one prays, stability is peralong Commonwealth Avenue where call centers and commercial establishments are now located.

haps a concept reserved only for the wealthy few. A building with cheap materials will easily crumble after each earthquake, its walls cracking as the earth trembles. Society is geared towards hiding such cracks. White paint is dabbed over crack-infested walls, if only to hide the problems that each one signifies. Ultimately, the white paint causes the cracks to linger with almost no chances of repair. Disillusionment, however, is a trend in a world that teaches ideal values without practicing them. For when you look at the world as it is, its illusory blanket of predictability is vanquished. Suffering will not always have an end. You will not always harvest what you plant. And, honesty is but a policy for the powerless. And, everything you once looked up to, everything you once believed in, from religion, formal education to trite concepts like love; even they, will fall apart. We live in a world wherein norms are constantly debunked and lives are so easily shattered. We are caught in this cycle of falling apart, in a constant struggle to rebuild ourselves. For, when the earthquake hits, there is really nothing left to do but pick up the pieces and rebuild. q then vacant seven-hectare campus and develop the land into a “mixed-use” commercial center. In its June 2 meeting, the BOR rejected ALI’s proposal and instead decided to prepare a development plan for the UPIS land and conduct its own public bidding. “UP should come up with its own terms of reference and get bidders to bid for [the project],” Roman said. The Collegian tried to reach the UPIS faculty but declined to comment on the issue. “Bagaman maganda namang magkaroon ng bagong facilities ang UPIS, kailangang isaalang-alang na isa na namang commercialization scheme ito na dudulo sa paggamit sa lupa ng unibersidad, na dapat sana’y para sa pag-aaral, para sa pagnenegosyo,” Staff Regent Clodualdo Cabrera said. q

‘UPIS

The UP administration is set to transfer the high school department of the UP Integrated School (UPIS) from its current location along Katipunan Avenue to the site of the now closed Narra Residence Hall and lease the vacated seven-hectare campus to private developers. Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) submitted to the BOR a proposal for the development of the UPIS property on May 13. According to ALI’s proposal, the company will donate P177 million for the construction of a new UPIS school building in the Narra site. After transferring UPIS, ALI proposes to lease the

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Ngayong darating na pasukan, hindi na naman makakapag-aral ang libo-libong kabataan dahil sa pagpataw at pagtataaas ng matrikula at iba pang bayarin pang-eskwela. Malinaw na paglabag ito sa karapatan ng bawat kabataang Pilipino sa edukasyon. Tuition Increase na Naman! Nitong nakaraang linggo, bumulaga sa mga estudyante ang pagtataas ng matrikula ng 339 kolehiyo at unibersidad, kung saan karamihan sa mga ito ay hindi dumaan sa konsultasyon sa mga estudyante at basta-basta na lamang ipapataw ngayong enrollment. Aabot sa 8%-10% ang itataas ng mga paaralang ito, at malinaw na hindi makatarungan sa anumang pamantayan, sa gitna ng nagpapatuloy na krisis pang-ekonomiyang nararanasan ng bayan sa kasalukuyan. Nananatiling walang pangil at inutil ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno tulad ng Commission on Higher Education at Department of Education sa mga pagtaas ng mga matrikula at bayarin sapagkat mismong ang batas na nagpapairal sa mga ahensiyang ito (i.e. Education Act of 1982) ang nagtanggal ng kapangyarihan ng mga ahensiyang ito upang pigilan ang anumang pagtataas ng bayarin, kaya naman tila pangunahing tagapagtanggol pa nga ng mga may-ari ng mga kolehiyo at pamantasan ang mga ahensiyang ito, imbes na pinangangalagaan ang mga kabataan at ang karapatan natin sa edukasyon. Mga Public Schools na Pinatatakbong Parang Private Schools Hindi na rin uubra ang palagiang tugon ng mga burukrata sa edukasyon na mag-aral na lamang sa mga state universities and colleges (SUCs) kung hindi kayang mag-aral sa private schools. Ngayong taon na lamang, dalawang SUC ang nagtaas ng matrikula, bukod pa sa mga dating nagtaas na SUC tulad ng UP at PNU. Ang ibang mga SUC naman ay pinatatakbong semi-corporatized tulad ng Rizal Technological University kaya sintaas ng private schools ang matrikula at ibang bayarin. Kahit sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines na may pinakamababang matrikula sa bansa (i.e. PhP12/unit), pinipigilan na ang mga bagong freshmen na mag-enroll dahil wala nang slots para sa kanila, bukod sa pagpilit sa marami ritong magenroll sa mga kursong may mataas na matrikula (i.e. PhP 200/unit sa College of Technology). Walang Sapat na Badyet sa Edukasyon ang Gobyerno Higit pa, taunang bumabagsak ang badyet ng gobyernong Arroyo para sa edukasyon, sa lahat ng antas. Kahit taunang binibida ni Gng. Arroyo na mataas na pondo ng edukasyon sa elementarya at hayskul, nananatiling walang sapat na pasilidad, libro at materyales ang mga estudyante na nagreresulta sa napakababang kalidad ng edukasyon. Ang ganitong kalagayan ay bukod pa sa pambabarat sa sahod ng mga guro na hindi pa rin itinataas hanggang ngayon. Taunan din ang pambabarat ng gobyernong ito sa badyet sa mga SUCs, na umaabot lamang sa mas mababa pa sa 2% ng kabuuang badyet ng gobyerno. Dahil dito, nag-iimbento ang mga SUCs na ito ng kung anu-anong bayarin at nagtataas pa ng matrikulang ipinapataw sa mga estudyante. Sistema ng Edukasyong Bulok! Kung tunay na karapatan ang edukasyon sa ilalim ng gobyerno at sistemang ito, marapat na sinasagot at pinopondohan nang buong-buo ng gobyerno ang pag-aaral ng mga kabataan nito, sa lahat ng antas ng pag-aaral. Subalit, imbes na pondohan ng gobyerno ang edukasyon, napakalaking porsyento ang inilalagay sa pagbabayad ng utang panlabas ng kunwang development projects hindi napakinabangan ng bayan (i.e. Bataan Nuclear Power Plant), pagpondo ng nakamamatay na pasismo ng militar laban sa mga kritiko ng gobyerno (i.e. Oplan Bantay Laya), at pandarambong ng gobyernong Arroyo mismo (i.e. NBN-ZTE Deal at Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. scandals). Gawing Lunsaran ng Protesta ang Mahahabang Pila sa mga Pamantasan! Kaya naman pasukan pa lamang, mahalagang mabuo na ng kabataan ang pagkakaisa at paninidigan para labanan ang mga samu’t saring pagtataas ng matrikula at iba pang mga bayarin. Gawin nating lunsaran ng pagmumulat, pag-oorganisa at pagpapakilos ang mga mahahabang pila sa mga pamantasan ngayong enrollment, ipagpatuloy ito hanggang sa pagsisimula ng klase, hanggang mapigilan ang pagtaas ng matrikula at iba pang mga bayarin. Kung may napatunayan ang tagumpay ng pagkilos ng mga estudyante ng PUP laban sa pagtaas ng matrikula nila, ito yun – nasa sama-samang pagkilos ng kabataan at estudyante ang kasiguruhan ng tagumpay sa papasulong na pambansang laban nating ito. q

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Miyerkules, 09 Hunyo 2010
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ang tumupok sa tahanan ng mahigit 100 pamilya sa Sitio San Roque. Mabilis na lumaganap ang apoy na nagmula umano sa ikalawang palapag ng bahay ng isang Carmen Lagrade dahil yari sa kahoy at mga materyales na madaling masunog ang mga kalapit nitong bahay, ani QC Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Inspector Mario San Diego. Walang nasaktan sa nasabing insidente, aniya. “Taktika” umano ng gobyerno ang naganap na sunog upang pwersahang mapaalis sa lugar ang mga residente bagaman tutol sa demolisyon, ani Arellano. Paliwanag niya, lumalabas na nagmula umano ang apoy sa gasolinang itinapon sa bahay ng isang pamilyang lumipat na sa relocation site. “Bukod sa panununog, may mga ulat ding mayroon nang mga recruiter na nag-aalok ng P500 upang mapapayag ang mga residente na umalis sa North Triangle, na nagpapatunay na nagmamadali na silang masimulan ang konstruksyon,” ani Alfonso. Ayon sa ALI, nararapat matapos ang pagsasaayos ng North Triangle pagsapit ng 2012.

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Sa bisa ng Executive Order (EO) 620 na inilabas ni Pangulong Gloria Arroyo noong 2007, itinakda ang lupain sa North at East Triangle bilang “urban promotion area” na magbubukas umano ng oportunidad upang lumago ang kalakalan sa bansa, alinsunod sa rekomendasyon ng World Bank at Asian Development Bank. Sasaklawin ng QC-CBD project ang mahigit 340 ektarya ng lupa—96 ektarya sa North Triangle, 99 ektarya sa East Triangle, 55 ektarya sa Veteran’s Memorial Hospital compound, at 90 ektarya sa lupain ng UP sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue. “Dahil nakatakdang saklawin ng proyekto ang [UP-AyalaLand] Technohub at iba pang lupain ng UP, siguradong dadami pa ang papasok na commercial establishments at private companies sa unibersidad dahil dito,” ani Marie Gold Villar, tagapangulo ng University Student Council (USC) Community Rights and Welfare Committee. “Hindi malayong dumating ang araw na maging mga kolehiyo sa paligid ng Academic Oval ay may mga katabi na ring pribadong kumpanya sa hinaharap,” dagdag ni Alfonso, na dati ring USC Chairperson ng Diliman. “Wala namang ibang makikinabang sa QC-CBD kung hindi malalaking mga kumpanyang mamumuhunan dito. Bagaman sinasabing uunlad ang ekonomiya dahil dito, hindi naman nito naisaalang-alang ang kapakanan ng libo-libong Pilipinong mawawalan ng tahanan at kabuhayan,” ani Arellano. q
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about Noynoy and his spotless track record. Spotless because there’s nothing on it, said my editor, and everyone was sniggering in dumb approval. I do not want to bust in the conversation. They are too skeptical to hope and change under a new set of leaders. Give Noynoy a chance – or the system a chance. After all, if they recognize the capacity for change, if they reject conservatism, then why not give these newly elected leaders a chance? Yes, I agree that there is indeed something wrong with the economic and socio-political system, but if we institute just the right reforms – if the government, with Noynoy at the helm, implements the most effective policies – then perhaps everything will not be this rotten. And people like them, who do not

want to give the system some space to correct itself, just don’t help. The last time I tried my luck with them, I was buried alive under all the heated dogmatism and verbal deadwood. The system is not like Word with an Auto-correct function, they said. They will just go on with their usual litany of “Hope is what perpetuates the system just as hope is what fuels the struggle.” Maybe I will end this right here. I will have to go back to the College of Science to see if new slots have opened for a major subject. These are one of the times when the Kule office just shrinks to a space when I could not even stretch my arm, when I could not even breathe. I just have to get out of here at this very moment, out of the hopelessness and doubts and pessimism. And when this column gets published, I’m in deep shit. q

man last academic year, about 30 percent or over 80 organizations still have no tambayans. Tambayans play a vital role in every organization because they serve as venue for essential meetings and activities, said University Student Council Student Rights and Welfare Committee Chair Dan Neil Ramos. “Isang mahalagang student service ang pagtatayo at maintenance ng mga tambayan at dapat itong gampanan ng UP administration at hindi ipasa sa mga estudyante,” Ramos added. q

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ey! Hey UP! Nagbabalik na ang suking echosera mula sa madilim, marumi at malagkit na opisina ng Kuliti. Matapos ang bakasyong nagpapanggap na eleksyong nagpapanggap na automation (ang labo mehn!), balik UP na ako at ang buong team ng Kuliti, to bring you more news and some kiliti. Hey, hey! At bago pa may makaisip sumagot ng “What?,” babanat na ako ng unang batch ng mga truly annoying na kaganapan sa loob ng mahal (in more ways than one) nating university. Dahil annoying forever ang magtry na pahabain ang intro ng EP, reyth? Annoyed sA orAnge (eggy-thing) Habang nag-fefezbuk sa isang computer shop sa SC, may narinig ang aming spy na nakak-aannoy to the point na muntik na kaming maghukay ng sinkhole para makalimot. Ang super memorable na line ni atei: “Yeah, masa. You know what masa is, right? Yah, the ones you see in the kanto selling that orange-egg thingy.” Hey, hey ateh! It’s actually kwekkwek you know. At napa-What?! lang kami sa tanong mo noh, kung ano yung masa. Parang species lang sila ng mga manininda sa UP. Annoying gAte ( At guArd sometimes) Nadepress ang buong universe na dumadaan sa shuster street noong patayuan ng uber high na gate ang kalye, kaya celebratory ang mood ng lahat nang buksan ang gate para daanan. Hey, hey pipol, di na kailangang akyatin ang mataas na bakod para makakain sa mga restaurant sa likod, o makapunta ng katipunan. Pero hey, hey, wag tayo masyadong masyadong masaya dahil natatapos sa pagbubukas ng gate ang obstacle course para makapunta sa Katipunan. Ang bagong challenge: ang mga beloved guards, na minsan ay underpaid ng kanilang butihing mga ahensya. One night, ang Kuliti ay nagkaroon ng personal encounter with the guards of Shuster street. Hey, hey kuya guard! Do you remember? Hinarang ni kuya guard ang mga chismosera ng Kuliti na palabas ng UP. Hiningan sila ng id, para maging sure na estudyante nga sila. Napa-What?! sila kay kuya, dahil haller, hinihingi lang ang id kapag papasok somewhere devah? Not the pasok we all like pero like No id, No Entry, hindi naman No Exit. Hey, hey kuya! Peace tayo. Eto na muna ang mga annoying na stories ng Kuliti. Need to enroll na mga bebeh. Annoying pa rin kasi ang enrolment sa peyups, parang kanta at boses ni Miley Cyrus, annoying sa hirap like Yeeaaah. At para sa mga bagong salta: Hey, hey freshie! Welcome sa UP! *para sa mga hindi nakagets kung bakit andaming hey sa EP, Hey hey, mag-youtube kayo please, at kumain ng orange. :P

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Miyerkules, 09 Hunyo 2010

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ko lang yata ang nakapapansin, pero tiyak kong nangyari na ito dati. Pumila na kami rito sa dilaw na tayaan ng lotto: si Tatay, hawak ang lotto card niyang mag-aangat raw sa amin sa kahirapan, at ako, hawak ang isang supot ng bigas at isang supot ng isda. Ihing-ihi na si Tatay pero titiisin na lang raw niya. Sayang raw ang pila at malay namin, baka may dalang swerte ang bagong ahit niyang mukha. Natatawa ang buntis na babaeng nasa unahan ni Tatay sa aming pinag-uusapan. Nangyari na ito dati: ang bagong ahit na mukha, ang pag-ihi, ang isda at ang natatawang babae. Nasanay na rin ako sa sa ritwal ng pagtaya sa lotto, at walang angal nang naghihintay tuwing hapon, bitbit ang hapunang mabibili ng kinita ni Tatay sa pagtitinda ng dyaryo. Minsan, napikon na si Tatay sa paglalaro ng tadhana sa kanya at sa paborito niyang mga numero. Hindi na raw nakakatawa ang biro ng tadhana – noong nakaraang buwan, lumabas ang mga panalong numero sa dyaryo: 13-21-6-25-30-23. Ang tinayaan ni Tatay: 12-20-5-24-29-22. Pero ngayong hapon, nakapila ulit kami at umaasa. Hindi ko pa rin maiwasang isipin na nauulit lamang ang lahat. Nakita ko na rin kasi dati ang buntis na babae sa aming unahan; siya ang babaeng nakatisod sa akin noong isang buwan, nang tayaan ni Tatay ang mga numerong pinaglaruan ng kapalaran. ***** Katabi ng mga nanalong numero sa lotto, mababasa ngayon sa mga dyaryo ang resulta ng canvassing sa Kongreso ng mga boto noong nakaraang eleksyon. Inaabangan rin ni Tatay ang mga numerong ito – mga bilang na magtatakda kung sino ang susunod na mga lider ng bansa. Tuwing eleksyon, parang sabay-sabay na pumipila ang mga tao sa lotto. Nagiging mga balota ang lotto cards, at nagsisilbing lotto outlets ang mga eskwelahan kung saan sila bumoboto. Katumbas ng milyun-milyong premyo ang pagkakataong magluklok ng panibagong mga opisyal sa gobyerno, at syempre, ang pangakong pagbabago ng mga bagong mauupo. Pero kung may nananalo sa lotto ng milyungmilyong piso, may tumatama rin kaya sa pagpili ng kandidato? Ilang eleksyon na ang nilahukan ng tatay ko pero parang walang nagbago sa buhay na kinagisnan niya. Kapos pa rin ang pera na kinikita niya para makapag-aral kaming magkakapatid, o maipagamot ang lola kong may sakit sa puso. Halos hindi rin nagbabago ang mga balitang nababasa sa mga dyaryong binebenta niya. Ganito na raw

tayo sa loob ng matagal na panahon, maka-ilang palit man tayo ng pangulo. Paano kaya tayo makasisiguro na sa pagkakataong ito ay makakamit na nga natin ang pagbabago? Matutulad ba tayo sa tatay kong nag-aalaga ng mga numero at umaasang magbabago ang kapalaran niya sa isang iglap? Si Noynoy ang binoto ni Tatay na pangulo noong Mayo. Kampanya pa lang, sinabi na niya sa akin na si Noynoy ang iboboto niya, at hinulaan pang ang manok niyang kandidato ang mananalo. Mukha raw kasing hindi kurakot si Noynoy dahil anak siya ni Cory, ang paboritong pangulo ng tatay kong lumaki noong Martial Law. Gaya ng kanyang mga alagang numero, espesyal ang tingin ni Tatay sa kandidatong nangako na pananagutin ang lahat ng kurakot sa gobyerno. Lalong nabilib si Tatay dahil bigatin ang taong una raw sisingilin ni Noynoy: ang pangulong palabas pa lamang ng Palasyo. Nang balikan ko ang mga dyaryong inipon ni Tatay para sa isang proyekto sa eskwelahan, nalaman kong nauulit din pala ang pangako ng mga pangulo. Ipinangako rin ni Gloria na susugpuin niya ang kurapsyon, lalo na’t maraming kaso ang nakasampa noon sa ikalawang pangulong pinatalsik ng mga taong nagrali sa EDSA. **** Nakangiti ang kaherang naghihintay kay Tatay sa unahan ng pila. Kilala na siguro niya ang tatay ko, at ang iba pang arawaraw tumataya sa lotto. Kinuha niya ang card ni Tatay at ibinalik ang resibong magsisilbing patunay ng mga numerong itinayang muli ng aking ama. Pagkakuha ng resibo, sumimple na si Tatay sa isang tagong sulok; sumisipol siya habang umiihi. Doon siya nakaharap sa isang dingding na puno pa rin ng mga poster ng kandidato noong nakaraang eleksyon. Lahat sila’y nakangiti, yung iba ay mukha pang nang-aakit. Parang mga numero sa lotto card ang kanilang mga mukha; kailangang mamili ng sa tingin mo ay makatutulong baguhin ang kapalaran mo. Pasakay na kami ng traysikel ni Tatay nang matisod na naman ako. Sa pagkakataong ito, hindi ang babaeng buntis ang nakatisod sa akin kundi payong ng isang lalaking nakapila sa tayaan ng lotto. Umaabot na pala sa terminal ng traysikel ang pila ng mga umaasa sa mga mapaglarong numero. Minsan, pakiramdam ko ay umuulit lamang talaga ang lahat: ang pagkatisod, ang pagpila, maging ang pagtaya sa pagbabagong hatid ng numero o kandidato. q

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