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Miyerkules, 24 Nobyembre 2010
Opisyal na lingguhang pahayagan ng mga mag-aaral ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas - Diliman
Empty the Halls
veryday, we enter the hallowed halls of the university and believe we get our education—nurtured and fed with information needed in the professions we have chosen. We accept our positions as receivers in the transaction of knowledge, a setup integrated in our consciousness as natural and normal. After all, we get something invaluable from the university. With these notions in mind, we find it hard to skip classes, to leave the classroom for trivial reasons. We feel bound to our seats out of gratitude for our education. Blinded by our gratitude, it takes a great force to jolt us out of our accepted realities and see our everyday in a new light: we keep the learning institutions running by our mere presence. The cessation of school, then, is possible through student upheaval. If every student refuses to go to his or her classes, the school is as good as an empty structure bereft of purpose.
24 Nobyembre 2010, Miyerkules, Ika-88 Taon Blg. 18
Diane Marah SayaMan
Halting classes is an opportunity to imagine possibilities of a new reality— a reality that breaks away from the dogmas of the current order.
(Un)productivity The concept of halting classes can be likened to the stoppage of production by workers, commonly called a strike. Holding a strike in factories had devastating effects on production and thus reduced, if not completely obliterated, the profit made by capitalists. The logic governing strikes is founded on the basic relations between factory owner and laborers; the capitalists take advantage of the work input of laborers to accumulate profit. Though there appears to be historic evidence of a strike by Egyptian artisans around 1152 BC, the term strike was first used when English merchant
sailors debilitated a ship in 1768 in protest of harsh working and living conditions. Since then, the term strike has referred to an organized stoppage of work or production by laborers, a tactic employed by workers to force their employers to address their demands and work grievances. When production is put to rest, the whole economic base is disturbed while the political atmosphere is stifled with tension. There are no goods to be sold in the market, the government cannot extract tax from purchases and the public is drawn to the problems faced by the ordinary laborer. Indeed, strikes have become instrumental in alleviating the worker’s plight. It comes as no surprise that strikes are regulated, even forbidden, in some of the world’s leading countries in the manufacturing business such as China and the Unites States of America. Inevitably, other sectors have adopted the worker’s defiant display of collective collection, calibrated to attain their own causes. Counterflow Students who hold strikes often come from state-supported schools. In these cases, strikes are often held to demand larger state funding or protest diminishing budget for social services such as education. As in a labor strike, a student strike aims to cripple school operations and render schools useless. The organized stoppage of the production of knowledge within the hallowed halls of the university is not an exercise of anarchy or simple student disobedience, rather it is a symbolic act meant to taunt the state and demonstrate the power of the students. Though the students seem to be at the receiving end in the education system, they are actually forces needed by the state to propagate certain ideologies. In other words, under the tutelage of state apparatuses, students become carriers of the status quo. In the Philippines, the status quo for tertiary education has been deftly described by the government as controlled by the private sector. Thus, state universities and colleges (SUCs) are slowly transformed to imitate private universities. The initial step in this program is the reduction of funding for SUCs.
Moreover, as the education system produces subservient employees out of its students, a strike actually becomes a venue for students to subvert the state’s plans for them. The strike, after all, is not only a disruption in the production of knowledge and docile employees; it also serves as a break for students to examine the system that has swallowed them all their lives. Halting classes is an opportunity to imagine possibilities of a new reality—a reality that breaks away from the dogmas of the current order. In an essay, John Berger notes that mass actions such are rehearsals for drastic societal changes where the majority will steal political power from the ruling few. For a student strike, the rehearsal goes deeper by another layer. The students, who are actually members of the labor force in transition, already practice organizing themselves against oppression. In the process, they re-educate themselves and discover that gratitude does not drive them to be compliant; it is the years of education itself. The impact of a strike lies on the damage it deals on the daily grind of factories or schools. Of course, the success of mass actions is largely determined by the number of people who join the action. The formula, is simple: the magnitude of success is proportional to the number of protesters. In a strike, the dynamics of power and the everyday life are reversed through collective action. Certainly, a strike is a desirable alternative to the monotony of oppression and state neglect. q
Right to strike
e did our part. We wasted simply defies logic. As a state university, no time in opposing the UP should be mostly – if not fully – subsiproposed cuts on the bud- dized by the government. It is unlawful for get for education. We kept such a university to sustain itself through on reminding the govern- tuition from students, because UP’s manment of its obligations, occupying the date is to cater to those who cannot afford streets to display our dissatisfaction with the price of quality education in private the regime’s list of priorities. Tirelessly, we schools. urged the lawmakers and the President to Aquino apparently finds it difficult to lend us an ear and heed our demands. accept this premise. He does not see how But the House of Representatives did many students struggle to finish school as not even take note of our calls, and passed increased tuition bridges the gap between the budget without amending the item the budget needed by the university and for higher education. President Benigno the amount approved by the government. Aquino III was as unrelenting as ever, de- It seems that the struggle is all too unfaspite the seemingly endless string of pro- miliar for him to even exist. test actions against his proposed budget. The offenses, however, did not end with We warned of a historical show of stu- his illogical and deceptive explanations. dent outrage if the administration does Just recently, he ordered the Senate to apnot bend its will to serve the people. Now, prove the budget without changes. By usthe rehearsals are over. There is no stop- ing the pressure of his executive powers, ping the strike in this university. he is attempting to defeat the Strikes have often been dismissed purpose of free debate in the as unnecessary disruption of peace, EditoRyal plenary, trying to shut off order and production, and as such all criticisms against the “reare often vilified by the structures that form budget” that betrays its own name, maintain the status quo. However, at times trying to reduce the protests across all seclike these, a disruption is just, especially tors into a silence of submission. when Aquino’s actions speak of deliberate But Aquino should know better than state neglect rather than just ignorance. to remain unyielding to the demands that For instance, Aquino has been incon- the students have long taken to the mesistent with his explanations for the bud- dia, the halls of Congress, and even to the get cut. He claimed that there was in fact a doors of Malacanang. No form of populist budget hike if the budget for basic educa- posturing or attempt to discredit the protion is included, even though he had ear- test actions could prevent the inevitable lier admitted in a statement that there was disruption, for the strike is only a logical indeed a cut in the budget for education. response to the anti-student policies hamHis inconsistency could mean only three mered out by the administration. things: either he is indecisive in matters A strike is a historical means to show of national concern, he has outrageously that the people have had enough. Alerred in stating the facts behind his ac- though a strike is often viewed as a transtions, or simply that he was lying at one gression, it is an indispensible part of point or another. social change, a way in which people asAs if the inconsistency was not enough, sert for their rights by creating a space for Aquino even made excuses for the P1.39 protest that cannot be trespassed. In fact, billion cut for UP. He said that the univer- in UP history, the strike of the Diliman sity has its own means of income genera- Commune is often glorified as a monution, citing the UP-Ayala TechnoHub. mental display of the university’s tradition The essence of a state university is ac- of militancy. Through the Diliman Comtually easy to understand, and the failure mune, the students are able to engage a of the administration to grasp a notion so government that simply does not listen.
Many reject walking out of classes as an apt response to state neglect. Unfortunately for some, academics topple every reason to engage in a mass action directed to defend their rights. But ignoring the clamor for his own rights is tantamount to prolonging the chronic education crisis. At this point, refusal to strike is consent to more years of dwindling state subsidy. We have every reason to close off UP, until the government yields to our demands. We reserve the right to strike. And this time, we have no qualms in showing the force of students united against state abandonment. q
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Miyerkules, 24 Nobyembre 2010
Over 5,000 PUP students kick off nat’l strike against budget cuts
UP and other SUCs to follow suit
Gino N. Chang
ore than 5,000 stu dents in the Polytechnic university of the Philippines (PuP) walked out of their classes on november 19 and declared a weeklong student strike, marking the beginning of a series of nationwide mobilizations against the impending cut in the budget for state universities and colleges (suCs). the students draped the main gate of the school with a “We are on strike” banner and held programs and education discussions on the state of the education sector. Faculty, employees and even highranking university officials including PuP President Dante Guevarra joined the students’ protest march. In a november 18 press conference, Guevarra said he “fully supports” the strike and the call for higher state subsidy. the six-day strike continues on its fifth day and will end on november 26. the PuP mobilization is first in the series of strikes among suCs including uP, eulogio amang rodriguez Institute of technology and Philippine normal university. the nationwide strike was prompted by the reduced suC budget for 2011 that the house of representatives (hor) approved without amendments last november 8, according to the national union of students of the Philippines (nusP). In the hor-approved budget, only P23.4 billion was allocated for all 112 suCs, a 1.7 percent or P400-million decrease from the current P23.8 billion budget. the proposed 2011 national budget will still undergo deliberations in the senate and the Congress Bicameral Committee before the president signs it into law. “We need to escalate our protests as senate is set to vote on the budget. students, faculty, employees, administrators, and other stakeholders should build the broadest and widest possible unity in our campuses for the people’s right to education,” the nusP statement read.
the current state of facilities and operations, said PuP student regent sheryl alapad. although the PuP budget increased from P640 million this year to P672 million, the increase was mostly due to the implementation of the salary standardization Law III, which hiked up the budget for Personal services by more than P60 million, explained anakbayan spokesperson Charisse Bañez. a closer look at the PuP budget would reveal that the budget for maintenance and other operating expenses even decreased by P14 million, Bañez added. Budget cuts will “force the university to improve the condition of facilities at the expense of the students, such as in the form of tuition and other fee increases” said alapad, citing the previous attempt to raise the PuP tuition from P12 to P200 per unit. the increase, however, did not push through after PuP students stormed the Commission on higher education office to protest against the proposed increase last March 24. “Decades of budgetary neglect have taken its toll on our university. Decrepit facilities and overworked but undercompensated faculty members are some of the results of the government giving us insufficient funds,” said alapad. Meanwhile, in a november 18 multisectoral summit, students, faculty and employees in uP Diliman (uPD) announced that the uP community will hold a strike on november 25 and 26. the proposed budget only proves that aquino “has no intention of fulfilling his promises during the campaign period,” said Felix Pariñas, president of all uP Workers union-uP Diliman. “nanawagan na ang mga estudyante ngunit hindi pa rin nakinig ang administrasyong aquino. Wala nang makapipigil sa strike,” Pariñas added. For the uP system, the government has only allotted P5.53 billion for 2011, less than a third of the P18.53 billion that the university proposed. the P5.5 billion uP budget is 20 percent or
CONTiNUE ON PAgE 4
Bagong hamon Nagpahayag ng suporta para sa mga sektor ng UP si dating Supreme Court Chief Justice at Malacanang appointee Reynato Puno bago tumungo sa espesyal na pulong ng Board of Regents (BOR) upang pumili ng bagong pangulo ng unibersidad noong ika-19 ng Nobyembre. Bunsod ng pagkakatanggal sa student regent mula sa BOR, ipinagpaliban ang botohan ng mga rehente kabilang ang mga bagong Malacanang appointees na sina Elizabeth Siguion-Reyna at Magdaleno Albarracin Jr.
BOR postpones prexy selection due to SR dismissal
Keith Richard D. Mariano
AiRNEl T. ABARRA
under the proposed 2011 budget, PuP is set to receive P672 million, less than a quarter of the P2 billion needed by the university to maintain
he BoarD oF reGents (Bor) postponed the selection of the next uP president due to issues arising from the status of student regent Cori Co as a member of the board. The Bor moved the presidential selection from november 19 to December 3 after being informed by the uP Baguio administration on november 17 that Co has been dismissed from the unit. since Co is no longer a student, she is ineligible to hold the position as stipulated in the Codified rules for the student regent selection (Crsrs). Co was permanently dismissed after getting a failing mark in her three-unit load last semester. “May naging kakulangan talaga ako sa academics [dahil na rin sa] naging pangunahin sakin ang laban para sa karapatan sa edukasyon [pero] hindi ko pinagsisisihan iyon,” said Co. as the Bor has to elect the next uP president last Friday, Co immediately conceded and the board endorsed second nominee for sr, Jaqueline eroles, to fill in the position. section 7, article IX of the Crsrs stipulates that upon vacancy of the sr position, the second select or the third nominee shall take over as sr. “hindi talaga pupwedeng [mabakante] ang pwesto lalo na ngayong pinipili ang susunod na uP President dahil madidisenfranchise ang pinakamalaking sector sa unibersidad— ang estudyante,” said eroles. The sr is the sole representative of
all uP students to the Bor. “talagang nagkaisa ang Bor na hindi maaaring pumili ng bagong uP president nang walang representative ang mga estudyante,” staff regent Clodualdo Cabrera said. The Bor has even allocated a budget of P50,000 for a special meeting of the General assembly of student Councils, the body that selects the new sr, in case the second or third nominee for the position does not qualify for the position.
Though immediately endorsed by the Bor, eroles was not immediately inducted as sr due to uncertainties in her current academic status. During the Bor meeting, the board had to call a representative from the office of the university registrar (our) to confirm that eroles is indeed enrolled in the university and is eligible to hold the position. In a november 22 letter, the our certified that eroles is enrolled as a nondegree student for this semester. as of press time, eroles has yet to take her oath as new sr. eroles said the vote of the student representative is essential in selecting the next uP president to ensure that the welfare and rights of the students are represented.
to Push through
With eroles replacing Co as sr, the 11-member board is now complete and can push through with the presidential
selection on December 3, eroles said. at present, the Board is composed of uP President emerlinda roman; Commission on higher education Chair Patricia Licuanan; senate and house of representative Committee on higher education Chairs sen. edgardo angara and rep. Juan edgardo angara; Faculty regent Judy taguiwalo; staff regent Clodualdo Cabrera; alumni regent Gladys tiongco and sr Jaqueline eroles. Malacañang, meanwhile, has recently appointed three new regents, retired Chief Justice reynato Puno, siguionreyna and Magdaleno albaraccin, Jr.. on December 3, the Bor will select among the eleven nominees: Consolacion alaras, Patrick alain azanza, Leonor Briones, esperanza Cabral, sergio Cao, Benjamin Diokno, Ma. serena Diokno, raul Pangalanan, alfredo Pascual, Virginia teodosio and Luis rey Velasco. The uP President is the chief academic officer, head of the faculty and the chief executive officer of the university, and will be serving for a term of six years. “We need a uP president who will stand for the university – iyong handang protektahan ang karapatan ng mga estudyante, lalo na ngayong tumitindi ang pagpapabaya ng gobyerno sa uP at tinatrato ang mga estudyante bilang pagkakakitaan para mapunan ang kakarampot at patuloy pang binabawasan na budget para sa uP,” said eroles. q
Miyerkules, 24 Nobyembre 2010
COA questions legality of FMAB contract
Annual Audit Report released by CoA on November 4.
inadequacy of the auditorial documentary requirements cast doubts on the legality and validity of the 25-year lease contract,” according to the 2009 Consolidated
HE CoMMISSIoN oN Audit (CoA) has expressed doubts on the “legality and validity” of the 25year lease contract for the Faculty Medical Arts Building (FMAB) of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) signed by UP and Mercado General Hospital, Inc. (MGHI). “Unresolved legal issues and
UP has leased out to MGHI the three-storey Dispensary Building that was subsequently renovated into a private hospital, the FMAB. Clinic spaces in the FMAB will be rented to PGH doctors and consultants, private pharmacies, laboratories and diagnostic services. CoA was the second government institution to question the validity of the FMAB contract. on a February 9 opinion, the Department of Justice (DoJ) explained that the FMAB contract has violated provisions of the UP Charter. “Dalawang institusyon na ngayon ang kumukwestiyon sa legalidad ng kontrata para sa FMAB. Panahon na upang may kongkretong hakbang na gawin ang UP administration hinggil sa usaping ito,” Staff Regent Clodualdo Cabrera said.
UP Charter violation In a November 9 letter to the BoR last year, the All UP Workers Union (AUPWU) Manila Chapter explained that the BoR violated certain provisions of the 2008 UP Charter when it approved the lease contract for the FMAB. Certain requirements for asset disposition set by Section 23 of the new UP Charter were not followed by the BoR. These requirements include basing lease transactions exceeding five years on a multiyear development plan and having a third party assessment after the FMAB project underwent two failed biddings. The UP administration has initially dismissed the AUPWU’s contentions, explaining that Section 23 of the UP Charter is not applicable to the FMAB contract as the cited provisions were “not yet existent” when UP and MGHI negotiated the terms of the contract of lease from 2006 to 2008. Republic Act (RA) 9500 or the new UP Charter, which contains the asset disposition clause, was passed in April 2008. However, the DoJ released a legal opinion on February 9 this year, upholding the contentions raised by the AUPWU. According to former Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera, the FMAB contract is covered by RA 9500 as UP and MGHI is still in the middle of negotiations when the law took effect in April 2008. The FMAB contract between UP-PGH and MGHI was signed by
the BoR on June 18 last year, and its effectivity confirmed on August 28 of the same year. The UP administration, however, did not follow DoJ’s recommendation to cancel the contract due to its illegality, adding that the legal opinion is “not binding” and UP can opt to disregard it. additional violations In the 2009 CAAR, the audit agency compelled the UP administration to resolve the legal issues on the FMAB contract. Aside from the violating the UP Charter, CoA also noted the absence of several documents and permits “necessary to determine reasonable assurance of the contract’s compliance to existing government rules to establish the validity and regularity of the transaction.” These deficiencies include the lack of permit from the National Historical Institute (NHI) to convert and rehabilitate the PGH Dispensary Building. Being part of the original PGH complex, which the NHI declared as an “historic edifice,” no alterations can be done to the said building without permission from the NHI.
“Nakapagtataka na sa dami ng violation ng FMAB ay hindi pa ito ipinapatigil,” Cabrera said.
a clearance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other government regulatory institutions. PGH director Rolando Enrique Domingo refused to comment on the issue, saying that the FMAB contract was approved by the prior hospital administration.
Though the FMAB, which operates under the name “University
Services such as radiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and laboratory services have also started operations in the UPMC.
Physicians Medical Center” or UPMC, is not yet fully functional, several private laboratories and pharmacies have already started operations since August this year.
The AUPWU has previously criticized the FMAB project as “deleterious” to the operations of PGH, as it may affect income from PGH’s own laboratory facilities and pharmacy. In a statement released last october, the AUPWU-Manila has already reported decreased sales in the PGH pharmacy, which they attributed to the “direct competition” from UPMC. “Sa ngayon, wala pang conclusive na data na magpapatunay sa ganitong epekto ng FMAB sa operasyon ng PGH. Ngunit sinisimulan na rin namin itong pag-aralang mabuti,” Cabrera said. The legal contentions on the FMAB project will be raised in upcoming board meetings, he added. “Sa papaliit na badyet ng PGH, hindi dapat pumapasok ang UP administration sa mga kasunduang sa halip na magdagdag ng kita sa ospital ay makababawas pa,” said Cabrera. q
Also, as the FMAB project is under the Build-operate-Transfer scheme, the project should have been first examined by the Investment Coordination Committee of the National Economic Development Authority to gauge its profitability for UP. The FMAB project also lacked
partylist Rep. Raymond palatino in filing House Bill 3708 or the “Three-Year Tuition Moratorium act” on November 23. The bill seeks to freeze tuition hikes in public and private schools for the next three years. CHRiS MaRTiN iMpeRial
First step Student representatives from private and public schools joined Kabataan
Over 5,000 PUP students...
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Irreplaceable loss Relatives, friends and colleagues express their grief for renowned taxonomist and Up Biology prof. leonard Co at the Church of the Risen lord on November 20. prof. Co and his forest guides died in the alleged crossfire between the military and the Npa (New people’s army) last November 15 in the forest of Kananga, leyte. Doubts on the possibility of the crossfire were raised after a witness claimed that the military mistook the victims as members of the Npa.. Ma. MaCROSe paSCUal
P1.39 billion less than the current P6.9 billion budget of the university. A day after the summit, the College of Science released a statement in its website urging the students and faculty to participate in the “multisectoral activities” against the budget cut. “The College is in dire need of additional funding support to properly maintain and operate the National Science Complex that is scheduled for completion in 2011,” the statement read. The UP Manila (UPM) community announced in a press conference that the campus will also go on strike on November 25 and 26. In the proposed budget, the allocation for the Philippine General Hospital decreased by P114 million. Last November 19, the faculty of the UPM Department of Social Sciences passed a resolution calling for the students to participate in the strike.
“Nasa 50/50 ang buhay ng iskolar ng bayan at ng mamamayan na tumatanggap ng serbisyo sa PGH dahil sa budget cut. That’s why the UP Manila PGH community will go on strike to assert our right to education and life,” said Cesarie Santos, chairperson of the UPM university student council. As of press time, six deans in UPD namely Dr. Mary Ann Espina of the College of Architecture, Dr. Caesar Saloma of Science, Dr. Aura Matias of Engineering, Dr. Elena Mirano of Arts and Letters, Dr. Roland Tolentino of Mass Communication and Dr. Edna Co of the National College of Public Administration and Governance, have already endorsed the strike. “We need to act now to stop budget cuts in education and other social services. The cuts will lead to skyrocketing tuition and other fees and commercialization of social services, which will result to a greater number of Filipinos being driven into further destitution,” according to the NUSP.q
Miyerkules, 24 Nobyembre 2010
UP Law profs defend stand in plagiarism issue
Joan C. Cordero
esponding to the show cause order of the supreme Court (sC), the 37 Up Law faculty defended their statement calling for the resignation of Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, who allegedly plagiarized international law journals in a decision. in a compliance document filed in the sC last november 19, the law professors explained that it was their duty as “law professors and members of the Bar” to issue the statement entitled “Restoring integrity” last August 9. the sC is not exempted from “high standards of intellectual honesty,” the professors said in the november 19 response. “the Court is held to the highest standards precisely because its decisions affect the lives of each and every Filipino, assume the weight of precedent, and become part of the national legal memory and the law of the land,” the professors explained.
explaining that the professors violated the Code of professional Responsibility. According to the show cause order, the professors violated Canons 10, 11, 13 and Rules 1.02 and 11. 05 of the Code of professional Responsibility, which prohibits the airing of public statements that might influence public opinion while a case is pending. the Up Law faculty risk sanction, suspension or disbarment due to the statement, according to the sC’s show cause order. the sC earlier gave 10 days for the Up Law faculty to comply with the show cause order. however, it extended the deadline from november 2 to november 20 after dean Leonen filed a motion of extension. on november 19, simultaneous with Up Law’s alumni homecoming, the 37 professors submitted their reply to sC. “intellectual honesty is a bedrock principle in the academe and plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty and misrepresentation,” the professors said, explaining that it was their duty as law practitioners to criticize any case of intellectual dishonesty. “our statement was issued so that the Court could urgently act to correct a wrong so as to inspire confidence in the legal system rather than to lessen it,” Up Law dean Marvic Leonen said in a statement. the sC is set to deliberate on the Up Law faculty’s response. Various colleges, law schools, academic institutions, and international law organizations have already expressed support to the Up Law faculty. even president Benigno Aquino iii expressed support for Up Law’s 37 professors. “hindi dapat sinisindak o tinatakot ng mga nakakataas ang mga taong nais lang ipahayag nang malaya ang kanilang opinyon at ilantad ang katotohanan, “ Aquino said during the Up Law alumni homecoming ceremonies. “[We would] lose moral authority to prevent and sanction cheating and plagiarism among students and other members of academic community if we do not speak out on these issues, particularly in this case which has already attracted scrutiny and commentary from the legal community and legal academia here and abroad,” the professors said. q
Sigaw para sa katarungan Tumulak patungong Mendiola ang mga alagad ng midya kasama ang iba’t-ibang sektor ng lipunan noong Nobyembre 23 upang gunitain ang unang anibersaryo ng Maguindanao Massacre. Tinatayang 58 katao ang napaslang sa tinaguriang pinakamalalang kaso ng paglabag sa karapatang-pantao sa kasaysayan ng bansa. Nanawagan ang mga grupo sa administrasyong Aquino na panagutin ang lahat ng nasa likod ng malagim na krimen.
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in an April 28 decision penned by del Castillo on the Vinuya et al. vs executive secretary et al. case, the sC denied the petition of surviving “comfort women,” who were abused by Japanese soldiers during World War ii. the petition will compel the philippine government to demand public apology and remuneration from Japan. on July 18, Attys. harry Roque and Romel Bagares, legal counsel of the comfort women, filed a complaint in the high court accusing del Castillo of plagiarizing the works of international experts Christian tams, evan Fox-decent, evan Criddle, and Mark ellis in writing the ponencia or decision for the Vinuya case. Consequently, the 37 Up Law professors released a statement on August 9 condemning plagiarism and compelling del Castillo to resign. “the plagiarism and misrepresentation are not only affronts to the individual scholars whose work have been appropriated without correct attribution, but also a serious threat to the integrity and credibility of the philippine Judicial system,” the Up Law professors said in the statement. the sC released a ruling on october 12 which absolved del Castillo of plagiarism. Meanwhile, on october 20, the sC ordered the 37 Up law professors to “show cause” for the release of the said statement,
AWyeRs oF the 43 health workers arrested in Morong, Rizal, or “Morong 43,” claimed that president Benigno Aquino iii can order the department of Justice (doJ) to withdraw the charges, despite the president’s statement that the release of the health workers is up to courts. Aquino can issue a directive to dismiss the charges given the irregularities on the search and arrest warrants, the lawyers said. The doJ has reportedly submitted a “confidential memorandum” on the case of the Morong 43 to the office of the executive secretary for review. on november 18, senior deputy executive secretary Jose Amorado submitted the review to Aquino. Though the doJ memorandum remains confidential, Aquino revealed last november 21 that according to the said document, the evidences seized from the Morong 43 cannot be used in court as the search and arrest warrants used against them were for a different person and location. Article iii section 3.2 of the philippine Constitution provides that any evidence illegally obtained shall be inadmissible for any purpose
in any proceeding. “given the admission of the president on the irregularities of the search and arrest, there is nothing to keep him from ordering doJ to withdraw the charges para mapalaya na ang 43 health workers sa lalong madaling panahon,” health Action for human Rights spokesperson Carlos Montemayor said. in a dialogue last november 22 in Malacañang , Amorado said that Aquino wanted to put an end on the case. however, Montemayor said Amorado did not commit on resolving the issue. “What was the point of the reviews from the doJ and Malacanang legal team when [Aquino] would only come up with a diffused pronouncement and a repeat of his statements. it is also strange that [he] decided to politically distance himself from the issue after making an official declaration of the lapses and now would leave out his pledge to rectify the matter,” Montemayor said in a statement. on February 6, over 300 police and soldiers raided a farm in Morong, Rizal and arrested the 43 health workers who were conducting a medical training at that time. the military accused the health workers of conducting a bomb-making seminar and being members of the armed rebel group new people’s Army.
The police and military used a search warrant for a certain Mario Condes to raid the said farm. no Condes was found in the compound, nor was he listed as part of the health training. The Morong 43 have been detained for more than nine months now. Aquino said he cannot order the court to release the Morong 43 as “it is not a function of the executive [department].” “We are not asking him to violate the separation of the executive and Judicial branches of government ,” said Montemayor. The doJ can file a motion to withdraw charges filed against the health workers in the Morong Regional trial Court (MRtC), he explained. to take effect, the MRtC will still need to approve the said motion once doJ files it, Montemayor said. “if the doJ, through the public prosecutor , will withdraw the charges, this action is usually given great weight by the court,” he added. “[nararapat] mapalaya sa lalong madaling panahon ang [Morong 43]. Ang pinakamadaling paraan na nakikita namin para maisagawa ito is for the president to order the doJ to withdraw the charges against them,” said Montemayor. q
GUSTO MO BANG MAKARINIG NG MABUTING BALITA? AKYAT NA SA ROOM 401, VINZONS HALL AT MAGING ALAGAD NG MIDYA. HANAPIN LANG SI GIDGET O SI MARJO AT KUMUHA NG NEWS EXAM.
Miyerkules, 24 Nobyembre 2010
Kevin MarK GoMez
may kinalaman sa kalusugan.Tumutugon ang mga komunidad sa panawagan para sa mga iskolar sapagkat itinuturing na investment ang bawat estudyante, ani Prop. Elisa Puertollano, Direktor ng UP Baler. Pag-abot Kahit malayo sa kanilang pinagmulang lugar, pinipili ng mga estudyante na mag-aral sa UP Baler sapagkat limitado ang oportunidad para mag-aral sa kanilang mga komunidad. Bagaman mayroong mga state university and colleges (SUCs) sa kanilang lugar, marami sa mga estudyante ng UP Baler ang walang kakayahang pasanin ang matrikula at iba pang mga bayarin . “Malamang hindi ako nag-aaral ngayon kung wala itong opportunity na ibinigay ng SHS at saka ng municipal government sa akin ,” ani Irma, 2nd year sa UP Baler. Bagaman mayroong SUCs sa kanilang lugar, hindi siya kayang paaralin ng kanyang mga magulang, na parehong walang maayos na trabaho. Bilang isang extension program, nakadisenyo ang UP Baler na bigyan ng oportunidad mag-aral ang mga estudyanteng hindi kayang pag-aralin ng kanilang pamilya. Sa pamamagitan ng ganitong uri ng mga programa, tinutupad ng UP ang tungkuling nitong ilapit ang dekalidad na edukasyon sa mga taong pinagkaitan ng yaman. Pagmulat Baon ang mga kwento mula sa kanikanilang mga lugar, natutunan ng mga estudyanteng tugunan ang iba’t ibang problemang pangkalusugan na karaniwang hinaharap ng mahihirap na komunidad. Karaniwang kwento mula sa mga estudyante ang kakulangan ng mga manggagawang pangkalusugan sa kanikanilang lugar. Dinadaing din nila ang kawalan ng maayos na pasilidad, malalayong pagamutan at mataas na singil sa mga serbisyong pangkalusugan na siyang dahilan kaya hindi nabibigyan ng sapat na lunas ang sakit ng kanilang mga kababayan. Kwento ni Nancy, tubong Quirino, namatay ang kanyang lolo sa ospital sapagkat wala silang agarang pambayad sa ospital. “Ayaw tingnan ng mga doktor ang lolo ko hanggang wala kaming pambayad sa ospital,” aniya. Ang pagkamatay naman ng inang inatake ng hypertension ang nagtulak kay Miriam, taga-Nueva Vizcaya, upang kumuha ng kursong pangkalusugan. Dahil malayo sila sa bayan, hindi na umabot ang kaniyang ina sa ospital. Sa Baler mismo ay ramdam ang mababang antas ng serbisyong medikal na laganap sa bansa. Sa ospital na pinagsasanayan ng mga estudyante ng UP Baler, walang espesyalista sa sakit sa puso. Level 2 lamang ang antas ng ospital, na nangangahulugang kailangan ilipat sa ibang mas modernong ospital ang mga kaso gaya cyst removal. Nitong 2010, tinatayang P33.7 bilyon lamang ang badyet para sa kalusugan. Kung paghahatian ng lahat ng
Miyerkules , 24 Nobyembre 2010
Back to basics
Sipat sa karanasan ng mga estudyante ng UP Baler
Mga Litrato nina Richard Jacob Dy, Ma. Macrosse Pascual at Erma Dianne Decena Disenyo ng Pahina nina Nico Villarete at Jano Gonzales
a unang tingin, walang magaakala na may kampus ang UP sa isang liblib na pook sa Baler, Aurora. Wala ang tanyag na bantayog ni Oblation, at tanging isang maliit na tarpaulin ang nagsasabing bahagi ng UP ang eskwelahang mas maliit pa sa lobby ng AS ang hall kung saan nagtitipon ang lahat ng mga estudyante. Taliwas sa reputasyon ng ibang constituent units ng UP, walang bahid ng pagiging ekslusibo ang UP School of Health Sciences (SHS) Extension Campus sa Baler. Nakikisiksik lamang ito sa lupang kinatitirikan ng Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT). Maging ang dalawang natatanging silidaralan ng UP Baler na yari sa pawid ay hiniram lamang mula sa ASCOT. Sa sinumang sanay na masilaw sa ningning na dala ng pangalang UP, isang rebelasyon ang estado at kalakaran sa UP Baler. Pag-usbong Kabilang ang UP Baler sa mga centennial project ng UP na inaprubahan ng Board of Regents noong Agosto 2007. Sinuportahan ito at binigyan ng pondo ng dating pangulo ng UP at tubong Aurora na si Senador Edgardo Angara. Nagbigay ang senador ng P20 milyon mula sa kanyang pork barrel bilang panimulang pondo ng UP Baler na gagamitin sa pagpapatayo ng mga gusali. Extension campus ng SHS-Main sa Palo, Leyte ang UP Baler kaya iisa ang kanilang kurikulum at sistema ng pamamalakad. Sa kanilang kurikulum, tatlong buwan ang katumbas ng isang semestre sa isang tipikal na constituent unit gaya ng UP Diliman. Sinisiksik ang kurikulum upang madaling matapos ng mga estudyante ang Midwifery, ang unang tuntungan sa ladderized curriculum ng SHS. Pagkatapos ng Midwifery, saka lamang makatutuntong ng Nursing ang estudyante, at sa kalaunan Medisina. Pinangangasiwaan ang lahat ng SHS ng UP Manila, na siyang dalubhasaan ng pamantasan sa larangan ng medisina. Limitado lamang ang mga estudyanteng tinatanggap sa mga SHS. Bagaman tatlong taon nang bukas ang UP Baler, umaabot lamang sa 124 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga estudyante.
Kakaiba rin ang proseso ng pagtanggap ng estudyante sa mga SHS. Hindi dumaan sa UP College Admission Test ang mga aplikante. Sa halip, dumadaan sa masusing screening ang mga estudyante. Tanging mga target communities lamang ng SHS ang maaaring pumili ng mga estudyanteng ipapadala sa Baler upang mag-aral. Rekisito rin sa pagpasok sa UP Baler ang kahandaan ng estudyanteng bumalik sa komunidad
Sa pamamagitan ng ganitong uri ng mga programa, tinutupad ng UP ang tungkuling nitong ilapit ang dekalidad na edukasyon sa mga taong pinagkaitan ng yaman
upang maglingkod bilang manggagawang pangkalusugan. Sa katunayan, sa bawat isang taong pag-aaral sa SHS, kinakailangang maglingkod ng isang estudyante ng dalawang taon sa kanyang komunidad. Walang anumang binabarayan ang mga iskolar ng mga SHS. Nakatatanggap rin ng sustento mula sa kanyakanyang pinagmulang komunidad ang bawat estudyante. Umaabot sa P2,000 hanggang P4,000 kada buwan ang sustento ng isang iskolar, batay sa kakayahan ng pinanggalingang barangay, munisipyo at probinsya. Nagmumula pa ang mga estudyante ng UP Baler sa iba’t ibang mga probinsiya sa hilagang Luzon tulad ng Batanes, Isabela at Quirino. Layunin ng UP Baler na ilapit sa mga estudyanteng nakatira sa hilagang Luzon ang pagkakataong makapag-aral ng mga kursong
Dahil nagbabayad nang malaki ang mga estudyante sa mga constituent units gaya ng Diliman, hindi maiwasang ituring ang edukasyon bilang tungtungan sa mas marangyang pamumuhay. Bunga ng ganitong pagtingin, mahirap himukin ang mga estudyanteng maglingkod sa nakararami
mamamayang Pilipino, aabot lamang sa P0.98 kada araw ang badyet ng gobyerno kada tao, ayon sa Health Alliance for Democracy, samahan ng mga manggagawang pangkalusugan. Bagaman nakapanlulumo na ang badyet para sa 2010, bumaba sa P33.3 bilyon ang alokasyon sa kalusugan sa panukalang badyet ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III para sa 2011. Sapagkat kahingian sa kurikulum ng UP Baler ang paglubog sa kalagayan ng mga karaniwang mamamayan, napatutunayan ng mga estudyante ng UP Baler ang pagbabaya ng gobyerno sa batayang serbisyo gaya ng kalusugan. Pinagyayaman ng kanilang pakikisalamuha sa komunidad ang mga teorya ng medisinang natututunan sa eskwela. Paglihis Pareho mang bahagi ng UP, magkaibang-magkaiba naman ang uri ng edukasyong nakukuha ng mga estudyante ng SHS at ibang constituent units. “As in the case of [other UP units,] it is hard to compel students to serve because they pay [for their education],” ani Michael Samaniego, guro sa UP Baler. Dahil nagbabayad nang malaki ang mga estudyante sa mga constituent units gaya ng Diliman, hindi maiwasang ituring ang edukasyon bilang tuntungan sa mas marangyang pamumuhay. Bunga ng ganitong pagtingin, mahirap himukin ang mga estudyanteng maglingkod sa nakararami. Paliwanag ni Puertollano, kadalasang napapalapit ang mga nagtapos na estudyante sa kani-kanilang mga komunidad dahil sa disenyo ng kanilang kurikulum. Sa isang pag-aaral na ginawa ng SHS Palo, 90 bahagdan ng kanilang mga estudyante ang nananatili sa mga komunidad ng higit pa sa bilang ng mga rekisitong taon ng paglilingkod. Sa harap ng napipintong budget cut sa UP, maaaring magtaas muli ng tuition upang punan ang kakulangan sa pondo. Habang patuloy na tumataas ang bayarin ng mga estudyante, mas madali para sa mga iskolar ng bayan na limutin ang layunin at kasaysayan ng unibersidad bilang pamantasan ng bayan. Subalit sa liblib na kampus ng UP Baler, sinisikap na panatiling buhay ang diwa ng bantayog ni Oblation—ang paglilingkod sa mamayan bilang tunay na iskolar ng bayan. q
Huwebes , 18 Nobyembre 2010
Huwebes , 18 Nobyembre 2010
End of the line:
The dragging pursuit of justice in the Ampatuan massacre
On November 23, church bells all over the country rang for 57 seconds—one second for each victim of the Ampatuan massacre, the worst incident of election-related violence in history. A year after the carnage, the families of the victims held a motorcade from General Santos City to the scene of the crime, in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. The families followed the route once taken by the victims while they were on their way to file the candidacy of Esmael Mangudadatu, political rival of then current governor Zaldy Ampatuan Jr. The victims were found in the hills of Barangay Salman, their bodies mutilated by gunshots and buried in a deep hole using a backhoe. Even as a year had passed, the memory of the massacre remains vivid for the families and friends of the victims. Justice, however, remains elusive. Delaying tactics Until now, no suspects have been convicted of the crime. The formal trial for the massacre began on September 8, almost ten months after the incident. Since then, the trial proceeds once a week, an incredibly slow pace considering the gravity of the case. There are 197 suspects in the massacre, of which only 82 have been arrested. Prior to the actual trial, witnesses of the massacre have been intimidated if only to delay the hand of justice. Suwaid Upham, who was considered a key witness to the crime, was shot dead in Parang, Maguindanao last June 14 after the Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to subject him under the Witness Protection Program. Upham, who confessed that he was one of the seven gunmen, would have helped greatly in implicating the Ampatuans in the crime, but his death prevented other witnesses from surfacing.
T urning P oint
Gino n. Chang
An appeal of friendship*
ngineering does not make an allowance more than an alibi of exams, reports, assignments, That is why your “Hindi nga talaga ako for activist work, you told me countless jogging, lack of sleep. makakajoin sa strike” felt cold and biting. It broke Tireless persuasion, I keep repeating in my my heart, in all honesty, for I did not want to think times. It is a far heavier burden than the academic requirements of your own head. No such thing as a hopeless case. If you of you as a frustration. course, so for the love of the sweetest virgin could remained skeptical, then perhaps I have not You see, there is no other fitting response than you stop appealing to my conscience as a student explained enough. There is no reason to be a strike given the current conditions. Despite of the state university. You said you were just being demoralized, for any individual will put theory our protest actions, Aquino’s administration did practical, or tactical, so you cannot walk out of into practice once he or she has fully grasped the not heed the demands for a higher budget for your classes on the day of the strike without the theory and its exigencies. tertiary education, despite the tuition increase And so I boldly cornered you, trying to that the meager subsidy would entail. Aquino graces of your professor. You know I won’t give up without a fight. You expect the best, trying to be as persuasive as I even ordered the Senate not to accept any budget know I won’t give up at all. I am as persistent as could, trying to accept nothing less than a yes. amendment. I could not dismiss that blunt use you are stubborn; it was amazing how two binary You rejected the invitation, something I really of executive power as mere incompetence. It was opposites could exist side by side. expected from the beginning. What the hell was I conscious neglect. More astonishing is the fact that thinking? To begin with, you are one of those who So what the hell were you thinking, refusing they do through a to join the strike of the students? wobbly compromise What are your quizzes and called friendship. attendance marks compared to So what the hell were you thinking, refusing You are always on fruits of the university’s distinct top of my messaging list to join the strike of the students and assertive form of action? for propaganda. Magandang You are turning your back on the araw po, ongoing po ngayon moment in which UP students dito sa AS lobby ang teachwill carve history as a response in ng CONTEND on impending P1.39 billion UP read my columns and articles simply because the to Aquino’s flawed education policies and empty budget cut. Save the University of the People! May byline was familiar, simply because you wanted to promises. With your quizzes, you will get by for pagkilos po ngayon sa CHED office laban sa tuition read the passages out loud to me. For the political the day, but for the years to come, how certain are increase sa iba’t ibang SUCs. Sana makadalo po purpose of what I wrote, you could not care less. you that the University of the People will still cater Please understand. I do not write simply for to the people? tayo. Makiisa po tayo sa laban ng mga magsasaka para sa tunay na repormang agraryo, dumalo po tayo the aesthetic pleasure of stringing words and I really do hope you are reading this. This is sa pagkilos sa Supreme Court. You did not attend metaphors together, or to fulfill the whims of a not to draw a divisive line in our friendship. This any of the actions and campaign activities because writer’s ego. I have long outgrown that humbug. is again another appeal, an appeal for you to fight you were perpetually preoccupied with machine I write because I want you to understand why we for your rights even just for the two days of strike. problems and more immediate concerns. Nostrils need to unfalteringly call for social justice, why we An appeal for you to grow up and realize that our flaring, I stormed Yakal and demanded no less need to participate in protest actions, why I do not friendship is no longer just about the two of us.q than a perfect explanation, but expected nothing stop pestering you with propaganda messages. *for Jopipay
ernment offices, courts do not express the popular will of the people in any sense which, instead, are tasked to only adjudicate justifiable controversies on the basis of what alone is submitted before them,” according to the resolution. Following the resolution, De lima and the Senate expressed favor for the live media coverage, claiming that the public has the right to information. As the petition received a lot of support, a Supreme Court official claimed that the ruling on the prohibition of live media coverage may be overturned. The live media coverage is important for families of the victims who cannot afford to go to the weekly trial, says Evita Tiamson, wife of Daniel Tiamson, one of the victims of the massacre. Indeed, the Ampatuan massacre and the flow of its trial foreshadow “the element of impunity, a lack of diligence to investigate and punish” the perpetrators of the crimes, asserts UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue. Pursuit of justice The victims of the Ampatuan massacre are only some of the 1,206 victims of extrajudicial killings under the Gloria Arroyo regime. President Benigno Aquino III’s declared November 23 as a national day of commemoration and promised that justice will be served before his term ends. However, Aquino has not done any decisive move for human rights violations during his term and has in fact perpetuated the culture of impunity by extending Oplan Bantay Laya. Twenty-two activists have died of extrajudicial killings under the Aquino administration. Until now, Maguindanao residents are still afraid of talking about or criticizing the Ampatuans in fear that they may have the same fate as those who were killed in the massacre. Even though the Ampatuans are imprisoned, the political and economic powers they have gained through their years of tyranny have allowed them to continually invoke fear and perpetuate the culture of impunity in Maguindanao. The Ampatuans come from a long line of political dynasties and are only one of the 270 political families in the country. “Many of the Mindanao dynasties are… warlords and have private armies or the backing of an armed group that help them maintain influence,” explains Prof. Roland Simbulan of the Department Of Social Sciences in UP Manila in a lecture. National government officials tolerate the existence of such political dynasties primarily because they also benefit from them. Arroyo, for instance, used the Ampatuans to rig the election results in the Maguindanao province during the 2004 elections, in which she won as president with a onemillion margin over the late Fernando Poe Jr. With her many crimes against the people, Aquino must see to it that Arroyo will be held accountable, but the former president remains free and is even a congresswoman in Pampanga. For the families of the Ampatuan massacre victims, the pain is in the waiting, for the trial proceeds in a snail-like pace. If the current administration is indeed intent on delivering justice, then it should speed up the trial to persecute the perpetrators. Otherwise, the families of the victims may have to call for justice in yet another anniversary. q
Indeed, the Ampatuan massacre and the flow of its trial foreshadow “the element of impunity, a lack of diligence to investigate and punish” the perpetrators of the crimes
Yet, the refusal to admit Upham into the Witness Protection Program was not the only blunder of DOJ in the course of the investigations. In April of the same year, DOJ also dismissed the murder charges filed against Zaldy Ampatuan and his brother in-law Akmad Ampatuan. Then Justice Secretary Alberto Agra dismissed the charges after Zaldy and Akmad showed airplane tickets allegedly proving that they were not involved in the crime. But days after the decision was made, Agra was forced to overturn it as public rage erupted over the dismissal. The long wait With more than 200 accused suspects and 500 witnesses, 200 for the prosecution panel and 300 for the defense, the Ampatuan massacre is becoming a very complicated case. As per court procedure, each witness is cross-examined by the lawyers handling the case. It may take a decade before this case is resolved if the trial goes on at its current pace, says Atty. Julius Matibag of the National Union of People’s Lawyers. “Sa experience namin sa Karapatan, kahit two to three witnesses lang, umaabot sa tatlong taon [ang kaso], says Fred Caña, national council member of Karapatan, a human rights watchdog. Meanwhile, the six motions for inhibition filed by defense panel prosecutor Atty. Sigrid Fortun are clear delaying tactics used to further slow down the pace of the trial, adds Matibag. The requests of the prosecution and defense panels to hold trials at twice a week were granted by presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes only for the month of December. Both panels requested that the twice-a week trial be extended beyond December. Solis-Reyes, however, said that twoweek trials may not be possible due to the lack of stenographers available during the proceedings in news reports. Solis-Reyes’ explanation is not a sufficient basis because the weight and complexity of the Ampatuan massacre should make the case the top priority of the court holding the trials, says Matibag, adding that more staffers should be added as needed. True enough, the Ampatuan massacre is not a normal cases because it speaks of the culture impunity and the nature of politics in the Maguindanao region. As such, the NUJP, along with various media organizations filed a petition to let media outfits hold a live coverage of the trial. The petition was formalized on November 19. “Integral yung live coverage [sa] kung anong nangyayari sa kaso,” says National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Chairperson Nestor Burgos. Currently, the public receives limited information from news reports on the trial. Transparency should be exercised in the case as the live coverage could also be “educational in the part of the public,” adds Burgos. The court ruled that live coverage is prohibited in the Maguindanao Massacre trial, as in the plunder case of former president Joseph Estrada. “Unlike other gov-
kala ko’y hindi na matatapos ang mga araw ng pamamahinga. Umalis akong bitbit lahat ng kapaguran at sama ng loob na unti-unting pumuno sa aking pagkatao, naniniwalang maiiwan ko ito at maiwawala sa malawak na kagubatang noon ko lamang napasok. Umalis ako upang huminga. Nasasakal na ako – sa bahay, kung saan pilit pa ring pinaniniwala nina Mama at Papa ang kanilang mga sarili na lalaki akong normal at magkakaasawa at mabibigyan sila ng mga apo; sa Kule, kung saan akala yata ng patnugot ko ay pinupulot na lang basta-basta ang mga balita; at sa akademyang paano ko man planuhin ay tila lagi pa ring gahol sa oras. Sa loob ng tatlong araw, pinili kong mapagisa sa isang bagong-tuklas na pahingahan sa lilim ng mga daantaong puno sa paanan ng Makiling. Hindi ako nagtungo roon upang hanapin ang aking sarili – naroon ako para humingang sandali. Sa pag-iisa, hindi ko sinubukang tuklasin ang mga hiwaga ng buhay. Hindi naman mahiwaga ang buhay. Matapos ang tatlong araw ng paglalakad nang walang particular na patutunguhan, alam kong kailangan ko nang bumalik at muling maubusan ng hininga. “Nabubuhay tayo para lumikha. Kung titigil tayo sa paglikha, tumigil na lang din tayo sa pagiging buhay,” sabi mo noon sa akin. Aaminin ko, nakakaengganyo ang isiping maaaring sabay na tumigil sa paglikha at sa pagiging buhay. Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit pa ako bumalik. Sa bus pauwi, binuksan ko ang aking cellphone na pinatay ko sa simula ng aking tatlong araw na pagkawala. At gaya sa ihing matagal na pinigil, umagos ang mga mensaheng naghihintay mabasa. [20 messages received] “San knb kc? Rply asap.” “Gino, 3 days na u d uwi bhay. Kule kb anak?” “whatever this hiatus is for, it won’t help you, mark my words.” “strike na po ngayong thu. Sama po tau.” *** Sa pagtuntong ng bus sa EDSA, alam kong magsisimulang muli ang lahat. O mali nga yatang sabihing magsisimula silang muli, dahil wala namang tumigil sa katotohanan. [Type: Pblik na qng UP. Send to groups.] *** Ikaw ang unang tumambad sa akin pagbalik ko ng Vinzons Hall. “Hey.” “Hey.” Mabilis akong umakyat sa hagdan upang maiwasan ang mga pang-uusisa mong inasahan ko na. Siguro nga kaya ako nasasakal ay dahil marami sa mga tanong na ipinupukol sa akin ay sinasagot ko. Subukan ko naman kayang umiwas. Pag-akyat ko sa opisina ng Kule sa ikaapat na palapag, nakasalubong ko naman ang mga kasamahan kong manunulat na, gaya ng inaasahan, ay tatadtarin din ako ng mga tanong. “Sa’an ka ba kasi galing?” Ngumiti lang ako. “Lagot ka Gino. Galit sa’yo ang editors.” Magalit siya, alam ko namang kailangan niya ako. “Nakakamiss ka bakla.” Hindi kita namiss. Patuloy na umusad ang araw, at unti-unti na ring namatay ang mga tanong kung saan ako tumungo, at kung anong ginawa ko roon. Sa loob ko, gusto ko silang sabihan lahat: Wala kayong pakialam. Saan ko nga ba nabasang ang kalunsuran ay kahalintulad lamang ng kagubatan? Wala naman talagang pinag-iba. Tama ka, habang nabubuhay, gaano man tayo umiwas, wala tayong kawala sa paglikha.q
ag- ibig, puro ka na lang pag-ibig”, ‘yan ang madalas i-comment ng mga kaklase ko sa mga emo kong status message. Matagal-tagal na rin ako sa Facebook at alam kong sukang-suka na ang mga tao sa mga status ko na tila may pinariringgan palagi. Kung kaya ko lang sana sabihin sa taong iyon kung ano ang nararamdaman ko para sa kanya, di tapos na sana ang mga ka-emohan ko sa buhay. Pero mahirap talagang gawin ang personal na pag-amin dahil naranasan ko na ang iwasan ako ng crush ko. Isa ‘yun siguro sa mga pinakamasaklap na nangyari sa buhay ko sa kolehiyo. Isang pagk ak amal ing pinagsisisihan ko hanggang sa ngayon sapagkat nasira ang espesyal naming pagkakaibigan. Ayaw ko nang maulit iyon, kaya sa Facebook ko na lang sinasagad ang kalandian ko sa buhay. Pasintabi sa mga nandidiri at nasusuka na sa mga status ko, patawad sa mga taong hindi inakalang masasabi ko ‘yung mga bagay na iyon sa Facebook at paumanhin sa mga kamag-anak kong nag-aakalang nababaliw na ako. Siguro namamaga na dila ng crush ko kasi madalas ko siyang kinukwento sa mga status ko. Palagi kong naibabahagi sa FB ang mga nakaka-inlab na sandaling kasama ko siya, ang mga nakakikilig na bagay na sinabi niya na agad ko namang ipinapaalam sa mundo at ang mga araw ko sa FA na kahit likod niya lang ang nakita
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ko, napupuno na ng kaligayahan ang mga araw ko. Madalas din ako mag-post ng mga banat o quotes na patama sa aking napakadesperadang love story. Napupuno naman ito ng mga likes at comments kasi ‘di lang naman ako ang desperada sa pag-ibig. Nagagawa ko ring ipagmalaki kung gaano siya kabait at ka-astig kahit ‘di naman talaga siya gwapo. Nagtataka nga ang mga kaibigan kong nakakaalam kung bakit daw siya ang natipuhan ko. Kasalanan ko bang nahulog ako sa gago niyang patibong?
Dibuho ni Archie Oclos Disenyo ni Jano Gonzales
iba ang puso niya, okey lang sa’kin. Hindi naman siguro kasalanan ang humanga sa isang gagong paasa. Masakit lang malaman ang katotohanang wala naman talagang mangyayari sa love life ko kung idadaan ko lang sa status kong nakakaloka. Alam kong darating din ang araw na titigil na ako sa kaka-stat tungkol sa kanya. Kung magpalit na siya ng relationship status, saka na ako titigil sa kakaemote. Sa ngayon, hindi pa naman siya ‘in a relationship’ o ‘married’ kaya asahan niyang mapupuno pa ng kalandian at emosyon ang status ko! Sa crush ko: Kung magpalit na siya ng relationship ang hirap magpigil ng status, saka na ako titigil sa kakaemote damdamin, parang gusto ko nang isuka sa’yo ‘tong nararamdaman ko pero hindi ko magawa kasi alam Bukod sa plates at pera, nagagawa kong magagalit ka sa personal. Pero matuwa ka ko ring murahin ang crush ko nang hindi sana na ikaw ang bukambibig ko sa status. Siguro nagdadalawang-isip. Nakagagaan ng pakiramdam hanggang Facebook na lang ang nararamdaman na nailalabas ko ang galit sa isang simpleng pag- kong ito. Patawad sa mga murang inireregalo ko type lang ng status. Napupuno ng maiinit na mura sa’yo nang wala kang kamalay-malay. Maaaring ang wall ko dahil sa mga kagaguhan niya sa buhay. nadadaanan mo na ang status ko, pero malamang Nakaiinis lang na narinig ko pa talaga galing sa ‘di mo iisiping ikaw ‘yon. kanya ang pangalan ng crush niya at mga tipo niya Pero salamat, dahil sa ’yo napuno ng mga puso sa mga babae (at muli, salamat sa Facebook, na- ang aking tigang na Facebook wall. P.S. Ayaw kong mag-assume kaya huwag ka stalk ko ang pinakamamahal niya). Masakit lang malaman ang katotohanang talo na ako sa laban; ring mag-assume. Tandaan mo rin ito, BABAE mas maganda, mas matalino at mas mayaman ako, kahit madalas akong nakikipagbarilan sa inyo. BANG!q ‘yung crush niya crush kaysa sa’kin. Ngunit kahit alam kong may laman nang
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A Multimedia Exhibit
A multimedia exhibit calling for the immediate passage of Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill (HB 3046) will be held at the House of Representatives, Northwing Lobby, Batasan Hills. The exhibit will be from December 6 at 9:00 am to December 8 at 6:00 pm. A program will ensue on December 8 at 9:00 am. MMM T-shirt Design Contest Join the Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering t-shirt design contest! All MMM students and faculty can join and have a chance to win Php 1,000 and a free shirt! Submit your designs to (.jpeg) to kaye.senas@gmail. com or email@example.com. Deadline is on December 4, 2010, 11;59 pm. Contact Kaye 09158033911 or Hazel 09053519054.
In Pursuit of Justice
UP Red Cross Youth Apps’ Orientation
Be one of us. Join the UP Red Cross Youth! Orientation will be on November 30, 2010 on 5:30 pm at CIS Classroom C (near PHAN and CASAA). Contact us at09178078776/09228478409 or visit us at UP RCY tambayan at Benton Hall. All roads lead to humanity. Activities include First aid training, medical missions and blood drives. he image of the brutal massacre is hard to forget: a road leading to a mass grave crammed with bodies, cars and other vehicles — including a backhoe issued by the provincial engineer’s office of Maguindanao, allegedly used to bury the victims. Scenes of the senseless carnage haunted newspapers and news programs for weeks after, the grim reality of the extent to which one political clan in the south had consolidated power, to the point that they enjoyed immunity and support from thenPresident Gloria Arroyo herself. A year later, the images have changed, but the story remains: private armies continue to run rampant; the trial is ongoing, with no convictions in sight; and the families of victims are still searching for justice amidst a culture of impunity and violence. The massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists, in broad daylight — the crime drew international and national outrage, yet justice is moving at an unbearably slow pace. The families of the victims, who have bravely lobbied against the might of the Ampatuans, still yearn for the conviction of murderers who have long been identified by various witnesses and evidence. From investigations, pieces of the story came together. How the private armies of the Ampatuans blocked the way of more than fifty people on the way to file a certificate of candidacy from a contending clan, how the Ampatuan family polished plans of the mass murder over dinner. Indeed, the identity of the perpetrators is no longer a mystery. Despite this fact, the families continue to yearn for justice, and no conviction had ever been made since the case opened last year. Aquino’s administration has promised the people many things, including justice for those oppressed and victimized by the Arroyo regime. Yet, the motion for the live coverage of the trial is still pending in court, and witnesses continue to fear for
Himig Maskom Karolfest 2010 Auditions
It’s that time of year again! Auditions for Himig Maskom’s Karolfest choir will be on Thursday and Friday, 4-530pm, at the CMC Media Center Seminar Room. Wag ka na mahiya! Audition na! Prepare 1 English and 1 Filipino song. For questions, ask J-ann, 09062978736
Shooting Urban Poverty (A Photo Exhibit)
Shooting Urban Poverty is a compilation of original photos that depict urban poverty and the struggles of the urban poor in the Philippines. It is a campaign that aims to reach out to other sectors and forces in Philippine society with the objective of generating support for the advancement of the rights of the urban poor to jobs, livable wages, food, decent housing, and social services. An open-ended project, it is set to be launched on December and will run until next year. Shooting Urban Poverty is initiated by the Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines (UPRC) and the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) and in coordination with Gabriela Women’s Partylist and Anakpawis. The target launching of the photo exhibit will be on December 1, 2010 at the House of Representatives and will run for one week. It is set to be shown in churches, schools, government offices and other significant public places.
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their lives because the government could not provide adequate protection. In addition, there seems to be no punishment for the president responsible for the proliferation of private armies. These groups of armed men, formed by feudal lords to maintain their political clout in the provinces, unquestioningly carry out their master’s wishes—even the murder of 58 people. These orchestrations of power are typical of Arroyo’s regime, which is pockmarked with countless killings and human rights violations. The details of the crime have been laid out, yet the murderers who dared the massacre, believing themselves invincible, are being proven right. To date, they are still “presumed innocent.” Their power in their localities persists, with the guilty seemingly convinced that all this will blow over. Let these culprits be proven wrong. Justice for these families necessitates the speedy resolution of the case. At the rate the trials are going, the case could drag on for decades, an inappropriate response to the shocking deaths of November 23. Moreover, the government should move to dismantle the paramilitary groups hired by political families such as the Ampatuans, as proof that the government does not coddle violence on the countryside and the ruthless display of power. This day marks a year of mourning for the 58 killed in the Maguindanao massacre. We mourn the loss of lives caught in the line of duty, of women and children slaughtered for the pursuit of power. And in our grief, we do not forget. For the image of violence lingers — a grim reminder that justice has not yet been served, a challenge to all of us to remember the massacre, and fight to see the culprits punished, the culture of impunity ended. Statement of SOLIDARIDAD on the Maguindanao Massacre November 23, 2010 SOLIDARIDAD is the system-wide alliance of campus publications and writing organizations in UP References: Janvic Mateo (09058541124), Marah Sayaman (09228339752)
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Estoy aqui de nuevo para darle algunos chismes en nuestra muy bonita universidad! Ajejeje~ Bahala na kayo mag-goOgle translate. Hay nakewz umuulan na naman ng tubig, tubig, tubig. Enyweyz, anitch itich na naman ‘tong mga kabaklaang nasasagap ng mega-electroneutron radar ko. EPidemia na ba itech? Ayan! basa kasi kayo ng basa ng EP, ipagpatuloy niyo lang yan harharhar~ Dahil mga ‘teh ang bida ko last ishu ‘di kayo makakatakas mga koyah sa aking mapanlait na mga mata mwahaha. Kaya kabahan na kayo! baka ikaw na ‘toh koyah! eto na, eto na ‘di ko na patatagalin pa. K is for Kabaklaang Furo Cheniz (KFC) Wuz dis n wuz dat ‘tong dalawang boyie from UP KFC Technohub na over ang pagka-PDAish while chatting sa kasama nilang gurlaloo. HHWCPKKP ang mga koyah. O di niyo alam ang HHWCPKKP? Hulaan niyo~ hahaha~ wala nyan sa goOgle mga baklush! Mukha namang hapi dapi itong si koyah at si koyah. Eh si ateh? Maghanap ka na rin ng katulad mong ateh na makaka-HHWCPKKP mo din! haehae~ Love will Keep us Alive but Too much Love will Kill You, owyeah~! gumaganon. K is for Kaway-kawayan While i’m doing lakad-lakad der sa may acad oval, i see and i feel kabaklaan with those two guys na fumifeeling gay pero mukhang guy pero gay in short gay-guy (whutevah!) Nalilito ako sa gender niyo mga koyah. Basta etong si guy1 na walang humpay ang pagkaway from the sidewalk ng oval kay guy2 na never ending rin ang pagkaway from the other side of the side walk kay guy1. (Nalito kayo noh? in short K[(G1/S1)+(G2/S2)]
Sa wakas bumalik na si buknoy.ü -0731712. I’d like to comment on Mr. Sindayen’s statement regarding his possible termination as USC Chair. Forchristssake, the budget cut has nothing to do with your dismal academic standing, so please do not raise it when your case is on the spot because that won’t save your ass. And if indeed the real issue here is student representation, do you think you’re worth the privilege with what seems to be your academic irresponsibility?.. Haay, may budget cut na nga, hindi pa nag-aaral nang maayos ang ilang estudyante diyan. So sad, right? 0721400, BS Econ Hi Kule staff! May paraan b kau para imeasure kung may nagbbasa pa ng Kule? Dati kasi pinag-aagawan p namin ung bwat isyu n lumalabas tapos ngayon andami nang nakatengga lang s mga sulok2. Concerned lang ako sa papel n nasasayang. -06-49560 dj bsce ginupit at ni-frame ko n ang article ni chris imperial last issue,ab0ut d gud old UP days: 2 way acad oval,n0 gates and certainly NO IDs. 200005637 I love u Gino Chang! Forever and always. 56396 nakakainis na talaga ang katangahan ng mga militar!namatay ang isang napakagaling na b0tanist dahil sa kanila,pero dun naman magaling ang gobyerno ngayon eh,pumatay ng mga in0sente. iniisa isa ang mga aktibista,tap0s lahat ng makitang ta0 sa gubat,NPA.sobrang tanga!arrgh!--09.03265 bsE “To the ‘Eagle’s Eye’ of the Kule Nov 18 issue: What a useless article!” - 05-43474, Alice Jualjahari To Ma. Elena Amparo: Dami na ngang burgis sa UP! Ang lala na rin ng apathy. Sana mareform ung admission system para mafavor those fr lower income brackets. Sigh. Lez just study hard and never stop aspiring 4 a truly egalitarian society. 08-10039 Thumbs up to Ms.Amparo f0r her article”1styr. 2nd sem.” Nkarelate tlaga aq.transferee dn kc aq.lht ng cnbi m0 ramdam q.hnd pla aq ngiisa :)08-78469 bsCE ang tindi ni boy gwapz sa grapix ah. grbe kung bumanat. ung jending, times 10 naman ung banat ni prof e=mc squared. parang prof ko kung bumanat ah.lol 200768521
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wherein K is infinite owkay?) I am is so shocking, para kayong mga baliw. Anong bang Beauty Pageant ang sasalihan niyo mga koyah at kaway kayo ng kaway sa isa’t isa na parang never ending yata. Haiz, Wala akong ma-say. Ang dapat na title sa inyo, Miss Kawayan. K is for Katangahan Lokalulz naman iteng si koyah ng Duckpin Bowling na ‘di malaman kung saan lumilipad ang kamalayan dahil sa laki-laki ng red net sa may CHK court ay di niya nakita. Ang bongga ng grand entrance mo koyah! Ayun nga lang hindi red carpet kundi red net. Buti na lang ‘di ka nagmukhang isang malaking tuna na natrap sa malaking lambat. Hindi mo napansin talaga koyah na may net? At gulat na gulat ka pa na may net pala. O baka naman color blind ka kaya ang tingin mo sa red ay transparent wahaha choz~ K is for Kapulahan
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ito! Wapak! P Sana yung mga profs, & .S. alumni ng UP ,esp ung mga sumikat(e.g. tuesday vargas,pia guanio,chiz escudero et.al ),magbigay ng support in this effort kc theyve enjoyed naman low tuition dati, ngayon it’s our generation’s time to call rollbacks naman for our education! Go! Fight! Win! UP unite! 08-52044 Bakit naman hindi? Kailangan nting ipaglban ang krapatan natin bilang iskolar ng bayan. Strike lang pala e why not? 1019559 o0! Kasi call ito sa lahat at ayok0ng maging apathetic tulad ng ibang students na wala na ngang ginagawa kung anu anu pa pinagsasabi against sa mga activist. 201078958,
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Non-UP students must indicate any school, organizational or sectoral affiliation. Sasama ka ba sa strike laban sa budget cut? Bakit o bakit hindi?
hindi ako sasama sa strike sa budget cut dahil magpapaampon na ko kay pacquiao. Mababayaran nya tuition ko.:) joke.hindi ako sasama kasi feeling ko d matu2loy ang budget cut. D dn kailangan ng mataas na tuition para mapanatili ang isang prestihyosong unibersidad. 201041329.arki Oo naman! Sana maging successful yung strike! New Diliman Commune
Itech namang isang K na nangyari sa BOR mit habang iniinterview si chancellor by chance na si Belo Ass Ko abawt the red tagging sa UPLB. Itech naman itong bagong upo na regent na si Christ Jesus on a Tree ay nag-say na nared tag din siya before! Oh my Gosh Baby Jeshus~!
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