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WE DON’T want to demonize President Duterte early in his term, but this year’s observance of the 44th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law is taking part amid a state of emergency he himself has declared over what he himself (again) has proclaimed as a state of lawlessness in the country. His own twin declarations should belie the claim of his losing running mate last May 10 and his lackey in the Senate in the latter’s effort to stop the legislative inquiry on alleged extra-judicial killings of drug suspects—that under the three-month-old administration, the Philippines had become secure and peaceful “like Singapore.” Although Singapore has had a history of strongman rule, we don’t think it would be comfortable being remotely linked to extrajudicial killings. read more »ED CARTOON-2ND ISSUE.jpg
Sept. 22 2016, 11:16 p.m. - IT HAS been 44 years since the declaration of Martial Law that put the country under the tyrannical rule of Ferdinand Marcos. Now, with threats of terrorism and a deadly anti-drug war, is it possible for President Rodrigo Duterte to place the country once again under military rule?
UST Political Science Department Chairman Dennis Coronacion said declaring Martial Law would be “nearly impossible” since the 1987 Constitution crafted under former president Corazon Aquino is designed to prevent another dictatorship. read more »
Sept. 22 2016, 11:00 p.m. - A THOMASIAN neurologist has been recognized by an international mass media and information firm during the Philippines Promising Star Awards 2016, for his research on neuroscience and behavior.
Raymond Rosales, chairman of the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of UST Hospital, was acknowledged by the Intellectual Property and Science Business of Thomson Reuters for his research papers compiled in the Web of Science Core Collection.
Rosales was the only awardee from UST. read more »
Sept. 21 2016, 11:57 p.m. FORMER Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to speed up its revision of history books and replace the “white-washed” stories of Martial Law with real accounts.
Ocampo said the DepEd, human rights and non-government organizations and Martial Law survivors were working together to document oral histories of victims’ experiences. read more »
Sept. 21 2016, 10:48 p.m. - SIX THOMASIANS grabbed places in the top 10 of the September 2016 physician licensure exams, while UST ranked sixth on the list of top-performing schools.
UST recorded a 94.84-percent passing rate with 423 examinees passing out of 446, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. This was lower than last year’s 98.31 percent, wherein 408 passed out of 415 UST examinees.
Still, UST produced the most number of doctors this year, led by Jeri Charlotte Albano who topped this year’s exams after posting a 89.50-percent passing rate. Edwin Mark Chiong ranked second with a score of 88.75 percent. read more »
Sept. 21 2016, 10:26 p.m. - THE UST Shuttlers' chances of booking a semifinals spot dimmed after dropping nine of their 10 matches against the University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 79 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Complex today.
The Golden Shuttlers succumbed to the Maroons, 1-4, while the Female Shuttlers suffered a 0-5 setback. Both teams slid to 1-2 at the standings.
"Medyo nag-panic na at nawala ang momentum. Dumami lang 'yung errors sa lalaki," said assistant coach Ricky Bartolome.
Both teams must win their matches against La Salle and Ateneo to enter the semifinals. read more »
Sept. 21 2016, 3:02 p.m. - THE UST Growling Tigresses absorbed their third loss in four outings at the hands of the De La Salle University Lady Archers, 67-77, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.
UST cut a 15-point deficit to eight with more than two minutes left in the final round. But La Salle held on as the Tigresses slipped to a 1-3 win-loss card.
“Ang daming easy baskets na dapat na-shoot and if you will see the stats, sa turnover points lang talaga tayo natalo,” UST head coach Haydee Ong said.
UST surrendered 40 easy points from its 45 turnovers. read more »
Sept. 21 2016, 6:36 a.m. - MARKING the 44th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, a human rights activist called on the youth to review history and oppose the planned hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Marie Hilao-Enriquez, head of the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, encouraged the youth to listen to Martial Law victims to know the value of freedom.
"Kung may mag-aattempt pa na mag-aalis ng mga ... karapatan, ilaban ninyo 'yung karapatang inyong tinatamasa at huwag tularan ang mga nakaraang mga pangit na gawain ng mga tao," Enriquez told the Varsitarian in an interview. read more »
Sept. 21 2016, 6:26 a.m. - Youth groups trooped to Katipunan Avenue on Sept. 20 for a noise barrage and candlelight vigil to seek justice for the victims of the Marcos dictatorship.
Akabayan Youth spokesman Juan Carlo Tejano said the planned hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos promotes a "culture of impunity" among Filipinos.
“How can we forgive the Marcoses who not only continue to whitewash their role in one of the darkest moments in our history, but also to live off the money of the people?” Tejano said during the protest. read more »Cs1mXBNWYAArIYh.jpg
Sept. 20 2016, 3:25 p.m. - HUMAN RIGHTS advocates urged Thomasians to oppose the planned hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Former Bayan Muna party-list representative Neri Colmenares said Marcos' burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) would be unconstitutional.
“Ang Korte Suprema, ang Kongreso at ang Executive branch have declared public policy na si Marcos [ay] una, diktador; pangalawa, corrupt; pangatlo, human rights violator,” Colmenares said in a forum last Sept. 19 at the Benavides Auditorium. read more »
Sept. 20 2016, 3:21 p.m. - THE CONSERVATORY of Music Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed the new student council president and auditor of the college last Sept. 16.
Sole candidates Maria Antoniette Cruz and Mariane Maxilom were named council president and auditor, respectively, after both got 247 votes.
In the previous student council elections last April, the posts of president, vice president and secretary were left vacant after candidates failed to complete the requirements set by the UST Election Code.
Trizia Mariz Serrano, who won as Music Student Council auditor in the previous elections, resigned last Aug 18. read more »
Sept. 19 2016, 9:56 p.m. - PRO-LIFE advocates urged the youth anew to preserve the purity and dignity of relationships.
“The Catholic Church teaches us that it is not about having no sex at all. But for me personally, it is having sex with the right person at the right time,” said Anthony James Perez, a former seminarian, in a forum at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Parañaque last Sept. 17.
Perez tackled the issues of masturbation, online pornography and premarital sex that confront young people.
He said masturbation hinders the supposed God-given satisfaction with other persons. “Self-love takes away the pleasure of satisfaction with your partner,” Perez said. read more »
Sept. 19 2016, 11:21 a.m. - GOD'S CREATION can be explained by science and the medical field, a US-based Filipina doctor writes in a new book.
The book, titled “The Human Body: God's Greatest Creation,” took two years for author Angelita Frando to complete. It discusses the anatomy of the human body in relation to God and His steps of creation, and the stories of saints.
"The purpose of this book is to give the reader an overview of how great God is and at the same time, the reason why He made human beings," Frando told the Varsitarian. read more »
Sept. 19 2016, 11:06 a.m. - FORMER Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Carmelo Morelos, a Thomasian alumnus, passed away on Sept. 17 at Zamboanga Doctors' Hospital. He was 85.
A relative of Morelos said his death was due to pulmonary congestion caused by pneumonia. Morelos had been in and out of the hospital since May after a mild stroke, another relative said.
The archbishop emeritus of Zamboanga had been confined at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan from May 31 to July 16.
Morelos was ordained priest on April 3, 1954 and became the bishop of Butuan in 1967. read more »
Sept. 18 2016, 7:32 p.m. - THE UST Shuttlers suffered consecutive losses against the National University, which paraded national team members, in the UAAP Season 79 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Complex Sunday.
The Male Shuttlers succumbed to the Bulldogs, 5-0, while their female counterparts suffered a 2-3 heartbreaker against NU.
"Double heartache tayo today. (Five) zero na nga ako sa men's, tinalo pa ako doon sa women's," UST head coach Noli Cajefe said.
Both teams dropped to 1-1 win-loss cards.
In women's play, NU trailed 1-2 but it stunned the Female Shuttlers in the last two sets for a come-from-behind win. read more »
Sept. 18 2016, 4:00 p.m. - MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on the laity to preserve the “dynamics” of Eucharistic rituals and ceremonies.
In a forum titled “Jubilee of the Laity in the Year of Mercy,” Tagle stressed the importance of the Eucharistic celebration, saying its rituals lead to social transformation and strengthening of communities.
“Ang Eukaristiya [ay] maghahatid sa atin patungo sa brotherhood, sisterhood, at sa pagpapatibay ng lipunan. Ito ang nagbubunga at nagbubuklod sa buhay ng mga Kristiyano,” Tagle said at the San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Makati City last Sept. 17. read more »
Sept. 18 2016, 3:27 p.m. - THE UNIVERSITY's vice rector for research and innovation is set to receive the Gregorio Y. Zara award for her study on the medicinal uses of pandan leaves.
Maribel Nonato, dubbed the “Pandan Queen,” will be recognized for her study on the different structures of alkaloids in the pandan plant.
Alkaloids are used for therapeutic and recreational purposes and are also widely used for drugs such as stimulants, analgesics, antibacterials, anti-tumors, anti-cancers and antipyretics.
Nonato's research on the Philippine-grown pandan species resulted in the discoveries of two pandan species as potential anti-cholesterol and anti-inflammatory agents. read more »
Sept. 17 2016, 7:14 p.m. - THE UST Golden Shuttlers scored back-to-back wins over the University of the East to open the UAAP Season 79 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Complex Saturday.
The Male Shuttlers dominated the Red Warriors, 5-0, while the Female Shuttlers finished with a 3-2 win over their foes.
"Kung itutuloy lang nila (Male Shuttlers) 'yung ganitong intensity ng game, may chance talaga tayo sa Final Four," said UST head coach Noli Cajefe, who had low expectations for his wards coming into the season.
UE forced the Female Shuttlers to a fifth set as the duo of Ann Pimentel and Kristine Gaspar succumbed to twins Heide Rosal and Lyra Rosal, 17-21, 21-19, 12-21. read more »
Sept. 17 2016, 6:56 p.m. - THE UST Junior Spikers chalked up their third straight win beating of the De La Salle University-Zobel Junior Archers, 23-25, 25-7, 25-19, 25-13, in the UAAP Season 79 boys’ volleyball tournament at the Adamson University gym Saturday.
UST took advantage of Zobel’s 55 unforced errors, 20 from the service area, to stay unbeaten in three games.
Zobel had a one-point advantage, 5-4, before the Junior Spikers uncorked an 18-4 blitz to pull away for good in the fourth set, 22-9.
Jaron Requinton led UST with 13 points while team captain Lorenz Señoron added 12. read more »
Sept. 17 2016, 4:37 p.m. - THE UST Growling Tigers nipped the UP Fighting Maroons, 83-77, in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.
Regie Basibas's triple broke a 71-all deadlock for UST and the Tigers collected five straight points to keep the Fighting Maroons at bay, 79-71, with little over a minute remaining.
The Tigers evened up their record at 2-2, while UP has yet to win in three games.
Louie Vigil led the Tigers with 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Oliver De Guzman and Basibas combined for 22 points for UST..
Details to follow. read more »