Editorial “We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.” – Edward M. Forster, English essayist The 120-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 shall expire on February 6. We may not feel the effect of the Act at this point of time, but our youth leaders and bloggers think otherwise. In fact, the Supreme Court started hearing oral arguments regarding a number of RA 10175’s vague and unconstitutional provisions from these petitioners’ lawyers last January 15. While the Act aims to stop child pornography, cybersex, illegal access (hacking), identity theft, cybersquatting and other computer-related offenses, some of its sections clearly violate our most precious right: the freedom of expression. Section 4 of RA 10175 includes libel, damage of an individual or organization’s reputation through publicized malicious statements, as one of its punishable acts. Anyone can cry foul and file a libel case, whether that person is innocent or guilty of what he is being accused of. Would this mean that we cannot openly assess a corrupt public servant anymore, for he can claim that he is being defamed? In addition, Section 5 (a) says that people who aided in the commission of a cybercrime shall be held liable. This would turn a netizen who retweeted a libelous statement into a cybercriminal, too. Where is the freedom here then? Yes, the Act wants to protect Internet users from rampant cybercrimes but at the same time, its good intention tries to cover up its faulty parts. How do we exercise democracy if such law represses the very right that establishes democracy: public opinion? Also, RA 10175 does not truly intend to punish but instead, it wills to whitewash issues plaguing the nation. Why exert so much time and effort to catch criminals online when we still cannot catch the real-life ones? Why punish people who kill reputations when we still cannot punish those who killed others many years ago? Is it not better to make the real world crime-free, not just its virtual counterpart?
Volume 2, Issue No. 2 |
January 1-15, 2013
We Filipinos have already defeated Martial Law, a period of our history that nearly killed the same freedom that is once again being threatened today. We may not be facing soldiers and tanks and tear gas, but we will be facing a fiercer and darker enemy: an unseen hand that will choke our freedom of expression to death if we allow it to. Ultimately, RA 10175 will conceal what is really happening in our country. If we allow the Act to have power over us, our socio-political issues will be buried deep, along with our freedom to clamor for these issues to be resolved. Repression is a crime; to be repressed is a choice. It is either we remain apathetic and suffer the consequences, or fight for what is duly ours.
AUSSG gives out scholarships this 2nd semester The Araullo University Supreme Student Government (AUSSG) helps underprivileged students by providing monetary assistance worth 3000 per semester for each qualified applicant. As of press time, eight Araullians are being screened to become the next beneficiaries of the said program. Last semester, AUSSG granted scholarships to Marvin delos Santos, Mhey Guadna, Jocelyn Pagba, Rex Almazan, and Krystel Sahagun.
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Chieftains end 2012 with Warriors celebrate KASayahan Crim Fest The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), home to freshmen and Bachelor of Arts students, celebrated their CAS Day on December 13, 2012 with the theme Celebrating the Amazing Spirit: KASama sa KASayahan.
Future members of the police force from the College of Criminology (COC) united for their Criminology Fest, themed “Don’t Stop, ‘til You Get the Top”, held from December 19 to 20 last year.
Chieftains showcased their performing prowess in the CAS Amazing Talent, wherein the collaboration of CAS 7 and CAS 21 was awarded champion; CAS 1 clinched 1st runner-up followed by the merged sections of CAS 12 and CAS 26.
Different activities catered to the students’ different skills and talents. Cecille Ellasos got 1st place for the singing contest; the group Sexy Babes, selected 2nd and 3rd year female Warriors, won 1st place as well for the dance competition.
For the Debate Competition, the affirmative side (members include Barry Sim, Rouie Victoria Ramos, Ma. Mikaela Binuya, and Dannah Louise Bonifacio) coached by AB Political Science junior Marielou Dominia emerged as Best Debating Team. Abril Layad Ayroso from the negative side was recognized as Best Debater while Bonifacio was Best Speaker. Prior to CAS Day itself, other academic contests such as Quiz Bee and Extemporaneous Speech were also held. Gerald Gabriel of CAS 7 and Joy Binky Salazar of CAS 18 were crowned Mr. and Ms. CAS 2012. On the other hand, Joseph Andrew Labaupa of CAS 10 and Eufrinces Magpayo of CAS 6 received the Viewpoint Netizens Choice Award. The fest ended with the CAS HAT Party. Krisia Aira Nicolas
Basic Ed stages Night of Lit’s 2nd season The Basic Education Department (Basic Ed) once again exhibited its students’ talents with the second installment of A Night of Literature (Night of Lit), which ran from December 17 and 18 last year. This served as the students’ 3rd periodical exam for English, Values, and MAPEH, as well as a Christmas presentation for the students’ families. Night of Lit’s first set featured Bible stories performed by preelementary and grade school pupils. For the following night, high school students retold tales from local and international literatures, as well as from the Greek mythology. Raffle draws were conducted in between performances, where prizes such as dictionaries and flash drives were given. According to Mr. Ronaldo Larioque, Basic Ed’s English Coordinator, the program intended to encourage and empower the use of English Language, to develop self-confidence and comradeship among the students and to improve the familiarity in different literatures. Barry Sim, Joanne Carla de Tumol
During the second day of the fest, sophomores dominated the hardcourt and defeated the juniors in the basketball competition’s final game. Gunseen dela Cruz and Alpha May Lactaotao reigned as Mr. and Ms. Criminology. Finally, a testimonial banquet for criminology board exam passers and their parents was led by COC faculty member Mrs. May Miguel. Bryan Joseph Peralta
AU-PHINMA enjoys week-long Christmas fair Araullians gather for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas started early for Araullians as the University conducted the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 4, 2012 and Christmas Bazaar from December 3 to 7. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which includes the Lantern Making Contest and the Chorale Competition, served as the highlight of the affair. For the Lantern Making Contest, the College of Management and Accountancy (CMA) was declared champion while the College of Education (COE) and College of Criminology placed 1st and 2nd runners-up. COE came on top for the Chorale Competition, followed by CMA and the College of Arts and Sciences. The bazaar comprised of stalls selling food, clothing, and other merchandise. Staying true to the season’s spirit of giving, the University did not charge fees for the stall owners’ use of Admin Lobby and other amenities. In behalf of CSDL, Directress Junely Moises expressed their happiness with the affair’s outcome. Moises said that AU-PHINMA was able to spread the holiday cheer even outside the campus through the spectacle provided by the lighting of sky lanterns during the ceremony. Barry Sim
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