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October - December 2019 Volume XIV | Issue 2 Umiibig. Sumusulat. Nagmumulat.


The Official Student Publication of Pamantasan ng Lunsgod ng Muntinlupa

Opinion: Panuntunang dapat pagtuunan page 5




EDITORIAL: Presidential blur between rights and lives page 12



October - December 2019

PLMun undergoes 3 day accreditation Dr. Dela Cruz resigns as CAS Dean || Seph Joe Añedez and Dennis Gabriel

|| Alizza Pamintuan and Serrando Olid Roman Jr.

With results that are yet to be released on 2020, the Association of Local College and Universities-Commision on Accreditation (ALCU-COA) completed a three-day accreditation for the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) last November 13-15, 2019. University officials, faculty, staff and students all prepared comprehensively with the purpose of leveling up the status and ranking of respective colleges and departments.

Three months after she was assigned as dean of College of Arts and Science (CAS), Dr. Rowena Dela Cruz stepped down from the position during the month of October 2019.

The ALCU-COA is an alliance of different local universities in the Philippines that upholds the quality of higher education in terms of instruction, research and extension. On its first day, the PLMun community welcomed 11 program accreditors led by Dr. Raymundo Arcega, CESE in a ceremony held at the covered court that officially started the accreditation process. It was learned that PLMun has been responding continuously to the call for accreditation since being subjected to a vis-a-vis visitation way back in 2015. Accreditors are mandated to check vigorously the documents, facilities and curriculums required for specific degree programs and departments within the university. The delegates personally visited the offices and colleges they are assigned to. An open forum was held on the second day at the newly opened Research and Learning Resource Center (RLRC) building. It was between the accreditors and various sectors of the PLMun community, including the faculty and staff, student council representatives, business sectors and the alumni. According to Dr. Darwin P. Paguio, ALCU-COA Accreditor, the open forum was conducted successfully and mirrored the blazing hearts of the PLMun community to improve the university’s status and reclaim its pride. It is believed that the result of the accreditation will reflect the present and affect the future of PLMun. It will be a milestone for the PLMun community and shall benefit proficiently in continuing their Mission and Vision as a highly competitive Higher Education Institution. It will continue the quality standards of the local university under the free tertiary education law while also being recognized by foreign ministries of education and receiving grants for research, extension and other beneficial projects and developments that will innovate PLMun. The delegates of ALCU-COA were hoping for a more efficient manpower to support PLMun’s needs and continuously innovate for the good of its students. <w>

Photo by: Seph Joe Añedez

While details were not disclosed to The Warden, Dr. Dela Cruz’s resignation was driven by her “personal decision” to “avoid intrigues”, according to Dr. Remedios Cunanan, the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). As the management is still in the process of looking for the new CAS Dean through a set of qualifications, program chairpersons within the CAS are currently entitled to supervise their respective programs and department, through Dr. Jaime Gutierrez-Ang for Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Mr. John de Lima for Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Mr. Eric Amion for Bachelor of Science in Psychology and with the VPAA acting as the overseer. It was also clarified that the new dean shall be chosen from outside the university. Currently, Dr. Dela Cruz is the director of National Services Training Program (NSTP).<w>

Two SC vacates offices near staircases || Martin Charles Dilay

The university administration took down two makeshift student council (SC) offices located next to staircases at the Main Building last September 2019 in order to allow more spaces for safe evacuation in case of emergencies such as fire. Affected SCs were the College of Teacher Education (CTE) and the College of Information Technology and Computer Studies (CITCS). Charito Cabantog, the OIC-University Administration, however, justified the reason why it was demolished. As it turned out, during the Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) ocular inspection inside the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) main building, they found that “it is not suitable to construct any physical facility in that area (near the staircase).” Given the growing number of students, these structures constrict the area which will be problematic when emergencies occur. Cabantog added that the mentioned SC offices were already built before she held the position as Administration OIC, and found out that these facilities don’t have construction permits. If the students would request for a permit, she said she will not approve it, in compliance with the BFP’s standards. CTESC relocated their office near the college’s laboratories while the CITCSSC shared office with the faculty room, the latter having no permanent office. Cabantog indicated that relocating them to a new office is no longer the admin’s duty and will be up to their respective colleges. In an interview with CITCSSC Vice President Sonny Rafael Montillano, he voiced out their struggles to have a space exclusive for the officers. He said that the frequency of meetings have decreased because of this. Although they have already requested the college to provide them with office space, they were told that there are no available rooms. <w>

Muntinlupa receives Seal of Good Local Governance award || Alizza Pamintuan

Having passed the seven assessment areas in governance, the 2019 Seal of Good Governance (SGLG) was awarded to the City Government of Muntinlupa by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), with City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi receiving the award in a ceremony held last November 4, 2019 at the Manila Hotel. The assessment criteria for the award included Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, and Tourism Culture and The Arts. Muntinlupa City was among the 380 Local Government Units (LGUs) which received the 2019 SGLG for their remarkable performance across various areas in governance. However, in the National Capital Region (NCR), only eight LGUs received this year’s seal: Malabon, Navotas, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Caloocan, San Juan, Pasay and Muntinlupa. As an incentive for this, all the 2019 recipients are set to receive the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to fund local development projects and capacity development assistance from DILG. “We are honored to receive this award as it validates our effort towards local governance reforms and development. This recognition is an outcome of the collective efforts of the dedicated City officials and employees who tirelessly worked in facilitating a transparent, caring, and accountable government for the people,” Mayor Fresnedi stated. The award was handed to him by DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, together with Engr. Allan Cachuela, Muntinlupa City Administrator, and Bernadette Ferino, DILG Field Office Chief. <w>

Admin clarifies RLRC building’s availability || Kimverlou Almonte

After its inauguration last October 18, 2019, the Research and Learning Resource Center (RLRC) Building and its facilities will be fully accessible starting January 2020 after a formal turn over by its contractor to Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun). According to Engr. Zosima Cahinhinan, Building Administrator of PLMun, since the RLRC building is still under its contractor Dumduma Construction and Trading Corporation, it is currently being utilized only for special occasions or emergency uses whenever there is no available classrooms for the students. This is to avoid any damages to the building while it is not yet turned over to the university. But nonetheless, she added that the rooms in the RLRC are still accessible; people just need to contact the university administration for reservations, the requirements for it are still being formulated as of December 2019. The admin will ensure that an advisory will be released as soon as possible regarding the accessibility of the building. When the RLRC becomes fully accessible, students can use the library, conference and training rooms, computer laboratories and waiting areas. There will only be restrictions in the use of air conditioners. <w>


October - December 2019

Student exchange program sends PLMun delegates to China || Serrando Olid Roman Jr. and Danica Chanchico

Through a university partnership between Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) and Liuzhou City Vocational College (LCVC) in China, a total of 18 students and two associate professors from both schools were chosen as delegates for an exchange program that happened from November to December 2019, under the International Student Training and Exchange Program (I-STEP). “We are opening our doors to foreign countries, in exchange na may matutunan tayo doon. Innovation and technology…they would get to know the cultures in China. We would also be linking to other universities from other countries din. Nakalagay ‘yan sa five institutional and development plan… This is just a start, hoping to expand,” stated by Ms. Cynthia Meneses, university planning officer. Nine of the delegates include PLMun students from the College of Information Technology and Computer Studies (CITCS), accompanied by its dean, Assoc. Prof. Alain Anuevo. The said students were selected through a set of criteria: GWA must be 1.50 or above, must be a resident of Muntinlupa City and must be physically and emotionally fit. PLMun delegates attended various classes at LCVC, studying Logistics and Chain Management Course, Supply Chain Management and Express Operation Management, Modern Logistics and Manual Class (Chinese culture). While the nine Chinese LCVC delegates took a one-month course in PLMun, focusing on English Language and Communication. Moreover, I-STEP is said to have a budget of 1.5 million pesos through the Muntinlupa Scholarship Program (MSP). This includes the airfare, accommodation, fund and allowances for the selected delegates. <w> List of PLMun delegates during the exchange program: Almarie Fernandez Angel May Odron Arllone Neal Distrito Caleo John Capalla Christian Mirandilla Crisan Joshua Ebreo Melery Bautista Micah Shelly Santos Roan Monique Salazar

Muntinlupa City bags 1st Place in Top Leaders Forum || Mary Pearl Gayoso Selected students from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) and Colegio de Muntinlupa (CDM) represented Muntinlupa City and won the 1st place during the nationwide Young Leaders for Resilience Program. The program took place at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City last November 12, 2019. Their winning piece, called “Seismo-Power Terminator” , is a triggering device that shuts down electricity when earthquake strikes to prevent the occurrence of fire. The said program aimed to resiliency in the Philippines. schools coming from different well as cities of Cagayan De

discuss and propose alternative solutions for disaster risk It was attended by student representatives from various regions across the country, including Bataan province as Oro, Iloilo, Iriga, Muntinlupa, Naga, Ormoc and Zamboanga.

Among the representatives of Muntinlupa City were three students from PLMun: Euchelle Aranzanso from College of Arts and Science (CAS), Celderick Cabahug and Fidel Sigue from College of Information Technology and Computer Studies (CITCS) and two students from CDM: Jafar Dulangan and Christian Jophet Claveria. Furthermore, the Young Leaders for Resilience Program is part of the Top Leaders Forum 2019 which is an annual gathering wherein national and local governments, as well as executives from private sectors, come together to discuss disaster risk resiliency in the Philippines and its impact to the country. ARISE Philippines, SM Prime Holdings and National Resilience Council (NRC), in partnership with the IBM Philippines Enterprise, organized the said forum. The 1st Placer of the competition for Young Leaders for Resilience Program received three brand new laptops, a plaque and P100,000 cash with a chance to represent the Philippines in an international level. Meanwhile, the 2nd and 3rd placers received consolation prizes. <w> The following are the winners of the contest: 1st Place: Muntinlupa City Project Title: Seismo-Power Terminator 2nd Place: Cagayan De Oro Project Title: Project Oro 3rd Place: Iriga City Project Title: Tri-Button Emergency Aid Box Photo by: Mary Pearl Gayoso


SFAD organizes its first Sports Fest for PLMun scholars || Kimverlou Almonte

The first ever sports fest for the scholars of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) with the theme “Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Iskolar: Tagisan ng Galing at Talino ng Kabataang Muntinlupeño” was held at Hoopla Gym, Angelis Resort, Muntinlupa last December 16-18, 2019. The sports fest included men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, single and doubles badminton, chess, parlor games and water activities aiming to promote camaraderie and rapport in order to build stronger bonds within the community. The Scholarship and Financial Assistance Division (SFAD) organized the said event, together with Samahan ng Iskolar taglay ang Karunungan at Adhikaing Propesyunal (SIKAP) and the Office for Student Affairs (OSA). First placers in basketball (men and women) and volleyball (men and women) received a cash prize amounting to 12,000 pesos, first-placers in badminton (single men and women) 1,500 pesos; first placers in badminton (doubles) 3,000 pesos; and first-placers in chess (men and women) 1,500 pesos. Other placers and non-winners also received cash as consolation prizes. Dr. Elena E. Presnedi, the University President, and Dr. Jaime G. Ang, Office of Student Affairs director, delivered their messages for the scholars, with Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Rufino Biazon in attendance. Environment Planner Kent Avestro, meanwhile, delivered a message in behalf of Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara. The event was sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission through the endorsement of Sen. Sonny Angara from the Office of the Senate. <w> .

SDPS confirms release of revised Student Handbook || Claire Lerpido After a delay due to lack of budget and sudden appointment of a new Office for Student Affairs (OSA) Director, the revised student handbook will be finally distributed on the second semester of School Year 2019-2020. Throughout the academic year 2018-2019, the OSA made revisions in the university student handbook considering the recent changes in the university, especially with regards to tuition and other fees, which required necessary updates in the handbook. In an interview with Ms. Melonie Mater, head of the Student Development Programs and Services (SDPS), the revised version’s release was delayed and the main reason for this was the searching for an affordable printing service provider that matches with the university’s budget. She also added that Dr. Rowena Dela Cruz, former OSA Director, initiated the revision of the said handbook, but after the turnover of her post to Dr. Jaime Guitterez-Ang, the latter was the one to edit it. Reviewing last year’s consultation regarding the revision of the 2016 university student handbook, major changes were made on the retention policy under the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) scholarship; audit policy for student organizations based on the memorandum by the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA); and updated General Weighted Average (GWA) requirement for students with Latin honors. Moreover, the OSA, University Registrar and University Prefect of Discipline made the student handbook revisions possible through their collective participation. The printing of copies of the handbook is currently ongoing and is expected to be done by the end of 2019 and begin distribution by January 2020. <w>

Muntinlupa City hosts SEA games events || Don Jaime De Ocampo Showcasing the capabilities of the city in handling national events, the City of Muntinlupa hosted the badminton competitions and obstacle course racing of the 30th Southeast Asian or SEA Games, which were held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex and Filinvest City’s Spectrum Midway Avenue last December 2 to 6, 2019. City of Muntinlupa outshone the negative light of the SEA Games’ starting week with preparedness and completion of the venues, in contrast to the negative news circulating at the start of the sporting event. The Badminton games were held at the newly-conditioned Muntinlupa Sports Complex last December 5 to 9, 2019. The venue, which could house up to 3,000 visitors, was already prepared a week before the event took place, which gained praises from netizens and the city’s public officials alike. Meanwhile, even before the SEA Games, the Muntinlupa Sports Complex is already the venue of other nationwide sports, like the National Basketball League. Meanwhile, the obstacle course racing held last December 2 to 6 helped the Philippines to gain 10 more medals consisting of six golds, three silvers, and one bronze as the team competed against five other nations, adding to the country’s overall medal tally. The event was originally planned to be held in Subic Bay, but was relocated to Muntinlupa’s Filinvest City. <w>



October - December 2019 Espabilarse

Malabong Ugnayan Ashley Janine Clomera | Ang pagiging parte ng konseho ng mga mag-aaral ay hindi kailan man naging madali. Bukod sa sila’y nagsisilbing boses, nagsisilbing magandang ehemplo, nagsusulong ng magandang relasyon sa pagitan nila at kapwa estudyante hanggang sa pag-oorganisa ng mga aktibidad para sa kanilang mga kolehiyo, isa rin sila sa madalas na batuhin ng iba’t ibang kritisismo habang sila’y nasa termino. Bagama’t isa sa tungkulin ng konseho ng mga mag-aaral ay maging boses ng mga estudyante, tila hindi ito nagagampanan ng maayos. Sa halos anim na buwan kong pamamalagi dito mula nung ako’y lumipat ng unibersidad, napansin at narinig ko na ang samu’t saring reklamo ng kapwa ko estudyante sa iba’t ibang kolehiyong kanilang kinabibilangan. Mula sa mga pasilidad, serbisyo at iba pa, ang pinakatumatak sa aking isip ay ang reklamo nila sa kanilang mga student council. Kapansin-pansin dito ang kaliwa’t kanang pagkakaroon ng di pagkakaunawaan sa pagitan ng mga estudyante at ilang konseho ng mga mag-aaral. Nakakapanlumo ang kakulangan ng pagkakaisa sa pagitan ng magkabilang panig lalo na sa panahon kung saan uso na ilagay ang mga hinaing sa social media kaya nadadagdagan lalo ang problema ng parehong panig. Kilala ang Facebook bilang hantungan ng mga reklamo, bagama’t may karapatan tayo sa malayang pagpapahayag, hindi kailanman maganda ang pagdulog sa social media upang iparinig ang mga hinaing ng sinuman. May mga itinalagang mga organisasyon at mga taong nasa mataas na posisyon para dulugan upang makinig sa mga reklamo’t suhestiyon. Nakakalungkot na dahil lamang sa isang hindi pinag-isipang post, kailangang humantong sa hindi pagkakaintindihan ang mga ganitong sitwasyon. Isang halimbawa nito ay nung pagtatapos ng nakaraang semestre, lumutang ang isang hinaing ng lupon ng mga estudyante kung saan inirereklamo nila ang dami ng requirements ng isang student council para lamang sa clearance. Giit ng karamihan, hindi sila laging pumapasok ng paaralan na may dalang pera o may pambayad sa kung ano mang bayarin. Hindi lahat ng estudyante ay tumatae ng pera, ‘ika nga nila. Ilang beses ko naririnig iyon, hindi lang sa aming departamento. Nakakadismaya hindi dahil sa katotohanang wala silang pera, kung hindi dahil sa mga katagang “libre na nga ang edukasyon, bakit pa kayo nagrereklamo?” na tugon sa kanila. Kasama ng isang edukasyon na may kalidad, may karapatan din ang mga mag-aaral na magbigay ng opinyon at suhestiyon na nakasaad sa student handbook sa ilalim ng Seksyon XVII, Bilang estudyante ng isang departamento, kinakailangang bayaran ang membership fee bago pirmahan ang clearance ng mga estudyante. Lingid sa kaalaman ng karamihan, sa ilalim ng Seksyon XVIII, 43.12.1 ng student handbook, ito’y parte ng konstitusyon at by laws ng mga konseho ng mga mag-aaral at pinirmahan ng University President at iba pang may mataas na posisyon sa pamantasan. Bagama’t ito’y legal, hindi nakasaad sa handbook na kailangan sumali sa mga organisasyon o student society na taliwas sa sinasabi ng mga student council. Oo

nga’t kasama sa karapatan ng estudyante ang sumali sa mga organisasyon at student society ng kanilang mga departamento ngunit hindi ibig sabihin nito na automatiko na silang kasali dito. Madalas pang kinaiinis ng maraming estudyante ay ang mga bagay na kailangang bayaran katulad ng ticket, ID lace, cleaning materials, at organization shirt na kailangan bago mapirmahan ang kanilang clearance. Ang mga bagay na ito ay dapat binibili nang may kusang loob. Isa rin ako sa nangangarap na maging maayos ang pamantasan pero hindi dapat pinipilit ang mga estudyante na magbayad sa mga bagay na hindi naman nila kayang bayaran. Hindi dapat estudyante ang magpupunan sa mga kakulangan ng unibersidad. Sapat na ang mag-aral nang mabuti at maging isang magandang ehemplo sa lipunan ang mga mag-aaral ng pamantasan bilang kabayaran sa libreng edukasyon na tinatamasa namin ngayon. Ilan lamang ang mga ito sa madalas na hinaing ng mga mag-aaral sa student council na mas madali sanang solusyunan kung mapag-uusapan lamang ito ng harapan sa pagitan ng mga mag-aaral at mga lider estudyante. Biniyayaan tayo ng kalayaang maghayag ng ating nararamdaman, pero hindi ibig sabihin nito, aabusuhin na natin ito kada mayroon tayong oportunidad. Hindi magandang sa social media inilalabas ang mga hindi pagkakaintindihan sa pagitan ng mga taong nasasangkot sa gulo. Think before you click, ‘ika nga. Sa pamamagitan nito, mas mapag-iisipan kung paano nga ba magagawan ng resolusyon ang bawat hinaing. Hindi magandang dulugan ang social media pagdating sa mga bagay na iisang panig lang ang may paliwanag. Magpapatong-patong lamang ang mga reklamo hanggang sa matengga ito at di na masolusyunang muli. Maging mulat pero hindi sa maling paraan. Maging mulat na may alam, gawing kalasag ang mga nakalap na makatotohanang pruweba at, higit sa lahat, humanap ng tamang paraan kung papaano dudulog sa tamang mga kinauukulan. <w>

Maging mulat pero hindi sa maling paraan. Maging mulat na may alam, gawing kalasag ang mga nakalap na makatotohanang pruweba at ...

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The failed vanguard’s blunder Danica Chanchico | When the Department of Education officially announced the closure of 55 lumad schools in Mindanao, the dreams of the lumad pupils collapsed. The DepEd justified it because of the latter’s alleged deviation from the basic curriculum and for supposedly teaching students to rebel against the government and sustaining close ties with communists. However, the Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, an NGO (non-government organization) running the lumad schools, denied these claims. They said the community’s values and culture are taught as their alternative learning system for the indigenous youth. Meanwhile, to increase the Philippine economics’ income, President Duterte said he would welcome investors in Mindanao. The Duterte administration plans to convert the ancestral lands into industrial centers for mining as well as coconut plantations so the Philippines can export more palm oil. We all know that Mindanao is very rich in natural resources, including gold, copper and nickel. While mining can be very destructive to our environment, on the other hand, it can be said that interest in mining in their hometown is also a reason to displace the lumad. Loss of education and being driven out from home is also a fight for a hopeless heart among the indigenous of the Salugpungan Ta Ta’nu Igkanugon in Davao Del Norte, where they suffered wide spread human right abuses that could intensify with the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao. Even until now, it is hard for them where to go or who to turn to, when the military is the one that oppresses them. Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 asserts: “(a) the indigenous concept of ownership”, “(b) recognition of ancestral domain”, “(c) right to stay in the territories”, and “(d) indigenous knowledge systems and practices”. Though some of the

above-mentioned were provided by the law, most of their important rights are being ignored. In this situation, the Commission on Human Rights warned the Department of Education about unjust actions against lumads and, according to them, it is part of the government’s responsibility to make sure that the indigenous children are able to properly exercise their right to education. The children should be protected in all forms of abuse and violence. Why are they being “red tagged” when they’re defending their land? They just want to protect their heritage—the ancestral community they treasure for decades. They’re not alone in their fight for their education. They’re not villains. We should respect the rights of our fellow natives. Despite what happened, there are NGOs that still want to help the lumad, like the Save Our Schools (SOS) Network. A group advocating for children’s rights is appealing to the DepEd to stop the oppression against lumad schools in Mindanao. Also, the University of the Philippines in Quezon City has opened a school for lumad children inside its campus to help them continue their education. It is the right of every Filipino child to have an adequate education. If our government continues to ignore and degrade the lumad people, we, as their fellow student, can act as their voice to convey the messages they want to say to the government. In this way, we are helping them correct the misconceptions about the lumad community and other indigenous groups here in our country. Lastly, they can continue to dream for a better future without endangering their lives. “We will only be truly safe if the government is for the poor and indigenous people, and not just for businesses,” says Cristina Lantao, leader of lumad women. <w>

it is part of the government’s responsibility to make sure that the indigenous children are able to properly exercise their right to education.


October - December 2019


Il Combattente

Panuntunang dapat pagtuunan Mary Pearl Gayoso | Isa ang plastik sa itinuturing na salot sa kalikasan dahil sa hirap nitong pawalain nang tuluyan sa kahit anong parte ng kalikasan. Maraming hakbang na ang isinagawa laban dito, kabilang na noong taong 2010 nang ideklara ang Lungsod ng Muntinlupa bilang unang lokal na pamahalaan sa National Capital Region (NCR) na nagbawal sa paggamit ng mga plastic bag at styrofoam sa mga tindahan. Sa kasalukuyan, pati na rin ang pamantasan ay gumawa na ng sariling no plastic policy upang makatulong sa pagbabawas ng mga plastik sa kalikasan. Ang polisiyang “Healthy Eat, Healthy Earth: No Plastics, Fantastic!” ay ipinatupad noong ika-26 hanggang 28 ng Setyembre 2019 na pinangunahan ng research team mula sa College of Business Administration (CBA) at ipinatupad sa kantina ng unibersidad. Ang kampanyang ito ay may layuning mabawasan ang paggamit ng plastik sa pamamagitan ng paghihikayat sa mga mag-aaral na magdala ng sariling tumbler at stainless spoon and fork bilang alternatibo. Ang polisiyang ito ay alinsunod sa Republic Act No. 9003 o ang Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 kung saan isinasaad na ang mga institusyon ay dapat gumawa ng paraan para mabawasan ang mga basura. Nakakatuwa man na mayroon nang ganitong polisiya, ngunit base sa aking karanasan at obserbasyon sa pagpapatupad ng kampanyang ito ay nakalulungkot na mayroon itong pagkukulang na nagresulta sa pagiging hindi epektibo nito na tila kinalimutan na lamang hanggang hindi na masunod. Una sa panuntunang hindi nasunod ay ang hindi pagpapahintulot na magpasok sa main gate ng inumin na nakalagay sa pet bottle. Maaaring inumin ang laman o balikan ito, lagyan lamang ng pangalan at iwan ang plastik na bote sa nagbabantay na guwardiya. Ngunit sa dami ng mag-aaral sa pamantasan ay hindi maayos na nababantayan ang labas-pasok na estudyante na may dalang plastic bottle. Pangalawa sa hindi nasunod dito ay ang hindi pagbibigay sa kantina ng plastik na baso, kutsara, tinidor at plastic straw. Hindi lahat ng tindahan sa kantina ay isinasagawa ang kampanya kontra plastik, bagkus patuloy pa rin sa pagbenta’t pagbigay ng mga plastic straws, pet bottles at iba pa. Kapag bibili ng pagkain at ite-take out ito, kasama sa pagkaing binili mo ay ang plastic spoon and fork. Gayundin ang inumin tulad ng shake na nakalagay sa plastic cups at mayroon din itong plastic straw. Tila binalewala lamang ng mga canteen operator/facilitator ang pinirmahan nilang kasunduan nung nagkaroon ng pagpupulong patungkol dito noong ika-26 ng Setyembre 2016; maaaring hindi rin sila nabigyan ng sapat na oras upang mag-isip at bumili ng mga bagay na pwedeng ipamalit sa plastik na nakasanay na nilang gamitin.

Subtle Aspect

In convinience name Don Jaime De Ocampo | Metro Manila is facing a crisis. Just like other urban cities face, the resources are getting scarce as development and population continue to rise. Water insufficiency has been the recent resources-related issue this year. With apparently no changes in water conservation and rehabilitation, this issue is expected to continue in the following years to come. Before this year ends, President Duterte renewed interest regarding the construction of the controversial China-funded Kaliwa Dam. He once again reaffirmed the construction of the controversial dam as the issue of inadequate water supply continues to plague Metro Manila. His decision came despite the strong opposition to stop the project by local communities which he, for some unknown reason, had overlooked. Citing that building the dam is the “last resort” for Metro Manila to have a stable water source, this could mean convenience to the urban people living in the cities, but at what cost? Constructing the P18.7B behemoth translates to the expense of the welfare of the indigenous people and the environment about to be destroyed by it. A hefty price tag that will surely make sane people, especially those who really care about the people and the environment, think twice before approving. Well that is unless you’re the president with hell-bent political will, who made sure this project pushes through despite the concerns surrounding it. Hectares of biodiversity-rich forests are in perils of destruction, families will be forced away from their home, and ancestral lands will be laid to waste including the indigenous people residing in it. The construction of the controversial dam is opposed by critics for certain reasons. For instance, its legality is in question that will make you think why is it a “done deal” project in the first place. The Dumagat people who opposes it doesn’t consent to its construction; that it violates legal processes as it failed to secure free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) from the National Commission for the Indigenous People (NCIP) which makes the issuance of Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) to the dubious project. The latter serves as a requirement for the project since the land that will be used is the ancestral land of the indigenous Dumagat communities. What’s more alarming about the legality of the project is that its private contractor, China Energy Engineering Co. (CEEC), even manages to win the bidding process for the project, despite the lack of requirements, according to recent findings

Ang ikatlong panuntunan na sumusuporta sana sa ikalawang panuntunan ay ang pagpapahiram ng mga tindera sa kantina ng stainless spoon and fork kung sakaling walang sariling dala ang estudyante, kung saan karaniwan na rin naman itong ginagawa sa pamantasan; ang kaibahan lamang ay mag-iiwan ang estudyante ng ID upang makahiram ngunit hindi pa rin ito nasunod. Ang huling panuntunan: ang mga bibilhing tubig at iba pang inuming nakalagay sa plastik ay isasalin ang laman sa dalang lalagyan, kaya’t mainam na may dalang tumbler ang estudyante ngunit bigo muli itong nasunod sapagkat ang mga mag-aaral mismo ang nagkulang sa pagsunod nito. Isa sa nakikita kong dahilan sa pagpalya ng polisiyang ito ay ang pagkukulang sa pagpapaalam ng impormasyon ukol dito. Bukod sa kailangan ng mahigpit na koordinasyon mula sa nagpapatupad nito at mga estudyante, kailangan din ng epektibong pagpapakalat ng impormasyon para sa ganitong polisiya. Maaaring hindi ito naipatupad nang husto sa parte ng nagpapatupad dahil sa kakulangan ng mga tao na magmo-monitor sa kaganapan nito. Kung totoo, sana ay bigyan ito ng solusyon upang maipatupad nang maayos ang polisiya at nawa’y bigyan ng sapat na kaalaman ang mga taong nagmo-monitor nito. Sa panahon ngayon ng social media na mabilis na ang paraan upang ipalaganap ang impormasyon, mas mainam kung ang bawat konseho ng mag-aaral ay naglabas ng kani-kanilang paraan bilang pakikiisa at paggabay na rin sa kapwa nila estudyante. Ang kampanya ukol sa polisiyang ito ay dapat ipaalam hindi lang sa mga estudyante, pati na rin sa mga kawani at kaguruan na madalas nakakasalamuha ng mga estudyante upang sila mismo ay makapagbigay ng kaalaman tungkol sa polisiya sa mga estudyante kahit papaano. Nawa’y bago magsimula ng ganitong polisiya, itamin muna sa kaisipan ng bawat kalahok ang importansya kung bakit kailangang gawin ito. Sapagkat bilang isang institusyong pang-edukasyon, kailangan rin nating bigyan ng kaalaman ang mga estudyante lalo na sa paraan kung paano maiingatan ang kalikasan. Ang ganitong polisiya ay isang paraan upang makatulong sa ating kalikasan kaya’t nararapat lamang na hindi ito palampasin at maitapon na lang ang ganito kagandang adhikain. Pinakamabisa pa ring paraan upang magtagumpay ang ganitong kampanya ay kung lahat tayo magiging responsable at makikiisa sa ganitong polisiya. <w>

Pinakamabisa pa ring paraan upang magtagumpay ang ganitong kampanya ay kung lahat tayo magiging responsable at makikiisa sa ganitong polisiya.

by the Commission of Audit which should have disqualified the said contractor from the project. The Dumagats are fighting not just for their home not be destroyed, but also for their future and culture, including the heredity of their kind which will be endangered once the project pushes through. For the 60-metre high dam to be built, 113 hectares of land will be flooded, with the communities and households around it, according to the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau, including 12 sites considered by 11 indigenous communities as sacred. These sites considered part of their ancestral land where the Dumagats gather their livelihood, medicines, food and shelter will not be spared. The forests where rich biodiversity bloom, will also be subjected to perish. The forests are considered habitat of distinct species which can only be found in the Sierra Madre. Families of the Dumagat people ranging from 400 families to 20,000 people to be affected by upstream and downstream of the dam will have to be displaced. Just like what happened to the closure of 55 lumad schools in Davao, this move to push through with the project shows how this government treats the indigenous people, from the “I’ll bomb lumad schools” rhetoric of the president himself to exercising his “extraordinary” powers to force the development of the dam. Not only it imposes grave consequences to the affected, but the heritage the Philippines sought to protect is jeopardized in favour of businesses and convenience of the urban people. Instead of building the Kaliwa Dam that endangers lives in the process, alternatives such as the proposed Japanese seven-meter weir will suffice for the urgent needs of Metro Manila. It will supply 50 million liters less 550MLD compared to the 600MLD by the Kaliwa Dam, but is safer and environment-friendly as it will not harm the lives nor displace the people surrounding the construction site. Other alternatives also exist, including the tapping of water from the Laguna Lake and fast-tracking the rehabilitation of Wawa Dam. The government could have looked at these alternatives instead of focusing on the China-funded project. <w>

but the heritage the Philippines sought to protect is jeopardized in favour of businesses and convenience of the city people.

Features Progresong nadiskaril: byahe ni Juan || Martin Charles Dilay at Eloiza Marie Menchavez

Isang pangkaraniwang sitwasyon na para sa isang commuter sa Metro Manila ang estado ng trasportasyon sa ating bansa. Mapa-dyip man ito o bus na nangangailangan ng pakikipag-unaha’t siksikan o ang mga pampublikong tren na linggu-linggong humihinto sa operasyon. Pumutok ang usapin ukol sa krisis sa pangmasang transportasyon dahil sa walang katapusang aberyang naranasan ng mga taong regular na sumasakay sa Light Rail Transit (LRT) at Metro Rail Transit (MRT) at kakulangan ng mga pampublikong sasakyan para sa pang-araw-araw na commuter. Kasabay nito ang pagtitiis sa gitna ng mabigat at mabagal na usad ng trapiko. Ito ang mga suliraning matagal nang hinaharap ng mga Pilipino at mas lumalala pa sa bawat administrasyong lumipas.

Ang Transportasyon ni Juan Ang mass transportation ay tumutukoy sa mga pampublikong sasakyang ginagamit ng masa upang makarating sa kani-kanilang destinasyon. Kabilang dito ang mga tren ng LRT/ MRT, bus, dyip at pati na rin ang mga makabagong transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) tulad ng Grab at Angkas. Ngunit kung ito’y hindi sapat sa bilang ng gagamit nito at hindi na nagiging epektibo para sa masa dahil sa pagkasira at pagbagal ng serbisyo na umaabot pa nang tatlong oras bago makarating sa paroroonan, nauuwi na ito sa tinatawag na krisis. Kung trapiko naman ang pag-uusapan, tumutukoy ito sa daloy ng mga nasabing sasakyan sa mga kalye at highway; kasama na rito ang mga pribadong sasakyan. At ang mabigat na daloy nito’y isa ring salik na dumaragdag sa suliranin sa transportasyon. Kung sasaliksikin, nangunguna ang Metro Manila sa “most congested city in developing Asia” nang ikinumpara ito sa 278 iba pang lungsod. Ayon sa pag-aaral ng Asian Development Bank (ADB), ang estado ng trapiko at transportasyon ng isang lugar ay sumasalamin sa kung paano ito pinapangasiwaan ng pamahalaan. Bukod pa rito, sa pinakahuling tala ng Land Transportation Office (LTO), 1,644,932 ang bilang ng mga rehistradong sasakyan sa National Capital Region (NCR). At dahil NCR ang sentro ng kabuhaya’t ekonomikong paglago, dumarami rin ang populasyon ng commuters dito. Araw-araw, tinatayang 2.7 milyong mamamayan ang gumagamit ng pampublikong transportasyon sa rehiyon. Kaya ang mga kalsada at daanan sa Metro Manila ay hindi na ganoon kalawak para sa bilang ng mga sasakyang gumagamit nito.

Humaharurot na krisis sa transportasyon Mga napag-iwanang riles Kada buwan, higit-kulang sa 11.2 milyong pasahero ang gumagamit ng LRT-1, 5.2 milyon sa LRT-2, 8.7 milyon sa MRT at 1.1 milyon naman sa Philippine National Railways (PNR). At kasabay ng ganitong kalaking bilang ng mga pasahero ang paulit-ulit na pagkasira nito linggu-linggo na nauuwi sa shutdown ng buong serbisyo kaya mapipilitan sila na sumakay sa alternatibong transportasyon. Noong Enero hanggang Pebrero 2018 pa lamang, ang MRT ay di-umanong nakaranas ng breakdown o “train glitches” halos araw-araw dahil sa electrical failure o pagkasira ng mga lumang parte nito. Noong Oktubre 2019 naman, tatlong istasyon ng LRT-2 ang isinara dahil sa sunog na nagdulot ng pagkasira sa rectifiers ng tren, at laking gulat ng mga pasahero nang inanunsyo na posibleng siyam na buwang nakasara ang mga istasyong ito. At kahit sa PNR na biglaang itinitigil ang operasyon dahil sa “wear and tear” na ito, noong Marso 2019 lamang ay 713 na biyahe ang ikinansela sa loob lamang ng dalawang buwan. Ang mga manggagawa’t estudyante na gumagamit ng mga transportasyong ito ang nagtitiis sa mga problemang ito. Deka-dekada ang tagal ng mga rail transit na ito, kung kaya’t kalumaan din at kakulangan sa rehabilitasyon ang sanhi ng pagkasira. Ang LRT-1 ay 35 taon nang tumatakbo; ang MRT ay 20 na taon habang ang LRT-2 nama’y 16 na taon. Samantala, ang PNR ay naabutan pa noong panahon ni Rizal; taong 1891 pa ito unang pinatakbo.

Masaklap na sakripisyo ng “modernisasyon” Bakas sa mga dyipni ang kulturang Pinoy. Unang ginamit ito matapos ang Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig at hanggang ngayo’y nasa mga kalsada pa rin ang mga ito. Ngunit di rin maitatanggi na habang tumatagal, hindi na ito nagiging epektibo para sa mamamayan. Ang disenyo’t makina nito’y hindi na angkop sa lumolobong bilang ng commuters. At ang tinataglay na usok ng mga dyip ay hindi na rin pabor sa kalikasan. Kaya ang naisipang solusyon ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) ay ang paglunsad ng Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) noong 2017 na naglalayong i-phase out ang mga dyip at iba pang PUVs na 15 na taon nang pumapasada at palitan ito ng alternatibo tulad ng electronic jeeps na Euro-4 na ang ginagamit na makina at itinuturing na environment-friendly.

Pribado vs Pampubliko Dahil sa lumalalang trapiko’t transportasyon sa bansa, marami na rin ang bumibili ng bagong sasakyan para sa pang-araw-araw na biyahe. Ngunit ayon sa Japanese Cooperation International Agency (JICA), 28% lamang ang saklaw ng mga Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) sa kabuuang trapiko; ang natitirang 72% ay mga pribadong sasakyan. At ayon naman sa Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), 251,628 ang bilang ng mga sasakyang dumaraan sa EDSA araw-araw habang 13,356 lamang ang bilang ng PUVs. Kung tutuusin, dagdag na suliranin sa daloy ng trapiko ang pagdami ng pribadong sasakyan sa mga daanan.

Maganda man pakinggan ang layuning ito, ang mala-negosyong modernisasyon ay tinatayang mula 1.5 hanggang 2.5 milyong piso ang halaga upang makakuha ng bagong electronic jeeps (E-jeep) ang mga drayber. Susundin nito ang 5-6-7 sa pagbabayad: 5% down payment, 6% interes sa loob ng pitong taon, at ang pamahalaan ay magbibigay ng P80,000 subsidy sa down payment. Sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon ngayon ng mga drayber na hindi pa umaabot sa P1,000 ang naiuuwing kita kada araw sa kanilang pasada, bigat sa bulsa para mabayaran ito ang pinakamalaking problema ng higit-kulang 600,000 mga drayber ng public utility jeepneys (PUJ) at 300,000 small operators.

Sa pagsusuri ng Commission on Audit (COA) noong Hunyo 2016, ang pamahalaan ang nagpondo sa Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) sa halagang P743.56 milyon para sa rehabilitasyon ng LRT-2, ngunit nabatid na P360 milyon nito ay ginastos ng LRTA sa mga kwestyonableng dahilan na walang kaugnay sa rehabilitasyon. Bukod dito, ang AMSCO, na nagsisilbing kontraktor ng LRTA para sa rehabilitasyon, ay may tala na ng pagpapadala ng depektibong parte, kulang na mga items at pagka-delay sa pagpapadala nito. Ngunit binabayaran pa rin ng LRTA nang buo ang kontraktor. Nakasaad din sa kontrata na eksklusibo lang na makukuha sa AMSCO ang spare parts para sa LRT-2 kaya naman ganoon kabagal at kawalan ng efficiency ng serbisyo. >> Janine Ashley Clomera

dagok sa masa Kaakibat ng mass transportation crisis sa bansa ang epekto nito sa bawat commuter. Mapa-estudyante man o manggagawa, lalo na kung malayo ang destinasyon, kahit sa napakaagang pag-alis sa bahay ay may tsansa pa ring ma-late ang mga estudyante sa klase o mahuli ang mga manggagawa sa oras ng trabaho na sanhi ng kabawasan sa minimum wage o arawang kita. At hindi lang iyon. Bukod sa stress, sakit pa sa ulo ang nasasayang na oras ng commuter sa daan na karamiha’y malayo ang paroroonan. Umaalis sila nang madaling araw at umuuwi nang gabing-gabi na. Araw-araw nilang tinatahak ang nakakapagod na rutinang ito. Dahil hindi sapat sa populasyon ng pang-araw-araw na commuter ang bilang ng pampublikong sasakyan, dagdag pahirap sa mamamayan ang pakikipagagawan ng espasyo lalo na sa dyip tuwing rush hour, at ang napakahabang pila ng mga pasahero sa mga bus terminal. At sa tuwing may aberya o breakdown ang mga rail transit, dadagsa ang mga naabalang pasahero sa mga highway para sumakay sa mga PUV, na dagdag sa kabuuang dami ng pasahero nito. Bukod sa mga pasahero, damay din ang mga drayber ng PUV, lalo na sa dyip. Una, sa bigat ng daloy ng trapiko, nagiging sanhi ito upang mabawasan ang kanilang kita o hindi maabot ang boundary nila. May kaugnayan ang isyung ito sa hinahangad ng DOTr na Jeepney Modernization. Kung hindi man lang makaabot sa libong piso ang kinikita ng isang drayber ng dyipni, paano na lamang pagdating sa pagbili ng milyon pisong halagang yunit ng e-jeep? Walang kasiguraduhan na lahat ng drayber ng dyipni ngayon ay makakakuha ng bagong yunit, at maaaring mabawasan pa ang dami ng pampublikong sasakyan dahil dito.

>> Janine Ashley Clomera

hanggang “be creative “ na lang ba? Sa halip na imbestigahan o kahit man lang mabahala ang pamahalaan, nakuha pa nitong paglaruan ang isyu at magbigay ng payo sa bawat pasaherong Pilipino na kalbaryo na nga ang nararanasan araw-araw sa kalsada: “Be Creative!” Nito lamang nakaraang Oktubre 2019, tinanggap ni Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo ang hamon na mag-commute upang patunayan na walang transportation crisis sa bansa, kaya nag-commute siya mula sa New Manila patungong Presidential Palace. Sumakay siya sa mga dyip at nakuha pang maghabal-habal. At sa dulo ng biyahe niyang higit sa tatlong oras umabot, kahit nahuli siya ng ilang minuto sa trabaho, isinaad niya na “Mayroong traffic crisis, pero hindi transportation crisis. Kasi, when you say transportation crisis, wala ka nang sinasakyan, paralyzed ang buong traffic.” Dagdag pa niya: “We’re a very creative people. We have a hostile environment but we don’t just sit down and wallow in misery. We do something about it.”

>> Janine Ashley Clomera

ang reaksyon ng mamamayan Ang pahayag ni Sec. Panelo ay nagpaalab ng reaksyon mula sa mga mamamayan. “Huwag sana itong maliitin ni Sec. Panelo at tumulong na agad na magawan ng paraan para mapagaan ang problema ng mga commuters,” sagot ni Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate. “Kung walang krisis sa transportasyon, malapit na dapat siya sa Baguio sa ganoong katagal na biyahe,” dagdag pa niya. “Hindi deserve ng mga estudyante at manggagawang komyuter ‘yung ganitong klaseng transport system sa bansa natin,” pahayag naman ni Alex Danday, national spokesperson ng grupong Anakbayan. At kahit sa social media ay naglabas ng hinaing ang netizens patungkol sa di umanong insensitibong pahayag ni Panelo. Sinasabing wala ang commute challenge niya kung ikukumpara sa aktwal na nararanasan ng ordinaryong Pilipino sa kalsada. Reaksyon ng mga tao sa pagkakataong ito? Hindi na kailangang bisitahin ang diksyunaryo para lang maibigay ang kahulugan at sundin ang ibig sabihin ng “transport crisis”. Kapag ramdam ito ng masa, ramdam na ito ng mamamayang humihingi ng solusyon. *** Sa araw-araw na pakikipagbakbakan ng bawat commuter sa kalsada kasabay ng mga kapwa pasahero, umaasa ang masa na marinig ang kanilang boses at simulang pagtuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaan ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon sa transportasyon ng bansa, lalo na sa NCR kung saan ang espasyo ng mga highway ay hindi na uubra sa dami ng sasakyang dumaraan dito. Hindi madaliang solusyon na magdudulot lamang ng bagong malaking problema ang hinahanap ng mamamayan. Ang hinahanap nila’y aksyon sa pangmatagalan na magbubunga at makakatulong sa lahat ng taong sangkot—pasahero, drayber at opereytor. <w>




October - December 2019

Muntinlupa Emeralds fall short PLMun hosted Kung Fu Festival 2019 || Angelo Cardenas against Cam Sur Express || Angelo Cardenas Muntinlupa Emeralds competed against Cam Sur Express during the National Basketball League (NBL) held at Angelis Resort last November 24, 2019. The exchange of points ended in favor of the latter with the final score of 74-83.

On the first quarter of the game, Cam Sur Express scored its first point with an alley-loop to which Muntinlupa Emeralds bounced back with a three-point shot. The quarter ended with a score of 20-17 in favor of Muntinlupa Emeralds. The following quarter, Cam Sur Express faced the Muntinlupa Emeralds with its good pass and steal skills. The quarter ended with Muntinlupa Emeralds still leading the game, with a score of 37-35. On the third quarter, Cam Sur Express made a comeback and annihilated the Muntinlupa Emeralds with two consecutive points from Romana, a two-pointer spree and consecutive foul points. Muntinlupa Emeralds fought back with its good long passes and steals but Cam Sur Express kept countering its strategies. Cam Sur Express maintained its momentum and eventually claimed victory. PLMun Marshalls coach Robert Vidamo stated that three alumni players and six current Marshalls players participated in the NBL, namely: Deocampo (Alumni), Danga (Alumni), Mislang (Alumni), Austria, Cabeguin, Villablanco, Abis, Cilot and Arevalo. <w>

Lady Marshalls bag 1st runner up title at the CavSCAA, 2019 || Jaye Egoy

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMUN) Kung Fu club won 9 medals including 3 golds 4 silvers and 2 bronzes from the annual Kung Fu Festival (KFF) of 2019 held at the PLMun covered court last December 15 of the same year. The said festival was participated by other Kung Fu clubs namely; PLMun Kung Fu club, PLMun Karate club, Red Lotus Kung fu club of San Pedro, and tagaytay olivares, Laguna State Polutechnic University(LSPU) San Pablo Kung fu club.

The Red Lotus of San Pedro led the opening ceremony by performing 3 forms of wushu taolo introducing the chinese traditions of non lethal martial arts such as Daoshu - wushu taolo form with a sword performed by Roel Marigocio, Gunshu – wushu taolo with a staff performed by Sifu Earl Pasno, and Dullien – wushu taolo form of hand to hand combat performed by JM Dela Vega and James Secondes. The contestants of all clubs performed taolo in front of the judges. PLMun Kung fu club clinched the 3 medals in womans taolo with Mariella Vicente earning gold medal, Olivia Fernando for Silver, and Jhenelle Mac Olaquer winning a bronze. In the middle weight division, Jhenelle Mae Olaguer won the gold medal. Meanwhile, Jhon Christian Coya from the same club nails a silver medal in the light weight Men’s Division. Red Lotus of San Pedro was branded overall champion by judge decision with the most gold all over the event, which the team acquired 4 gold medal 1 silver and 2 bronze. All players of the team were PLMun students; Jomar Morco, JM Dela Vega, Edward Masong and James Secondes. <w> Photo by: Angelo Cardenas

PLMun Lady Marshalls brought home the 1st runner up trophy of the 24th CavSCAA league after losing the championship game against Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) last November 10, 2019 at the Saint Francis of Assisi College- Bacoor, Cavite. The championship battle between the defending champion and the PLMun Lady Marshalls started off with a consecutive 2 points scores gained by the EAC Basketball team. Then, the Lady Marshalls secured their first score resulting to an intense exchange of scores from both teams that leads to ending the 1st quarter with a score of 14-10, in favor of EAC. The game continued in a thrill filled offensive and defensive plays offered by both teams which took the audience off their seats. Intensity filled the air as the Lady Marshalls attempts to dominate the game and snatch back their momentum. However, with the EAC’s team defenses, the Lady Marshalls had a hard time Executing their game play. The game ended with a final score of 65-61, in favor of team EAC. <w>

Muntinlupa City wins New Face of the year in Taekwondo Championship || Dennis Gabriel at Mariel Mesa

PLMun’s taekwondo team triumphs against De La Salle University-Lipa, Batangas during the 2019 Quezon Province New Face of the Year Taekwondo Championship last November 23, 2019 at the Southern Luzon State University in Quezon. During the event, the PLMun and Muntinlupa taekwondo teams gained numerous awards with three golds, four silvers and three bronzes, with Muntinlupa City declared as the overall champion of the tournament. Ten students from PLMun’s taekwondo team participated in the said tournament, namely: Denzel Muana (team captain), Carlota Alvarez, Quennie Castasus, Chiqui May Llagas, Nerielyn Serrano, Toni Rose Gonzales, Josh Kyrios Meren, Troy Dave Javier, Jan Namor Dee and Mary Justine Claire Yutuc. <w>

PLMun dominates in Cavite Fight Fest 2019 || Kimverlou Almonte

PLMun’s Karatedo Team stood victorious as the team took home gold, silver and bronze medals in the Cavite Fight Festival 2019 last November 16, 2019 at the Barangay Inosencio, Trese Martires, Cavite. The team joined the tournament in preparation for the incoming Association of Local Colleges and Universities Athletics Association (ALCUAA) to gain experience and exposure while competing against the teams from Cavite, Santa Rosa (Laguna), Batangas, Caloocan and Malabon. For the Women’s Division, Patricia May Vergora nailed the gold medal followed by Marjorie Ongcoy who won the bronze medal in the Advance Category. Meanwhile, Ann Reyes won bronze in the Intermediate Category. Junela Carnaje, Cathlyn Ybiosa, Cristina Morillo and Mary Jane Uanza bagged bronze medals in the Novice Category. In the Men’s Division, Davis Rafallo and Edrian Josh Ramonel bagged gold medals in the Advance Category. Sandy Rili and Ivan Malunes also bagged golds while Ramon Miguel Maravilla won a bronze medal in the Intermediate Category. “Sobrang effective kapag mas sinunod namin ‘yung turo ni Father, kaysa sundin namin yung gigil namin kapag nalalamangan ng kalaban. It’s better to win in the competition with the guidance of our coach than to think in a negative way,” says Marjorie Ongcoy, captain of the Karatedo Team. <w>


PLMun produces 1 CPA and 36 BLEPP passers || Mary Pearl Gayoso Here are the passers of Board Licensure Examination for Psychologists and Psychometricians ( BLEPP) 1. Abuil, Rionette Castro 19. Manigo, Zaira Marie Cruz 2. Agustin, John Edison Arevalo 20. Marpuri, Jennie Rellama 3. Aroskin, Erica Malicdem 21. Marquez, Rachel Angela Caburnay 4. Cabanatan, Melanie Rose Oliveros 22. Nato, Mariella Joy Mazo 5. Camposana, Rizza Jane Estacio 23. Nicolas, Precious Aradillos 6. Castillo, Gelyn Protacio 24. Ocampo, Janine Anne Rose Munar 7. Cempron, Shaira Rodilla 25. Oco Ma. Eloisa Clava 8. Cortez, Shayla Keith Remalla 26. Pinili, Almyra Legaspi 9. Custodio, Joharha May Antegra 27. Rogel, Regine Ruby Evangelista 10. Dela Paz, Josiemel Escasulatan 28. Romaguera, Chine Joi Romayla 11. Delfino, Beneth Derla 29. Sales, Aldrinette Riol Imperial 12. Devaras, Jan Alliana Abiad 30. Sanje, Shaine Valencia 13. Dimatatac, Rosemarie De Vera 31. Tablate, Alexander Traquena 14. Foyo-Alorro, Mirriam Orozco 32. Tabora, Ciara Mae Machado 15. Gendraulle, Lyra Alecante 33. Uriarte, Riezelle Garlan 16. Hidalgo, Jerico Villasica 34. Vallejo, Jeanie Garcia 17. Joaquin, Thealice Ann Severa 35. Vicente, Joseph Oliver Sanchez 18. Lobos, Sherry Ann Cuanico 36. Wenceslao, Ma. Victoria Flores The passer of Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (CPALE) 1. Dahlia Andes Furmigones


October - December 2019


Ampatuan Massacre, remembered PLMun Dulangsining campaigns after a decade of injustice || Claire Lerpido for anti-VAWC in #Nine2Six2 The Musical || Martin Charles Dilay

Through a program and candle lighting with the theme “Solidarity Against Impunity”, The Warden Publication commemorated the victims of Ampatuan Massacre, the Philippines’ single deadliest event for journalists in history. The said program took place at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod Muntinlupa (PLMun) quadrangle last November 26, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with students and faculty as participants. The commemoration program included spoken poetry and song performances by students, inspirational messages from selected faculty members, and messages of solidarity from student council representatives. The night ended with the lighting of 58 candles, followed by 58 seconds of silence as a tribute to the 58 victims of the massacre.

The Ampatuan Massacre, also known as the Maguindanao Massacre, was a brutal event that happened on November 23, 2009 wherein 58 victims, 32 of which are journalists and media workers, were killed by gunmen, believed to be led by former mayor Andal “Datu Unsay” Ampatuan Jr. at Barangay Masalay, Ampatuan, Maguindanao. 197 suspects allegedly conspired to slay the victims on a hill in Ampatuan town. Some of them were on bail, had their cases dropped, still at large, and even died in the course of the slow-paced trial. But last December 19, 2019 inside the court room at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes finally gave the verdict after 10 years. Eight members of the Ampatuan clan and 20 other primary suspects were convicted for 57 multiple murder charges and were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years in prison without parole, while 15 others were sentenced to prision correctional or six to 10 years in prison. However, 56 suspects, including some members of the Ampatuan clan, were still acquitted from the said charges, on grounds of reasonable doubt.

In an effort to raise awareness about Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) issues, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa’s very own theatrical guild, PLMun Dulangsining, presented a play called “#Nine2Six2” last November 10 and 11, 2019 at the Muntinlupa National High School (MNHS) Main Campus. #Nine2Six2 tackles the deeper struggle left upon the victims of VAWC. It tells the story of Aya, a woman who went to Barangay San Sinukuban to look for her son, Emerson; all the while revealing the pieces of her sorrowful past and backstory that led her to that situation. It was all accompanied by original musical pieces sung throughout the performance with ending songs titled “You Have The Right” and “VAWC Song” to further voice out their advocacy to stop VAWC. The play was written and directed by Mr. Angelo Liloc, PLMun theatrical guild head, and was made possible in coordination with the Gender and Development (GAD) Office and PLMun Student Development Programs and Services (SDPS) under the Office for Student Affairs (OSA) who also attended and witnessed the play, along with PLMun students. <w> Photo by: Alizza Pamintuan

During the promulgation, journalists, human rights groups and some relatives of massacre victims gathered outside Camp Bagong Diwa. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), AlterMidya Network, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) and Bayan Muna Partylist led a small program with solidarity messages from its representatives. Journalist groups considered the historic verdict as “partial victory” because other suspects were still acquitted, 81 more still at large and yet to be found, and the “58th victim” of the massacre was disregarded in the promulgation. Furthermore, the verdict remains appealable and possible to be filed by the Ampatuans before the court of appeals. <w>

Source: College Editors Guild of The Philippines

Photo by: Angelo Cardenas

Risa Hontiveros orients PLMun about Safe Spaces Act || Jay Ar Francisco Senator Risa Hontiveros visited Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) to orient its students, officials and staff regarding the Republic Act 11313, also known as Safe Spaces Act or “bawal bastos law”. The said orientation was held at the PLMun covered court last October 29, 2019. Sen. Hontiveros promoted the implementation of RA 11313 in universities and announced its newly-signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The law aims at eliminating gender-based harassment and violence, in public places and communities. This covers both online and physical spaces, all of which are punishable by law and can warrant fines of up to P20,000. The scope of this act includes sexual harassment, staring, stalking, catcalling or taunting on the basis of one’s gender.

Muntinlupa Independent Film Festival, 2019 || Mariel Mesa

The orientation started with opening remarks from Dr. Remedios Cunanan, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) followed by Dr. Darwin Carmelina, Research and Extension Coordinator and Gender and Development (GAD) advocate, giving a brief description regarding RA 7192 or the Women in Development and Nation Building Act, which promotes equal opportunity for women and men for the nation’s development. <w>

Muntinlupa Independent Film Festival (MIFF) is the very first film making organization in Muntinlupa that is intended to showcase the talents of all aspiring Muntinlupeños. MIFF was produced by Mr. Jeff Rante, in coordination with the Tourism, Culture and Arts Department of Muntinlupa City and with Dr. Jaime Gutierrez-Ang, Office of the Student Affairs (OSA) Director. It was officially launched last November 26, 2019 at Museo ng Muntinlupa. The organization’s main goal is to produce the best artists in Muntinlupa, leading to various opportunities and commencement of their careers in the art of filmmaking. The producer of the festival aims to give a chance and reach all Muntinlupeños, specifically the students, to show their outstanding skills and talents in the industry. Last September 2019, MIFF opened its first filmmaking competition that included short film, documentary and vlog (video blog), in line with the theme “Geschlecht”, a German word for gender. All participants must be a student and resident of Muntinlupa City. Then, on its launch day, the final entries were presented at the Museo. Among the participants were from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Miraculous Medal School, Muntinlupa National High School Tunasan Annex, Christ the King College of Science and Technology and Informatics Computer Institute. The winner of the festival will be announced on January 2020. <w>

Photo by: Jay Ar Francisco



October - December 2019

Source: PLMun Student Handbook

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October - December 2019

Kaklase Mo, Juan Singko (KMJ5) || Tinidoro

|| Paniki and Pulang Patatas

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) Kung alam mong may kulang kang requirements for clearance, kalma. Simulan mo nang suyurin ang korokan at bayan para mag hanap ng lucky items!

Singko man ang apelyido, at least hindi ang grado. Pero singko perpekto pagdating sa pag-iimbestiga sa kung ano ang kaganapan at kababalaghan na umaaligid sa Pamantasan. Hindi siya naririto para makipag-away, samahan natin si Juan Singko at tuklasin ang mundo ng mga PLMunians. i-KMJ5 NA YAN! Ang Mahihiwagang Kuwento sa Clearance Day Gamitin ang hashtag na #KMJ5Clearance Clearance, ang pinaka-importanteng bagay pagkatapos ang isang semestre, pero ang mga kababayan natin sa isang departamento di umano, imbis ang pinoproblema ay pirma, pinoproblema ay… bulsa?

Lucky Items Checklist: Walis, Dustpan, Bunot and Floor Wax Lucky Tip: Wag kang “Attendance & Run” sa event, ha? Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)

Sa dami raw ng mga requirements di umano, eh para na silang ninong at ninang sa pasko sa pag cocomply ng kung anu-ano para mapirmahan ang clearance! Ang malala pa rito, ayon sa pahayag ng isang estudyante, para sa grade, may ambagan pa raw sila para sa external drive ni prof?! Pinuntahan ng aming team ang mga ito, kasama si Juan Singko, hindi para makipag-away at mag-amok sa social media, kundi maging propesyunal sa pakikipag diskusyon sa namumuno ng departamento. Itinigil na raw di umano ang pagrerequire ng mga masyadong maraming materials sa mga estudyante, ang hinihingi nalang nila ay ang membership fee na mahalaga sa bawat departamento… Case closed na nga ba ito? Tapos na kaya ang kalbaryo ng mga estudyante tuwing clearance day? Abangan sa KMJ5!

Di lang dapat maaga ang gising, dapat mala-Flash din ang kilos! Dahil sa mala-blockbuster na pila sa registrar, akala mo may MMFF na sa school. Worst-case scenario? Masabihan ka ng “See you tomorrow” ni kuya guard kase CUT-OFF NA! Lucky item: Fill-up form Unlucky Chant: “Cut-off na po!” Pisces (February 20 – March 20) New Year, New Me raw. Bago ‘yon, simulan mo muna maging malinis at maayos, lalo na sa canteen. Ligpitin ang pinagkainan para ganahan naman ang susunod na kakain, okay? Lucky reminder: bawal na ang plastik, ha? Aries (March 21 – April 20) ‘Wag panay lablayp atupagin, kung dati pa-heart heart ka. Ngayon, pa-hurt hurt! Uso kasi review-review noon para hindi bagsak-bagsak tapos iyak-yak? Ay sakit sa bangs! Lucky number: 5.00 Lucky Lie: “Babawi ako next sem!” Taurus (April 21 – May 21) Gamitan mo ulit ng lakas at tapang, kailangan this time, maging pala sagot ka at ‘wag papatalo. Yan ang magiging asset mo para sa nalalapit na re-defense. Pag natalo ka, ulit ka HAHAHAHA Lucky charm: Piso sa sapatos Gemini (May 22 – June 21) 50:50 sa kasipagan? Tiyak na tatambakan! Dahil sa dami ng projects mo na one-nightbefore-the-deadline mo lang gagawin, tapos na bakasyon pero nagsu-swimming ka parin sa gawain! Kaya kung ako sayo, isagad mo na hanggang 3,000 ang sipag mo! Lucky day: Deadline Day! Unlucky Charm: Eyebags Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Be a fashionista with a classy style, ‘di lahat ng trendy clothes ay pwede sa ating pamantasan. Nagkapunit-punit na nga test papers mo, idadamay mo pa pants mo? R.I.P. Jeans Lucky Attire: Proper Attire, duh?

Plastik mo, Tapon mo! Tweet na! #KMJ5Plastik

Hindi ito tungkol sa mga kaklase mong ngiting ngiti pag may kailangan lang sa’yo, hindi. “Basura mo, tapon mo” ika nga. Pero sa kantina ng Pamantasan… Mga estudyanteng nag-iiwan parin ng basura sa mga tables nila, di umanong… namamataan araw-araw? At ‘di lang daw ‘yan, dahil nakakalusot parin ang mga nagdadala ng plastik sa kasagsagan ng… No Plastic Policy! Kaya pinuntahan ng aming team ang kantina para malaman ang totoo, kasama muli si Juan Singko para mag-imbestiga. Habang nag-iikot si Juan sa mga tables, may naramdaman daw siya. At nang tinignan ng aming team ang footage sa CCTV, ang natagpuan nila ay nakagigimbal! “May nararamdaman akong presensya rito” sabi sa’min ni Juan, gamit ang mga aparato nya. “Presensya ng kawalan ng disiplina!” At sa CCTV footage na nakita namin, totoo nga! May mga estudyante paring iresponsable’t nag-iiwan ng kalat pagkatapos kumain! Ang malala pa rito… ang iba, hindi naman kumakain, kundi naglalaro ng… Mobile Games? Magiging disiplinado na Pamantasan? Abangan!




Leo ( July 23 – August 22) Hindi ka ninja, pero mga technique mo para makalusot sa guards daig pa si Naruto. Lahat nang ‘yon dahil lang sa naiwan mo ang ID mo sa house mo?

Mga Mystical Creatures ng Klasrum i-hastag na! #KMJ5Mystical

Lucky Technique: Bag-Sabit-Sa-Harap Technique

Habang nagsusunog ka ng kilay para sa inaasam mong uno sa COG, baka nagpakita na sa classrooms niyo ang mga katakot-takot na di umanong Mystical creatures na ito! Heto si Juan Singko para ipaliwanag kung ano-ano sila’t anong gagawin pag naka-enkwentro mo sila!

Virgo (August 23 – September 23) Dahil sa iyong sipag at dedikasyon, winish mo maging mataas ang grades mo. At dahil dyan, Aladdin, your wish is my command! Lucky number: 3.00… Oh My G! bakit ganun? (pinaghirapan o hinulaan?) Libra (September 24 – October 23) Hindi ka man rarampa sa 2020 graduation, AT LEAST, alam mong sure ka na sa 2021 graduation HAHAHAHAWIT! Lucky Date: June 2021 Lucky Advice: Iiyak mo lang pero ‘wag susuko Lucky Music: “Land of Hope and Glory” (a.k.a The Graduation March) Scorpio (October 24 – November 22) Sa susunod niyong groupings, evict mo na agad sila. Bakit? Kaysa sakit sa ulo, gawin mo nang solo! At kung 4th Year ka naman, alam na. Choose wisely sa thesis mate. Baka imbis na thesis, maging disease sa katamaran ang ibigay ni parter. (Para sa 1st to 3rd Years) Lucky Chant: Teamwork makes the dream work! Lucky Chant (Plan B): Pag sakttit na sa ulo, do it solo! (Para sa 4th Years) Lucky month: April & May Lucky Charm: RRL

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21) Dahil naubos na ang gamit mo kahihingi nila classmates. Use your pamasko last Christmas, at simulan mo na bumili ng gamit pang school habang may sale pa! Sharing is caring!

Multo – Siguro ay hindi mo pa siya nakikita, kasi sumusulpot lang sya pag judgement day na, este, pag exam na. Tuwing nag-aattendance si prof, tataas balahibo niyo dahil… Wala nanaman siya! Ano ang gagawin? Kunin ang Ouija board para kausapin siya at bigkasin ang mga ito: “Pakitaus kana kundi ‘kaw Droppus!” kasing dami ng araw na inabsent niya. Tiyak na mapapayapa ang multo.



Poltergeist – Ang pinaka makapangyarihan sa lahat! Dahil sa dami ng inipon niyang violations, puwede nang ma-guiness book of guidance records ang classmate mo sa dami ng oras niya sa community service. Ano ang gagawin? Sa sobrang makapangyarihan nito, mahirap makisama sa poltergeist! Kumuha ka ng stapler, sinulid at karayom… Bakit? kailangan mo nang i-stapler ang ID at COM niya sa katawan niya at itahi ang proper uniform sa kaniya, para hindi na niya ito makakalimutan!

Tiktik – Malakas ang tawag niya pag malayo pa, wala ang presensya niya ngunit nararamdaman mo na palapit na siya! Dahil nga raw sa di umanong trapik at may dinaanan pa, tanong nang tanong sa chat… “Andyan na si sir?” “Andyan na si ma’am?” “Nagsisimula na kayo?” “Ano ganap?” LATE NANAMAN SIYA! Ano ang gagawin? Magset-up ng tent sa harap ng iyong classroom, ihanda ang mga aparato tulad ng alarm clock at sabihin sa tiktik… “Dito ka nalang matulog para di ka na late!”

Lucky Ball: Pen >> Serrandlo Olid Roman Jr. And Kimverlou Almonte Almonte

>> Kimverlou Almonte


October - December 2019

Presidential blur between rights and lives “Your concern is human rights, mine is human lives.” President Duterte bravely uttered this during his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2018. Coming from a leader whose “drug war” has mercilessly killed tens of thousands of Filipinos in extra-judicial killings disguised as “legitimate” tokhang operations, surely, this “concern” of the president on human lives remain blurred and paradoxical. With his raging anger and heat against the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), he has also pulled his massive number of supporters to join the negative bandwagon on hating a concept that actually protects every aspect of dignity and freedom, which is human rights. The Philippines’ serious human rights lapses have not escaped the notice of the Human Rights Watch, which listed as many as 23,000 killed since the drug war began up to this 2019. In the midst of this erosion of basic liberties and attack on human rights, we expect the court as the last defender of democracy that would protect our rights and check the excesses of power. Unfortunately, they were not spared from the impunity brought by this war. More than 43judges, lawyers and prosecutors have been killed under Duterte’s regime. Many point that the motives behind these killings are related to their exercise of duty. But beyond our administration’s killing spree because of tokhang operations and attack on lawyers and other judiciary members, even indigenous peoples are endangered. The president threatened to bomb tribal schools, accusing them for teaching students to become communist rebels. The rhetoric wasn’t serious at first, not until the Department of Education (DepEd) formally shut down 55 lumad schools in Davao. Advocates claim that due process was not observed. Education is a powerful tool by indigenous peoples to free themselves out of ignorance, oppression and poverty. Such attacks are serious violations on human rights and the administration shows no sign of stopping. As stated, President Duterte’s concern is not human rights, but rather “human lives”. But the point missed in said statement is that human lives will absolutely be nothing without human rights to protect it. Human rights allow every human being to live with dignity, freedom and justice. It is guaranteed to everyone and does not exclude anyone. It is supreme and inalienable, which means that nothing can ever interfere with it and no law can be made to violate it. Without it, the world we know would be in a chaotic condition. His continuing lash on human rights has distorted its essential concept. As we celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10, let us take a stand and condemn all the

Literary Bamsak || Janine Ashley Clomera Gustong gusto ko talaga laruin kasama ng mga kalaro ko ang bam sak. Iilang beses ko pa lang mataya rito, magaling kasi akong magtago. “Alas otso na! Uwi na” Naririnig ko na naman yung sigaw ni nanay. Taguan ko kaya? Gusto ko man umuwi ay hindi ko naman kaya kasi makikita ako ng taya. Ayoko nga na ako naman ang maghahanap! “Pu*angina, Karlo! Sabi nang umuwi ka na eh!” Hindi man ako nataya, nagulat naman ako sa biglaang paglabas ni nanay sa gilid kung saan ako nagtatago. Kasabay ng sermon niya ay ang pagpingot niya saking tainga sa sobrang inis. “Put* Karlo! ‘di ka na talaga nakikinig sakin ano? Alam mong kabilaan ang patayan dito sa atin ngayon!” Wala na akong nagawa kung hindi makinig na lamang. Pagkadating namin sa bahay, kaagad akong pinaglinis ng katawan ni nanay, bilisan ko raw at masama magbabad sa gabi. Pagkalabas ko ng banyo ay pinaupo na ko sa lamesa. Hindi pa naman handa ang hapunan, pero hinayaan ko na lamang at baka masermonan pa ulit ako. Hihintayin ko na lamang si Tatay. “Isang bangkay na naman ang natagpuan sa lugar ng --- kung saan hindi pa nakikila ang pagkakakilanlan nito!” natakot ako, dahil baka ang tatay ko iyon. Hindi yata narinig ito ni Nanay pero hinayaan ko na lamang. Maya-maya pa ay nakarinig kami ng sunod-sunod na katok mula sa pintuan. Kumaripas ng takbo si Nanay papuntang pintuan, palakas nang palakas ang tibok ng puso ko. Pagbukas ng pintuan ay si Tatay na pala. Nawala bigla ang kaba ko, pero ang mukha ni Tatay ay pawis na pawis, namumula ang mga mata, at hinihingal, para bang siya’y hinahabol. “Dionisio, aba, saan ka ba nanggaling? Bakit parang tumakbo ka?” tanong ni Nanay. Hindi agad makasagot si Tatay, palibot-libot ang kanyantg tingin sa aming salas.Makalipas ang ilang segundo, “Ahh, wala, kakagaling ko lang kasi sa sakahan, eh may aso! Hinabol ako! Pu*angina talaga!” sambit ni Tatay habang patawa-tawa pa. “Ahh kaya pala. Halika na at kumain na tayo Dionisio, mamaya ka na magbihis. Karlo umupo ka na roon.” Bakas sa mukha ni Tatay ang kaba, hindi ko malaman kung bakit. Nakatulala pa rin siya hanggang ngayon, na napansin din naman ni Nanay. “Kumusta ang pagsasaka Dionisio?” tanong ni Nanay kay Tatay. “Ayon, wala namang pagbabago… Ganoon pa din… walang pagbabago.” Matamlay na sagot ni Tatay. Pagkatapos namin kumain ay naghanda na ako para makatulog, ayoko na mahuli nang gising at masermunan ulit ni nanay. Gusto ko na ulit mag umaga para makapaglaro ng bam-sak, nasisiyahan talaga ako kapag naglalaro kami ng mga kalaro ko nun. Papahiga na sana ako ng biglang pumasok si Tatay sa kwarto ko. Nakaramdam ako bigla ng kaba. Si Tatay ay dali-dali akong itinago sa ilalim ng kama ko, hindi ko alam kung bakit. Naiiyak ako. Ayaw ko ng ganito. “Anak, maglalaro tayo ng paborito mong laro ha? Iyong… ano… bam-sak? Tama ba? Tama ba? Ah basta iyon. Karlo, mag-iingat ka. ‘Wag kang lalabas hangga’t ‘di ka pa nahuhuli ng taya.” Nagmamadaling sabi niya. Tumango na lamang ako at sinubukan pigilan ang aking iyak. Maya-maya ay nakarinig ako ng pwersahang pagbukas ng pintuan. Napagalaw ako sa takot. Hindi ko na alam ang nangyayari. Nasigaw na sina Tatay at Nanay, nahuli na ata sila ng taya. Gustong ko silang makita… Hindi ganitong bam-sak ang gusto ko. Ayoko ng ganitong bersyon ng bam-sak. <w>

attacks on human rights by this administration. We should stand and uphold human rights for there is no important battle today than to fight for democratic rights as it facilitates human development that would create conditions for people to reach their full potentials. No country has the capacity to stop all human rights violations but there is justified expectation that any government has enough resources to do substantial measures to address and resolve the situation. <w>

no law can be made to violate it. Without it, the world you know will be in a chaotic condition...

UKOL SA PABALAT Matinding mantsa ang nagmarka sa mamamayan dahil sa walang tigil na pagpukol sa karapatang pantao. Sa taong panunungkulan ng kasalukuyang administrasyon, tila isang maliit na kulungan ang bansa ng takot, sigaw at karahasan. Mula sa di mabilang na alingaw-ngaw ng armas at pag aklas, ganun din ang pagkamit ng mamamayan sa pantay na pagtrato sa mamamayan. Hindi ito matatapos, sa paulit- ulit na siklo ng dahas at pagpaslang. Kung ito’y magpapatuloy pa, ang hanay ng mamamayan ay ‘di titigil sa pagtuligsa bitbit ang tunay na pagaasam upang makalaya. Isinasalarawan sa pabalat na ito ang pilit na pagpuksa ng rehimen sa dahilan ng di makataong lipunan. Tunay ngang madahas ang hatid ng bawat digmaan, ngunit tunay na marahas ang dahilan nito. <w>

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