Tuition in UP, SCUs: The P11.34-billion question

The January-March 2014 issue of Budget Facts and Figures, a newsletter released by the Senate’s Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office, reveals that the government expects state colleges and universities (SCU) to generate an income of P7.3-billion from tuition fee collections and another P4.04-billion in “other income collected from students” for fiscal year 2014. These […]

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Give the peace talks a chance

If you care about peace, and would like to see the peace talks between the government and the communist rebels to resume, this post is for you — as well as my column today at the Manila Bulletin. The formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National […]

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#iBlog10: Bloggers as activists

On April 4, I joined my friend Kiko Acero at a panel discussion on “blogging and activism” at the 10th Philippine Blogging Summit at the University of the Philippines’ Malcolm Hall. Bloggers should continue to use their popularity and influence for activism.

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Partial victory, ‘unfinished business’ justify a partial appeal to SC’s Cybercrime ruling – BAND

We the Bloggers and Netizens for Democracy (BAND), composed of petitioners in G.R. 203469, are going back to the Supreme Court soon to file a “motion for partial reconsideration” regarding its decision on the draconian Cybercrime Law. For while we are happy that the court partially agreed with us by voiding the provisions on warrantless […]

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#ThankYouCoy

Philip Marco Caballes (Nov. 13, 1985-Jan. 16, 2014) We first knew him as the funny and awesome CokskiBlue, who brought video blogging (vlogging) to its rightful place – in the front and center of Pinoy blogging. We immediately put his blog in our browser bookmarks and feed subscriptions. Later, he would be in our phonebooks […]

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#AidMonitorPH should check corruption – and expose aid with strings attached

Aside from #ReliefPH, #TracingPH and other social media-based disaster-related efforts, the netizens’ response to Yolanda now includes a laudable crowdsourcing project called #AidMonitorPH. The objectives of #AidMonitorPH are pretty straightforward: To identify and list of foreign aid donations and pledges and to monitor how these would be used and spent. #AidMonitorPH is clearly an offshoot […]

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‘You voted for them’

The title of this piece is one of the ultimate conversation spoilers when we talk politics, especially these times when we wish to hold the President, senators, congressmen and their fake NGOs accountable for the outrageous amount of pork barrel funds they abused or plundered. The mostly educated fall prey for this rather simplistic and […]

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