Features | Laurice Angeles

Graphics by Deitro Dazo

“I assure you that everything is safe in our country.” Hearing this from a determined and temperate man, the country’s leader no less, is reassuring to his countless supporters and hopeful constituents as the COVID-19 pandemic started ensuing. Amidst criticism, he assured, “Have faith in the government. We will do our very best.” This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s world-famous leadership style — making promise after promise as the Philippines’ pandemic situation progresses into a likely disaster.

Early on, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III urged Filipinos to “stay calm and remain vigilant.” Indeed, there…

Opinion | Jericho James Natividad and Dionn Marie Pacot

Editorial Art by Ramone Tumonong

As much as Ferdinand Marcos’s kin and supporters try to salvage his narrative these days by falsely perpetuating how “successful” the Philippines was under his administration, these tragically-woven fictional Facebook posts just cannot bury the truth, let alone the trauma of activists, students, journalists, and other Filipinos. Even though most of these stories happened during the martial law period, the terror of Marcos began way before then. In fact, these instances of state-sanctioned abuse and corruption sparked the Diliman Commune.

Five decades ago, on the first of February…

Feature | Clarissa Torio and Kyla Carmea Javier

Graphics by Rob Hermosa

Struggle is not new to the field of science — the work involved to finish studies, defend theses, and anything else to obtain a degree and employment needs to be accompanied with unending determination and confidence. More than that, scientists have to fight for recognition and visibility, which poses a heavier task for minorities and those restricted by gender barriers.

As a way to uplift the LGBTQ+ community in the sciences, UP Diliman graduate Jason Tan Liwag has been moved to establish Queer Scientists PH which he now manages with two of…


(TRIGGER WARNING: violence, murder, death)

Bang. Bang. Bang, These were not the sounds of the bamboo cannon that Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony had ignited to welcome the fast approaching Christmas celebration.

In a video recording of the incident, Sonya and her son were shown sitting down, posing no threat to the policeman Jonel Nuezca or his daughter who was also in the scene. Sonya responded to the policeman’s young daughter, who was antagonizing her, with what could be described — at worst — as sarcasm. …

Opinyon | Reign Bañares

Dibuho ni MC

Likas na matanong ang mga bata. Tila ba punong-puno ng bighani ang kanilang mga mata sa bagong mundong natututunan pa lamang nilang tuklasin. Kaya naman sa mga magulang, isang tinik ang tanong na “paano ako ginawa?” o “paano ako naging tao?” kung saan ang ensayadong sagot ay “gawa ka sa pagmamahal ng magulang mo”.

Bilang indibidwal na nasa hanay ng agham, maraming simple at angkop na paliwanag para rito. …


Editorial Cartoon by Ramone Tumonong

Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses were devastating tropical cyclones that claimed 32 casualties (26 dead and 6 missing), cost over ₱17.9 billion, and forced people into packed evacuation centers in the midst of a global pandemic. In response, local companies and student organizations mobilized to conduct donation drives for the victims of the storm’s onslaught; CNN Philippines even started a thread to signal boost these initiatives. Of course, the Duterte administration could not pass up the chance to ruin this heartwarming moment.

Lorraine T. Badoy, the spokesperson for the military’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)…


Editorial Cartoon by Jansen Wong

“Hinarang kami ng napakaraming lalaki dito. Maraming lalaking naka-armado. Andito na si Unsay, sinampal niya ako.” These were the last words Datu Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu ever heard his wife Genalin say over a phone call on November 23, 2009. He called again, even trying to contact his sisters who had accompanied her to file Datu Toto’s certificate of candidacy for his Gubernatorial bid, but these efforts all proved futile. The next time he saw her, it was at a funeral home — the Ampatuans’ men had riddled her body with bullets. Genalin was not the only victim. …

Salin ni: Aliah Antig

Dibuho ni Jansen Wong

Ang rehimeng Duterte ay kilala sa kanilang giyera laban sa droga. Sila rin ay natatangi dahil sa hidwaang kanilang inilunsad laban sa mga dalubhasa. Ang mga tinuran ni Benny Antiporda, pangalawang kalihim ng Departamento ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman (DENR), laban sa pag-aalok ng UP ng kanilang tulong sa rehabilitasyon ng Manila Bay ay isa na namang hakbang ng gobyerno upang salungatin ang akademyang pumupuna sa mga kamalian nito.

Sa nakalipas na dekada, ang Instituto ng Agham Pandagat ng UP ay patuloy na nakikipagtulungan sa DENR upang suriin ang rehabilitasyon ng ating mga ekosistemang…

Feature | Nikka Joy Macasa

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Scientia Vol. 27 Issue №1 (The Pursuit Issue).

Graphics by Hanz Salvacion

Krista. Herald. Jayson. Mark.

Their common denominator? All of them bear the brunt of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) and of being a science researcher in the Philippines.

For years, transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been persecuted for their sexuality, regardless of their contribution to society. …

News | Jazryl Galarosa

The IskoOps Relief Operation and Donation Drive is extended until November 21, 2020. For in-kind donations, you may contact Tierone Santos at 0916 765 4695. Photo courtesy of Tulong Kabataan — UP Diliman Facebook page

Lack of manpower is one of the greatest issues Tulong Kabataan — UP Diliman (TK UPD), with the help of the UP Diliman University Student Council, is facing as it organizes its initiative for those who were affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

TK UPD aims to cover Marikina, Rizal, Cagayan, and the Bicol region as a portion of the donations will be given to UP Harong, UP Ibalon, and UP Lawod’s initiative in their respective areas in Bicol. …


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