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Forget Sept. 21

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Very, very early, perhaps between 2 and 3 in the morning of Saturday, Sept. 23, 1972, I was awakened at home, in the southern side of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, by the rat-tat-tat of automatic rifle fire, coming from the north. There were up to 100 shots, in intermittent bursts, over 10-15 minutes. An hour later there was a huge explosion, coming from the east. Then, eerie silence.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Democratizing UP education

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Education is an important process by which a society harnesses its vast human resources in order to build a progressive society. Because it is a social responsibility, the 2008 UP Charter has mandated the state to institutionalize—through the University of the Philippines—a mission that fulfills this.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Why we stay

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Last Thursday, the University of the Philippines’ board of regents appointed me chancellor of UP Diliman, the flagship campus, and although my term did not officially start until March 2, I had to hit the ground running, including arranging for transfers of responsibilities from being a college dean. I’m glad to say, too, that both in UP and the Inquirer, I have been given the go-signal to continue doing this column, thanks in part to readers who wrote in to convince me to continue.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Pilate-an’ statement from university heads

This is in reaction to the article titled, “Top schools call for united front vs corruption” (News, 2/14/14). The four presidents of the so-called top schools (by what standards?) said: “As institutions of higher learning, we send word to our nation that we shall keep vigil until the truth is told and we at last are free.” I call this statement

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Does the academic calendar matter?

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Three cheers for University of the Philippines Diliman. It refused to be rushed into approving the proposal to change the academic calendar from June-April to August-May and, when it was discussed in its University Council, disapproved it, calling for careful study. The 5-page proposal was apparently unsupported by any real evidence.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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