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UAAP residency rule vs right to sports


When swimmer Mikee Bartolome sued over the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) residency rule, the UAAP opined to Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz Jr. that “playing in the UAAP is not a right, but a mere privilege.” Bartolome correctly argues this is not only callous and arbitrary, it is unconstitutional and un-Filipino. As a [...]

Posted: September 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mere warning for serious act

This refers to the news about National University (NU) player Jeoffrey Javillonar receiving a letter warning him for pushing University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) Jeric Teng during the NU-UST basketball match last July 10. (Sports, Inquirer, 7/12/13). What?! Just a warning?!

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Change or die


It began on a rather freakish note. From out of the blue, The Varsitarian, UST’s school organ, came out swinging at Ateneo and La Salle, calling them “cowards and lemons,” and their faculty a bunch of “intellectual pretenders and interlopers.”

Posted: October 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

DepEd officials need to be educated

Kindly allow me to react to the article titled “CHEd upholds UST stand vs Go: Academic freedom” (Inquirer, 6/19/12).

Posted: July 10th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Get gangsters out of España

The city government of Manila did a good job at making a stretch of España, within the vicinity of the University of Santo Tomas, attractive by installing gleaming streetlights and prettified street islands. It gives the impression that the place is safe and secure. That is why my wife and I usually enjoy strolling along this street on Sunday nights.

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Trouble in the hacienda


“Royal” and “pontifical” are the words that come with any mention of the University of Santo Tomas.

Posted: February 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Philippines 2050

The closing this week of the year-long quadricentenary celebration of the University of Santo Tomas and the astounding report by the international bank HSBC that the Philippines would become the world’s 16th largest economy by 2050 by virtue of improving macro-economic fundamentals, its large population and rising education standards, should impress upon naysayers, many of them Filipinos themselves, that the country must be doing something right all along.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Creative application of academic freedom

Creative application of academic freedom
The University of Santo Tomas may be the oldest Catholic university in Asia and may be acknowledged as one of the best universities in the country, but it has shown that age does not automatically translate into wisdom, and high academic standards do not necessarily mean sound administrative decisions. This is what it has done by conferring a doctorate in civil law on Chief Justice Renato Corona. According to respected journalist Marites Vitug, UST bent its own rules to give Corona an undeserved academic honor.

Posted: January 10th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



“If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?” Charlie Brown asks in the award-winning comic strip “Peanuts.”

Posted: January 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

UST used to stick to its rules

The news item in Jan. 2’s Inquirer, where the University of Santo Tomas was reported to have urged the press not to drag institutions like UST to the impeachment controversy, and where UST also notably claims a “long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation, commitment to excellence” among other criteria or standards to which it subscribes, reminded me of an experience with UST authorities involving a younger brother of mine, Agaton (“Aton”).

Posted: January 9th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

One lucky guy

Renato Corona must be one very lucky guy. First (in the order in which the public got to know about it) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sneaked him into the highest post in the country’s highest court well past the day and hour when the Constitution allows an outgoing president to make such appointments.

Posted: January 5th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bad taste on the part of UST officials leads to cheap shot

I WRITE in reference to two Inquirer articles: “UST break rules for CJ” (Inquirer, 1/1/12); and “UST: CJ earned PhD” (Inquirer, 1/2/12).

Posted: January 5th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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