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The Enduring Curse of Patronage Politics

Why Filipinos should not elect a patrimonial president in the 2016 elections
All throughout Philippine history, a small number of extremely influential families possessing vast lands and huge corporations have ruled our government. The notoriety of patronage system and oligarchic culture in the country has inspired numerous experts and scholars to coin equally notorious terms to describe the severity of conditions underpinning Philippine politics – anarchy of families, booty capitalism, non-substantive democracy, ersatz capitalism and cacique democracy, among others.
When the U.S. colonial regime transplanted its brand of representative democracy into our oligarch-infested economy, it virtually cleared the pathway for the systematic …

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UP experts to lead the push in preserving Pangasinan’s language and culture

Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and UP President Alfredo E. Pascual exchange signed copies of the memorandum after affixing their signatures. Photo by Jun Madrid.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan on 18 June 2015, the university’s experts, particularly those who trace their roots to the province, will lead in preserving and promoting Pangasinan’s language and culture.
The MOU was signed by UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero De Vera III, representing the university; and Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and …

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Former Collegian Editor to launch memoir in honor of First Quarter Storm heroes

UP alumnus and former Philippine Collegian Editor-in-Chief Nelson Navarro will launch his memoir, The Half-Remembered Past, at Salute to the First Quarter Storm, on 30 January 2014, Friday, at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
Sponsored by the Office of the President of the University of the Philippines System and the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity, the launch will also mark the 44th anniversary of the First Quarter Storm where Navarro and his fellow student leaders took to the streets to protest the socio-political and economic issues in the late 1960’s.
One of Navarro’s contemporaries, Ericson …

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Evolution of the Pork Barrel System in the Philippines

Since the pork barrel controversy erupted in July of this year the phrase “pork barrel” has been interchangeably used with PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund). What is the pork barrel or PDAF? How did it come to be a sensational issue in Philippine public governance? Under the pork barrel system, each branch of government (legislative, executive and judiciary) has its own pork barrel allocation. The latest controversy, however, has centered more on the legislators’ pork barrel.
PDAF Watch defined pork barrel as those funds “allocated to politicians such as congressmen and senators, to be used, based on their decision, to fund …

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Dulaang UP celebrates Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial with ‘Teatro Porvenir’

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In celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s sesquicentennial, Dulaang UP stages “Teatro Porvenir, Ang Katangi-tanging Kasaysayan ni Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay at Aurelio Tolentino sa Entablado,” a Palanca-winning play written by Tim Dacanay.
“Teatro Porvenir” is a re-imagining of the history of the Katipunan through an amalgamation of myth and literature, history and religion. The play highlights Bonifacio as artist- a facet of this valiant revolutionary that remains largely unknown to most people.
It all starts with a struggling moro-moro troupe in Tondo, “Teatro Porvenir  (Theater of Tomorrow)”. Its members, Aurelio Tolentino, Emilio Jacinto, Macario Sakay and the brothers Ciriaco, Procopio and …

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