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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

THIS IS THE MATRIX

A Free Public Forum


7 May 2019 (Tuesday), 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Second Floor Lobby, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Please click here for the video recordings of This Is the Matrix.

Speakers

Ellen Tordesillas, President, VERA Files
Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler
Ephraim Cortez, Secretary General, National Union of People’s Lawyers
Rene Saguisag, Senator (1987-1992)
Luis Teodoro, Trustee, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
Ramon Guillermo, Faculty Regent, University of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte's words were: "Tell them to ask me." This is what Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told the Malacañang Press Corps during the 22 April 2019 media briefing when probed for an explanation about the one-page “matrix” containing organizations and names of lawyers and journalists who are allegedly involved in an "oust-Duterte" plot. The journalists were not able to hide their frustration and disbelief, as Panelo kept saying, "It's common sense!," "I don't know!," that is, until he supposedly quoted Duterte, effectively ending the discussion. The oust-Duterte “matrix” is not the first exposé of the president. And his exposés have, for the most part, been in the form of lists that outlined and linked together names of disparate groups and individuals who were decisively his administration’s next “target.” In these lists, contexts and evidence are irrelevant. The president's declarations should be enough. As per Panelo: “Galing kay Presidente kaya paniwalaan n’yo.” This is despite the fact that even some government offices under the president have no knowledge of how these lists came about, from the PNP, the AFP, sometimes all the way to the office of the defense secretary—or even if some information on these lists were blatantly false. If one ever wanted to ask a question about these lists, one has to go ask the president himself. And when the media would indeed go to Duterte the usual response is circuitous and invective-filled. Or worse, they are banned from covering the president and Malacañang-organized events. Then he would come up with a new iteration of his ever-evolving lists and matrices to line up individuals and groups that state forces should go after in retribution for their temerity to ask him a question or challenge his positions with facts, figures, and well-studied policies. For the Duterte administration, there is no opposition; there are only shifting conspiracies that it must relentlessly crush. When the highest office in the land will not bother with explanations and expects its constituents to take at face value any and all information it espouses as truth, what is the media for in its commitment to pursue truth and freedom? When the president construes all forms of critique as simply leftist propaganda, how can human rights organizations and groups of legal advocates fulfill their commitment to justice and democracy? This forum will bring together members of the academe and actors from these maligned organizations to answer one key question as we chart the life of our democratic polity under Duterte: How does one respond to a government that persecutes institutions of citizenship that ask for truth and transparency from its leaders?

The Office of the Dean, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman are the co-sponsors of this public forum.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: One (1) Part-Time Research Assistant

Ms. Yuko Kubo, a PhD student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, and Visiting Research Fellow at the UP Third World Studies Center is looking for a female part-time research assistant for three (3) months (contract renewable), starting 17 December 2018. The RA will assist Ms. Kubo on her study on Filipino women who have experienced miscarriages and how they think about the fetus. In particular, the RA will translate from English to Filipino interview questionnaires and interview consent forms, as well as translating and transcribing interviews with key informants during field work.

Net compensation is PhP15,000.00 a month. Weekly schedule of work will be determined between Ms. Kubo and the RA.
                                                                                                                                             
Applicants must be:
  • University of the Philippines female students (senior standing) or recent U.P. female graduates of courses in the social sciences, women’s studies, and/or community work;
  • those who can communicate effectively both in English and Filipino;
  • those who have no ideological prejudice about reproductive health; and
  • willing to work in Manila City for four (4) days a week from 10 am to 4 pm.


Preference will be given to those who:
  • have done academic and practical backgrounds in women's studies and community work and
  • live in Manila City.


To apply, submit the following:
a comprehensive curriculum vitae,
a true copy of grades or a printout of grades from CRS, and
a letter of application addressed to:

Yuko Kubo
Visiting Research Fellow
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

Due date for applications is on 16 December 2018 (Sunday). All application requirements must be submitted online as PDF attachments at kubo.yuko@anthro.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

Monday, October 01, 2018

The 2018 TWSC Writeshop Fellows


The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) announces the following successful applicants to the 2018 TWSC Writeshop on 24-26 October 2018. In no particular order, the TWSC welcomes the following writeshop fellows with their respective manuscript submissions:

  1. Pawilen, Reidan (UP Los Banos) - "The Bodong Indigenous Allied Group, Inc. (BIAG) as an institution for Justice and Women Empowerment among Indigenous Peoples in Ilocos Sur and Abra"
  2. Estrella, Victor (Philippine Normal University) - "Illicit Trade in Gold Cultural Materials in Butuan, Philippines"
  3. Ladia, Charles (UP Diliman ) - "Communicating Youth Civic Engagement: Spaces for Youth in National and Local Governments’ Disaster Management Policies and Programs, The Case of the City of Malolos, Philippines"
  4. Magallona, Diego (UP Diliman) - "Neocolonial Troops: The United States and the Shaping of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 1964-1966"
  5. Ramos, Dondy Pepito II (UP Diliman) - "Opium: Discourses and Policies in the Philippines, 1900-1908" 
  6. Luga, Jose Matthew P. (UP Diliman) - "Living in and Leaving from the Japanese Occupation: Everyday Transportation in Baguio City, Philippines (1941-1945)"
  7. Guiang, Francisco Jayme Paolo A. (UP Diliman) - "History as a Tool for Social Criticism: The Development of Renato Constantino’s Ideas, Selected Works from 1970 to 1991"
  8. Ariate, Maria Ima (UP Diliman) - "Atty. Nguyen Van Dai and Contending Views on Democracy in Vietnam: A Life History"
  9. Baguisi, Maria Margarita (De La Salle University Manila) - "Pakikibaka Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya: Anakbayan, 1998-2015"

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