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Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Special Issue of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies on Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines

A special issue of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies on violence, human rights, and democracy in the Philippines has just been released. It is free to read and download. Get it here https://dahas.upd.edu.ph/journal-kasarinlan/.

TWSC Launches New Website on Violence


To celebrate its 43rd founding anniversary today, the Third World Studies Center launches the website http://dahas.upd.edu.ph/ as part of its three-year research and advocacy collaboration with Ghent University on "Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines." A multidisciplinary network of academics, long-time activists, and veteran journalists did the research for the project.

For this soft launch, the Dahas (Violence) website conveys the preliminary information on the project's case studies from different localities across the country, an in-house database on counting the dead in the drug war with downloadable templates and how-to guides, as well as curated scholarly and popular resources on violence in the Philippines.

TWSC's international peer-reviewed journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies will release a special issue based on select case studies this February. By mid-2020, the Dahas website will also make available to the public an edited volume based on the case studies. Both the journal issue and the book will be available for free online.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Emerald O. Flaviano Is Recipient of the 2020 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (Researcher Category)


The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) is proud and honored that one of its research staff, Emerald O. Flaviano, is recipient of the 2020 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (Researcher Category).

In his nomination for Em, TWSC Director, Dr. Joseph E. Palis, cited her

[C]onsistent . . . professionalism and dedication. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences . . . . continues to write scholarly film reviews . . . . [and has had the published output of her project, "Cinemalaya and the Filmic Articulation of the 'Filipino Experience'" included in] library holdings from Hamburg, Germany to Texas, U.S.A. . . .The administrative and research staff of TWSC is confident that Em will continue to do her work at the Center with the same commitment and high work ethic.
Em will receive the award from UP Diliman Chancellor Dr. Michael L. Tan on February 28, 2020 at the UP Theater.

From UPDate Diliman, "13 awarded Gawad Tsanselor 2020" (March 10, 2020):
Natatanging REPS. Emerald O. Flaviano is a University Research Associate I at the Third World Studies Center (TWSC). She was recognized for her efficiency in the concept, design and implementation of research projects; for publishing her research works in local and international peer-reviewed journals; for her sharp critiques of many independent films as a member of the Young Critics Film Desk; and for her important contributions to extension services as Associate Editor of “Kasarinlan” of the TWSC.




Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Book Launch: “Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats: Emergence and Evolution of a Power Elite”




“Philippine Politics and the Marcos Technocrats: Emergence and Evolution of a Power Elite” 

Book Launch 
October 30, 2019 Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Second Floor, Palma Hall Lobby (in front of Guerrero Theater) 
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 


Program 


2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
Maria Ela L. Atienza, Ph.D.
Chair
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman

2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. 
Message
Fidel R. Nemenzo, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development
University of the Philippines Diliman

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. 
Book Reviewer
Temario Rivera, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Directors
CENPEG

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Book Reviewer
Emmanuel S. de Dios, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
School of Economics
University of the Philippines Diliman

3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. 
Reply of Author
Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman

3:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. 
Closing Remarks
Joseph Palis, Ph.D.
Director
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Book Signing 



Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan, Ph.D.
Master of Ceremonies
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman


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.


Photos from the public forum