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U.P.'s Philippine Collegian Goes Digital, Blasts Government Inaction

The official publication of the University of the Philippines Diliman has had a contentious 98-year old history with various sitting presidents.
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The Philippine Collegian, the official student publication of the University of the Philippines Diliman, has released a 48-page digital issue covering the three months since the COVID-19 global pandemic hit.

“Our usual 12 pages of newsprint just would not suffice to yield ample space for sectors that have had to endure governmental inaction and abuse of power during this crisis,” said a message on the Collegian’s  Facebook page.

The issue’s editorial is called “Delusions and Diversions” and talks about the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the different sectors of society. The publication's different features delve into human rights abuses in quarantine, the plight of Philippine healthworkers in the frontlines, and the toll of COVID-19 on the poorest of the poor, among others.

The Collegian also calls for the rejection of the anti-terrorism bill that’s been approved by both the Senate and Congress and is now awaiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. 

“You might not hear from us again. Should things go ever more wrong in the country, reading the Collegian would soon count as a terroristic act. If that doesn’t concern you, you can go ahead and ignore this post. But if you believe this moment demands bold and independent journalism, please read on,” says the Collegian’s Facebook post.  

“We believe that these stories need to be told over and over again. Most of these articles have been posted online, but, recognizing the limitations of the platforms we have on Facebook and on Twitter, we have thought to produce a digital issue, which comes in handy for readers to look back on in the future.

“This issue bears testament to that endeavor and to how the people have fiercely responded to state-sponsored terror. Like you, we fear our political landscape will grow even more dire in the weeks ahead. But the Collegian vows to remain steadfast in helping create an informed citizenry through fearless and critical journalism, in standing alongside the marginalized—no matter the stakes.

"You deserve no less."

Access the full copy of the Collegian's Special COVID-19 Issue here:

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