Minutes before school attack, Texas gunman sent online warning

UVALDE, USA – The Texas gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers posted an online message warning that he was going to shoot up an elementary school minutes before he was attacked, Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, May 25, as more harrowing details about Tuesday’s rampage emerged. The gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, also … Read more

Victims in Texas school shooting all died in single classroom, authorities say

The Texas rampage stands as the deadliest school shooting since a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012 UVALDE, Texas, USA – The 19 children and two teachersd at a South Texas elementary school were in a single fourth-grade classroom where the gunman barricaded himself, … Read more

[New School] Why majority of overseas Filipinos in Taiwan support Marcos

‘In my interactions with the pro-Marcos majority of Taiwan, one does not see trolls and unruly hordes receiving cash-outs, but a supportive and collaborative community’ When one talks of Marcos supporters, there is a yearning to tag them as misinformed — as they are often portrayed on international media and by the opposition. However, in … Read more

[New School] Marcos’ victory is the price of elite democracy

May 9, 2022 marked what was, perhaps, the most consequential Philippine election since 1986. The Marcoses – the world’s poster children for corruption, extravagance, and authoritarianism – are set for a triumphant return to Malacañang in what is shaping up to be the largest electoral landslide in recent history, more than 36 years since the … Read more

[New School] Can Isko stay afloat? The ‘two joints’ debunked

‘While many have already pointed out Isko’s problematic campaign strategy, I would argue (in supplement) that his downward spiral, at least in theory, is partly because of our electoral system’ Amidst the monstrous tides of pinks and reds, can the “centrist” mayor stay afloat? In a recent statement, Manila mayor and presidential candidate Isko Moreno … Read more

[New School] Good versus evil: It’s not that simple

With two weeks remaining before election day, the current picture remains baffling. Even facing the challenge of the clearly more competent Vice President Leni Robredo, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. retains a significant, albeit shrinking, lead in all nationwide pre-election surveys. This, despite never showing up to a debate or having no clear platforms beyond repeating … Read more

[New School] Perspective of a non-citizen on the 2022 Philippine elections

‘Being of another nationality living in the Philippines does not automatically make us apathetic of the socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the Filipino people’ A surge of immigrants from India, specifically the Punjabi Sikh community, flew to the Philippines in the 1990s. In their hopes to settle in the country, they applied for permanent residency. Their children … Read more