An honorary degree for Duterte: A tempest in the tea cup of UP

Last night I saw the reactions online about the plan of the BOR to confer an honorary degree to President Duterte. Now I am a UP graduate from UP DIliman and UP in the Visayas. Before that I studied at U.P. Integrated School. Both of my parents worked at UP and now I am also teaching Science and Technology at U.P. Also it should be made known as well that I supported and still support President Duterte. Also I work as a consultant for the PCOO. Now having said that let me just say that this post is my own and only my own.

I think that there is nothing wrong with this particular proposal placed before the BOR. It is a proposal and will deliberated on. I also think there is nothing wrong with alumni and students airing their protest.

However, I do question though and invite a conversation on-line or off-line on the merits of the case. As one can see here:

“By giving honor to a man who challenges basic human decency, discourages public dissent, promotes a culture of impunity, and lauds extra-judicial killings, UP has taken a major step backward in upholding Honor and Excellence.
#NoDegreeForDuterte #DuterteNotWorthy”

Let us look at one in particular

“By giving honor to a man who challenges basic human decency, discourages public dissent, promotes a culture of impunity, and lauds extra-judicial killings, UP has taken a major step backward in upholding Honor and Excellence.
#NoDegreeForDuterte #DuterteNotWorthy”

So far how has Duterte discourage or inhibited public dissent?

Has Duterte even filed any libel case against anyone who has criticized or maligned him?

Nada

Going back to the proposal before the BOR I have nothing against the protests and I have nothing against the prpopsal. It is all part of the freedom we all enjoy. This does though put into question the honorary degrees given to former Presidents, who were thought of as decent and honorable before they were deemed corrupt or inept.

In the end this President: my President though will not even mind if the degree is given or not. It then becomes the proverbial tempest in the tea cup.

Of course you may want to dispute or disagree with my viewpoint. Let us discuss it.

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Ghost In the Shell — I liked it

I must say in my mind there were some doubts whether to watch the recent live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Despite the controversy and scathing reviews something pushed me to watch this film. I am glad I did. This is nice science fiction action film that has as its selling point Scarlette Johanssen and Takeshi Kitano. First Scarlette Johanssen aside from being a good actress is easy on the eye — you just want to look at her. Second, Takeshi is a joy to watch as the leader of the special unit with probably the best lines in the film.

Now, As much as I liked this adaptation but that is what it is an adaptation. The seinen manga and anime by Masamune Shirow is a different beast. It is thought provoking, multi-layered story that is a commentary on man and technology.

In the end I liked both films but for different reasons. The recent one is an enjoyable romp while the earlier and initial stories that formed the fertile bed that is Ghost in the Shell is an interesting and cerebral piece of work.

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@ASEAN2017: An Exercise and A Contest

STS Exercise: My Asean Story Project: How has ASEAN helped my life

This is a project I am working with ASEAN 2017 organizers:

Create a post, image, audio or video to answer this question, “How has ASEAN helped my life?”. Post and share your entry in this blog post. Please indicate your name, student number and section.

There will be some items for the entries that are creative, informative and insightful. The most outstanding of the outstanding entries aside from some ASEAN memorabilia might be featured in one of the activities of this year’s ASEAN.

To help you with this exercise you can check the ASEAN related information on this blog and or go to the following websites and pages.

The Asean 2017 website

Home

The Asean 2017 FB page
https://www.facebook.com/ASEAN2017/

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