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Famed writer Yuson dropped from GMA News Online

Following a thorough investigation by an ethics committee into charges of plagiarism against famed writer Alfred “Krip” Yuson, his contract as editor at large for GMA News Online, which reportedly expired mid-April, has not been renewed. In a statement, GMA Network management explained that, “The decision not to renew the services of Mr. Yuson is consistent with the policy of GMA that personnel do not plagiarize or copy other people’s work.”

The issue of plagiarism was first raised by blogger Jaemark Tordecilla of Fire Quinito, who noted strong similarities between an article by Yuson published in Rogue magazine, and an earlier piece written by GMA News Online sportswriter Rey Joble. Yuson, in a response to Tordecilla, admitted that he had lifted portions from Joble’s article, but said that he had been under deadline pressure. He also said that he thought he had co-authorial rights, given that he had edited Joble’s work before it was published by GMA News.

The controversy drew a flurry of outraged reactions from the blogosphere, including Ina Stuart Santiago, James Cordova of Asian Correspondent, and Interlineal, a content partner of After Yuson, in his weekly column for The Philippine Star, said that “it is hardly of any consequence that the usual lynch mob that marauds through social media is having such a fun time indulging in vituperation”, Tordecilla had strong words for the multi-awarded wordsmith. The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) slammed Yuson as well, saying, “An apology would have sufficed; making excuses is just too much.”

Yuson is a significant figure in Philippine letters. The author or editor of several books, he is a member of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame, probably the most prestigious literary distinction in the country. He has also won many other prizes locally and internationally.

As of this writing, Rogue has yet to issue a statement on the matter. Ateneo de Manila University, where Yuson is listed as a member of the Department of English, has similarly made no comment.

The university has been involved in previous plagiarism disputes that erupted around business tycoon Manuel “Manny” V. Pangilinan, a former member of the Ateneo board of trustees, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, a graduate of Ateneo Law School.

Editor’s note (May 2, 2011; 7:45 PM): This article was first published in slightly different form. It has since been revised to better comply with the editorial standards of The Pro Pinoy Project. Our apologies.

LRT to resume service on Monday

Light Rail Transit users be advised that the service will go on holiday. From Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday, the Light Rail Transit will be undergoing maintenance, and will not operate. Last train will depart Baclaran, Roosevelt Santolan and Recto Stations at 8 pm on Holy Wednesday. The Light Rail Transit Authority announced on their website that the Light Rail will resume operations on Monday, 25 April 2011 at 5 o’clock in the morning.

Fire erupts at Guadalupe Laperal, General Alarm raised

Fire blazed at Guadalupe Lapera mid-day Tuesday. Metro Manila Development Authority tweeted that as of 12:40 pm, local time, General Alarm was sounded sending fire trucks from all over Metro Manila to the scene.

@ageofbrillig on twitter quoted DZMM radio that EDSA-Southbound was not passable due to the Guadalupe fire. He also quoted DZMM saying, Fire Fighters ran out of water battling the Guadalupe fire.

@MMDA on the other hand clarified that only 1 lane of EDSA southbound is passable due to firetrucks battling the fire. Motorists are requested to take C5 or Mabuhay lanes.

Makati Mayor Binay took action sending tents for fire victims.

As of 2:15 pm, Manila time, the Metro Manila Development Authority announced that fire is under control.

Photo credit: twitpic image via @gimiabreak, all rights reserved.

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Ruins and monuments: A collective statement on the plagiarism of Krip Yuson

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”

—T. S. Eliot, “Philip Massinger

While we may be growing old, straining under the constant pressure of deadlines, and feeling overworked—and who, in truth, does not?—we may not be as jaded as we think we are: when blogger Jaemark Tordecilla of Fire Quinito exposed the fact that multi-awarded writer Alfred “Krip” Yuson had plagiarized entire paragraphs from an article by GMA News Online sports reporter Rey Joble for a piece that was published in the current issue of Rogue Magazine, we must admit to feeling no small degree of disappointment and outrage.

We find that we can only agree with Tordecilla when he concludes his post with, “Fuck that. We deserve so much better.” That such a sentiment has to be articulated in the first place is almost as dismaying as the wrongdoing itself, of course, because Yuson is no callow wordsmith, and therefore should be no stranger to the concept of intellectual honesty. Insofar as the realm of Philippine letters can be conceived of as a game, Yuson is one of its most prominent professional players, which even the most cursory survey of his curriculum vitae would show: he is the author and/or editor of several books in different genres, has won both local and international recognition for his work, evaluates the output of other, younger writers in competitions and workshops, and is a faculty member of the Department of English at Ateneo de Manila University.

[Read the rest in Interlineal.]

Ran: The Death of God

The theme of the death of God has nothing to do with God. It has everything to do with humans and what happens to them on earth. It is not a religious assertion, but a declaration of a mood—the mood of modernity, which we also find in other lines from other writings, including William Butler Yeats’ “Things fall apart” or Karl Marx’s “All that is solid melts into air“. It heralds the coming of nihilism. Fernando Pessoa said that we are slaves to the gods whether or not they exist. This is how Nietzsche’s “God is dead” ought to be received: not as a question of belief about the reality of the deity, but as an articulation of the human condition in modernity. This is not the time to debate about Aquinas’ theological proofs. God, whether or not you believe in him, is an issue we have to deal with. But the philosophical dimension of this issue is essentially un-theological and anthropocentric—it is predominantly a human issue. Insofar as the idea of God is a projection of human wishes, as the writings of Ludwig Feuerbach tell us, our relation to God (or to the idea of a God or gods) mirrors the state of human reality. Hence, the philosophy of the “death of God” is also an exercise in self-consciousness.

[Read the rest in Interlineal.]

Painlessly instructed: Notes on The Consolations of Philosophy

“Our experiences and beliefs are liable frequently to be dismissed with a quizzical, slightly alarmed, ‘Really? How weird!’, accompanied by a raised eyebrow, amounting in a small way to a denial of our legitimacy and humanity,” writes Alain de Botton in his book, The Consolations of Philosophy.  He then, in commiseration, talks about Montaigne, who, by learning the beliefs and behaviors of people from other regions through travelling and reading, “could gain legitimacy for parts of himself of which there was no evidence in the vicinity—the Roman parts, the Greek parts, the sides of himself that were more Mexican and Tupi than Gascon, the parts that would have liked to have six wives or have a shaved back or wash twelve times a day…”

The Consolations of Philosophy essentially does two things: provide the titular consolation and exhibit the practicability of Philosophy.  The common problems of man are presented and corresponding philosophers—their lives and views—are considered to discuss each of them.  The table of contents will give you the impression that you’re about to read a self-help book.  It says Consolations for in the heading and the chapters underneath are Unpopularity, Not Having Enough Money, Frustration, Inadequacy, A Broken Heart and Difficulties.  And it is a self-help book.

[Read the rest in Interlineal.]

Krip Yuson caught plagiarizing

While perusing the current Rogue sports issue, Jaemark Tordecilla of the sports blog Fire Quinito discovered that noted writer and academician Alfred “Krip” Yuson had plagiarized entire sections from an article by GMA News Online sports writer Rey Joble. According to Tordecilla:

“…it’s especially galling when someone as talented and accomplished as Yuson steals from Joble and tries to pass off all that work as his own. I have no idea why Yuson was arrogant enough to think that he could pull off this kind of shit; did he really believe that no one was going to know?”

Yuson sent an e-mail to Tordecilla in response, admitting that he had, in fact, lifted portions of Joble’s article:

“Indeed, it was a terrible failure of judgment on my part, and I initially shuddered at the prospect of losing my friendship with Rey for having done him in, in a way.”

I support RH Bill – Get together

This was published on Facebook:

Time: Saturday, April 16 · 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Carlos Celdran “The Living Room” 1991, North Sequia Apt. MH Del Pilar, Malate

This is a get together for the first time of everyone who have the same advocacy with food and kwentuhan…..

Kindly post on Facebook what food are you going to bring. thanks.

Food: potluck
For more info: 09272378533 or see the Facebook Page.

DOF charges former Congressman Pichay in takeover of Express Savings Banc, Inc.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima filed a criminal complaint at the Department of Justice(DOJ) against 5 members of the Board of Trustees of the Local Water Utilities Administration(LWUA), a government-owned and controlled corporation(GOCC), in connection with the acquisition of shares of stocks of a troubled thrift bank.

The 35-page complaint named former congressman and Arroyo administration ally Prospero A. Pichay, Jr., Renato S. Velasco, Susana Dumlao Vargas, Bonifacio Mario M. Pena, Sr. and Daniel Landingin as respondents in a case for violations of the Manual of Regulations for Banks in relation to the Central Bank Act, Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Revised Penal Code for their alleged “direct and willful participation in facilitating the highly irregular and anomalous takeover and acquisition of the shares of stock of Express Savings Banc, Inc.(EXSBI), a financially troubled bank undergoing rehabilitation.”

EXSBI is a thrift bank based in Cabuyao, Laguna with an authorized capital stock of P100-million divided into one million common shares, according to the Department of Finance(DOF).

Read the full article at ABS-CBN News.