In light of the surfacing issues that try to subjugate LIYAB, I am writing this manifesto. I will provide the clincher, which I hope shall clear up the obscure notions about the publication.
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CONSTITUTIONALITY AND LEGITIMACY
LIYAB as an established publication is an exercise of the Article V, Section 1 of the 1982 SAMAHAN Constitution, which states that “Every student has the right to establish and issue regular student-and-people-directed publications subject to the principles of responsible journalism. The editors and managers should be free to develop their own editorial policies and news coverage pertaining to the school affairs and other relevant social issues.” The institutionalization, and thus legitimacy, of LIYAB as a publication is still under the continuing study of the ad hoc committee formed by the officers of PIGLASAPAT.

PIGLASAPAT AND LIYAB
PIGLASAPAT, the oldest political club in Ateneo de Davao University, allowed the establishment of its student-centered publication in 2015. The publication shall be under the name LIYAB, which is the Filipino equivalent of the word ‘blaze.’ Although LIYAB is under the jurisdiction of the PIGLASAPAT Officers, the said officers provide sufficient autonomy to the Editorial Board in respect of the 1982 SAMAHAN Constitution. THUS, THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS PUBLISHED IN LIYAB BELONG TO THE WRITER INVOLVED AND IT DOES NOT REFLECT THE PIGLASAPAT OFFICERS.

PURPOSE OF LIYAB
LIYAB is a network of writers inside the Ateneo de Davao University. These writers are driven by the fire to question systems and policies in the university, and thus effect the change of the status quo. It was established to accommodate writers with political affiliations, as juxtaposed to the official student publication of the Ateneo. It can be noted that the establishment of LIYAB is an exposition of PIGLASAPAT’s political maturity, since the club celebrates its 29th year this 2015.

OBJECTIVITY AND RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM
LIYAB aims to become one of the vox populi publications in the Ateneo. The complication of LIYAB lies in its nature. Partisanship and objectivity can never be together in the eyes of journalism ethics – responsible journalism. Thus, LIYAB will soon restructure and launch its own lampoon issue, so as to conform to the 1982 SAMAHAN Constitution’s provision for responsible journalism. LIYAB will strive for objectiveness in its general issue through mentorship, and the exercise of autonomy from the PIGLASAPAT Officers.

FORTIFYING THE ATENEO KRA FOR 2015-2020
LIYAB is the pioneer publication to have been launched inside a political party. Together with its lampoon, which shall house critique of the student government and other entities, LIYAB will strive to co-facilitate political discussion in the university. In the context of the Ateneo de Davao’s Key Performance Areas (KRA) for 2015-2020, LIYAB stands to “address questions of belief and non-belief towards the truth.” This means that LIYAB will strive to promote the plurality of the studentry, whereby one may agree or disagree with the other relative to various ideologies, culture, and other factors. LIYAB believes that the real purpose of a ‘university’ is discourse especially between opposing ideologies.

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I personally believe that ‘objectivity’ in journalism is a myth, but I am bounded by the provisions of the 1982 SAMAHAN Constitution and the accepted standards of journalism ethics. Despite all these, LIYAB will remain staunch in keeping its plume blazing. It will continue to question systems, policies, and people, to assure that the accountability of the student government remains checked. LIYAB will remain a student-centered, vox populi publication.

LIYAB will be firm in upholding its cri de Coeur – REVEAL THE UNHERALDED WORD.


Vincent Carlo Cuzon
LIYAB Editor-in-Chief

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