Before it was established back in 2003, UP Political Society (UP POLSCi) was only a vision and a dream by a group of political science students – an organization that will embody excellence as it challenges the status quo, and in its essence, unite theory with praxis. Fast forward to 2016, it has now managed to become the youngest and largest political science organization in the University of the Philippines – Diliman. It has successfully triumphed over its ordeals, and can proudly say that it has set the standard.
And it is on its blossoming year of 13 that it aims to go further. The challenge to enkindle its guiding pillars – leadership, service, excellence, and politics – continues. Thus, on its 13th anniversary, harnessing courage, they will go Beyond through Braving the Unknown.
Staying true to its principles for more than a decade now, UP POLSCi dares to ask beyond the surface, seeking to find answers to issues faced by society. Hence, probes on the aggressive campaign of the government against drugs and criminality. This year, a forum entitled, “Pusher: ‘Wag Tularan – A Forum on the Duterte Administration’s Brand of Criminal Justice” will be organized in an attempt to shed light on the issue.
“We aim to analyze this current phenomenon of ‘cardboard justice’ and ‘vigilantism’ that has purported in our very streets just two months into the Duterte administration. We are witnessing a drastic transformation of our criminal justice systems and it is something that we should devote time to dissect and understand.” said Christine Joy Galunan, president of UP Political Society.
As part of their month-long celebration, their event will happen on August 24, 2016, 4-7pm at Palma Hall Room 400, University of the Philippines – Diliman. The forum will be joined by resource speakers from different fields to share their expertise on the matter.
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