Modernized Crime

“There is no crime when there is law punishing it” – Criminal Law principle

Bullying and stalking friends and even strangers has been made easier through the cyber world. Is cyberbullying ethical? Should the government enable specific laws to punish perpetrators of such bullying? I believe that cyberbullying is unethical and should be given attention by Philippine law makers as soon as possible because said bullying does not only pressure, stress, and harass victims, it also causes suicide. Cyberbullying and stalking were given much attention in different states after causing a 13 year old girl in Missouri to commit suicide. Cyberbullying is known as an act of harassing, threatening, degrading, and embarrassing an individual or a group through the internet or using any of the digital technology.

It is necessary to give legal basis on cyberbullying and cyberstalking because if there are no specific laws protecting individuals from cyberbullying, the immoral act would continue to ruin anyone’s life through blackmail, and other forms of harassment. Based on researches and studies, those who have been cyber-bullied suffer from psychological disorders like anxiety and depression, lowered self-esteem, failed performaces on schools, and most of the time, isolating theirselves from the public.

It is beneficial to punish and criminalize individuals who bully and stalk in the cyberspace because the act of doing it intrudes person’s privacy and that individual’s right to maintain whatever reputation he or she upholds. There are already laws in the Philippines pertaining to new media but not any of them specifically deals with cyberbullying and cyberstalking.

It is ethical for everybody to fight against people who bully and stalk through the internet because there would be no “bully” if no one lets themselves be bullied. The greatest thing we can contribute to stop the modernized crime is to start within ourselves. Don’t bully, so you wouldn’t be bullied.

Cybercrimes are rampant in the internet. Some uses the new media for human trafficking and child pornography. Others use the internet to harass and embarrass individuals. Cyberbullying and cyberstalking should be everybody’s concern and all of us should be attentive. The state should provide specific legal grounds to penalize and criminalize people who bully and stalk in the cyberspace. Being bullied and stalked is not an easy matter. Who would know if the intention of the stalker is beyond stalking? What if someone is stalking you so he or she can gather information that he/she will use to harm you and your family? As the common saying goes, “Prevention is the greatest cure.” So let us be vigilant in using the internet and entrusting information we are giving out. And most of all, don’t add to the growing population of those people who use the new media to harass and humiliate other people. Let us not send hatred to others because we would not also want to receive blackmails and hate messages.


Media, what’s new!

Have you updated your facebook status today? Or whom did you follow on twitter the other week? Who does not know about Friendster? Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Yahoo? Google? These social networking sites and other online news websites are so familiar, famous, and trendy nowadays. When it comes to love, they always say, “age doesn’t matter.” On the other hand, when we talk about new media, they say, “we don’t choose according to age.” With new media, we have a new generation, new culture, new habits and practices, a new world and a new us. But do we really know what this trend had made us and how this new media affects us?

As we say, the internet has brought many advantages to everybody’s lives. It is said to help make education easier for everybody. Just through typing and clicking, list appears on the monitor and you can have a bunch of knowledge about anything you wanted to research on. In communication, new media causes time and space compression, for it brings people closer to one another. These are only some of the many benefits of the internet. People enjoy the advantages of the new media but it also brings minuses.

The internet had affected cultures and practices of citizens in negative ways. It had influenced traditional routines of different units. For example, traditional media is now competing with the new media. Newspapers, television, and radio are now contending with online news. Published reports are now posted online. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, now has the The Philippine Star has the and for the Manila Bulletin, Also, broadcasted news can now be viewed on YouTube or on broadcasting networks’ official webpages. We can now also watch news live through online streaming. Additionally, different cultures were already affected like change in attitudes and perceptions of people. And worse, new media is now controlling the minds of the people, which is supposedly, people overpowering the technology. Above all, most users are aware of the minuses of new media but people just ignore about them.

A big part of the community is captivated by the internet. Students use this to research on classroom topics. Business groups use the internet to acquire more customers and to advertise their names and products. Politicians use the internet to reach out to citizens, to campaign and ask for support. Newspaper companies, television networks, and radio stations have created online sites to deliver breaking news and other current events.

We have benefitted, are benefitting and will be benefitting from the internet, but we should also know our limitations in using it. We should learn not to be too dependent on the new media.

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me, baby, do you recognize me?
Well, it’s been a year, it doesn’t surprise me

Merry Christmas, I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying, “I love you”, I meant it
Now I know what a fool I’ve been
But if you kissed me now I know you’d fool me again

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

A crowded room and friends with tired eyes
I’m hiding from you and your soul of ice
My God, I thought you were someone to rely on
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A girl undercover but you tore her apart
Maybe this year, maybe this year
I’ll give it to someone special

‘Cause last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

And last Christmas
And this year won’t be anything like
Anything like

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
And this year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special


…nandiyan si Papa at Mama na laging nagmamahal, umiintindi, sumusuporta at nagmamahal ulit sa akin. Eto na po yung bunga ng mga extra allowances na hinihingi ko. Hehe. Kayo po ang best parents sa buong mundo. Alay ko po ang thesis na ito sa inyo :’). …nakakapagrefresh ako tuwing; nagtatanung ng ibang bagay, tulad ng homework, ang mahal kong kapatid na si Aiza *peace :p* at kapag kinakausap ko ang mga makukulit kong pinsan *peace ulit :p* …naiisip ko ang mga taong tumutulong sa amin, sa mga tita at tito ko na sina Auntie Sally, Mama Pops, Auntie Nanet, Tyong Lanie, Uncle Biyong, Auntie Helen, Auntie Trining, Auntie Benny at Lola Vicky. Salamat po sa lahat ng mga tulong niyo kay papa at mama.


…sa mga ibinahaging karunungan ng mga guro ko mula kinder hanggang high school, lalo na sa college; Ma’am Lynette, Ma’am Shine, Ma’am Faye, Sir Yanyan, Ma’am Binx, Sir Arjay, salamat po. Ma’am Rina, Sir Jawo, at Sir Roli – saludo po ako sa galing at bait niyo, The Best. Sa inyong lahat – sa dami ng mga itinuro niyo, eto lang ang aalalahanin ko, LAHAT. Mabuhay ang mga gurong tulad niyo.


…mabait, maintindihin, at magaling ang aming thesis adviser na si Ma’am Torres. Isa po kayo sa mga pinakamagaling na gurong nakilala ko. Sir Fong – salamat po sa pagtitiyagang basahin ang thesis namin. (segue) Sana po mag-open po kayo nang isa pang journ elective para makagraduate po ako on time =) *sabay peace sign* hehe.

…nandiyan ang mga hawsmeyts ko, Yana, AJ, Meg, Sarah, Ef na madali at masayang kausapin kapag nararamdaman ang pagod sa pag-iisip ng pwedeng isulat sa analysis, at nag-aalaga sakin pag may sakit ako. Shai, Sha, Grace, Nicki makakalimutan ko ba naman kayo e parang mga kapatid ko na din kayo. Salamat sa pagpaparamdam ng suporta at pagmamahal =’). Ma’am Remy salamat din po.


…sa mga tunay na kaibigan [ultimate groupmates pwede din, eatingmates pwedeng-pwede], na laging nandiyan, Rhoda, Mia, Titus, Bianca, Sheila. Luv q Kau. Gwynn, Eika, Joyce, Ana,… [at marami pa] na masayang kasama, Salamat. Sa mga early birds, CAC1 -2007, haha, Salamat din. *apir*


…sa mga thesis partners ko. Si Tin na taga proofread, at nagpadami ng pages ng thesis dahil sa litanya nea sa individual analysis, char, *peace ;p*. Si Zen na naghanap ng dyaryo nea pero dyaryo ko ang nahanap [saklap, galing. haha]. Tapos na natin ang thesis :’). Akalain niyo yun? Natapos natin ang thesis ng hindi man lang nag-over night ng magkakasama at ng walang thesis house [starbucks, fiorgelatto at picarre naman]. Haha. Salamat sa tiwala. *sabay luha………. at tawa* Salamat. Luv q kayo :’)


…sa PDI, MB at PHILSTAR. Whoooo! Sa mga libraries around the world na nabulabog namin. Salamat po. Sa laptop ko na nagloko sa kalagitnaan ng thesis, salamat at hindi mo sinira ang mga files ko. Sa kama ko na hindi nagrereklamo sa bigat ko, dagdag pa ng lahat ng thesis materials ko. Sa YM na nagsisilbing conference room kapag nasa kanya-kanyang bahay kaming tatlo. Sa lahat nang mga hindi sinasadyang makalimutang banggitin, Salamat po.


…sa tulong ng nag-iisang bestfriend ko. Salamat Po sa lakas ng loob na binibigay mo sa akin. Lagi Ka Pong nandiyan. Salamat sa lubos na pagmamahal. Sa’yo po, alam ko kakayanin ko ang lahat. Mahal na mahal Po kita LORD JESUS.


…sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Baguio. Ipinagmamalaki kita. SALAMAT :’)


Dhonalyn Padua Agorilla

Student’s number 1 goal in going to college is to graduate. Not just to graduate with degree but most probably graduate ON time.

Why would someone aspire to graduate on time? Students aspire to finish college on time to be able to find a work and start to earn for living. Also, finishing college on the desired time will lessen the burden of parents to their sons and daughters through tuition fees.

I am a student, a student who never aspired for anything but to graduate ON TIME. I’ve did everything just to attain my goal. I trained myself to adapt to an environment which was so strange before, I didn’t sleep for almost 48 hours (for many times) to finish my papers, I go to my classes even if everything seemed floating because of sickness, I tried living alone, far from my family and took care of myself as if I myself is my parents, I sacrificed wants just to photocopy those tons and tons of readings, I attended classes also even summers, except for 2009 wherein I chose to stay in Laguna to take care of my Aunt who is undergoing chemotheraphy, and most especially I did and gave my everything, my all just to accomplish thesis in one semester. I did it all just to graduate on time.

Then list of subjects for my supposed (but still hoping) last semester was released. On my shock one of my needed subjects is not on the choices. Immediately I looked for a paper and started a petition. Everyone is so cooperative; I had more than 30 names who appealed also for that subject. I posted it on the Bulletin Board and the other morning it was gone. Some said the Department Chair already have the petition paper. As far as I remember there were 3 other subjects who were petitioned.

After 1 week I chose to follow up our request for them to open another subject. My world seemed so dim after I heard that there is still no assurance that it will be offered. And someone said “Hindi na namin problema kung hindi ka gagraduate On Time!” My world turned into darkness. That’s the only time I cried so much for academics. My number 1 goal is on threat.

I looked back and asked myself, did I have mistakes in following my course outline? NO! I Think, I did no mistake!

I see something is wrong. Photo Journalism was offered first semester during the A.Y. 2009-2010. And it is also offered this A.Y. 2010-2011, first semester. Then why on earth will it again be offered A.Y. 2010-2011, second semester? Is it because it is the subject where there is someone who can handle and teach? For someone like me who had already taken Online Journalism A.Y. 2009-2010, second semester and Photo Journalism A.Y. 2010-2011, first semester will now have nothing to resort. Should I be the one compensating with their problem?

I thought it was the University of the People? Then why I am now suffering from prior restraints — restraint to graduate on time and to find job on time, restraint to work for my papa and mama, restraint to earn money for my sister’s college.

To my teachers, still I respect you so much even if I was told that “it will not be your problem if I will not be graduating on Time.” You’ve also said “Bahala na sa enrollment.” Bahala na sa enrollment? Do you think I am just playing future telling? I can not tell myself “let’s just see if I will be graduating on time or not on the day of enrollment.” Do you think I can still sleep till the day of enrollment? Why don’t you just answer me YES or NO? If Yes then I’ll be so happy and I can inform my co-journalism major that this subject will be open next semester. If No then I will find another way. I myself will find another way because it seems no one among you have the answers, no one is willing to give me an answer.

You can not blame me. I hope know that. You’re ruining a student’s hope to graduate On time. Will you not react this way if You will be in my shoes right now?

All I am just asking right now is a little consideration. Give me the chance to prove myself that I can graduate on time.

It was 4:30 in the afternoon, 25th of August when I was walking from SM, I heard someone calling my name. I did not bother not until that someone again shouted “Dhonalyn.” It’s weird. Nobody calls me like that here in Baguio, except ma’am Shine who loves doing it. I looked down and checked, I’m not wearing my ID.

So, I looked back. Where? I can only see people walking away and towards me. A second and wait, someone was staring at me. Maybe he just passed a glance. A minute and wait, he is still looking at me, directly in my eyes. *Ting!* He was the one who called my name. But wait again, oh no! Still I can’t recognize him. He smiled, still looking at me, I stayed neutral. I don’t know what to do. Should I smile back? Or go to him and ask his name; “Hi and hello. What’s your name again? By the way how are you?”

I felt at that moment that I don’t want any of the choices. Everything went so fast and I have to decide what to do. Then, I was shocked. I turned back and started walking away. My feet were moving voluntary but my mind said “What are you doing? Go back and greet him too.” But my feet overruled my mind.

So funny. Then I started wondering, if my mind told me to stop and go back, then who forced my feet to move away? Or it’s just also my mind confusing me and that I should have just ignored. LOL. #


Less usage of plastics may be a good starting solution to lessen the risk of environmental problem, but that was just an idea. Less plastic, less risk isn’t it Mr. President? Then, we plant more trees, and order to imprison illegal loggers, not just the people who corrupted. Then why not start appointing inventors to improve the e-jeepneys to lessen gasoline consumation.

The Philippines is also facing problem on rapid population enlargement that causes increase in number of unemployed people and adds up to education crisis. As of now, I can no longer think what can solve all those, but I, we have faith in you sir. Reproductive Health Bill may be the solution but it may not be as well. I don’t know, my head is turning now.

I just hope that the batch of the next generations will still see how great is to live and how beautiful is the world. I wish that somewhere in the future, there will be no problems like these. And the solution must start now, in your administration.

Many of us, or should I say, all of us are counting on you sir. But also I know you can not do it alone that is why now I’m requesting everyone to cooperate. Our President needs our help to raise our country. Let’s all give our support to him.

Go, Fight, Win, your Excellency President Noynoy Aquino. Make your parents proud, make us all proud of you.

My prayers are with you. May you be guided with Gods grace and break a leg.

If we are your bosses, now you also become my boss. So boss Noynoy, once again congatulations and Mabuhay ka.#