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Cristina Chi
Cristina Chi

Cristina Chi has been a reporter for Philstar.com since January 2023. She primarily covers education, legislation (mainly the House but sometimes the Senate) and human rights, but she occasionally pens specials on issues above beats, such as children's welfare and mis/disinformation.

Chi is also Philstar.com’s lead reporter in its special coverage of influence operations and, by extension, its fact-checking arm.

In 2023, she became one of the youngest Filipino journalists to be selected as a panelist at the prestigious Jaime V. Ongpin Seminar for her reporting on education developments under Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte and human rights issues during the first year of the Marcos Jr. presidency.

Before reporting for Philstar.com, she was part of the duo that won the International Labor Organization’s Global Media Competition on Labor Migration Reporting (Student Category) in 2022.

Chi graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman in January 2023.

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Teachers, academics join growing movement vs Charter change
by Cristina Chi - February 23, 2024 - 4:55pm
A newly formed alliance of teachers and academics has branded the government’s Charter change campaign as a form of historical distortion, warning that efforts to tweak the fundamental law also aim to erase...
Inadequate teacher training for 'Catch Up Fridays' stalls reading progress
by Cristina Chi - February 23, 2024 - 11:09am
Teachers’ lack of in-depth training on how to help struggling readers weakens the impact of the Department of Education’s “Catch Up Fridays” program
Philippines' 'diploma mill' rep may attract low-tier foreign universities, expert warns
by Cristina Chi - February 22, 2024 - 3:49pm
The Philippines' reputation for having so-called “diploma mills” makes it vulnerable to the entry of substandard foreign universities if proposals to open up higher education to foreign ownership push...
Public urged to demand transparency from ‘kalye surveys’
by Cristina Chi - February 22, 2024 - 2:24pm
Faculty members of the University of the Philippines School of Statistics have warned against the apparent proliferation of surveys carried out with dubious methods, cautioning the public to be critical of social...
While hiding from Congress, Quiboloy hurls conspiracies on social media
by Cristina Chi - February 21, 2024 - 1:09pm
Senators want Quiboloy to face accusations that he abused members of his church. His response? Post an audio recording on social media claiming there is a Marcos-approved plot to kill him.
Marcos congratulates Indonesia's Prabowo after apparent election victory
by Cristina Chi - February 21, 2024 - 10:54am
Prabowo, who is accused of several rights abuses, relied on campaign tactics that aimed to “rebrand” his image before Indonesians similar to Marcos’ campaign strategy in the 2022 polls, according...
Sara Duterte says accusations of ties to Quiboloy part of series 'attacks'
by Cristina Chi - February 20, 2024 - 6:27pm
Without outright addressing the allegation, Duterte said that she has been on the receiving end of multiple "attacks" and expects these to continue in the future.
DepEd eyes pilot test of new senior high curriculum in SY 2025-2026
by Cristina Chi - February 20, 2024 - 6:00pm
The Department of Education is eyeing the pilot implementation of the revised senior high curriculum by school year 2025-2026, Vice President Sara Duterte said.
DepEd sets start of SY 2024-2025 on July 29 in 'gradual' revert to old calendar
by Cristina Chi - February 20, 2024 - 5:00pm
The DepEd order also pushes back the end of classes for the current school year (SY 2023-2024) by two weeks, scheduling it on May 31 instead of June 14. 
House files identical Cha-cha resolution as Senate, targets passage before SONA
by Cristina Chi - February 19, 2024 - 4:27pm
The House of Representatives has introduced a measure identical to the Senate’s that proposes the lifting of economic restrictions in the 1987 Constitution, with House leaders aiming for final approval at least...
Senate issues subpoena vs Quiboloy
by Cristina Chi - February 19, 2024 - 12:14pm
The Senate has officially issued a subpoena against controversial preacher and Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy after his failure to show up to two hearings that aimed to uncover the sexual abuse and...
DepEd urged to shield students from retaliation in sex abuse cases
by Cristina Chi - February 16, 2024 - 4:44pm
After consultations with students, the group said there is an urgent need to create a standardized anti-retaliatory policy in schools “to protect victim-survivors from both predators and enablers as they...
Martial law architect Enrile gets Malacañang birthday bash, P100k cash gift
by Cristina Chi - February 15, 2024 - 6:02pm
During his birthday celebration at Malacañang, Enrile, who earns around P189,00 to P211,900 (Salary Grade 30) as chief state counsel, was also handed a centenarian gift of P100,000 by the Department of Social...
Salary hike for teachers? DepEd defers answer until World Bank study complete
by Cristina Chi - February 15, 2024 - 2:05pm
The Department of Education has deferred its position on salary increases for teachers pending a World Bank study it commissioned last year that will assess the feasibility and extent of pay hikes long sought by...
CHR hails conviction of three cops who abused traffic violator
by Cristina Chi - February 14, 2024 - 4:41pm
The recent decision of a Koronodal City court to convict three police officers for violating the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 is a “significant milestone” and the fourth conviction scored by the CHR overall...
House balks at ‘absurd’ Senate allegations about cash aid program
by Cristina Chi - February 14, 2024 - 1:20pm
House Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales has also insisted that senators approved the Ayuda sa Kapos ang Kita Program during the budget legislation process, calling their line of questioning about its “sudden”...
P50k salary for entry-level public school teachers sought 
by Cristina Chi - February 13, 2024 - 4:29pm
House Bill 9920 increases entry-level public school teachers’ monthly salary to P50,000 or Salary Grade 15 from the current P27,000 or Salary Grade 11. 
'Campaigns for Mindanao's independence already settled'
by Cristina Chi - February 13, 2024 - 1:28pm
House lawmakers bucked the recent calls by former President Rodrigo Duterte to secede Mindanao from the country, saying that the lengthy peace processes undertaken by Mindanaoans through the years have “already...
House panel OKs bill banning all POGO operations
by Cristina Chi - February 12, 2024 - 5:41pm
House lawmakers said it is time to “immediately abolish” POGO hubs after the government’s apparent failure to address POGO-related crimes in the past five years.
Rumors of ABS-CBN’s franchise ‘renewal’ weaponized in Romualdez-SMNI feud
by Cristina Chi - February 12, 2024 - 10:50am
While the majority of posts about ABS-CBN’s supposed comeback did not have a political angle, a few known hyperpartisan vloggers seized upon the rumor of ABS-CBN’s franchise “renewal” to either...
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