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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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DepEd objects to foreign control of schools via Cha-cha, cites national security risk
by Cristina Chi - March 5, 2024 - 1:00pm
The Department of Education on Monday drew the line at allowing foreign “entities” to own schools in the Philippines as proposed in two Charter change resolutions, saying that the entry of 100% foreign-operated...
Comelec changes tune, OKs plebiscite in 2025 elections
by Cristina Chi - February 28, 2024 - 6:01pm
This comes after Garcia originally said during the first week of February that the poll body could not hold the plebiscite during the midterm elections due to legal and logistical issues.
Seniors, PWDs to get P500 monthly grocery discount starting March 
by Cristina Chi - February 28, 2024 - 3:51pm
The Department of Trade and Industry will raise the monthly discount cap on groceries and prime commodities for senior citizens and persons with disabilities to P500 starting March, House Speaker Martin Romualdez...
United Kingdom offers scholarships for ASEAN women in STEM  
by Cristina Chi - February 28, 2024 - 2:29pm
Under the ASEAN-UK SAGE scholarship program by the U.K. government, women who want to pursue a master’s degree in STEM will receive support in tuition fees, stipends, travel costs, visas, and health coverage...
CHED eyes stronger academic ties with Turkey universities
by Cristina Chi - February 28, 2024 - 12:52pm
Citing Turkey’s support in the Bangsamoro peace process, De Vera said it was “only fitting that the Philippines and Turkey move on to sustain bilateral partnerships covering areas of mutual interest to...
House sticks to target approval for Cha-cha before Holy Week
by Cristina Chi - February 27, 2024 - 4:10pm
The House of Representatives will stick to its timeline expediting the Charter change process even as President Marcos Jr. reportedly wants the plebiscite to be held during the 2025 elections.
Senate OKs bill defining Philippines maritime zones  
by Cristina Chi - February 27, 2024 - 2:36pm
Senate Bill No. 2492, which was approved on Monday, draws the exact meters and bounds of the Philippines’ maritime entitlements under UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and other international...
OVP says deleted EDSA anniversary statement was posted mistakenly
by Cristina Chi - February 27, 2024 - 10:56am
The OVP confirmed to reporters that it had taken down a message by Duterte on the 38th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that was mistakenly posted by their social media team.
Marcos wants Cha-cha plebiscite in 2025 elections
by Cristina Chi - February 26, 2024 - 6:49pm
This is the second time that Marcos has instructed the upper chamber of Congress — which is supposed to be independent of the executive and was lukewarm to Charter change until this year — about how lawmakers...
Shared responsibility: DepEd told it can't help special needs children alone
by Cristina Chi - February 26, 2024 - 4:00pm
House members frustrated over the stalled implementation of a landmark law for children with disabilities two years since its passage have urged the Department of Education to demand other agencies’ help in...
Marcos signs expanded Centenarian Law 
by Cristina Chi - February 26, 2024 - 12:26pm
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed into law Republic Act 11982 granting benefits to octogenarians and nonagenarians. The law covers Filipinos residing in the Philippines or abroad.
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. 
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