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“This is the front-page photo in the Philippine Daily
Inquirer’s July 24, 2016 issue showing pedicab
driver Michael Siaron’s lifeless body being cradled
in a Pieta-like pose by his partner. Siaron, the
newspaper claimed,* was executed by the police in
the course of President Duterte’s war against illegal
drugs. The photo went viral on the internet, with
Western newspapers publishing it on their own front
It turns out now, after more than a year of police
investigation, that the pedicab driver was killed by a
drug syndicate’s assassin, one Nesty Santiago,
who was also responsible for five other killings. The
unique scratches – like fingerprints – on the bullets
that murdered Siaron matched with the gun used by
the killer, recovered when he was killed in
The author puts forth one of his opponent’s weaker,
less central arguments forward and destroys it, while
acting like this argument is the crux of the issue.
▪ My opponent wants to increase teachers’ pay but
studies have shown that professors with tenure
don’t work as hard at their job to improve
1. What is opinion?
2. What is argument? What are its parts?
3. What are fallacies?
4. Why is it important to avoid fallacies in forming
“Everyone is entitled
to his own opinion...”