by Anton Onato
The Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) dominates this year’s University Student Council (USC) elections after clinching the top two positions along with seven councilor seats and 10 college representative posts.
STAND UP chairperson candidate Bryle Leano garnered 5,840 votes, besting independent Raymond Rodis and UP ALYANSA’s AJ Montesa who garnered 3,603 and 2,079 votes, respectively.
Leano broke the record of Arjay Mercado (USC Chairperson, 2014-2015) of 5,145 votes as for the USC’s top post earning the most number of votes in recent years.
Meanwhile, Asian Studies graduate student Beata Carolino is next year’s USC vice chairperson with a whopping 8,409 votes against lone opponent Vince Liban’s 2,798 votes.
Carolino got the highest vote ever received by a vice chairperson candidate since 2000.
STAND UP’s Ben Te topped the councilor race with 5,383 votes. Other elected councilors from STAND UP are Donn Bernal with 4, 606 votes, Micah Tolosa with 4, 541 votes, Shari Oliquino with 4,530 votes, Niki Esguerra with 3, 973 votes, Arvin Alba with 3, 656 votes and Marie Navea-Huff with 3, 613 votes.
On the other hand, KAISA- Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA UP) won two councilor seats as LA Castro and Rafael Toribio earned 4, 049 votes and 3, 569 votes, respectively.
UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA), meanwhile, obtained one councilor seat as Magnolia del Rosario reaped 3,605 votes.
Completing the councilor lists are independent candidates Patrick Sicat and RJ Belen with 4, 259 and 3, 633 votes, respectively.
STAND UP was also victorious in the college representatives race clinching 10 of 21 seats. UP ALYANSA held four seats, independent candidates won six, while KAISA UP took one.
The total voter turnout for the 2016 UP Diliman Student Council Elections is 49.126% a little lower than last year’s 51.24%.
Of the 26, 021 student population, only 12, 783 students voted on Thursday