STAND UP councilor candidate wrongly states that gov’t requires jeepney operators to have at least 10 jeepneys.

By Richard De Leon (J 196 WUV)

CLAIM: Ivy Taroma, who is running for University Student Council (USC) councilor under Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights (STAND UP), claimed April 18 that public utility jeepney operators are required to have a minimum of 10 jeepney units in order to be granted a franchise under  the government’s jeepney modernization program.

At andiyan na rin yung [patakaran] na makabili ng sampung units. At kung iisipin natin, sixteen million ‘to para sa isang operator ng jeepney (And there’s the rule that requires operators to buy 10 units. If you think about it, this means P16 million for a jeepney operator),” Taroma said at the “Kape o USC” forum held at the Yakal Residence Hall.

Recording can be found here. (1:25 to 1:36)

FACT: There is no existing minimum requirement for jeepney operators, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Technical Division Chief Joel Bolano said in a personal interview, April 20.

(W)alang minimum number of jeepney kasi ang target kasi ng modernization natin is to eliminate na yung one operator, one unit (There is no minimum number of jeepneys required even as the modernization program aims to eliminate the one-unit, one-operate setup) ,” Bolano said.

The Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Department Order No. 2017-011, otherwise known as the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, imposes the 10-unit minimum requirement only on taxi, tourist bus, and  transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) operators.

Bolano said the government’s 10-point jeepney modernization program aims to consolidate individual operators into corporations or cooperatives per route. He said the total required number of jeepneys per route will vary, depending on the route rationalization project being conducted by the DOTr and local government units.

KAISA UP councilor bet claims he is a member of UPJC this academic year. This is partly true.

By Merinette Retona (from J 196 WUV)


A publicity material released April 19 in the official Facebook page of USC councilor candidate Marco Dava (KAISA UP) claimed that he was a member of the internal affairs committee of the University of the Philippines Journalism Club (UPJC) for academic year 2017-18.


The UPJC said Dava applied for membership during the first semester of AY 2017-2018 and was a “conditional” member after he failed to complete the application process.

He became a member by the end of the first semester, and was assigned to the internal affairs committee of the organization during the second semester, according to UPJC.

However, he failed to deliver his responsibilities as a UPJC member.

On February 11, Dava sent UPJC Vice President and committee head for Internal Affairs Jane Bautista a message through Facebook Messenger saying he “feel(s) like he really couldn’t commit to the responsibilities and tasks assigned to (him)” because of his commitment to another organization.

Bautista replied to Dava’s message by asking him if  he would be able to address his duties as a UPJC member after finishing his other commitments, but Dava never replied.

“The only time he attended a meeting was during the first committee meeting. He then became unresponsive, hindi na siya nagreply nung nagtanong ako ng ‘Magiging active ka pa ba (he didn’t reply when I asked him, ‘Will you still be active)?’ The executive board took that as, he withdrew his commitment from the org,” Bautista said.

This inactivity became the basis for UPJC to send Dava a notice of suspension on April 14.                                                                                       

He was subsequently served a notice of expulsion earlier today after he failed to appeal his suspension. UPJC said it is still awaiting Dava’s response.













BOTONG ISKO: Hot Off 2017 sparks debate on frat politics, student representation

By Krysten Mariann Boado and Dale Calanog

This year’s Student Council Elections (SCE) continues to blaze as University Student Council (USC) aspirants and College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) candidates squared off in Hot Off the Grill 2017 at the CMC Auditorium, Tuesday.

Addressing questions thrown by their would-be constituents, USC bets from KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) and Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) as well as independent councilor runners Paolo Sevilla and Carlos Cabaero gave insights on the issues such as free education, the Socialized Tuition System (STS) and student consultations with the Board of Regents, among others.

The issue of fraternity politics did not also escape public eye as KAISA standard-bearers Leandro Anton Castro and Jose Rafael Toribio, who are both members of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity, were asked on how they would face and lead the student body, when their fraternity glorifies one of its brothers, former President and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.

“I don’t glorify Ferdinand Marcos; however, in our fraternity, we recognized him as our history,” Castro clarified.

STAND UP chairperson aspirant Ben Te argued against this, saying that the golden era of Martial Law is but an illusion.

“Hindi maliit na bagay ‘yung nangyari noong Batas Militar,” Te said. He added that in essence, Martial Law stepped on the rights of the Filipinos.

Te added that there should be no hesitation in condemning a dictator, especially for UP students,  who, in history opposed Martial Law and the Marcos regime.

“Siya [Marcos] po sa huli’t huli ay isang diktador. Kapag kinondena po natin ang isang diktador, kinukundena natin ito nang buong-buo, the chaiperson candidate said.  

Toribio further explained that while Upsilon recognizes Marcos as part of their fraternity’s history, its members do not discredit the atrocities he has committed during his administration.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has tallied 70,000 illegally arrested individuals, 34,000 torture victims as well as 3,240 slain through summary executions during the Martial Law period. The same organization also recorded 1,000 victims of enforced disappearances during the said era.

Besides countless human rights violations, the Marcos regime also brought about massive inequality, with 42 percent of the Filipino population living below the poverty line by 1980, according to data from the World Bank.

“After all, as part of the fraternity, our loyalty is with the country,” the KAISA vice chairperson hopeful said.

Marcos was not the only Upsilonian brought up during the forum as both Castro and Toribio were asked to assess their fraternity brother, former UP President Alfredo Pascual, and his six-year term as the university’s top official.

“As a brod lahat ng ating analysis in line with what is better for the students and the people,” Toribio said.

“We are clear in condemning what happen during his administration,” he added, saying that KAISA continues the call to hold Pascual accountable.

Meanwhile, his running mate, Castro, said he was able to register his dissent towards Pascual whenever he and the former UP president would run into each other.

STAND UP councilor Almira Abril spoke against this, however, saying KAISA has been missing in action when it comes to calling out Pascual.

“Dito makikita natin na ang KAISA ata, hobby nila na maging missing in action sa mga pagkilos ng mga estudyante na nagpapanawagan ng pagcall-out sa isang presidente na walang ibang ginawa kundi pahirapan ang sa estudyante,” Abril said.

The discussion among CMCSC bets was just as heated.

Assessment of the present CMCSC as well as issues of each CMC department dominated the forum, with the hopefuls addressing questions both from the audience and their fellow candidates.

With CMCSC broadcast communication representatives hailing from UP CMC Interdependent Student-centered Activism (UP CMC ISA) for the past two years, this year’s broadcast communication bets Chino Mendiola and Arlan Jondonero were asked  to determine their party’s stand on laboratory fees.

“Nailatag nila [past broadcast communication representatives] lahat ng concerns sa kanilang pakikipag-usap sa administration,” Jondonero said.

Mendiola also brought up the Rise for Education Alliance (R4E), saying that most broadcast communication constituents do not agree with the walkouts proposed by the said alliance.

R4E is an alliance of student councils and publications, youth organizations, members of the academe, parents, and the out-of-school youth from different colleges, universities, and communities, who are fighting for accessible education for all.

Its local chapter in CMC has organized different forms of protest, from free haircuts against budget cuts to dance protests for free education and human rights, aside from the regular call for walkout against lab fees and other school fees and the Socialized Tuition System (STS).

“Naniniwala po kami na bilang isang political party, fino-forward ng R4E na highest point ang mobilization,” the broadcast communication representative bet answered. “Naniniwala kami na negative ang naibibigay na message sa mga walkout.”

This was countered by opposing candidate Nickolo Domingo of STAND UP CMC, who said the R4E Alliance does not require its members to participate in the walkouts.

“Lahat tayo naniniwala sa Rise for Education Alliance, na lahat ng kaya nating iambag para sa pagpapabasura ng laboratory fees at upang maisulong ang ating karapatan sa edukasyon, ay ating gagawin, pag-walkout man ‘yan o hindi o kung ano pang mga porma na nakikita natin,” he said.

The issue of student representation was also highlighted during the debate.

With STAND UP CMC lobbying against the students’ Magna Carta, UP CMC ISA USC representative runner Mary Nicole Fabian questioned STAND UP CMC’s ability to represent the students as their party is against the document that garnered 94 percent of favorable votes from 7,000 students from last year’s referendum.

STAND UP CMC chairperson aspirant Mikko Ringia quickly countered Fabian’s point.

“Hindi kailangan ng Magna Carta dahil jinu-justify niya ang commercialization ng edukasyon,” Ringia said.

Meanwhile, UP CMC ISA, which has been for the passage of the Magna Carta since its drafting, was asked by a member of the audience on whether they would change their stand on the issue, should students be against it in a referendum.

“Makikinig tayo sa mga estudyante,” said UP CMC ISA chairperson bet Arjay Torno. He added that they will always side with the students.

Voting for SCE begins tomorrow, 8 a.m. Students are required to bring their UP ID or Form 5 in order to cast their vote.

BOTONG ISKO: CSSP SC bets clash over Magna Carta

By Jeuel Barroso

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council (CSSP SC) bets clashed at the discussion of the students’ Magna Carta in PASABOG, CSSP’s annual SC election debate at the Palma Hall Lobby, Friday.

Drafted by the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman University Student Council (USC) 2014-2015, the Magna Carta is a codified list of UP students’ rights that cannot be found in any other university document.

While the Magna Carta has yet to be lobbied to the UP administration as of January, the issue remains a hot topic among SC hopefuls.

SALiGAN sa CSSP (SALiGAN) councilor candidate Christopher Kahulugan explained that his party is against the Magna Carta because the document surrenders students’ rights to the Board of Regents (BOR), which, according to SALiGAN, has been proven anti-student throughout the years.

He further stated that the Magna Carta allows the BOR to increase tuition fees and undermines the power of the student movement.

“Napatunayan naman natin… na hindi natin kailangan ng isang codified set of rights para ipaglaban ang ating mga karapatan,” Kahulugan said.

However, BUKLOD CSSP (BUKLOD) Vice Chairperson hopeful Mariel Louisse Cunanan argued against this, citing the board’s power over UP’s tuition fees as long as there is student consultation.

“The BOR has the right to increase our tuition fee,” said Cunanan. “Hindi pinapayagan ng Magna Carta ang tuition fee increase. Almost lahat ng problema natin, natutuunan ng Magna Carta.”

Independent Philosophy Department Representative candidate Kwen Kwen Cabalag also supported the need for the Magna Carta to ensure students’ rights.

“We have to have a legal, concrete document that will ensure our rights as students,” Cabalag said. “It’s not about talking about your rights… we have the right to have this legal document.”

Meanwhile, independent chairperson runner Allyson Maraon stressed that the Magna Carta for Students’ Rights complements the student movement, adding that the fact that a lone student representation in the BOR must be addressed to eliminate the BOR-related contentions against the Magna Carta.

“Patuloy pa rin nating ipaglalaban ang Magna Carta for students’ rights kaakibat ng ating pag-push for more student representation sa BOR,” he said. “Hindi Magna Carta ang end-all, be-all solusyon sa unibersidad.”

Maraon was formerly SALiGAN’s bet for the CSSP SC’s top post before deciding to run an independent bid to forward his stand on the Magna Carta.

During the debate, he clarified that he was given a choice by the CSSP College Student Electoral Board to stay under SALiGAN or revoke his candidacy. Formally, Maraon remains under the party; however, he runs unaffiliated.

Later in the event, Maraon also admitted his mistake in his Facebook post, now deleted, which read that SALiGAN and the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) imposed on him to go against Magna Carta.

“SALiGAN and STAND UP did not impose anything on me,” he said. “Sinasabi sa statements na nag-impose sila. Mali po ako.”

Maraon also clarified that educational discussions were conducted in the SALiGAN slate and that he was able to express his contentions of being pro-Magna Carta.

Bringing the debate to a college-level discourse, the candidates addressed impending relocation of CSSP organizations’ tambayans, which had been assessed as fire hazards by the Campus Maintenance Office.

BUKLOD councilor aspirant Kristine Kyla De Torres affirmed the rights of UP students to organize and to have their own spaces as per the CSSP SC Constitution, which states that corresponding spaces must be provided to organizations upon their transferring.

De Torres was supported by her slatemate, BUKLOD chairperson candidate Lorenzo Miguel  Relente who added that his party has been forwarding these tambayan guidelines for years along with the CSSP SC.

This was countered by SALiGAN vice chairperson candidate Renz Pasigpasigan, who asked if BUKLOD had consulted CSSP organizations on the demolitions during the previous years.

According to Pasigpasigan, SALiGAN cooperated with the Rise for Education Alliance to write to the CSSP administration to delay the demolition.

“Tayo sa SALiGAN sa CSSP, malinaw sa atin na hindi lang mere document ‘yung ating ginagamit para itaguyod ang ating karapatan, bagkus ‘yung sama-samang pagkilos at pagtindig ng mga konsensya ng bayan para sa ating karapatan sa tambayan,” he said.

BUKLOD’s Cunanan rebutted by saying that the Magna Carta is not a simple document but one that enforces student rights, not just tambayan guidelines.

Independent runner Maraon shared the same sentiment, adding that the Magna Carta can provide students’ tambayan rights.

“Ngunit kaabikat nito [Magna Carta] dapat din nating ipagpatuloy ang kakayahan ng student movement para patuloy na i-assert ang ating karapatan,” he added.

Besides discussing the students’ Magna Carta, the CSSP bets also debated on the Free Higher Education for All Act, the influx of new establishments in UP, as well as government accountability for the homeless occupying idle housing projects at Pandi, Bulacan.

BOTONG ISKO: USC councilor bets debate on free education

By Krysten Mariann Boado and Pathricia Roxas

With the impending responsibility of representing the University of the Philippines (UP) student body, UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) candidates expressed their sentiments on free education at UPFRONT 2017, Thursday.

In the largest USC election forum held at the UP Film Institute, the USC councilor aspirants explained their respective stances on the issue and proposed alternatives to the current state of the country’s education sector.

“Simula’t sapul malinaw ang tindig ng STAND UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) that we are for free education, not just free but also nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented,” said STAND UP councilor bet Almira Abril.

Abril further rooted the cause of the absence of free education in UP to “neoliberal attacks” such as the Socialized Tuition System (STS), which decides students’ tuition discounts via an online questionnaire.

The system has been in the works since 2011 but was first implemented in the first semester of 2014.

The councilor hopeful also expressed opposition against the Magna Carta for Students’ Rights, which she claimed would only legalize STS.

“Yung mga dating nagsasabi na ang edukasyon ay isang pribilehiyo, biglang nagsasabi na karapatan na raw ang edukasyon,” she said.

“Kailangan maging malinaw ang tindig ng STAND UP; tayo ay para sa libreng edukasyon, para sa lahat, regardless kung may kakayanan kang magbayad o wala,” Abril added.

UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA) councilor aspirant Cassie Deluria argued against this, however.

“UP ALYANSA has always been for accessible education, and the reason why we say accessible is because we have to remember that even when everybody’s tuition is free, there are still other expenses that will prevent other UP students from coming here to UP,” Deluria said.

She also emphasized that while students deserve free tuition, student leaders must also question its accessibility in terms of transportation, dormitories, books, and other expenses.

The ALYANSA councilor also said their party was part of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, the team that drafted the Free Higher Education for All Act.  

“This bill is not yet free education that we deserve,” Deluria said. “And until it is, we are not ready to stop fighting for accessible education for everybody, for every Filipino student.”

The Senate Bill 1304, approved on its final reading by Senate last March 13, aims to provide a tuition-free policy in the country’s 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and private higher learning and vocational institutions. However, students can only qualify based on merits, similar to UP’s STS.

Independent councilor candidate Paolo Sevilla also vouched for accessible education, saying that it would be possible if students would not let it turn into a business.

“[Education] should not be commercialized. I believe that we should fight not only for free education, but free basic social services,” he added.

KAISA-Nagkakaisang Iskolar Para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan councilor runner Arvin Agapay also agreed with Sevilla and said that education should not be a businsses but a right.

Agapay also expressed his party’s support for free education that goes beyond college education.

“Kailangan pati na rin sa primary [at] secondary [level] ay free ang ating education, dahil ang buong education system ang kailangan natin ina-address as an issue,” Agapay said.

Independent councilor hopeful Carlos Cabaero also expressed his support for quality and accessible education; however, he also brought up other sectors in need of funding besides the education sector.

“When we talk about 8.5 billion going towards free education, we also need to think that yes, it gives access to the poor, which is something that we want,” Cabaero said.

“But it also gives funding to people who are rich and people who can pay,” he added.

The aspiring councilor further explained that the every funding that goes to those who can pay “is less funding in ways to improve our educational resources.”

“And that’s why we believe that we need the money to go to the sectors of the people that need it the most,” Cabaero said.

Abril, however, rebutted Cabaero’s statement, saying that free education will not cut the allotment for other sectors.

“Walang matatanggal sa free education. Ang matatanggal lang ay yung kita ng unibersidad na hinuhuthot mula sa bulsa ng bawat isa sa atin,” the STAND UP councilor said.

“Magbibigay siya ng access sa mga anak ng magsasaka, manggagawa, katutubo na hanggang sa kasalukuyang ay hindi nakakatamasa ng edukasyon,” she added.

As for independent councilor aspirant Juan Gonzaga, he believes that every student deserves free education.

“Everybody deserves a right to learn about our futures and everything that we need to equip ourselves for a better future,” said Gonzaga.

Besides free education, the USC bets also discussed other issues such as the General Education reform and the improvement of the registration process in UP, among others.

Meanwhile, Deluria insisted the STS be fixed, despite the system being criticized as “ineffective and a profiteering scheme” by student groups.

“If it’s a question of a system that doesn’t work, then we’re going to work to fix it. If it’s a question of equality inside the university then we can look at reforming taxes outside so it will be equal for everybody,” Deluria said.

Sevilla however, rebutted it saying that free education and having a system which commercializes and turns it into a profiteering scheme do not go together.

“If a system is fundamentally dysfunctional, if a system is fundamentally oppressive, you do not fix it, you remove it,” Sevilla said.

UP CMC ISA fields new bet for CMCSC chair

Arjay Torno has replaced Andrea Andres as the UP CMC Independent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) candidate for chairperson of the CMC Student Council (CMCSC).

By Beatriz Zamora

Arjay Torno has replaced Andrea Andres as the UP CMC Independent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) candidate for chairperson of the CMC Student Council (CMCSC).

As per the hearing held by the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) yesterday, Andres’ withdrawal of candidacy and Torno’s appeal were considered valid.

The party filed an appeal for former vice chairperson candidate Torno to replace her on March 20.

According to the CSEB, the replacement of a candidate by another person in the original lineup does not violate election rules.

UP CMC ISA’s appeal to peg Andrea Duldulao as vice chairperson candidate of the CMCSC was denied.

In a statement issued earlier today, UP CMC ISA said that Andres can no longer campaign her candidacy for chairperson due to personal matters.

Botong Isko: CMC parties bare campaign expenses

by Nicole-Anne Lagrimas

The College Mass Communication chapter of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP CMC) reported a total fund of P10,900 for the two-week campaign.

Meanwhile, the UP CMC Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (UP CMC ISA) filed a budget of P30,000.

According to their most recent financial statements, both parties sourced their funds for this year’s campaign from alumni and member donations, and in the case of STAND UP, candidates’ fees. UP CMC ISA also relied on income-generating projects such as a rummage and a food sale.

“Tingin ko, naging sapat lang naman yung gastos para sa buong kampanya para dun sa pangangailangan,” said Justine Siscar, Chairperson of STAND UP CMC.

“Hindi rin siya lumalabis at ineensure na batay rin sa kakayahan nung mga members at candidates yung contributions na binibigay nila,” she added.

Member contributions for STAND UP CMC figure at P2,950 while alumni solicitations are at P5,500, which constitutes 50 percent of the party’s budget. Candidates’ fees are at P2,450.

Other expenses of the party, such as thematic posters and pins fall on the university-wide finances and are distributed among the local chapters, added Siscar.

On the other hand, UP CMC ISA’s budget came mainly from an individual donation worth P20,000, which consists of 67 percent of the party’s total funds. The remaining P10,000 came from their earnings in a food sale and a rummage sale.

The budget allotted for the campaign changes every year, said Dianne Olivan, UP CMC ISA’s campaign manager.

“What we do before [the elections] is we try to earn money by selling stuff, then that money, regardless of its amount, malaki man o maliit, will be used for the elections,” she added. They also resort to contributions from members to sustain finances.

Expenses of both parties mainly include operating expenses such as rent for the campaign house, food, groceries and printing and reproduction of publicity/propaganda materials.

Specifications on the type and size of campaign materials are stipulated in the University Student Electoral Code, as is a clean-up bond of P1,500 for university-wide parties and P500 for individual candidates to ensure that they promptly clear the campus of their campaign materials one week after the elections.

There is no provision on spending, however, which is something the two local parties seem to have differing views on.

“Mahalaga naman nagiging self-regulating yung mga partido para siguraduhin na hindi lumalabis yung gastos nila kaysa mayroon pa na mga provisions sa electoral code. Sa totoo lang kasi, you can only spend so much for a two-week campaign, lalo na for local slates,” said Siscar.

Meanwhile, Olivan said, “We believe that we are in need of such provision, to give an equal footing among the political parties.”

“Similarly, we are a small political party of 30 members, and we know that our opposite is a big one, and probably has more access to more resources. We need a certain provision that will limit our spending din para pantay ang starting point,” she added.

Botong Isko: BATAK dominates CHK SC

by Alysha Nacino

Bukluran ng mga Iskolar Atleta Tungo sa Progresibong Aksyon (BATAK) filled almost all posts for the College of Human Kinetics Student Council (CHK SC) in this year’s Student Council Elections (SCE), occupying nine out of the 13 seats in the CHK SC.

Opposing party, Kabataang Inaalay ang Lakas at Suporta sa CHK (KILOS), on the other hand, won four spots in the Council.

Incumbent Bachelor in Sports Science Representative and unrivalled BATAK candidate Dan Angelo Cabading will lead the CHK SC as chairperson after garnering 206 votes alongside running mate April Rodra De Castro who defeated KILOS vice chairperson hopeful Patricia Mae Marcelo with a difference of 12 votes.

Meanwhile, unopposed BATAK CHK representative to the University Student Council candidate Rica Angelica Robeniol earned 248 votes against 69 who abstained.

Three out of the five CHK councilors-elect are also from BATAK with Maria Cristina Alvia garnering the most number of votes in the lineup with 187. Following her is KILOS councilor bet Lei Andrei San Juan who received 161 votes.

Unopposed Bachelor of Physical Education candidate and KILOS member, Jeremiah Joseph Cinco was re-elected in the same post with 52 votes while BATAK and KILOS shared slots for Bachelor of Sports Science Representatives after KILOS’s Catherine Bernarde De Luna and BATAK’s Miguel Alfonso Relampagos earned 92 and 73 votes, respectively.

The certificate of Sports Science representatives, on the other hand, were clinched by BATAK’s Roy Spencer Sumpio and Queen Kqasophia Ambulo.

Botong Isko: Incumbent BAC representative to the USC wins BAC chair post

Incumbent College of Business Administration representative to the University Student Council (USC) Benjie Aquino will lead next year’s Business Administration Council’s (BAC) chairperson.

by Gene Paolo Gumagay

Incumbent College of Business Administration representative to the University Student Council (USC) Benjie Aquino will lead next year’s Business Administration Council’s (BAC) chairperson, garnering 646 votes against 82 who abstained.

Meanwhile, incumbent councilor and Rianne Geronimo of UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA) will take up his spot as next year’s BAC representative to the USC with 593 votes versus 135 abstains.

Both candidates managed to break the 365-vote threshold required for them to be elected.

Five BAC councilors-elect also managed to garner more than 365 votes.

Issa Lim got the highest number of votes for the councilor post with 614 while Cel Calma trailed behind her with 523 votes. Clar Siy ranks third with 454 votes while Belle Ginez and JP Salvador garnered 429 and 365 votes, respectively.

On the other hand, next year’s business administration (BA) sophomore batch representatives are Pat Gan and Annika Bautista, who earned 98 and 74 votes, respectively, besting Tobi Sales’s 66 votes and three abstains.

Unopposed junior BA  batch representative Jonty Aguila got 131 votes while lone Junior Business Administration and Accountancy batch representative candidate Yam Alarde garnered 169 votes for the post.

Meanwhile, Gia Garcia is next year’s senior BA representative after getting 160 of the BA juniors’ votes while Dana Dee and Jojo Panopio are next year’s Terminals batch representatives with 145 and 137 votes respectively.

Botong Isko: Independent candidates to lead UPSSC

by Gene Paolo Gumagay

Independent candidates have risen to the challenge of serving the UP School of Statistics (UPSSS), clinching posts in this year’s UP School of Statistics Student Council (UPSSSC) elections.

Incumbent Finance Councilor Patrick Wincy Reyes will lead the Council as chairperson, garnering 214 votes, defeating incumbent Vice Chairperson Krizia Cleo Fowler who got 191 votes and the 33 students who voted abstain.

Joining her is current Council secretary and unopposed vice chairperson Patricia Anne Alarios who earned 316 votes against 16 abstain votes.

Meanwhile, UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran’s (UP ALYANSA) James Alister Pangilinan got 357 votes against the 81 who abstained, making him the UPSSS representative to the University Student Council (USC).

All other positions have been competed for unopposed with all hopefuls winning outright.

Tierone James Santos got 308 votes against 130 abstains to win the finance councilor post while Rheymond Jimenez is the new marketing councilor with 262 votes against 176 abstains.

On the other hand, Keanu Roland Alfred Ramos is the new public relations councilor with 296 votes versus 142 abstains while Michael Joshua Ricaforte is next year’s media and publicity councilor winning 309 versus 192 abstains.

Spencer Espartero will handle the Secretariat in the next SSSC with 281 to 157 abstain votes, while Kate Malda is next year’s social consciousness councilor with 271 to 167 abstain votes.

Meanwhile, sophomore Statistics student Jerico Timan is the Council’s lone batch representative, winning 106 votes against 17 abstains after his opponent withdrew candidacy.

Updated: An earlier version of this published article indicated Fowler as the winner. It has been updated to place the correct UPSSSC chairperson-elect, Patrick Wincy Reyes.

Botong Isko: MATTER leads next CSSC

By Frances Josephine E. Espeso

Candidates from Matatag Aktibo Tunay Tumutugon Epektibo Responsable (MATTER) prevailed in this year’s College of Science Student Council (CSSC) elections held Thursday.

Joshua Jethro Malimata from the National Institute of Physics (NIP) was elected chairperson with 1021 votes against 431 who abstained.

Michaela Ticman, incumbent assistant representative of the Institute of Mathematics (IM) is vice chairperson with 944 votes; abstain votes amount to 511.

Incumbent Councilor Juan Antonio Magalang, also from NIP, was elected College Representative to the University Student Council with 578 votes besting Adrian Villareal from the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) and Mika Cadiz of UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA) with 473 and 281 votes, respectively.

Meanwhile, incumbent NIP Assistant Representative Christian Benedict Guevarra topped the councilor polls with 815 votes. Following Guevarra are Angelica Mae Camille Dizon and Jelaine Gan, each with 773 votes; Jasper S. Dumalaog with 754 votes, and Katrina Isabel C. Elicaño with 735.

On the other hand, Nicole Mae Picart of the Institute of Biology (IB) was elected IB Representative with 196 votes against the 45 who abstained while Hannah Joyce Amoncio was elected Institute of Chemistry representative with 201 votes versus 26 abstain votes.

CSSC’s Geology representative is Janica Mae Nablo who earned 142 votes against the 85 who abstained while Lean Dominic Labalan is elected as Math representative with 196 votes versus 68 who abstained; Joelle Noriko Galang is the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology’s representative with 160 votes vs. 14 “abstain” votes; and NIP has Michael Nicholas Go with 188 votes against 61 who abstained.

This year, 1455 students from CS voted out of 2889 of the college’s registered voters. Out of the 1455 students, 85.9% were undergraduates while 14.8% were graduate students.

Botong Isko: ASC still independent-led; ASC constitution to be ratified

by Arianne Christian Tapao

Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP)’s lone bet Princess Diane Villegas is the new architecture representative to the University Student Council (USC).

Garnering 249 votes, Villegas won against independent candidate Carlos Cucueco III, who got 74 votes and 49 abstain votes.

The local council, however, remains independent-led.

Aside from student council polls, the student body also voted whether or not to ratify the new Constitution the incumbent Architecture Student Council (ASC) proposes.

Voting will be held anew next year, ASC Chairperson Raphael Padios said, as 190 voted ‘NO INFO,’ indicating they have not been informed regarding the new revision against the 131 who voted ‘I APPROVE,’ which indicates they have been informed on the new revision.

The amended provisions mostly revolve around the election law, he said, such as making the position of treasurer and secretary-general an electorate decision rather than being ASC-appointed.

“Four years in the making,” Padios said, of the proposed amended Constitution, “Ngayon lang kami finally natapos. It has [sic] to go under rigorous review.”

Padios said, however, that it is good that there is a comparison in votes on the Constitution’s ratification as it means students are discussing it.

Earlier, posts for landscape architecture (LA) batch representatives and LA councilors have been voted manually due to miscommunication.

Administrative staff officer John Mark Orqueta said the batch representatives’ names were not encoded in the electronic voting, while only one LA councilor name has been put in the electronic ballot.

Polls officially closed at 7 p.m.


Below is the list of votes:


Toni Dominique Madulid (IND) 332
Abstain – 79


Dan Oliver Barcarse – 344
Abstain – 67


Patrick Lawrence Dela Rosa (IND) – 331
Abstain – 80


Carlos Cucueco III (IND) – 74
Princess Dianne Villegas (STAND) – 289
Abstain – 49


Kate Chrisgracen Au (IND) – 274
Martin Abad Santos (IND) – 268
Andrei Florendo Balanag (IND) – 261
Denver Jett Fajanilan (IND) – 258
Victoria Elspeth Arnaiz (IND) – 263



Arvic Alvarez (IND) – 76
Abstain – 5


Ronn Dayniel Matthew Bonites – 82
Justin Jared Aguinaldo – 72

Abstain – 6


Janessa Gabrielle Nicolas (IND) – 64
Abstain – 4


Bighani Minimo – 46
Abstain – 1

LA Councilor

Gia Mae dela Peña – 33
Reandro Ernesto Gonzales – 29
Abstain – 27