By Andrew Jonathan Bagaoisan
Tinig ng Plaridel / UPJourn.net
Asked to rate the performance of outgoing University Student Council chair Herminio “Third” Bagro, the students vying to succeed him each gave varied assessments.
The USC chairperson candidates of UP Diliman’s three main political parties answered this, each for only one minute, among questions posed Thursday night at a miting de avance in the freshmen dorm Kalayaan Residence Hall.
KAISA bet Titus Tan said that while Bagro’s term saw many projects and activities, the council was “not united.”
Bagro’s party mate Niña Acasio of ALYANSA said Bagro “stood by his principles.” She added that his administration still had room to improve but did not note where. “No USC chair was after all perfect,” she said in Filipino.
Outgoing USC vice chair and current STAND-UP standard bearer Airah Cadiogan said Bagro’s term should not be assessed based only on how he did his job, but instead on how the whole council, as a body, did theirs.
Bagro won the election last year, giving the chairperson post back to ALYANSA since Kris Ablan won in 2004. His term saw as one of its projects the USC-led renovation of Vinzons Hall.
He presided over a council of one vice chair, seven councilors and six college representatives from STAND-UP; four councilors and seven college representatives from ALYANSA; five college representatives from KAISA; one independent councilor, and two independent reps.
The sortie at Kalayaan Residence Hall is the first campaign stop in a tour of nine dormitories.