Local CMC party violates election code

College of Mass Communication party Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) breached a provision of a memorandum released by the University Student Electoral Board by wearing shirts that show their party’s name and logo during the campaign period.

By Ernica de Guzman
Tinig ng Plaridel / UPJourn.net

College of Mass Communication party Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) breached a provision of a memorandum released by the University Student Electoral Board by wearing shirts that show their party’s name and logo during the campaign period.

This issue was raised in CMC’s miting de avance dubbed “Hot off the grill” on Feb. 20 when a member of the audience asked if any party violated an election code.

Minutes before the mudslinging started, ISA candidates changed attire from party’s campaign shirts to plain shirts in order to comply with the said memorandum. Jovan Cerda, running for CMC representative, said they also consulted Dr. Lourdes Portus regarding the shirts on the same day.

“Ang importante lang po dito ay tinanong po namin at nakita niyo naman po kahit last minute ay gumawa po kami ng paraan para wala kaming ma-violate,” said Cerda.

Cerda also explained that they consider their shirts as “org shirts” and that they didn’t wear it “dahil gusto lang namin s’yang isuot. Dahil ito ung pagpapakita ng brand namin as an organization.”

“A week prior to this day, mineet po kami ni Dr. Portus, ang head ng CSEB (College Student Electoral Board),” said Rupert Mangilit, standard bearer for local council of Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP.

“There is no excuse for both parties na meron tayong na-overlook na mga rules,” added Mangilit.

This memorandum released on Jan. 30 and received by the CMC administration on Feb. 2 “reiterated and clarified” provisions in the university election code.

The memorandum stated that “T-shirts containing party names and logos and campaign slogans are deemed as political gimmickry and therefore prohibited,” as reference to the campaign guideline which states that “pins, buttons, badges, bookmarks, matches, T-shirts and other forms of political gimmickry including the giving/distribution of any form of material gift shall be prohibited.”

(Jo Javan Cerda, ISA candidate for CMC representative, is the editor in chief of Tinig ng Plaridel and has taken a leave of absence from editorial duties in light of his candidacy.)

Tan: Zoo example of ‘productive’ UP assets’ use

If building call centers and commercial centers on UP’s unused land is commercialization, how about building a zoo?

ALYANSA's Titus Tan arrives at the College of Mass Communication to attend the mudslinging last Feb. 20. Photo by Roehl Nino Bautista.
Titus Tan of KAISA arrives at the College of Mass Communication for an informal debate for USC candidates.

By Rachel Miranda and Katrina Alba
Tinig ng Plaridel / UPJourn.net

If building call centers and commercial centers on UP’s unused land is commercialization, how about building a zoo?

Titus Tan, Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) candidate for University Student Council (USC) chairperson, gave this as an instance of a “productive” use for UP’s idle assets when asked for alternatives to tuition and other fees increase (TFI) at a USC mudslinging event last Feb. 20 at Palma Hall. Continue reading “Tan: Zoo example of ‘productive’ UP assets’ use”

Computerized elections secure, accurate, says programmers’ head

Keeping votes safe and correct need not be a problem in the upcoming University Student Council (USC) elections. Rystraum Gamonez, University of the Philippines Linux Users Group (UnPLUG) president, assured student voters this year’s fully computerized election system would run smoothly as planned.

By Franz Jonathan G. de la Fuente
Tinig ng Plaridel / UPJourn.net

Keeping votes safe and correct need not be a problem in the upcoming University Student Council (USC) elections.

Rystraum Gamonez, University of the Philippines Linux Users Group (UnPLUG) president, assured student voters this year’s fully computerized election system would run smoothly as planned. Continue reading “Computerized elections secure, accurate, says programmers’ head”

Doc probs, not cash bond, moved filing deadline –NCPAG el-board

Contrary to what was earlier reported, the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) of the National College of Public Administration (NCPAG) moved the deadline of filing for candidacy from Feb. 13 to 16 because the candidates failed to verify the documents required for the college student council elections.

By Katrina Alba and Edmark San Antonio
Tinig ng Plaridel / UPJourn.net

Contrary to what was earlier reported, the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) of the National College of Public Administration (NCPAG) moved the deadline of filing for candidacy from Feb. 13 to 16 because the candidates failed to verify the documents required for the college student council elections.

NCPAG CSEB chair and college secretary Dan Saguil denied the Philippine Collegian report released Feb. 14 saying it was the candidates’ failure to submit a required P1, 500 cash bond that mainly caused the postponement. The amount would be used to fund a post-election cleanup. Continue reading “Doc probs, not cash bond, moved filing deadline –NCPAG el-board”

USC Mudslinging Videos – Parts 3 to 7

Here are parts three to seven of the UP Diliman University Student Council Mudslinging (Debate) held on February 20, 2008 at Palma Hall 400 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event was entitled “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” and was organized by the Philippine Collegian and UP Solidaridad.

Here are parts three to seven of the UP Diliman University Student Council Mudslinging (Debate) held on February 20, 2008 at Palma Hall 400 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event was entitled “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita” and was organized by the Philippine Collegian and UP Solidaridad. Continue reading “USC Mudslinging Videos – Parts 3 to 7”

USC Mudslinging Video – Part 2

Second part of the UP Diliman University Student Council Mudslinging (Debate) held on February 20, 2008 at PH 400. Question # 2: “Sa panahon ng krisis pang-ekonomiya, malabo nang makakuha ang unibersidad ng mas mataas na pondo mula sa gobyerno. May alternatibo pa ba sa tuition and other fees increase (TFI)?”

Second part of the UP Diliman University Student Council Mudslinging (Debate) held on February 20, 2008 at PH 400. The event, entitled “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita,” was organized by the Philippine Collegian and UP Solidaridad. Continue reading “USC Mudslinging Video – Part 2”

USC Mudslinging Video – Part 1

First part of the UP Diliman University Student Council Mudslinging (Debate) held on February 20, 2008 at Palma Hall 400 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event, entitled “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita,” was organized by the Philippine Collegian and UP Solidaridad.

First part of the UP Diliman University Student Council Mudslinging (Debate) held on February 20, 2008 at Palma Hall 400 from 11 am to 2 pm. The event, entitled “Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita,” was organized by the Philippine Collegian and UP Solidaridad. Continue reading “USC Mudslinging Video – Part 1”

Indie bets say party interests, rivalries hamper student service

Party politics has hindered student leaders from serving the students, said the independent candidates for University Student Council (USC) councilor in separate interviews. The candidates earlier said during a Feb. 12 forum at Kalayaan Residence Hall that they did not need parties to win.

By Mark Pere Madrona
Tinig Ng Plaridel/UPJourn.net

Party politics has hindered student leaders from serving the students, said the independent candidates for University Student Council (USC) councilor in separate interviews.

The candidates earlier said during a Feb. 12 forum at Kalayaan Residence Hall that they did not need parties to win. Continue reading “Indie bets say party interests, rivalries hamper student service”

Lack of candidates in CHK-SC due to burnt-out council

Past experiences of student leaders in the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) student council have led to lack of interest among students to run for the positions. “Nobody wants to run since the council is usually overworked,” Marla Cuerdo, CHK Student Relations Officer said.

By Clarisse Osteria and Shaira Panela
Tinig Ng Plaridel/UPJourn.net

Past experiences of student leaders in the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) student council have led to lack of interest among students to run for the positions.

“Nobody wants to run since the council is usually overworked,” Marla Cuerdo, CHK Student Relations Officer said. Continue reading “Lack of candidates in CHK-SC due to burnt-out council”

(Updated) Local party in Music releases GPOA, says delay aims to promote ALYANSA Music rep

Camerata, the only party running in the College of Music Student Council Elections this year, officially released its General Program of Action (GPOA) today, barely a week before elections.

By Hon Sophia Balod
Tinig Ng Plaridel/UPJourn.net

Camerata, the only party running in the College of Music Student Council Elections this year, officially released its General Program of Action (GPOA) today, barely a week before elections.

Anna Achacoso, incumbent Music representative and candidate for SC Chairperson, said Camerata prioritized to campaign for Kris Dionisio who is currently running as the college representative from Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA). Continue reading “(Updated) Local party in Music releases GPOA, says delay aims to promote ALYANSA Music rep”

CMC parties consult students for platforms

The two parties vying for positions during this year’s College of Mass Communication (CMC) Student Council elections are both claiming that their platforms best represent students’ needs and issues.

By Ernica de Guzman
Tinig Ng Plaridel/UPJourn.net

The two parties vying for positions during this year’s College of Mass Communication (CMC) Student Council elections are both claiming that their platforms best represent students’ needs and issues. Continue reading “CMC parties consult students for platforms”

(Updated) New CSWCD party challenges STAND-UP

A college-based political party has posed the first major challenge in three years to ruling party Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP) at the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) Student Council (SC) elections.

Members of the party ASTIG prepare campaign materials. Photo by Frederick Tomacder.
Members of the party ASTIG prepare campaign materials. Photo by Frederick Tomacder.

By Frederick Paulo Tomacder and Rachel Miranda
Tinig ng Plaridel/UPJourn.net

A college-based political party has posed the first major challenge in three years to ruling party Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP) at the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) Student Council (SC) elections.

The Alliance of Students Toward Innovative Governance (ASTIG)—composed wholly of Community Development (CD) students—is fielding candidates for eight out of the nine available student council positions, while STAND-UP is fielding five. Continue reading “(Updated) New CSWCD party challenges STAND-UP”