Buklod sweeps CSSP SC

Juan Carlo “JC” Tejano won as chairperson with 741 votes, while Jose Emmanuel Micael “Mickey” Eva III won the vice chairperson position with 715 votes. Dan Christian “Dan” Ramos was also elected CSSP representative to the USC.

By Dean Lozarie

BUKLOD-CSSP retained its majority in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council, taking the chairperson, vice-chairperson position and all eight council seats.

Juan Carlo “JC” Tejano won as chairperson with 741 votes, while Jose Emmanuel Micael “Mickey” Eva III won the vice chairperson position with 715 votes. Dan Christian “Dan” Ramos was also elected CSSP representative to the USC.

All eight councilor bets of BUKLOD-CSSP won, with Ginelle Petterson topping the list with 635 votes, followed by Pola Lia Celina Lamarca with 634 votes, Patricia Ysabel Alcantara with 624 votes and Raphael Carlo Brolagda with 602 votes.

Next in line were Virginia Mara Favis with 594 votes, Antonio Lapid with 525 votes, Joeric Emil Crescini with 520 votes and Camille Sta. Ana with 554 votes.

Saligan sa CSSP won two seats in the council. Earl Ramon Agulto won as Geography Department Representative with 71 votes and Agape Sem Comendador, who was running unopposed, won the Sociology Department Representative seat with 62 votes.

Six of BUKLOD-CSSP’s department representative candidates claimed victory. Lazaro Kevin Pabiona won the Anthropolgy Department Representative seat unopposed with 37 votes, Patricza Andrhea Torio won as History Department Representative with 46 votes and Jesse Angelica Atanacio won as Philosophy Department Representative with 44 votes.

Meanwhile, their Political Science Department Representative, Paolo Dominic Macariola ran unopposed and garnered 223 votes. Both Psychology Department Representatives come from BUKLOD-CSSP: Katrina Marie Cabigting and R-La Pudadera with 343 and 323 votes respectively.

The sole independent candidate, Dominique Samantha Dulay, won the Linguistics representative position.

As of 4:30 PM, the turnout at the Palma Hall precinct was 71 percent, while the turnout at the Palma Hall Annex (PHAN) precinct was 82 percent, according to the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB).

As of press time, no total turnout for the two precincts are available because the figures have not yet been combined.

Graduate students vote manually

The figures also exclude graduate students and non-majors because the college was not provided lists separating them from other students, College Secretary Josefina Andrea Cantiler said.

Meanwhile, a graduate student of the Archaeological Studies Program was allowed to submit her manual ballot at 6:15 p.m., after the polls had closed and the counting had begun. Her knowledge was that the polls would close at 7 p.m., Cantiler said.

All graduate students had to vote manually for college positions, including the CSSP representative to the USC.

UP Linux User’s Group (UnPLUG), the technical group for the university-wide automated elections, could not be reached for comment as of this writing.

On the other hand, two manual voters checked “abstain” along with the 11 USC councilors they voted for. However, their votes were still included.

Cantiler said the voters might have checked “abstain” because they did not want to vote for a twelfth councilor.

An UnPLUG representative said that if they voted using the online ballot, their votes for all USC councilor positions would have been invalidated.

Student orgs host USC debate forum at Econ

Almost a week to Election Day, the university’s three main political parties convened and laid down plans for the next University Student Council in a student organization-hosted forum at the School of Economics yesterday.

By Jon Lindley Agustin

Almost a week to Election Day (Feb. 17), the university’s three main political parties laid down plans for the next University Student Council (USC) in a student organization-hosted forum at the School of Economics (SE) yesterday.

In their respective five-minute speeches, the candidates for chairperson, vice-chairperson, and one councilor representative tackled their distinct ways of addressing university issues and presented programs in improving the next USC.

Incumbent USC Councilor Marck Bryan “Chorva” David, chairperson candidate of KAISA (Nagkakaisang Iskolar Para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan), said the party proposes to unify the next student council. He said the council will work together for a common vision, and empowering the student body to student engagement and responsive leadership.

“It (USC) is polarized by continuous political divisions and continuous bickering,” said David.

For incumbent USC Councilor Tin Borja, ALYANSA’S (UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran) chairperson candidate, the next USC needs to be more relevant to the students it represents.

To fulfill this, Borja said they will provide a balance of campaign, services, and activities for the students.

“We want everyone to step out of their comfort zones,” she said, “and realize their potentials as catalysts of change and responsiveness.”

STAND-UP’s (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) chairperson candidate, incumbent USC Councilor Gem Garcia talked about issues on Hacienda Luisita, labor, and long lines of students in applying for loans in her five-minute speech.

“Hindi ko kayo kukumbinsihin na iboto kami. Kukumbinsihin ko nalang kayo kung bakit dapat paglingkuran ang bayan,” she said.

USC Charter change

David also said that it is the right time to propose for amendments to the USC constitution. He said there are inconsistencies in the present constitution which has been in effect since 1981.

There are some trivial facts in the constitution that need revision, such as the inclusion of the University of the Philippines-Manila (UPM) campus to the UP Diliman USC, he added.  He said the UPM USC is actually unconstitutional based on the UP charter.

Last year, there were disagreements on the qualifications of some USC members, questions on accountability of USC members in terms of engaging students for consultation, and questions on representation, he said.

USC and student organizations

The candidates also spoke of strengthening the partnership of the USC with all student organizations to resolve various issues.

Alex Castro, KAISA’s candidate for councilor, said the party will create an alliance of all student organizations called the League of Student Organizations (LSO).

She said it has been hard for organizations to identify themselves with the USC. Through LSO, she said there will be concrete avenues of exchange, and information dissemination to organizations and representation will be easier.

Equity

During the forum, the candidates from STAND-UP talked about addressing national issues and related them to university issues.

STAND-UP’s candidate for councilor Amancio Melad III said the party will have an analysis on how the current situation of the university is related with issues such as on Hacienda Luisita, Melad being a Tarlac native himself.

On private-public partnership (PPP), Melad said the problem is with conflict of interest.

He said, “When we talk about UP Ayala Techo Hub, we would be earning five billion pesos in a span of 35 years. What’s the budget deficit of the UP System for every year? P 13 billion.”

Melad also remained firm of the party’s stand that quality education should be free for all. He said equity should exist in the university.

Multi-perspective activism

ALYANSA’S councilor candidate Cathy Alcantara, incumbent SESC chairperson, said it is multi-perspective activism sets their party apart from others.

She said there are different forms of activism. ALYANSA’s multi-perspective activism takes into account the diversity of students with different ideologies.

Multi-perspective activism is one of the party’s ‘four pillars’. The others are academic excellence, student empowerment, and social progress, she said.

After the speeches, the different candidates answered questions from the audience. Questions included issues on party membership, candidates cutting classes to campaign, the USC elections becoming a popularity contest, and partnership between the USC and local government units (LGUs).

Other candidates who spoke at the debate forum were ALYANSA councilor candidate Trizza Tolentino, KAISA vice chairperson candidate Marvee dela Resma, and STAND-UP vice chairperson candidate Dan Neil Ramos.

The forum, dubbed “UP Front: The 2011 Organizations’ USC Elections Forum,” was organized by the UP Economics Society with 25 partner organizations.

With reporting by Franz Jonathan de la Fuente

CMC campaign opens with issue debate

Candidates from STAND-UP CMC and ISA, as well as one independent candidate for Journalism representative gave their stances on issues such as the budget cut, tuition fee increase and the state’s selling of idle assets to private companies.

by Jon Lindley Agustin

Conflicts among College of Mass Communication (CMC) parties heated up as candidates for the next student council faced off on Friday at the college’s first issue-based debate in a modified Asian-Parliamentary format.

The debate, dubbed as “Liyab: A Pre-Hot off the Grill Debate,” was organized by the UP Mass Communicators Organization (UP MCO) as a kick-off to the annual miting de avance entitled “Hot Off The Grill” on Feb. 10.

The debate was also co-sponsored by the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB), CMC’s governing electoral body, headed by College Secretary Danilo Arao.

Similar to past election forums, persistent issues on commercialization, activism, and the implementation of projects tested the parties’ ideals and beliefs.

Candidates from STAND UP-CMC (Students Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP-CMC) and ISA (Interdependent Student-Centered Activism), as well as one independent candidate for Journalism representative gave their stance on issues such as the budget cut, tuition fee increase and the state’s selling of idle assets to private companies.

“The goal of the debate is to showcase the competencies of the candidates as well as the principles of ISA and STAND-UP,” said Jedd Brian Hernandez, president of UP MCO.

CMC’s biggest problem

(L-R) Gail Orduña and Jake Rivera, STAND UP-CMC and ISA candidates for College Representative, respectively (Photo by Rae Anne Ducut)

The two candidates vying for CMC representative to the University Student Council (USC) each had two distinct problems of the college in mind.

While criticizing the former CMC student councils, Jake Rivera of ISA said the biggest problem is student engagement. To fulfill this, he said he will provide quality and more understandable information on issues to the students, along with basic student services.

“Five years ago, they (past councils) forgot that students need to be assisted in making names for themselves as media practitioners,” Rivera said in his first statements, “ Five years later, we have services… we have exploited every single avenue for them to participate in activities.”

Hindi ka lang taga-akyat, taga-baba ka rin ng mga concerns sa level ng mga estudyante,” he added, “Makarelate muna kami sa ginagawa niyo.”

Gail Orduña of STAND UP-CMC belittled Rivera’s argument, saying the immediate concern is budget insufficiency and “exorbitant fees.”

Hindi malaking issue ang student engagement sa MassComm,” she said, “Ang student engagement ang solusyon.”

As college representative, Orduña said she will push for consultation to students for every increase in fees and will advocate constant vigilance.

Facebook ‘Like’ page

(L-R) Film Representative candidate Chanelle Filio and BC Representative candidates Ea Acaylar and Toby Roca (STAND-UP) face BC Representative candidates Farah Ghodsinia and Emman Manoguid, and Chairperson candidate B-an Catubay (ISA) (Photo by Rae Anne Ducut)

The bets for Communication Research and Film representatives debated on the issue of STAND UP-CMC candidates ‘liking’ a Facebook page on budget cut, a form of ‘alternative activism’, which is an advocacy not in-line with the party.

According to Communication Research representative bet Carla Cucueco, ISA’s alternative advocacy called “I oppose the Budget Cut” on Facebook was even joined by candidates from STAND UP-CMC who were not inclined to support it.

Isabel Quesada, STAND UP-CMC’s Film representative candidate, argued, “Ano ang laban ng 200+ na estudyante na nag-‘like’ sa 3,500 na students na sumali sa protesta? Walang alternative activism, sakop pa rin ito ng militant activism.”

However, Marji Manlunas, ISA’s Treasurer candidate said 250 students have ‘liked’ the page within a week of its creation. She added that they believe in alternative activism because it is for everyone.

STAND UP-CMC’s Communication research candidate Sheryll Abrillo said her party does not condemn alternative activism but students must not settle on this form.

Over the years, STAND UP-CMC’s advocacies have been based on militant activism, a form different from alternative activism which does not necessarily incorporate rallies and protests.

Idle lands

Journalism Representative candidate Angel Britanico (Independent) (Photo by Rae Anne Ducut)

Each party’s opinion also differed on the issue of selling the university’s idle lands to private companies as income generating projects.

STAND UP-CMC Treasurer candidate Astrid Acielo called profits from idle assets the government’s “band-aid solution.” She said it does not address the crisis on education.

ISA on the other hand believes it is a “beneficial band-aid solution.” The party said they recognize the government cannot provide for the university, and profits from selling of idle lands could compensate for this insufficiency.

Angel Britanico, Independent candidate for Journalism representative, stood midway.

While saying the income generated from private institutions is not necessary because the government must provide subsidy to the university, Britanico said these are still beneficial. She added it is also practicable because it has already been done, but it is not the best solution.

Live Twitter updates during this event were provided by Myra Cabujat.

Final NCPAG candidate list released

The final list of candidates for the National College of Public Administration and Governance’s student council was released Friday afternoon.

By Vince Flores Nonato

Final NCPAG SC Candidate List (Vince Nonato)

The final and official list of candidates for the National College of Public Administration and Governance’s student council was released Friday afternoon.

Only 14 candidates are running for eight different positions, compared to last year’s 20.

Incumbent NCPAG representative to the University Student Council Desiree Ico of Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service (PALS), is running for NCPAG SC vice-chairperson, as the running mate of Julliano Fernando Guiang, also of PALS.

Both Guiang and Ico are running unopposed.

Other NCPAG SC members seeking positions are Undergraduate Councilors Joann Salazar (for Internal Affairs Administrator) and Karlo Diaz (for External Affairs Administrator), both from PALS, NCPAG’s only accredited party this year.

On the other hand, Norman Cualteros, Rodolfo Ferdinand Quicho Jr., and Juan Valeriano Respicio IV, originally included in the first official list released Jan. 28, are no longer candidates, said College Secretary Jocelyn C. Cuaresma.

The sole pending candidate from the original list, Pamela Grafilo, was disqualified due to a violation.

NCPAG students were only able to vote for USC officials on Election Day (Feb. 24) last year as the college’s local elections were postponed to March.

COLLEGE IN FOCUS: National College of Public Administration and Governance

What’s at stake politically at the National College of Public Administration and Governance.

By Vince Flores Nonato

Council Composition: 7 PALS (Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service), 7 Independent
Chairperson: Ronald Dane Z. Carreon (PALS)

College Representative: Desiree M. Ico (KAISA)

2010 Voter Turnout: 32.08% (188 of 586, USC Elections), 43% (254 of 587, Special Local Elections)*

2010 USC Chairperson: Gabriel G. Villamil (KAISA)

Political Background:

PALS (Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service), once the majority party in the NCPAG Student Council, is affiliated with KAISA. While PALS is the only party running for the SC elections, there used to be another party, PULSE. PULSE (Pursuit of Unity, Leadership, Service, and Excellence) has not been running for some time. The student council became split with independents during the 2010 elections, which was delayed due to problems with candidates’ certificates of candidacy (COCs).

*Local elections were delayed and held separately from the USC elections.

Red versus Yellow: STAND UP-CMC and ISA slates since 2007

Who have run in CMC in the past four years? TNP takes a look at CMCSC slates since 2007.

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The council has been split between ISA and STAND UP-CMC since ISA fieldedits first slate in 2007, with STAND UP-CMC getting at least one position more than the other every year. But in 2010, ISA gained the majority with eight seats against STAND UP-CMC’s six. This is the first time ISA gained all the executive committee positions in the council, composed of chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer.

However, STAND UP-CMC still dominates over the department representatives, particularly the journalism representatives, which it has secured for the last four years. Over the years, broadcast communication (BC) representatives mostly come from ISA, while the positions for communication research representatives remain evenly split between the two parties.

Several candidates have returned for reelection. Karol Mark Yee (ISA), Marian Kris Santos (STAND UP-CMC), Rupert Francis Mangilit (STAND UP-CMC) and Sherwin Ian Su (ISA) all started with lower positions before running for chairperson. Erika Paola Migriño (ISA) lost in her first bid for BC representative in 2009, but was elected vice chairperson in 2010.

Some candidates were not as lucky. Anna Canlas won as secretary in 2007, but lost when she ran for chairperson in 2008. Others like Mark Aurelio Dantes (ISA), April Angela Nolasco (STAND UP-CMC) and Katherine Molina (STAND UP-CMC) all lost their two bids for CMCSC positions.

USC candidates

Other candidates also ran for the University Student Council (USC). Despite losing the local elections in 2007, Victor Lorenzo Villanueva (STAND UP-CMC) was elected number one councilor in 2008, and was also a nominee for Student Regent in 2009. Airah Cadiogan (STAND UP-CMC), who won as communication research representative in 2007, won as USC vice chairperson in 2008. However, she lost in 2009 when she ran for USC chairperson.

Other USC bidders were Jemimah Garcia and Marian Kris Santos, both from STAND UP-CMC. Garcia lost in her first bid for USC councilor in 2009, but won when she ran for the same position in 2010. Garcia is currently STAND-UP’s candidate for USC chairperson. Santos, then incumbent CMCSC chairperson, lost her councilor bid in 2009.


COLLEGE IN FOCUS: College of Mass Communication (CMC)

Election Profile: College of Mass Communication

By Jhesset Enano and Alexandra Gabrielle Francisco

Council Composition: 8 Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA), 6 Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP-CMC (STAND UP-CMC)

Chairperson: Sherwin Ian T. Su (ISA)

College Representative: Nigel Patrick M. Cornel (ISA)

2010 Voter Turn-Out: 59.5% (645 out of 1084)

2010 USC Chairperson: Rainier Astin A. Sindayen (STAND-UP)

Political Background:

STAND-UP traces its roots to the strife between clashing political views in the original Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayan. This lead to the splinter of the militant alliance SAMASA-Tunay, Militante at Makabayang Alyansa (SAMASA-TMMA) in the mid-90s. In 1996, the faction formed STAND-UP, with local parties in different UP Diliman colleges, including CMC. The party bore the principles originally carried by SAMASA when it was first formed—an emphasis on mass action and militancy in rallying for democratic rights of the masses alongside student demands.

In 2006, STAND UP-CMC met opposition when Karol Mark Yee ran for CMC representative as an independent and later on formed ISA (not to be confused with the now defunct university-wide party Independent Student Alliance). The following year, the party fielded a full slate with Yee as standard-bearer. ISA was recognized as an organization in 2008.

In last year’s CMCSC elections, ISA took the majority of positions from STAND UP-CMC, bannering a “student-centered form of leadership” and “alternative activism”. This year, the CMC vote will decide if ISA will maintain its winning streak or if STAND UP-CMC will regain its dominance.

Sources: Information from Joseph Cataan of STAND UP-CMC and Jose Carlos Soliongco of ISA, http://josephcataan.multiply.com/journal, http://standupd.multiply.com/, TNP archives

Final Official List of Candidates for the USC Elections 2011 (UPDATED)

It’s Kristine Borja/Ralph Anthony Geronimo for ALYANSA, Marck Bryan David/Marvee dela Resma for KAISA, and Jemimah Grace Garcia/Dan Neil Ramos for STAND-UP.

For the 2011 USC elections, ALYANSA (Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran) is fielding USC Councilor Kristine Borja for chairperson and Eng’g chairperson Ralph Anthony Geronimo for vice chairperson, along with 11 candidates for councilor and 12 candidates for college representatives.

KAISA (Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan) has USC Councilors Marck Bryan David and Marvee dela Resma for chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively, along with 10 candidates for councilor and eight for college representatives.

STAND-UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) will be represented by USC Councilors Jemimah Grace Garcia and Dan Neil Ramos for chairperson and vice chairperson, along with 12 candidates for councilor, and 10 candidates for college representatives.

Running for college representatives as independents respectively are Duchess Aleksie Duque (Arki), Jan Kevin Rivera (CMC), and Antonio Rafael Ongkeko, Jr. (NCPAG).

All previously disapproved candidacies have been approved on Jan. 27, save for Miguel Jose Angeles (Independent), who was running for College of Science representative.

At stake in the Feb. 17 elections are the positions of USC chairperson, vice chairperson, 12 USC councilors, and the various college representatives in the campus’ different academic units.

First Official List of Candidates for the CMCSC Elections 2011

STAND-UP enters a complete slate while ISA does not field candidates for Film Representatives. The position of Graduate Studies Representative has been removed from the ballot, while an Independent candidate enters the race for Journalism Representative.

Chairperson

Catubay, Ruby Ann Pauline (ISA)

Riego, Norman Lee Benjamin (STAND-UP)

Vice Chairperson

Labadlabad, Clariz (ISA)

Yalung, Denise Michelle (STAND-UP)

Secretary

Baleva, Alisa (ISA)

Cristobal, Mely Anne Emerie (STAND-UP)

Treasurer

Acielo, Johanna Marie Astrid (STAND-UP)

Manlunas, Margie Marie (ISA)

Broadcast Communication Representatives

Acaylar, EA Geiska (STAND-UP)

Ghodsinia, Farahnaz  (ISA)

Manoguid, Emmanuel (ISA)

Roca, Thomas Benjamin (STAND-UP)

Communication Research Representatives

Abrillo, Sheryll Bebien (STAND-UP)

Carabeo, Diana Marie (ISA)

Cucueco, Carla Patrice (ISA)

Escalona, Nadine Anne (STAND-UP)

Film Representatives

Filio, Chanelle (STAND-UP)

Quesada, Isabel Maria Luz (STAND-UP)

Journalism Representatives

Britanico, Lysa Marie Angeli (Independent)

Dela Torre, Katrine Daiane (ISA)

Guinmapang, Lois Joy (ISA)

Torres, Sarah Isabelle (STAND-UP)

Urrutia, Mario III (STAND-UP)

CMC Representative to the USC

Orduña, Gail (STAND-UP)

Rivera, Jan Kevin (ISA)

Source: College Student Electoral Board