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: University Student Council elections

Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA) dominated the 2014 University Student Council (USC) elections, clinching the chair and vice chair positions and seven of the 12 council seats Thursday.

Third update: February 28, 11:35 p.m.

ALYANSA dominates 2014 USC elections; independents top councilor race

USC

By Celine Isabelle Samson and Dexter Cabalza

Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA) dominated the 2014 University Student Council (USC) elections, clinching the chair and vice chair positions and seven of the 12 council seats Thursday.

Arjay Mercado from ALYANSA won as USC chairperson with 5,145 votes. Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) standard bearer Erra Mae Zabat ranked second with 3,034 votes, followed by Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) bet Carla Gonzales with 1,416 votes.

Mercado broke the record of the highest number of votes earned by a chairperson, currently held by outgoing USC chair Ana Alexandra Castro who got 4,944 votes in 2013.

ALYANSA vice chairperson candidate John Paul “JP” Delas Nieves obtained 5,175 votes and bested STAND UP and KAISA candidates Neefa Macapado and Ram Tomaneng with 3,894 and 766 votes, respectively.

Independent candidate Jethro David topped the list of USC councilors, garnering 4,286 votes. Fellow independent candidate Raymond Rodis ranked second with 4,136 votes.

ALYANSA continued its reign, clinching seven councilor seats and seven college representative posts. STAND UP got three councilor seats and five college representatives in the USC.

Only four college representatives were won by last year’s dominant party KAISA. For the top posts, more abstain votes were tallied than those earned by KAISA’s standard bearers, a 180-degree turn from the party’s performance in last year’s polls.

Meanwhile, all three independent candidates running for college representative posts gained seats in the USC representatives from Arki, Law, and NCPAG.

Clerical error found, KAISA Punzalan’s councilorship to be nullified

During the announcement the USC election results last Thursday (Feb. 27), Reg Punzalan of KAISA was proclaimed as one of the newly elected USC councilors.

A correction was set to be made Friday when it was found that Punzalan’s Halalan votes had been confused with that for ALYANSA namesake Reg Rodriguez, placing Punzalan as the sixth most voted councilor. 

STAND UP’s Mench Tilendo will now be taking up the twelfth councilor seat, with Punzalan moving down to 24th out of 33 candidates.

According to Office of Student Activities (OSA) coordinator Dr. Rommel Rodriguez, the OSA immediately convened the University Student Electoral Board (USEB) to tell them about the situation. USEB then notified the concerned parties for immediate correction.

OSA is set to release the final notice on Monday, as they wait for the USEB’s signatures before the document is submitted to the chancellor.

OSA also cleared that what happened was a clerical error and was not due to the electronic voting system.

The USEB recorded a 48.07-percent voter turnout, a slight decrease from last year’s 48.4 percent.

UP Diliman had a total number of 24,188 eligible voters, including the cross-registrants fron UP Tacloban who had a 90% voter turnout, having 108 students voting from 120.

A special election was also held for graduate students, mostly from the College of Education last Saturday. A total of 184 graduate students cast their votes earlier.

Of the 24,188 voting population, only 11,626 voted on Thursday, February 27.

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USC Chairperson votes:
ARJAY MERCADO (ALYANSA) – 5145
Erra Zabat (STAND UP) – 3034
Carla Gonzalez (KAISA) – 1416
Abstain – 2032

USC Vice Chairperson votes:
JP DELAS NIEVES (ALYANSA) – 5175
Neefa Macapado (STAND UP) – 3894
Ram Tomaneng (KAISA) – 766
Abstain – 1791

COUNCILORS:

1. Jethro David (Independent) – 4,286
2. Raymond Rodis (Independent) – 4,136
3. V Manalo (ALYANSA) – 3,743
4. Mico Pangalangan (STAND UP) – 3,557
5. Reg Rodriguez (ALYANSA) – 3,357

Reg Punzalan(KAISA) – 3,340 The University Student Electoral Board to nullify Punzalan’s seat due to clerical error. Tilendo moves up to claim a councilor seat.

6. Tolits Tanaka (ALYANSA) – 3,185
7. Walter Tamayo (ALYANSA) – 3,003
8. Carl Santos (STAND UP) – 2,962
9. Pola Lamarca (ALYANSA) – 2,923
10. AJ Montesa (ALYANSA) – 2,779
11. Jamie Bawalan (ALYANSA) – 2,726
12. Mench Tilendo (STAND UP) – 2,462

13. Joey Loristo (STAND UP) – 2,460
14. Kath Zarate (STAND UP) – 2, 405
15. Mel Delmoro (STAND UP) – 2,294
16. Nat Malit (KAISA) – 2,288
17. Ivan Mendoza (STAND UP) – 2,171
18. Ian Bondoc (STAND UP) – 2,141
19. Flo Betancor (STAND UP) – 2,129
20. Yvonne Amper (STAND UP) – 1,990
21. Red Maines (KAISA) – 1,936
22. Jay Han Hernandez (ALYANSA) – 1,841
23. Dren Alcain (ALYANSA) – 1,771
24. Reg Punzalan (KAISA) – 1,655
25. Alexa Nacional (KAISA) – 1,619
26. Roni Tababa (STAND UP) – 1,565
27. Jas Mendoza (KAISA) – 1,511
28. Zaira Baniaga (KAISA) – 1,345
29. KM Martinez (KAISA) – 1,185
30. Mar Carlos (KAISA) – 952
31. Danj Lopez (KAISA) – 938
32. Paulo Sotto (KAISA) – 900
33. Bryan Dacanay (KAISA) – 659

Abstain – 1,235

 

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES TO THE USC:

Asian Insitute of Tourism: Ma. Cristine Bactol, START-AIT

College of Architecture: Raphaello Alba, Independent

College of Arts and Letters: Leslie Anne Marie Corpuz, STAND UP

College of Business Administration: Raphael Aaron Letaba,ALYANSA

College of Education: Tricia Roxas, TUGON

College of Engineering: Leo Lobigan, ALYANSA and Cheryl Siy, KAISA

College of Fine Arts: Ana Patricia Non, STAND UP

College of Home Economics: Sarah Esguerra, LEAD-CHE

College of Human Kinetics: Roi Kevin Marcial, ALYANSA

College of Law: Hannah Keila Garcia, Independent

College of Mass Communication: John Benedict Opinion, STAND UP

College of Music: Gabby Tinio, CAMERATA

College of Science: Ryan Lintao, KAISA

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Allan Pangilinan, BUKLOD CSSP

College of Social Work and Community Development: Audrey Antoniano, STAND UP

National College of Public Administration and Governance: Mikhail Solitario, Independent

School of Economics: Franzine Foronda, ALYANSA

School of Library and Information Studies: Ann Tan, STANDUP

School of Statistics: Cris Ian Mendoza, ALYANSA

USC Voter turnout: 48.07% or 11,626 of 24,188 students

Botong Isko: University Student Council

Breakdown of votes for the 2014 USC elections

USC Chair votes:

ARJAY MERCADO (ALYANSA) – 5145

Erra Zabat (STAND UP) – 3034

Carla Gonzalez (KAISA) – 1416

Abstain – 2032

 

USC Vice Chair votes:

JP DELAS NIEVES (ALYANSA) – 5175

Neefa Macapado (STAND UP) – 3894

Ram Tomaneng (KAISA) – 766

Abstain – 1791

 

COUNCILORS:

1. Jethro David (Independent) – 4,286

2. Raymond Rodis (Independent) – 4,136

3. V Manalo (ALYANSA) – 3,743

4. Mico Pangalangan (STAND UP) – 3,557

5. Reg Rodriguez (ALYANSA) – 3,357

6. Reg Punzalan (KAISA) – 3,340

7. Tolits Tanaka (ALYANSA) – 3,185

8. Walter Tamayo (ALYANSA) – 3,003

9. Carl Santos (STAND UP) – 2,962

10. Pola Lamarca (ALYANSA) – 2,923

11. AJ Montesa (ALYANSA) – 2,779

12. Jamie Bawalan (ALYANSA) – 2,726

 

 

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES TO THE USC:

Asian Insitute of Tourism: Ma. Cristine Bactol, START-AIT

College of Arts and Letters: Leslie Anne Marie Corpuz, STAND UP

College of Business Administration: Raphael Aaron Letaba,ALYANSA

College of Education: Tricia Roxas, TUGON

College of Engineering: Leo Lobigan, ALYANSA and CherylSiy, KAISA

College of Fine Arts: Ana Patricia Non, STAND UP

College of Home Economics: Sarah Esguerra, LEAD-CHE

College of Human Kinetics: Roi Kevin Marcial, ALYANSA

College of Law: Hannah Keila Garcia, Independent

College of Mass Communication: John Benedict Opinion,STAND UP

College of Music: Gabby Tinio, CAMERATA

College of Science: Ryan Lintao, KAISA

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Allan Pangilinan, BUKLOD CSSP

College of Social Work and Community Development: Audrey Antoniano, STAND UP

National College of Public Administration and Governance: Mikhail Solitario, Independent

School of Economics: Franzine Foronda, ALYANSA

School of Library and Information Studies: Ann Tan, STAND UP

School of Statistics: Cris Ian Mendoza, ALYANSA  

 

USC Voter turnout: 48.07% or 11,626 of 24,188 votes

 from Celine Isabelle Samson, Dexter Cabalza and Melissa Luz Lopez

University issues heat up mudslinging debate

Candidates eyeing University Student Council (USC) posts from the three major political parties traded viewpoints Friday on timely university issues in an annual UP mudslinging debate.

by Pathricia Ann Roxas

Candidates eyeing University Student Council (USC) posts from the three major political parties traded viewpoints Friday on timely university issues in an annual UP mudslinging debate.

Shifting views

Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) councilor candidate Joey Loristo expressed his party’s defiance against the academic calendar shift from June-August to March-May, which was approved by the Board of Regents (BOR) for all UP campuses except Diliman last February 6.

However, he clarified that they are not against internationalization, which is one of the goals of the shift.

“We don’t internationalize and become good. We become good first before we internationalize,” Loristo said.

Citing other problems the UP administration should prioritize first, Red Maines, running as councilor under Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA), did not directly junk the idea of the shift.

Dito sa ating unibersidad, hindi pa nga natin nabibigyang-solusyon ang sapat na pasilidad. Bakit hindi muna tayo mag-invest sa ating bansa, bakit hindi muna natin ayusin internally at saka na lamang natin pag-usapan ang tungkol dito [sa shift] (Here in UP, we have yet to provide adequate facilities. Why don’t we invest in our country first before talking about [the shift]),”said Maines.

Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA) chairperson candidate Arjay Mercado said that while he acknowledges its potential downfalls such as the rescheduling of board exams, the shift could also open opportunities for UP students. Mercado questioned the negative stance against the shift.

“[N]agtataka tayo na while gusto natin ng equal access to education ay sarado tayo sa posilbilidad na ito (We wonder why there is an opposition to the shift while we want equal access to education),” said Mercado.

He also said that their party sees the need for foreign exchange programs to cater to the needs of students.

Loristo contested Mercado’s statement: “Ibig bang sabihin nito ay wala nang tiwala ang students na dito nila makukuha sa UP yung mga opportunities na kailangan nila? (Does this mean that students no longer believe that they can find the opportunities they need in UP?).”

To which Mercado responded: “Hindi ibig sabihin nito na walang tiwala. We just want to broaden yung opportunities ng mga estudyante (This does not mean a lack of trust from the students. We just want to broaden the opportunities of the students).”

Resurfacing STS

The three parties voiced out their differing stands on the Socialized Tuition System (STS), previously approved by the BOR in December to replace the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program, a six-tier bracketing system which determines tuition rates based on family incomes of students.

Under the STS, there will be 30-percent increase in income cut-offs for brackets A to D while retaining income bases for brackets E1 and E2.

KAISA councilor candidate Zaira Baniaga said her party is against STS. Baniaga also cited Six Will Fix, their banner program, which calls for the allocation of six percent of the gross national product to the education sector.

Kami po sa KAISA ay naniniwala sa right to education. At hindi kami tulad ng iba na puro oppose at walang propose (We in KAISA believe in the right to education. We are not like others who just oppose without proposing solutions),” said Baniaga.

Loristo negated the accusation and said that STAND UP also proposes solutions instead of mere opposition to STS.

KAISA supporters yelled when Loristo claimed that the Six Will Fix campaign was even piloted by STAND UP in the first place.

ALYANSA’ s councilor candidate Walter Tamayo said ALYANSA supports STFAP reforms.

Nakakalungkot na yung ibang kandidato dyan puro scrap ang gusto, [samantalang] pwede naman nating ayusin (It is unfortunate that some candidates want the STS scrapped when it could be fixed)”, he added.

After a wild shout from the crowd, Loristo countered with a metaphor: “Maihahalintulad po natin ito sa kamatis na may uod. Paano mo [pa] mapipigilan ang pagkabulok kung patuloy mo itong aayusin? (STS is like a tomato that has been eaten by a worm. How can you stop it from further decay of you try to fix it continuously?).”

Tuition fee rollback?

A member of the mob asked about the possibility of a tuition rollback to retain UP’s image as the state university. While all parties claimed to have diverse stands on the tuition scheme issue, both STAND UP and KAISA agreed on the prospect of tuition fee rollback and to have a flat-rate tuition.

STAND UP’s vice chairperson candidate Neefa Macapado said, “Ang kailangan natin ay mas mababang tuition para mas maraming kabataan ang maka-access ng UP education (What we need is a low tuition in order to make UP education more accesible).”

ALYANSA also agreed to the rollback but opposed the idea of a flat-rate tuition, saying that it is better to have a tuition scheme based on a student’s financial capacity.

On accountability

Concluding the queries from the mob was the issue on the impeachment trial of incumbent councilor Christian Lemuel “Lem” Magaling. He incurred 6.5 demerits after several unexcused absences from USC general assemblies and from other violations to the USC house rules.

Last year, Magaling ran under the STAND UP slate and ranked third in the 2013 USC elections.

STAND UP accused other councilors of “sensationalizing” the issue.

Mercado specified that the issue should not be taken for granted because it was an issue of “accountability,” and it “reflects the kind of leaders we have.”

Loristo denied Mercado’s statement and said that the trial is “unconstitutional” since a simple text stood as the sole basis of being excused or unexcused. He added that Magaling performed his responsibilities in the council as head of the Education and Research Committee.

This year’s mudslinging, dubbed as Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala, is sponsored by the UP Systemwide Alliance of Student Publications and Writers’ Organizations (Solidaridad).

(Tinig ng Plaridel is part of the UP Solidaridad alliance. –Ed.)

INQUIRY: 2014 USC Candidates

Get to know the standard bearers from UP’s three political parties who are aspiring top positions in the 2014-2015 University Student Council (USC).

Compiled by Dexter Cabalza and Celine Isabelle Samson

Photos from Kharina Mostrales and Raiza JavierUSC 2014

This article was earlier published in Botong Isko 2014, Tinig ng Plaridel’s special election primer. Read it here.

USC ‘incumbent wars’ ignite Hot Off the Grill

Incumbent councilors of the University Student Council (USC) criticized Friday the lack of unity among its members in Hot Off the Grill, the official miting de avance of the College of Mass Communication, when asked what happened to the “One Strong UP” catchphrase of the yellow-led outgoing council.

By Maria Feona Imperial

Second update: Feb. 22, 12:54 am

It was another war between the incumbent student council members – except that this time, it was open for public viewing.

Incumbent councilors of the University Student Council (USC) criticized Thursday the lack of unity among its members in Hot Off the Grill, the official miting de avance of the College of Mass Communication, when asked what happened to the “One Strong UP” catchphrase of the yellow-led outgoing council.

Carla Gonzalez, Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) candidate for chairperson, said among the problems the USC faced in forwarding pertinent issues is the tendency of its members to prioritize their own interests.

Hindi kami nagkakaroon ng consensus, laging divide the house. Paikot-ikot lang yung arguments sa USC kasi ayaw magpatalo ng iba (We do not have consensus. It is always, ‘divide the house.’ The arguments are not resolved in USC because the others do not want to give way),” Gonzalez said.

Meanwhile, UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA) standard bearers Arjay Mercado and JP de las Nieves pointed out how attendance, including instances of walkouts during meetings, had been a major problem.

Tension built up further when Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) candidate for chairperson Erra Zabat reacted, “I can give you names of council members na umaattend ng GA [na] tulog, umattend ng GA na tahimik (who attend the GA then sleeps or do not talk). And you’re all for students’ rights, you’re all for people’s struggle?”

De Las Nieves said after USC Education and Research Committee Head Christian Lemuel “Lem” Magaling’s impeachment trial in September, no general assembly (GA) pushed through since due to the lack of quorum.

Magaling was suspended and put into trial after incurring a total of 6.5 demerit points due to unexcused absences, tardiness and the unauthorized release of publicity materials, among others. After five trial sessions, charges were dropped and he was reinstated as USC councilor.

The incumbents also debated on the constitutionality of the USC demerit system. Asked whether Magaling’s trial was overpublicized compared to the resignation of Secretary-General Rafael Fernando, Gonzalez said there were no contentions from all council members at the onset of the drafting of the USC house rules.

“Palaging sinasabi na nagsasayang ng oras yung USC sa pag expose ng issue na ito. (People always say that USC wasted time when it exposed this issue.) When in fact, it’s actually an issue of accountability; it is an issue of transparency,” Mercado said.

Macapado however said the demerit system is a “fraud,” citing lapses in the specificity and strictness on the grounds of what can be considered an excused absence, including organization events outside the USC.

Meanwhile, ALYANSA’s De Las Nieves said being excused from assemblies took as simple as attending GAs or sending valid excuses via text message. He said more pressing issues, such as the UP budget and the pork barrel scam, were not tackled because USC lingered on the technicalities of Magaling’s case.

STAND UP’s Zabat, however, said some members of the USC chose to prioritize the Magaling’s impeachment case over issues such as supporting Yolanda survivors from UP Tacloban.

The event organized by the UP Mass Communicators’ Organization (UP MCO) also saw the candidates debate on issues within and outside the campus such as the San Roque demolition, UP Professional Schools, Cybercrime Law and the University Freshman Council (UFC), among others.

(This article was earlier published in Botong Isko 2014, Tinig ng Plaridel’s special election primer. Read it here.) 

CMCSC publishes anti-partisanship rules for incumbents as campaign season starts

by Melissa Luz Lopez

Council officers, think before you click or expect to see a post about you on Facebook.

The College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) released yesterday the official set of rules governing the conduct of incumbent council officers during the election period.

The rules stipulate that officers who are not running for any position cannot so much as like a Facebook post or re-tweet any election-related statements from candidates running for positions in the local student council and their respective parties.

Incumbent candidates, meanwhile, are barred from using their positions to “forward his/her individual or party’s candidacy.” This means, among others, that they cannot use any of the CMCSC’s social media accounts to campaign for themselves or other candidates.

According to the guidelines posted online, an officer who violates the rules will be “held accountable through a public post in the CMCSC’s [Facebook] page,” with his or her name and violation indicated.

CMC Chairperson Mario Urrutia III said that although the rules were already practiced by officers in the previous councils, this was the first time a written document was published for transparency.

Naglabas kami ng written document para masabi na wala kaming kinikilingan, at yung pagkiling lang namin ay sa mga Maskom students, (We released a written document to show that we don’t take sides, except that of CMC students),” he said.

He added that while all of the officers in the current council belong to different parties, they all had an understanding to “strip off the colors” and “be neutral” during their term.

The campaign season for both the University and local student council elections officially started on February 12. A total of 25 candidates from the local parties Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) and the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP-CMC (STAND UP-CMC) are running for all the positions in the CMCSC. The elections will be held on February 28.

ISA, STAND-UP CMC campaigns kick off

ISA started its campaign yesterday by distributing yellow pamphlets bearing the party’s general plans of action (GPOA) and a list of proposed projects.

ISA Campaign Manager Carmela Bangsal said their slate was focused on “changing the current climate” of CMC. “Yung vision of the org, especially of Anj (Sebastian, candidate for Chairperson) is walang iwanan sa Maskom,” she said.

Centered on college unity, ISA aims to make CMC a colorless” and “orgless” home, according to Bangsal.

Meanwhile, STAND UP-CMC launched its campaign with the theme “Maskom: Ikasa ang lente, pluma at boses ng masa para sa malayang midya, manindigan nang sama-sama.”

According to STAND UP Campaign Manager Krupskaya Valila, the party conducted a line-setting on the issues to be tackled and to set a debate against the other party.

Valila mentioned that the party would not release copies of its GPOA this week to focus on discussing issues from within and outside CMC.

Gusto muna naming itaas ang diskurso sa pakikipag-debate at hindi lamang muna makulong sa mga projects namin (We want to elevate the discourse on the debates and not to be limited by the projects that we will offer),” she said.

 

Incomplete slates

The withdrawal of representative Naomi Cristel Enriquez from the race, Valila said, would not stop STAND UP from serving the Communication Research Department, citing that their “collective action” would help remaining candidate Jordan Charles De Guzman to fulfill the role.

Enriquez withdrew her candidacy for family and religious reasons, she said.

ISA’s pamphlets, on the other hand, did not include Film Representative Tiara Katlyn Beatriz Samson in the roster. They have yet to release an official statement on the matter.

Half red, half yellow: CMC council split

UPDATED: CMC poll results

Voters turnout: 62.31% (635/1019)

CHAIRPERSON

Mario Urrutia III (STAND-UP) – 260
Farahnaz Ghodsinia (ISA) – 251
Joaquin Torres (Independent) – 90
Abstain: 34

VICE CHAIRPERSON
Carla Patrice Cucueco (ISA) – 320
Charlotte France (STAND-UP) – 277
Abstain – 68

SECRETARY
Maria Fatima Gaw (ISA) – 284
Ma. Zarina San Jose (STAND-UP) – 275
Abstain – 76

TREASURER
Maria Angela Teresa Sebastian (ISA) – 317
Serafin Candido Gozon (STAND-UP) – 250
Abstain – 68

BC REPRESENTATIVES (2)
Triciah Terada (ISA) – 138
Macario Manicad III (ISA) – 125
Ella Jane Hermonio (STAND-UP) – 64
Claudine Aldana (STAND-UP) – 55
Abstain – 13

CRES REPRESENTATIVES (2)
Mari Angelyn Arambulo (ISA) – 64
Maylene Manzano (ISA) – 45
Rouenne Camille de Castro (STAND-UP) – 42
Patricia Ann Morata (STAND-UP) – 41
Angelo Lagman (Independent) – 34
Abstain – 5

FILM REPRESENTATIVES (2)
Alyssa Mariel Suico (STAND-UP) – 64
Earl Joseph Usi (STAND-UP) – 45
Alberto Gianco Carlo Ante (ISA) – 20
Marko Yambao (ISA) – 40
Abstain – 2

JOURNALISM REPRESENTATIVES (2)
Myra Cabujat (STAND-UP) – 131
Ma. Angerica Emmanuelle Hainto (STAND-UP) – 110
Chelsea Sullivan (ISA) – 48
Abstain – 17

CMC REP TO THE USC
Sarah Isabelle Torres (STAND-UP) – 323
Leor Jyle Sulit (ISA) – 251

Abstain – 61

Blue, red and yellow: Parties defend political orientations

From top to bottom: ALYANSA, KAISA and STAND-UP. Photos by Michelle Angelica Soriano
By Jhesset Trina EnanoWith the upcoming elections, the clash between the political parties for the University Student Council elections is brought to the very basics of their campaign – their political orientations.

In the midst of heated discussions regarding pertinent issues that ranged from candidates’ credentials to the education budget, the word war during “Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit,” the annual mudslinging debate in UP, was reduced yesterday to questions regarding the political stances of Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA), Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) and Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP).

ALYANSA maintained their stand on “progressive multi-perspective activism,” which recognizes the different views on an issue and the various forms of action in the need to empower the oppressed sectors in society.

“Meron tayong lipunan na mayroong sistema na mayroong pagkakaiba-iba (We have a society with a system of differences) and this is where we draw our multi-perspectivity from,” answered candidate for councilor Jose Emmanuel Micael Eva VIII, mentioning the need to listen to different sectors.

On the other hand, “inclusive activism” is the orientation of KAISA, according to its standard bearer Shaina Santiago, which she said recognizes the various perspectives in society. However, at the end of the day, she stated that their party believes in collective action.

“We consider na tayong mga estudyante ay may magagawa; tayo ay may magagawang solusyon (We consider that we students can do something, that we can offer solutions),” she said, adding their belief in an action dubbed as “expose, oppose, propose” in which students do not merely oppose the government, but also propose solutions for the problems faced by society.

STAND UP candidate for vice chairperson Soraya Escandor, however, questioned the existence of various brands of activism.

“Ang activism po ay way of life ‘yan!” Escandor claims, eliciting applause from their supporters.

STAND UP espouses militant activism, which recognizes collective action and student demonstrations to address the problems of society. The party also recognizes that the issues of students are not separated from the issues of other basic sectors of society such as workers and farmers, according to Escandor.

“Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit” is organized by the UP Solidaridad System-wide Alliance of Student Publications and Writers’ Organizations. On its fourth year, it continues to present itself as a venue for candidates to show their stand on issues and answer questions from the student body.

On the course of the debate, the “multi-perspective” stance of ALYANSA was repeatedly lashed by the two other parties, for alleged inconsistency of the party with regards to its stand on issues such as the Tuition and Other Fee Increase (TOFI) and the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP), citing reports from the Philippine Collegian, the official publication of UP Diliman.

Despite these allegations, ALYANSA said that they were misquoted by the Collegian on these reports. However, KAISA candidate for vice-chairperson Alex Castro and Escandor were united in disproving ALYANSA’s statement.

The three parties also set their differences aside and united regarding the statement made by an incumbent USC councilor regarding the independent candidate running for chairperson, Martin Loon.

In a Facebook note, Cathy Alcantara revealed the poor track record of Loon in terms of attendance in general assemblies, as well as his performance during events held by the USC. When she asked the three parties whether they believe her statement, all candidates stood up and answered a unanimous ‘yes’.

Loon failed to show up during the entire debate. In a text message to Tinig ng Plaridel, he said that his absence was due to having pneumonia earlier in the day. He said that he cannot stay under the heat of the sun and simply stayed inside buildings for the day.

STAND UP enters BA rep race

by Jorica Pamintuan

For the first time in six years, a red candidate is running for College of Business Administration representative to the University Student Council.

The Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) is fielding Business Administration and Accountancy student John Nelvin “Vino” Lucero as its contender for college representative to the USC.

STAND UP Secretary-General RG Tesa said the party had failed to field college representative bets because students interested in running preferred to join the USC councilor races as there is no party system in the local elections.

“Ngayong taon, magandang pagkakataon ang eleksyon hindi lang para manalo kundi para na rin makilala ng BA and STAND UP muli (This year, the election is a good opportunity not only to win, but also to reintroduce STAND UP to BA),” said Tesa.

Lucero will be running against Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran (ALYANSA) bet, incumbent junior representative Jonas Miguelito Cruz .

Reelectionists vie for SC posts

Meanwhile, five other incumbent members of the BA Student Council are hoping for reelection.

Leigh Wade Wong, last year’s number two councilor, is the sole candidate for the council’s highest position. Also running unopposed is John Frederick Angulo, last year’s fourth place councilor who is gunning for vice chairperson.

Current sophomore representatives Nina Gerodias and Fenina Maria de Leon, and incumbent councilor Joaquin Alonzo Narciso are among the 15 candidates hoping to snag a councilor seat.

CBA is a non-partisan college. According to the college election code, only the candidates for college representative to the USC may be affiliated with political parties.

Chairperson:

Leigh Wade Wong

Vice Chairperson:

John Frederick Narciso

CBA Representative to the USC:

Jonas Miguelito “Jonas” Cruz (Alyansa)

John Nelvin “Vino” Lucero (STAND UP)

Councilors:

Marian Concibido

Ian Dazo

Fenina Maria de Leon

Geca Gayo

Nina Gerodias

Marty Gonzaga

Joan Hwang

Michael Cheng Lim

Alfred Mendoza

Ralph Morales

Joaquin Alonzo Narciso

Jet Padernal

Corr Reyes

Nikki Turano

Nic Villasenor

Sophomore Batch Representatives:

Eduardo Luy

Zach See

Biang Sing

Charles Yu

Junior Batch Representatives:

Gio Nucum (BAA)

Senior Batch Representatives:

Grace Erum (BA)

Ramon Vinzon (BAA)

Terminals Batch Representatives:

Michael Magboo

Arthur Operania

Kat Pullante

OSA reveals USC candidates

By Melissa Lopez

[UPDATE] The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) released on Monday the official list of candidates for the 2012 University Student Council elections.

The Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) has fielded current councilors Amancio Melad III and Soraya Escandor as their running Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.

The Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran (ALYANSA) has Gabriel Diño and Ace Ligsay as their top two contenders while the KAISA – Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) has  Maria Shaina Santiago and Ana Alexandria Castro as their standard bearers for the top two positions.

Incumbent STAND UP councilor Jose Martin Loon of the Sigma Rho fraternity is running as independent.

Meanwhile, the University Student Electoral Board  rejected the candidacies of Hanna Keila “Kei” Garcia and  Jeff David “Jeff” Agudelo as STAND UP councilors, Percival “PJ” Tolentino as ALYANSA councilor, and Jimson “Jimson”  Sulit as ALYANSA College of Engineering representative.

 

Chairperson

(ALYANSA) Diño, Gabriel “Heart”
(Independent) Loon, Jose Martin
(KAISA) Santiago, Maria Shaina
(STAND UP) Melad, Amancio III “Aman”

Vice-chairperson

(ALYANSA) Ligsay, Ace “Ace”
(KAISA) Castro, Ana Alexandra
(STAND UP) Escandor, Soraya Elisse “Aya”

Councilors

ALYANSA
Ayala, Eduard Francis “Lucho”
Bautista, Patricia Isabel “Trisha”
Bringas, Patrick “Pat”
Espinosa, Maria Anna “Maan”
Eva VIII, Jose Emmanuel Micael “Mickey”
Ferrer, Gene Angelo “Gene”
Hernandez, Maria Larissa “Lars”
Rapallo, Genesis “Revee”
Santos, Alexandra Maria Francia “Alex”
Tan, Bea Helene “Bea”
Vicencio, Solomon “Sol”

KAISA
Quinito, Allyssa Joy
Reyes, Carl Anthony
Zipagan, Carla Janine
Clement, Carlos Enrico
Siy, Cheryl
Yutan, Fercival
Villareal, Jermaine
Guiang, Julliano Fernando
Punzalan, Ma. Regina
Bellosillo, Mary Grace
Mendoza, Sarah Louise
Tiu, Simon Stephenson

STAND UP
Abarro, Ghizelle Jane “Ghizelle”
Buergo, Therese Anjelica “Therese”
Canacan, Aryanna “Yanna”
Fungo, John Emmanuel “Fungo”
Guiang, Francisco Jayme Paolo “Jio”
Paris, Garret “Garret”
Roque, Rafael Natal “Raf”
Salvador, Gillian “Gillian”
Salazar, Narcisse Dominique “Nikki”
Solis, Jose Miguel “Mijo”

College Representatives

ALYANSA
Cruz, Jonas Miguelito “Jonas” (CBA)
Macabuhay, Nico “Nico” (FA)
Reyes, Ma. Christina “Tina” (Law)
Poblador, Patricia Erika “Pats” (Cmusic)
Hitosis, Maria Erica “Erica” (CS)
Crescini, Joeric Emil “Joeric” (CSSP)
Magsambol, Darrell John “Darrell” (Econ)
Omega, Christopher “Chris” (Educ)
Villejo, Stephen Jun “Poks” (Stat)
Ang, Sara Gracheooe “Grace” (CSWCD)

INDEPENDENT
Sulit, Leor Jyle (CMC)
Alicer, Nicole Ma. Nimfa (NCPAG)

KAISA
Erro, Erika Mary (AIT)
Gonzalez, Carla Monica (CHE)
Grey, Gayle Krystle (CHK)
Bondad, Serene Ezra (CS)
Obcena, Ma. Beatriz (CSWCD)
Palino, Justin Alfred (Eng’g)
Vicenta, John Karl (Eng’g)
Go, Sara Zemirah (FA)
Santos, Ihna Alyssa Marie (NCPAG)
Ibañez, Allan Michael (Stat)

STAND UP
Paredes, Peter Dominique “Peter” (Archi)
Gabral, Eduardo “Eds” (CAL)
Lucero, John Nelvin “Vino” (BA)
Isidro, Celine Alexis “Celine” (Educ)
Gloria, Enrico “Miko” (Econ)
Cajilig, Alieto Jr. “JR” (Eng’g)
Gonzales, Rejiel “Rage” (Eng’g)
Garvida, Patricia Monica “Pat” (FA)
Pagatpatan, Leonard “Leonard” (CHE)
Cruz, Roscelle “Roscelle” (SLIS)
Torres, Sarah Isabelle “Sarah” (CMC)
Del Castillo, Felipe “Felipe” (CS)
Sicat, Patrick John “Sicat” (CSSP)
Tagala, Mark Joseph “Marky” (CSWCD)

 

This article was edited on Jan. 31 to reflect the current changes in candidates. 

CSEB releases list of candidates

By Florence May Jose

The College Students Electoral Board (CSEB) released yesterday the first official list of candidates for the College of Mass Communication Student Council Elections this year.

Mario Urrutia III of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP) is running for Chairperson against Farahnaz Ghodsinia of Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) and Joaquin Torres, an independent candidate. Urrutia is the incumbent Journalism representative while Ghodsinia is the current Broadcast Communication representative.

Carla Patrice Cucueco (ISA) and Charlotte France (STAND-UP) are gunning for vice-chairperson while Sara Isabelle Torres (STAND-UP) and Leor Jyle Sulit (ISA) are running for College Representative to the University Student Council.

 

First Official List of Candidates:

Chairperson:

  1. Farahnaz Ghodsinia (ISA)
  2. Joaquin Torres (Independent)
  3. Mario Urrutia III (STAND-UP)

Vice-Chairperson:

  1. Carla Patrice Cucueco (ISA)
  2. Charlotte France (STAND-UP)

Secretary

  1. Maria Fatima Gaw (ISA)
  2. Ma. Zarina San Jose (STAND-UP)

Treasurer

  1. Serafin Candido Gozon (STAND-UP)
  2. Maria Angela Teresa Sebastian (ISA)

BC Representatives (2)

  1. Claudine Aldana (STAND-UP)
  2. Ella Jane Hermonio (STAND-UP)
  3. Macario Manicad III (ISA)
  4. Triciah Terada (ISA)

Communication Research Representative (2)

  1. Mari Angelyn Arambulo (ISA)
  2. Rouenne Camille de Castro (STAND-UP)
  3. Angelo Lagman (Independent)
  4. Maylene Manzano (ISA)
  5. Patricia Ann Morata (STAND-UP)

Film Representative

  1. Alberto Gianco Carlo Ante (ISA)
  2. Alyssa Mariel Suico (STAND-UP)
  3. Earl Joseph Usi (STAND-UP)
  4. Marko Yambao (ISA)

Journalism Representative

  1. Myra Cabujat (STAND-UP)
  2. Ma. Angerica Emmanuelle Hainto (STAND-UP)
  3. Chelsea Sullivan (ISA)

CMC Representative to the USC

  1. Leor Jyle Sulit (ISA)
  2. Sarah Isabelle Torres (STAND-UP)