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Senatoriables pledge commitment to youth advocacies

The full participation of the youth must be prevalent in the coming May 13 elections to ensure the victory of independent and progressive candidates, said Makabayan bet Neri Colmenares during the signing of the 2019 National Youth Covenant on May 4.

The youth plays a big role in the 2019 midterm elections, since approximately 31% of the registered voters are aged 18 to 30, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Other senatoriables Erin Tañada, Samira Gutoc, Pilo Hilbay and Chel Diokno of Otso Diretso, and Labor bet Leody De Guzman also vowed to forward youth concerns and advance people’s rights as they pledged to the covenant.

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OVCSA consults org heads re: Freshie Recruitment Ban

In response to the Office of the Student Regent’s (OSR) call to repeal the Freshie Recruitment Ban (FRB), the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA) held a consultative meeting with student formations on Monday.

The Freshie Recruitment Ban is legitimized in the 2012 University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Code of Student Conduct, which classifies the following as an act of Harm to Persons:

“Accepting a student who has not completed a one-semester residency in UP Diliman for membership in a registered student association, except in the case of a fraternity or
sorority for which the residency requirement is one academic year.”

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BC Reps-elect call to honor abstentions, CSEB: ‘no rules’ on abstain votes

The newly-declared College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) Broadcast Communication (BC) Representatives released an online statement urging the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) to honor the validity of the abstentions in the April 11 polls.

“Ignoring the abstain votes is going against the students’ right to choose their representatives,” BC Representative-elect Sophia Gabrielle Vizcarra said in a Facebook post.

Vizcarra called for special elections both for the two BC representatives posts and the remaining communication research representative position.

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CMCSC bets clash views on nat’l, local college issues

Tensions ran high among candidates while calling for accountability from the current College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) on their work ethic and the CMC Affiliates Program (CAP), which gathers student volunteers for council projects.

Incumbent CMC Representative to the USC Arlan Jondonero claimed that with each member of the CMCSC heading two committees, it became difficult to lobby the campaigns of the council.

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CAL candidate, complainants address politicking allegations

Involved parties responded to allegations against Selina Lugtu, a KALikha candidate for the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) Representative to the University Student Council (USC), who was accused of politically-motivated conspiracy in her former organization.

This comes following the release of the formal letter “#ConsiderOurStory” released on Facebook on April 2, Tuesday. In it, 23 concerned members of the non-partisan, university-wide student organization UP Lingua Franca (UPLF) said Lugtu took part in politicking by assigning committee delegations based on political creed.

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