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.)