EMPTY POCKETS. The P1.39 billion budget cut is the foremost issue surrounding the selection of the next UP President. (Dean Lozarie)

Eroles to replace Co as SR as UP President selection delayed

By Franz Jonathan de la Fuente and Dean Lozarie

EMPTY POCKETS. The P1.39 billion budget cut is the foremost issue surrounding the selection of the next UP President. (Dean Lozarie)

“The timing is suspect.”

College of Mass Communication Secretary Danilo Arao questioned why the dismissal of Student Regent Cori Alessa Co from the Board of Regents (BOR) was brought up only during the meeting for the selection of the next University of the Philippines (UP) President today.

The vote has been postponed two weeks from now after the dismissal of the SR from the BOR, the university’s highest policy-making body.

Students cannot afford to lose their Student Regent due to technicalities at such a crucial time, Arao said.

The selection of outgoing Pres. Emerlinda Roman’s successor was deferred after the BOR received the notice of dismissal of SR Cori Alessa Co from UP Baguio (UPB).

According to the letter from the UPB Office of the University Registrar (OUR), Co, a cross-registrant in UP Diliman, earned 0 units from last semester after failing Natural Science 2, a Revised General Education Program (RGEP) course.

UPB OUR Director Jocelyn Rafanan said in the letter that Co could have petitioned her dismissal case but the latter failed to meet the Sept. 6 deadline.

Co confirmed she will try to appeal her case in the UP Baguio and Diliman OURs and will be discussing with Roman all possible legal avenues.

Eroles is set to replace Co in the next BOR meeting on Dec. 3. However, Eroles is still in the process of enrolment.

UP Diliman OUR Director Amuerfina Santos was summoned to the BOR meeting at Quezon Hall to discuss Eroles’ enrolment status.

Eroles was the second nominee at the SR selection last summer. As per the Codified Rules for the Selection of the Student Regent (CRSRS), the SR nominee who places second in the selection replaces the SR in case of the latter’s incapacity to serve or dismissal.

Eroles, a former University Student Council Vice Chairperson, is the only enrolled SR nominee who can replace Co, making her the only candidate for the SR position.

Eroles is currently enrolled as a non-degree major in the university but still lacks a certificate of candidacy for graduation, which she expects to secure next week.

Maganda na na-consider ang student representation sa meeting,” Eroles said, who only learned of Co’s case yesterday. “This will also give the BOR more time to decide on the next President.”

Umaasa tayong titindig ang bagong UP President sa panig ng UP agenda in the face of the budget cut,” she added.


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