by Dean Lozarie

Seven students from the College of Mass Communication will vie for seats in next year’s University Student Council (USC), with one of them running as an independent candidate.

Broadcast Communication student and incumbent USC Councilor Alexandra Maria Francia Santos is running as USC vice-chairperson under ALYANSA. STAND-UP, meanwhile, is fielding Broadcast Communication student Charlotte C. France, Communication Research major Angelo A. Lagman, Journalism major John Nelvin S. Lucero, and Communication Research student Mario Andrefanio P. Santos II as USC councilors. Beata Regina Carolino, a Journalism student, will be running as CMC’s College Representative to the USC also under STAND-UP.

Carolino will be up against Communication Research student Carla Patrice S. Cucueco, who is running as an independent. Cucueco is currently vice chairperson of the CMC Student Council and ran under the college-level party Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA).

Meanwhile, both STAND-UP and KAISA are fielding a full slate of 12 councilors in this year’s elections. Only 11 candidates for councilor will run under ALYANSA. STAND-UP’s candidate for Chairperson is UP Diliman USC Councilor Jose Miguel B. Solis from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy(CSSP). His running mate is Hanna Keila Garcia from the College of Law.

UPD USC Vice Chairperson Ana Alexandra Castro, meanwhile, will be KAISA’s Chairperson bet in this year’s elections, with UPD USC Councilor Juliano Fernando Guiang as her running mate. ALYANSA, the party of incumbent USC Chairperson Heart Diño, is fielding CSSP SC Chairperson Raphael Carlo Brolagda as the next USC Chairperson.

The first official list of candidates for this year’s elections, released Tuesday by the University Student Electoral Board, also included three independent candidates, all of whom are running for College Representatives of the School of Economics, the College of Law, and CMC, respectively. The list includes 80 candidates for USC seats all in all.


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