In the aftermath of fraternity-related violence on campus and online, the University Student Council (USC) will gain fresh faces next semester, with UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA) holding a dominant 8 in councilor 14 seats.
In the aftermath of fraternity-related violence on campus and online, the University Student Council (USC) will gain fresh faces next semester, with UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA) holding a dominant 8 in 14 councilor seats.
From a 6-4-3-1 ratio, UP ALYANSA will have a commanding influence over the highest office and seven councilor positions, while STAND UP will now have four councilors, and KAISA-UP with two posts left.
Following the resignations of Chairperson Yael Toribio, Councilors Rein Gallardo, Ian Serrano, and Jeremiah Tomas, next in line are Vice Chairperson Kisha Beringuela and the candidates who earned the 14th to 17th place in the last general elections, ALYANSA’s Hernan Delizo, Gemina dela Cruz, and Romeo Romero, and STAND UP’s Tierone Santos.
Institute of Chemistry Assistant Representative Delizo will replace Tomas as the Ways and Means Committee Head, while Santos, a member of the UP Sigma Rho Fraternity, will take over Serrano’s former post as Students’ Rights and Welfare Committee Head.
As per Article 5, Section 4 of the USC constitution, “any permanent vacancy in the Office of the Chairperson shall be filled by the Vice Chairperson, provided that if the permanent vacancy occurs in the Office of the Vice Chairperson, the Council shall elect from among the University” and “if the vacancy occurs in the Office of the University Councilor, the candidate who obtained the next highest number of votes in the last general elections of the Student Council shall take his or her place.”
During the 14th USC general assembly (GA) on December 7, KAISA-UP’s Sean Thakur was unanimously elected as new Vice Chairperson. His former post in the Mass Media Committee (MMC) is set to be filled in the next GA.
Due to her current duties as student regent, Ivy Joy Taroma, who garnered the 13th spot in the councilor race, will not be eligible to fill the vacancy.
In the emergency GA on November 23, Toribio and Gallardo filed their immediate resignation due to their affiliations with warring fraternities Upsilon Sigma Phi and Alpha Phi Beta (APB) respectively, which were involved in a rumble on campus on November 13 and 14.
Councilor Therese Dianne Peña earlier filed a case for expulsion against Tomas on the grounds of neglect of duty and misconduct which “undermines the integrity of the Council,” but the motion was deemed unconstitutional.
Serrano resigned on the following emergency GA on December 1, after he stated that he tendered his resignation from Upsilon a week before. Tomas officially resigned from the USC during the 14th GA.
Upsilon and APB are now facing charges filed by the UP Diliman Police and University Student Disciplinary Council (USDC) on December 11, according to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jerwin Agpaoa. TNP
Photo from the UP ALYANSA Facebook page
UPDATE: There were errors in the second paragraph regarding the ratio of ALYANSA positions in the USC. It also said that instead of formerly having three councilor posts, STAND UP used to have four.
The paragraph specifically stated, “From a 6-4-4 ratio, UP ALYANSA will have a commanding influence over the highest office and seven councilor positions, while STAND UP will retain four councilors, and KAISA-UP with two posts left.”
These errors have now been corrected in the article.