by FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG and ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL ON Mar. 21, less than a week before the start of the 2019 Artlets Student Council (ABSC) general elections, a memorandum released by the Board of Majors (BOM) rocked the Artlet community. It was an impeachment complaint filed by 28 Artlets, composed mostly of Asian studies seniors, against incumbent ABSC President Rafael Arellano for “gross negligence of duties,” citing the “disappointing” AB Week and the failure to distribute last academic year’s official AB merchandise. After the BOM’s deliberation on the complaint, it concluded that Arellano will not undergo an impeachment trial due to “lack of sufficient evidence” to support the accusations of the complainants. However, the BOM, which acts as the impeachment tribunal of
Compiled by HALEE ANDREA B. ALCARAZ and PEACH ARIANNA P. MANOS THE FACULTY, once again, has a new roster of officers and it will now be up to them to live up to the duties and responsibilities of the student council. Although they will assume office next academic year, all eyes are still on the incumbent Artlets Student Council (ABSC) and how they were able to deliver the promises they made. While it cannot be denied that they achieved some of their goals and fulfilled some of the promises they gave to the Artlet community last year, it is also evident that there is a clamor for accountability and integrity from the council. The incumbent ABSC, which lacks a vice president-internal and a public relations officer despite several special elections due to the absence of candidate...
AN IMPEACHMENT complaint was filed against Artlets Student Council (ABSC) President Rafael Arellano by a group of Artlets for “gross negligence of duties” on Thursday, less than a week before the start of the 2019 ABSC general elections. The 28 complainants, composed mostly of Asian studies seniors, cited the “disappointing” AB Week and failure to distribute last academic year’s official AB merchandise as examples of Arellano’s “incompetence.” LOOK: The signatories of the impeachment complaint filed against ABSC President Rafael Arellano have been released by the Board of Majors. pic.twitter.com/zSLlwZAW4g— The Flame (@abtheflame) March 23, 2019 “AB Week was disappointing and did not meet the bare minimum expectations [...] This is for the fact that [freshmen are] to ex
by JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO In April 2017, elections for the new set of Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board officers was marred by mass abstentions by the Thomasian electorate. The question that loomed immediately after the controversial elections was: have Thomasians become apathetic? Many Thomasians argued that the outcome was caused by a lack of competent and deserving candidates and not of interest from voters—a fair point, considering the shameful apologism of martial law by a candidate for vice president that made rounds on social media. Artlets, ever the articulate and outspoken, were some of the first to decry the suggestion that Thomasians had become apathetic to politics when news of the controversial CSC elections broke out. Yet, over a year on, it seems that
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN and FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG IN THE two times that the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) opened the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the position of Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Artlets Student Council (ABSC), a position that has been vacant for about five months now, not one Artlet showed up to file a candidacy. The first filing of COCs was held on Sept. 13, while a second attempt was held on Oct. 15. The glaring disinterest of Artlets in vying for a seat in the council has led the Flame to ask: what could be the reason for the absence of candidates for PRO? Lack of qualified candidates For Comelec Chairperson Giselle Manzano, election rules and the shift to K to 12 may have contributed to th