THE CERTIFICATES of candidacy (COCs) of seven of the eight candidates for this year's Artlets Student Council (ABSC) polls have been suspended right after the proclamation of elected officers for the next academic year due to alleged violations of elections rules.
The COCs of president-elect Timothy Santiago, candidate for internal vice-president Josh Moncayo, external vice president-elect Matthew Enriquez, secretary-elect Hannah Calara, secretary aspirant Gabriel Gabrillo, auditor-elect Joseph Coronel and public relations officer-elect Rachelle Mirasol were suspended, according to a resolution released by the AB Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) on April 1.
AB Comelec chairman Franz Soriano told The Flame that the suspension cannot be revealed yet as they are "under hearings."
MAJORITY OF the candidates seeking posts in the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) are pushing for the return of full in-person learning next academic year, saying students and UST administrators should work together to ensure its safe implementation.
The Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA) recently released a set of guidelines stating that the University won't implement full face-to-face learning next school year.
According to the OVRAA memorandum containing the guidelines, no course shall be delivered purely onsite “to ensure that academic staff and students continue to enhance instruction through the use of the UST Cloud Campus and other technology tools acquired by the University.”
Though he recognizes the efforts of UST to implement limited face-to-face classes, ca...
FARMERS AND fishermen remain to be the lowest-paid laborers among the sectors in the country, a party-list representative for agriculture said.
"[A]mong the 11 basic sectors in the Philippines, farmers and fisherfolks residing in rural areas still remain the poorest and receive the lowest income,” AGRI party-list representative and UST alumnus Wilbert Lee said during the Artlets Student Council’s webinar titled "Agri Sila! Agri Tayo! Para sa Lahat!"
Non-agriculture workers in the National Capital Region currently earn a minimum wage rate of 533 to 570 pesos daily.
However, Lee said that in 2020 the daily income for farmers was P270.62. The average daily basic wage of agricultural workers increased to P274.99 in 2019 from P237.44 in the previous year.
He also said that agric...
By KAREN RENEE NOGOY
ONLY FOUR of the seven Artlets Student Council (ABSC) positions were filled in the recently concluded ABSC polls, but the newly-elected officers gave assurance that the vacancies won’t affect the performance of their duties.
The positions of president, vice president (VP)-internal, VP-external, and secretary will be occupied, while auditor, treasurer, and public relations officer posts will remain vacant.
“With proper delegations, I am confident that the Artlets Student Council will not be compromised by the vacancies,” incoming ABSC president Kim Czaccei Dacanay told The Flame.
Dacanay, DEKADA’s candidate and former ABSC Secretary, was proclaimed new president of the council after a 966-vote victory against independent candidate Cyrille Coronado, who ...
By DAWN SOLANO and MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM
ALL CANDIDATES of this year’s Artlets student council (ABSC) elections are pushing for a safe resumption of the activities of student organizations once the University resumes face-to-face (F2F) classes.
ABSC presidential bets Cyrille Coronado and Kim Czaccei Dacanay, candidates for external vice president Timothy Santiago and Ierathel Tabuno, lone candidate for internal vice president Jose Maria Balbaboco, and candidate for secretary Janica Buan said resuming in-person classes can be done as long as the students’ safety is prioritized.
“I am for the pushing of limited F2F classes, as long as we are anchored on the Ligtas na Balik Eskwela (safe return to schools) agenda, and as long as the healthcare and safety of students are prioritized....
SIX ARTLETS are seeking positions in the Artlets Student Council (ABSC), while three seats will remain vacant in this year’s local polls.
The six students filed their certificates of candidacy last Wednesday but a final list of student council aspirants will be released by the AB Commission on Elections on March 12.
Two sophomores are vying for the presidency namely former UST MaKatha Vice President External Cyrille Coronado (independent) and former ABSC Secretary Kim Czaccei Dacanay (DEKADA).
Coronado, a creative writing major, said she is ready to listen to the concerns of the Artlet community.
“I don’t want to just wait and hope that the qualities that I look for in a leader are in those who will run in this election. I myself will embody the type of leader I want to see...
by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY
THE ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) condemned the proposal of Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to push for mandatory military service if she wins the race for vice president.
In a statement released Wednesday, the student body described the proposal as “dictatorial and militaristic” as it claimed that the approach won’t solve the country’s problems.
“In the unfortunate case that Sara Duterte wins and lobbies her proposal of mandatory military service, the UST Artlets student body will remain firm in resistance. We deem her proposal to be dictatorial, militaristic, a misplaced priority, and a breeding ground for institutionalized abuse,” the statement read.
The ABSC said mandatory military service would only divert funds and resources from other is...
Updated as of Oct. 3, 1:34 pm
THE POSITION of president in the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) would remain vacant after the sole candidate failed to secure more than half of the votes cast in the special pols, the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) said.
After coordinating with the Board of Majors (BoM), AB Comelec released a resolution amending the proclamation of political science sophomore Denzelle Jude Caro as president as he obtained only 474 out of 1,065 votes.
“Jude Denzelle O. Caro, garnering only 474 votes, failed to attain a simple [majority of] 533 votes out of the 1,065 total votes. Now, therefore, the Commission hereby declares no candidate is elected as President in the Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council Executive Board,” th...
by ARTHUR N. APOSTOL
TWO UNOPPOSED candidates’ grasp of political and social issues were tested as they engaged in a fierce Miting de Avance for the 2021 Artlets Student Council (ABSC) special polls last Tuesday.
Candidate for president and political science sophomore Denzelle Jude Caro’s stance on student activism in AB was questioned by students who pointed out how the ABSC was formed during the Marcos dictatorship.
He said he was against activism in AB and that there are other platforms to express it.
“Every channel is blocked because of the pandemic. In your student activism, currently, you are individualistic rather than collective. Right now, there are differences and vulnerabilities that we have to consider,” Caro said.
He argued that it is necessary to protect t...
THE UNAVAILABILITY of the electronic voting system has forced the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) to postpone the student council special polls.
The Artlets Student Council (ABSC) special elections, which were originally scheduled for Aug. 23 to 28 have been moved to Sept. 13 to 18. The filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for three vacant positions will also be extended.
In a resolution dated Aug. 18, the AB Comelec said the UST Office for Student Affairs had released a letter addressed to the ABSC regarding the postponement of the polls.
"Whereas, the letter states the postponement of the Special Elections for the Academic Year 2021-2022 due to fortuitous event i.e, 'unavailability of Electronic Voting System (EnVoSys) during the dates of th...