#DuterteVisitsUPLB | Davao Mayor prays for federalism

By MIGUEL CARLOS LAZARTE and CAREN JOY MALALUAN

The recently concluded event by the Department of Social Sciences (DSS) and UP sa Halalan 2016 entitled ‘A GE conversation with a National Leader: A Forum on Governance, Transparency, and Social Transformation’ featured presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte as the guest speaker last Friday, 11 March.

A long queue of UPLB students waiting to be admitted inside the D.L. Umali Hall was spotted outside the venue. However, not all the students were admitted since seats inside the D.L. Umali Hall were limited. The line was cut off and students were advised to watch the live-stream of the event instead.

On the mayor’s speech, he started by claiming that he is not an extremist, rather a socialist. He then presented his platforms if ever he became president and reinstated his claim that he would stop drugs and criminality in a span of 3 to 6 months in position. He also tackles national issues particularly on poverty, corruption, oppression, criminality, drugs and militarism.

He added that he will never allow abuses by the military or police.

Duterte also stated his disappointments and criticisms on the government and corrupt officials. He stated that the corrupt officials keep on denying it. He criticized the way the government is being ran, asserting that it is oppressing the people.

He also expressed his sentiment that GABRIELA Philippines was furious at him and jokingly followed-up that they can just line up so he can kiss each of them.

He also gave out to the audience his plans on a federal government. “We are praying for federalism”, stating that it can also be a way of bringing peace in Mindanao. “Nothing short of federalism will bring peace to Mindanao,” he added. Yet he had instated that federalism is a long process.

On his being a dictator, he admitted that he is one but will not go beyond his term.

Asked about his budget priorities, the highest will go to education; second is agriculture; third is health. Moreover, he gave emphasis on reestablishing family planning in the country.

He said that his attendance to the forum was not a campaign but rather to only talk about the issues. He told the audience that they still own their vote.

Duterte’s visit was part of the series of fora with same topics on governance, transparency, and social transformation.

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The UP sa Halalan 2016 is a project initiative created by the University of the Philippines System that aims to educate and inform voters about the political situation in the country and promote clean and honest elections in May 2016. Dean of Graduate School, Dr. Jose V Camacho Jr. is the UPLB Chair of the Ad hoc committee of UP sa Halalan 2016. [P]

ER Ejercito to run for governor in 2016

Vows improvement of local govt university, continuing support for UPLB

By GUIEN GARMA

Former Laguna Governor ER Ejercito will be running for the gubernatorial post in the upcoming 2016 elections.

He revealed his next political plan to the media on the sidelines of the Forum on Governance, Transparency, and Social Transformation hosted by UPLB’s Department of Social Sciences.

Ejercito accompanied Vice President Jejomar Binay Tuesday afternoon.

In an interview with the Perspective, he revealed that he will continue the improvements in Laguna University, the provincial government-operated state university.

“For four years, nataas namin ang population from 700 to more than 2,000 students,” he said.

He also added the usage of tablet computers where all of the students’ textbooks are uploaded.

The former governor said that he would also continue augmenting support to the UPLB campus.

Ejercito, or Jorge Estregan in real life, noted that during his term, he donated multicabs at the height of incidents that rocked the UPLB community: the deaths of Given Grace Cebanico and Ray Penaranda in October 2011 and February 2012, respectively.

“UP graduate din ako… halos lahat kami [sa pamilya] ay graduate ng UP Diliman, at yung iba, UPLB. Mga iskolar kami ng bayan. Alam namin ang kagandahan ng ating eskwelahan, naipamulat sa atin ang magandang edukasyon,”

“Pag pinag-uusapan ang University of the Philippines, kahit saan mang UP sa buong Pilipinas, tinutulungan at sinusuportahan namin,” he added.

He also cited his giving of help, whether financial or in kind, to the various organizations, fraternities, and sororities in the University.

On Gov. Hernandez: ‘Ang hirap magsalita’

When asked to assess the administration of current Governor Ramil Hernandez, who replaced Ejercito after his suspension, the former governor simply said, “Ang hirap magsalita, pero ang masasabi ko lang ay I abided by my good governance program.”

He said that when he left the provincial capitol, 35 departments of the provincial government were ISO-certified (International Standards Organization).

“Unfortunately, four months after na tinanggal ako ni [President Benigno S. Aquino III] dahil sa pamumulitika… natanggal ang ISO certification because of bad governance,” he said.

In May 2014, Ejercito was ousted from his gubernatorial post after the Commission on Elections ruled that he violated rules on campaign spending for the 2013 local polls. He was replaced by then vice-governor Hernandez. [P]

Full video of the Perspective’s interview with former governor ER Ejercito will be published here on uplbperspective.wordpress.com within the week.

#BinayVisitsUPLB | VP opens up, gets grilled in transparency forum

By MIGUEL CARLOS LAZARTE

The seats of D.L. Umali Hall were flooded today as Vice President Jejomar C. Binay was invited as the guest speaker on an open forum arranged by the Department of Social Sciences in UPLB on the topics of governance, transparency, and social transformation.

The event was entitled ‘A GE conversation with a National Leader: A Forum on Governance, Transparency, and Social Transformation.’ It was initiated by the cluster of Political Science I and the UPLB GE Council. The said event was open to the public. However, the great number of UPLB students were cut off at the entrance because of the jam-packed D.L. Umali Hall.

The vice-president gave an overview of his advocacies on transparency and accountability. He further spoke of what the Filipino people will see in a Binay administration as he will be running for presidency in the upcoming 2016 elections. He had given emphasis on having a continuing annual increased budget of state colleges and universities.

He boldy addressed the allegations to him and his family as “puro bintang, puro laway, puro kasinungalingang wala namang batayan.” Furthermore, he identified these as “destruction by perception” saying, “Ang Pilipino kumakagat sa paninira, ayaw maghintay ng paliwanag”.

After his speech, the floor was opened to all for questions where Binay faced dagger exchanges between the students.

READ: #BinayVisitsUPLB: The @uplbperspective Timeline

When a student inquired about the informal settlers in Makati, the vice-president said that there are none, further asking the student where. The student insisted that he himself has witnessed as he only lives nearby at Mandaluyong, eventually telling Binay: “Hanapin niyo nalang po, sir. ‘Di niyo pa po siguro nakikita.’ Binay then retracted saying there are around 3 – 5 % informal settlers, which then the student replied “Edi meron pa rin po.” This boomed jeers and cheers from the audience.

Binay tackled questions on dynasties, agriculture, human rights, labor force, and the like. As he answered questions, he seldom went to directly condemn the current administration he belonged to. Whereas, another student was alarmed, saying how it is disappointing to condemn an administration the vice-president himself belonged to.

During the open forum, the vice-president insisted that all the questions be answered despite the host telling that there are only 10 minutes left. This was pursued as all the questions were answered.

RELATED STORY: VP on heated questions: UP ‘known for acad freedom’

READ: #BinayVisitsUPLB: Netizens flare up on VP forum

After the event, Prof. Zoilo Belano, a professor at the Department of Social Sciences told [P] that the event had fulfilled its objective for the students to have an opportunity to ask questions to the vice-president. Belano was happy that there were many questions raised as the vice-president accommodated not only the media but the students who asked questions even after the event.

As for the course of POSC1, Belano said that it became a venue for critical thinking on the realities and plans stated by Binay for the students to evaluate the current system and to reimagine Philippine politics.

There were also plans for holding the same forum again on the topic as three people were originally invited; the others being Mar Roxas and Grace Poe. Belano told [P] that Binay was the first to respond. The tentative dates are October 16 for Roxas and November 6 for Poe. He also worries because the time constraints were evident because the holding of activities in the university was only until November. [P]

MOVE UP in hot water over leaked online messages

  • Party members told to help, ‘but not super,’ in Feb Fair preps

  • Serrano clarifies: No move to sabotage preparations

By GUIEN GARMA

[FOURTH UPDATE: 7:03pm, August 11] What seems to be an online message of a top leader of political alliance Movement of Students for Progressive Leadership in UP (MOVE UP) is getting attention on the social networking site Facebook.

The conversation, posted by former University Student Council (USC) chairperson Leo Ysulat Fuentes on July 26, shows MOVE UP’s Ruevin Serrano allegedly telling members of the political party on February 8, 2015 to help in the preparations for the 2015 Feb Fair, but not in full.

Serrano ran for the chairmanship of the USC in 2012. He was the chairperson of the College of Veterinary Medicine Student Council last academic year.

As of posting time, the screenshot posted on Facebook has 897 likes, 79 comments, and 54 shares.

Fuentes said in his post that someone sent the screenshot to him. In a message sent to the Perspective, he only identified the source of the message as  “anonymous or possibly a disgruntled member” of MOVE UP.

When asked how his source was able to get the conversation, Fuentes said he did not bother asking how it was retrieved, saying it was “trivial.”

The alleged messages from top MOVE UP leader Ruevin Serrano was posted on Monday night. Screengrab: Facebook/X L Ysulat Fuentes.

The alleged messages from top MOVE UP leader Ruevin Serrano was posted on Monday night. Screengrab: Facebook/X L Ysulat Fuentes.

Go help, ‘but not super’

“Guys, last week, nag-meet na lahat ng MOVE UP na nasa SC [student councils] ngayong week [ng] Feb Fair na, ang galaw ay tulong tulong but not super,” Serrano allegedly said in the message.

He also purportedly tasked the people who were in the said message board to observe if there will be problems regarding the preparations for the annual fair, including whether or not bond fees will not be returned.

“[K]apag namroblema, sabihin niyo sa akin. We will use this against them,” Serrano allegedly said.

Serrano allegedly said in the message board that their members’ mere presence in the preparations are enough.

“Magparamdam sa huling mga preps ng Feb Fair. Presence lang, keri na… [Huwag] kukuha ng sobrang laking ganap,” he said.

The Perspective sent messages to Serrano and the people who were also allegedly in the said messageboard, but received no replies as of posting time.

Meanwhile, in a statement posted on their Facebook page posted on July 28, the political party said that they have “been made aware of an alleged conversation between its members.” They also said that an investigation is now ongoing to “ascertain the truth and act accordingly.”

Serrano: Command not from alliance

On August 3, Serrano broke his silence through a Facebook status, admitting that he indeed sent the messages. However, he made clear that those were not orders from the political party, and were his personal instructions.

He also said that the members of the party who were in the said message thread did not follow his orders, and there was no sabotage of the Feb Fair preparations.

“Is this how UPLB politics is? Yes. … Is this a result of the politicking efforts of all parties? Yes,” he said.

MOVE UP's Ruevin Serrano responds to the leaked online conversation. Screengrab from Facebook: Ruevin Dela Cruz Serrano.

MOVE UP’s Ruevin Serrano responds to the leaked online conversation. Screengrab: Facebook/Ruevin Dela Cruz Serrano.

Party to reprimand Serrano

MOVE UP said in a statement dated August 4 that Serrano “has been reprimanded and will undergo due process for disciplinary action in accordance with MOVE U.P.’s Constitution.”

The party has also condemned Serrano, one of their top figures, “for portraying the most unprincipled action in politics: selfish opportunism.”

Serrano may be suspended or expelled permanently from the political party.

“We also express our disgust with and condemnation in the strongest possible terms of other formations who have taken the opportunity to generalize the membership of MOVE U.P. from one statement of one member with his own perspective in the electoral struggle. It is disappointing that political opportunism also applies to the formation who shared the said conversation with malicious intent, resorting to ad-hominem and vulgar language, of degrading MOVE U.P. at its lowest point,” the party said.

Fuentes: Not first time MOVE UP attacked SCs

When asked what was his purpose in posting the private messages, Fuentes told Perspective, “Basically the purpose is to expose MOVE UP.”

“This is not the first time that MOVE UP opportunistically attacked the student council,” he added. Fuentes then referred the publication to a Facebook note he wrote in February 2013.

In the said note, titled “IN RESPONSE TO IDIOCY: Demystifying MOVE UP’s Politicking and Selective Justice,” posted in February 2013, Fuentes argued that MOVE UP had the motive to exaggerate the dismissal of former USC chairperson Ynik Ante, which led to the appointment to the chairmanship of vice-chairperson Abegaille dela Cruz, to “discredit their political rivals.”

The shake-up in the USC being referred to happened during the academic year 2012-2013.

With the leaked conversation in light, Fuentes believes that MOVE UP should be held accountable for their actions.

“[D]apat managot ang MOVE UP sa kanilang pagtraydor sa mga estudyante,” he said.

Former council chairpersons chime in

Allen Lemence, former USC chairperson, told the Perspective that he knew of the issue regarding the conversation before Fuentes posted it online.

“Minessage ako ng former councilmate in the USC about the issue,” Lemence said in a Facebook message.

In a status posted online on July 26, a day before the leaked message was posted on the Internet, Lemence said “In the student council, you don’t forget your colors – you campaigned for them and that’s probably why students voted for you. Instead, go beyond them in the name of serving the students and the people, but without compromising their interests and welfare.”

Despite knowing about the issue, Lemence told Perspective that he decided not to dwell on it too much on the said status.

In the same status, he reiterated that there are more relevant issues in the campus and in the country.

For his part, former USC chairperson Arthur Holt, who served from 2013-2014, simply said in a status: “Utterly disappointing.”

In a Facebook message, Holt said, “I took caution of asking [Lemence] the other day [July 26] because of [the latter’s] post. That was the only time I knew that something has happened.”

He made clear that he only knew about the leaked conversation on the same day it was posted by Fuentes online. [P]

This publication remains open to hear the side of political party MOVE UP and its members on this issue.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story addressed Ruevin Serrano as the OIC chairperson of MOVE UP. The Perspective has learned, through former College of Human Ecology Student Council chairperson Jean Paula Regulano, that Serrano is actually not holding any position in the party as of the moment.

However, the publication would like to disclose that during the election season before the end of the previous academic year, when we were sending letters to the leaders of the three political parties, letters sent to MOVE UP were addressed to “Mr. Ruevin Serrano, OIC Chairperson”. We received no correction at that time, thus, his being addressed as the OIC chairperson of the party on the first version of this story.

We regret the error.

CAMPUS FORUM | What do you think about incoming Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr.?

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LIVE | #UPLBElections2014: The USC Electoral Debate

Antabayanan ang #UPLBElections2014: The USC Electoral Debate ngayong Lunes, Pebrero 17, sa pamamagitan ng live streaming na hatid ng UPLB Information Technology Center, DOST-ASTI. Panoorin sa pamamagitan ng http://uplb.edu.ph/streaming.

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Kung mayroong problema sa ITC streaming, narito ang back-up audio stream ng [P].

One Billion Rising, inilunsad sa UPLB

NI GUIEN GARMA

Abante, babae!

Kasabay ng indak at sayawan, iyan ang sigaw ng mga nakiisa sa One Billion Rising (OBN) na inilunsad sa UPLB Freedom Park grounds ngayong gabi, Pebrero 12.

Iba’t-ibang mga organisasyon, kabilang na ang mga partido pulitikal na Samahan ng Kabataan Para sa Bayan (SAKBAYAN), Buklod-UPLB, at Movement of Students for Progressive Leadership in UP, ang nakisabay sa pag-indak upang ipaglaban ang karapatan ng mga kababaihan sa buong bansa at sa buong mundo.

Isa muling sabayang pagkilos ang gaganapin sa Biyernes sa Feb Fair ground bilang bahagi pa rin ng OBR.

Ang One Billion Rising ay isang kilusang inilunsad noong Pebrero 14, 2013. “It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right,” anang kanilang website.