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Artlets PR officer’s negligence prompted impeachment attempts

Impeachment attempts against former Artlets Student Council (ABSC) public relations officer (PRO) Eadric Espiritu were already on hand prior to his resignation earlier this month, some of the council staff confirm.

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Impeachment attempts against former Artlets Student Council (ABSC) public relations officer (PRO) Eadric Espiritu were already on hand prior to his resignation earlier this month, some of the council staff confirm.

“‘Yung students kasi ‘yung nag-open up sa amin…ang sinasabi lang namin, well, if ever you do plan on doing that, we have to recognize ‘yung due process. If ever naman na, you know, Eadric did a lot of wrong things to you, or to other individuals, i-cite niyo doon and then after that, you submit it. ‘Yun lang naman,” ABSC president Lady Freyja Gascon told TomasinoWeb.

Espiritu’s former executive associate Arianne Ronario also confirmed the alleged impeachment against Espiritu, including his resignation attempt.

“Even kami na nasa staff niya parang ok na rin sa’min na ‘yun nga, na ma-impeach na siya non. Pero alam mo ‘yun hindi naman yung ok na sinusuportahan namin. Hindi ganon. Medyo pabor na rin kami kasi nga…iniiwasan niya kami,” Ronario told TomasinoWeb.

“We tried talking to him na baka maayos pa, […] pero wala rin eh. Tas lagi na lang siya magso-sorry. Minsan siya pa yung galit. Tapos ang dami na naming nahingan ng tulong para lang maging ok siya, para maging harmonious ulit yung relationship naming as workmate sa council. Pero wala rin nangyari.  Until ugali na rin niya nagbago,

“He started not showing up to the office. Minsan sapilitan pa para lang magpunta ng office. Lahat kami hindi alam saan siya mahahagilap. Parang si Pam na rin yung naging EB [executive board] sa nangyari,” she said.

Executive coordinator to the PRO Pamela Dela Cruz also recalled the times when the council tried to resolve the problem. 

“There were a couple of times that we tried to consolidate with Eadric, gusto niya kasi mag-resign. At that time, yung mga EAs [executive associates] niya and ako, we tried talking to him about that,” Dela Cruz told TomasinoWeb.

 

‘Unprofessionalism’ and ‘insubordination’

Regarding Espiritu’s work relations with his staff and the council, Dela Cruz said they talked to him about it.

“I asked him what will happen if all of the staff ma-burnout na lang and siya na lang matira. And sinabi niya na edi aalis na lang siya. And up to the point na parang hindi na tama. So yun na yung alam ko parang may mali na sa how he treats his people and how he resolves conflict, by staying out of the picture and leaving them in the open,” she said.

Ronario shared her experiences working with Espiritu, saying that she felt “unprofessionalism” while working with him. 

“He called me madaling araw na almost 1 AM. And he just asked me kung kumusta ‘ko. I know parang medyo mababaw pero kasi hindi ko lang makita yung certain points between our working time together kasi hindi lang ako ginaganon niya. Ginaganon niya rin yung mga bagong pasok na EA or yung bagong pasok na staff. […] Sobrang na-burn-out ako nun. […] Parang ginagawa ko na lang yung trabaho dahil sa pressure,” said Ronario.

There were times, according to her, that despite Espiritu’s strong trust in his staff, he treats them unpleasantly.

“Madalas siyang ganon, madalas siyang nagsisigaw. […] Feeling ko when it comes to trust mukhang talagang pinagkatiwalaan niya talaga staff niya kaya iniiwan na niya kami sa ere. […] Pero he’s getting all the credits,” she said.

“Ang daming ino-open ni Ate Dea sa kanya pero lahat ‘yun iniiwasan niya. […] Tapos merong mga times na EB na talaga ang humahabol sa kanya, for the meeting, pero iniiwasan niya hindi siya umaattend ng meetings nila and he’s not even going sa office. Alam mo ‘yun magtanong man lang ano meron sa council,” Ronario added.

One of the Artlets students who planned to file the impeachment complaint cited “insubordination” and “conduct unbecoming of an officer” as grounds for his impeachment.

“He does not act in interest of AB. More on personal. Technically, it’s malpractice to promote your actions as part of AB’s decorum pero, he goes against the council. […] As a member of a student council, you must conform to what to what the AB student wants, to what the student body wants,” said the student who refused to be named.

“The issue starts with him. It always starts like this: May idea siya. He tries to implement the idea. ‘Pag may question na he goes defensive, mawawala siya. Then magbabangayan sila. Then he goes back, it repeats. Until it reaches that point na nawawalan na ng connection. Isipin mo PRO walang connection sa other EB, [that’s funny]. You’re PR that’s the funniest thing,” the student added.

According to the student, Espiritu left the council or has multiple attempts of resigning since summer vacation. 

“Yung resignation niya parang out of informality. Not to be cruel pero he took the easy way out,” the student said.

Special elections for PRO post  

The Artlets COMELEC already suspended the special elections for the PRO post because no one filed for candidacy.

Ronario said this is not a problem for the ABSC and can easily fill the job left by Espiritu.

“Mafi-fill-up-an kasi to be honest sa nagtagal, wala naman talaga si Eadric sa tabi namin. And kahit ganon ang nangyari wala naman naramdaman ang AB community na walang PRO. […] Andyan naman kami lagi. So for us, kahit mag-elect pa ulit or not, ABSC will do its job,” she said.

Ronario said she still believes in Espiritu despite what happened and does not want Espiritu to be held accountable in what happened.

“Naging mahalaga rin sa’kin si Eadric kasi for once, I felt na he was a good leader, and I have high hopes for him na he can do this. Pero kahit ganto ‘yung nangyari kahit iniwan niya kami sa ere, I still believe na magkakaroon pa rin siya ng magandang gagawin,

“Ang dami nga niyang problema. […] And if that’s the case, parang ayoko na rin siyang ma-held accountable. Parang it’s better na nag-resign na rin talaga siya para less damage na rin ‘yung mangyari,” she said.

Ronario also dismissed the alleged bullying of the DEKADA party members who then comprised all positions in the ABSC except Espiritu’s.

“I’m not speaking dahil DEKADA ‘ko, I’m not defending dahil DEKADA ‘ko. […] Walang ganon na nangyari. Yung EB trinato siya as kapareho nila, as kapantay. Walang nangyaring pamamaliit kay Eadric. Feeling ko si Eadric na yung may problema. HInahabol naman naming siyang lahat,” Ronario said.

“Ang dami rin rumors na si Eadric yung kawawa, na si Eadric ‘yung pinagtulungan. […] Pero it just breaks my heart na ‘yung council pa ‘yung nasisisi when in fact ‘yung council ‘yung hindi sumuko sa kanya. ‘Yung council ‘yung kahit kailan sinuportahan siya, […] hinabol siya just to know his side,” she said. 

TomasinoWeb tried to reach Espiritu’s side regarding the matter but refused to give a statement. John Aaron Pangilinan with reports from Rabin Bote.

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UST aces November 2019 nursing boards

The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

Jarvin Vincent Lumauig led the new batch of 338 Thomasian nurses after placing third in the topnotchers with 88.40-percent score.

Jana Aryn Apolinar and Phil Justine Soriano took the fourth spot with 88.20 percent score, followed by Bennette Salazar and Sheline Tumaliuan at placing fifth with 88 percent

John Reynel Tamayo placed sixth with 87.80 percent, and Maria-Jayne Lerma, Yannah Mae Loyola, and Jireh Li Piñol at ninth with 87.20 percent score.

John Howell Diric, Aaron Kyle Enriquez, Nicson Madulid, Patricia Dianne Melo, Clarice Gabrielle Sanchez, Arabelle Mae Tiu, and Marie Abigail Turingan all placed in the tenth spot with 87-percent rate.

Shaina Kei Watanabe of Davao Doctors College, Inc. topped the exams with a rating of 89.60 percent.

The University took the top spot along with Saint Louis University with all 191 examinees passing, and the De La Salle Medicine and Health Sciences Institute with all 67 examinees passing.

The national passing rate improved to 55.20 percent or 7,627 out of 13,816 examinees making it to the cut from last year’s 39.98 percent or 4,811 out of 12,033 passing.

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Paskuhan opening pushes through despite ‘Tisoy’

The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

According to UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., the Paskuhan opening would have been moved to Dec. 10 if weather becomes unpredictable.

“It can be moved on December 10 sana. Pero again it was not moved,” the secretary-general told TomasinoWeb.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the opening of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas décor around the campus and expressed his gratitude to the University in achieving a ‘vibrant Manila’ again.

“Thank you, UST. And hopefully we can continue to work together, the government, the institutions, [private coroporations], at tao. Sana talaga magtuloy-tuloy talaga ang Manila to be vibrant again,” Domagoso said in his video in Manila Public Information Office.

Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuña also attended the opening ceremonies.

Aside from the free food and fireworks, a drone light show was also held at the open field, a new addition in this year’s Paskuhan opening.

According to the Central Student Council (CSC), this year’s Paskuhan theme is “Unto us a Child is born” from Harry Potter and winter wonderland.

They urged the Thomasian community to support the upcoming Paskuhan activities.

The UST Christmas concert will be on Dec. 5 and 6 while the Paskuhan concert will be on Dec. 20, 2019. R. Velasco

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UST slips in September 2019 teachers boards

The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

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The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

In the elementary level, UST dropped to fifth spot from being a top-performing school for five consecutive years despite having a higher passing rate from 86.78 percent last year to 88.60 percent this year or 101 out of 114 examinees passing the exams. 

From fourth last year, the University landed sixth in the secondary level top-performing schools after posting a rating of 88.57 percent or 155 out of 175 exam takers from last year’s 91.94 percent.

Alexa Maria Andrea Manlutac shared the tenth place of the elementary level topnotchers with 11 others with a rating of 89.80 percent. 

Kezia Ambag of Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Joshua Canseco of Mindanao State University-General Santos, and Anjo Literatus of Saint Mary’s College-Tagum led the new batch of elementary teachers after garnering a rate of 92.60 percent.

Marlou Camano of University of Mindanao-Kidapawan took the top spot in the secondary level LET after scoring 93.40 percent.

University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum was named this year’s top-performing school for the elementary level with 96.07-percent passing rate, while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped in the secondary level with 98 percent passing rate.

The national passing rate for elementary teachers increased to 31.34 percent or 28,973 out of  92,440 examinees passing the exams from last year’s 20.29 percent or 18,409 out of 90,750 examinees.

In the secondary level, the national passing rate dropped to 39.68 percent, or 54,179 out of 136,523 examinees from last year’s 48.03 percent, or 60,803 out of 126,582 exam takers. A. Basa

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