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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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Casanova ng Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon, itinalagang bagong KWF komisyoner

Si Assoc. Prof. Arthur Casanova ang papalit sa nakaraang komisyoner na Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio Almario.

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Si KWF Komisyoner Arthur Casanova sa isang seminar sa UST noong Agosto 2018 | Kuha ni Alexa Taay/TomasinoWeb

Itinalaga ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Assoc. Prof. Arthur Casanova bilang bagong kinatawan ng wikang Tagalog at komisyoner ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).

Siya ang papalit sa nakaraang komisyoner na Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio Almario.

Ang pagkakatalaga sa premyadong manunulat, lingguwista, at edukador ay may bisa na pitong taon o hanggang Enero taong 2027.

Nagtapos si Casanova sa Mindanao State University sa kursong Batsilyer ng Edukasyong Pangsekundarya medyor sa Filipino noong 1982, masterado sa Edukasyon na may espesyalisasyon sa Filipino Linguistics, at doktorado sa Literatura at Lingguwistika sa Philippine Normal University noong 1992 at 1999.

Nakapaglathala na siya ng mga teksbuk para sa mga high school at kolehiyo, gayundin ng mahigit 40 akda na karamihan ay tungkol sa mga dula partikular sa pananaliksik at produksyon ng mga dulang pang-Mindanao.

Siya rin ay isang aktibong miyembro ng mga samahan. Ilan na rito ay ang Aliw Awards Foundation (2013-2017), International Theatre Institute kung saan siya ay naging miyembro ng 17 na taon (2000-2017), at bilang pangulo ng Metrobank Foundation Network of Outstanding Teachers sa loob ng isang taon (2011-2012).

Nag-uwi rin siya ng ilang karangalan tulad ng Metrobank Foundation Outstanding teacher noong 1999, at SARIMANOK Award Outstanding Alumnus in the Field of Literature and the Arts  mula sa Mindanao State University noong 2011.

Nakatanggap din siya ng parangal mula sa National Book Awards noong 1986 at 1987, at Aliw Awards for Best Musical Play Director.

Ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ay isang ahensya na tumututok sa mga wika sa bansa kontra sa mga banta ng paglaho nito.

Ang kanyang pagtuturo sa UST

Maraming taon ang iginugol ni Casanova sa pagtuturo at pagbabahagi ng kanyang kaalaman sa mga mag-aaral ng Unibersidad.

Sa eklusibong panayam ng TomasinoWeb, bagamat nagulat sa pagkakatalaga ni Casanova bilang bagong komisyoner ng KWF, ipinahayag ni Asst. Prof. Alvin R. Reyes ang kanilang galak at mga inaasahan sa kanyang pagkakatalaga sa naturang puwesto.

Sa panig ng UST, siyempre mas inaasahan natin yung matibay na ugnayan sa KWF higit kailanman para isulong yung mga proyekto nating pang-Unibersidad patungo sa range o lawak na pambansa this time,” ani Reyes, ang tagapangulo ng Departamento ng Filipino ng UST.

Ayon pa kay Reyes, kahit noong siya ay guro pa lamang sa Unibersidad, siya ay maraming nang plano para sa mga wikang nanganganib mamatay.

“Nung siya ay pangkaraniwang guro pa lamang dito sa UST, mga naririnig ko sa kanya na mga bagay na dapat gawin kaugnay ng wika ay yung pananaliksik pa o research tungkol sa mga nanganganib na wika sa Pilipinas,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi rin maitatanggi ni Reyes ang mga implikasyon ng kanyang pag-alis sa trabaho.

“Kung dati, madali lang niya maibabahagi ang kanyang expertise kasi kasama namin siya, ngayon ay medyo mahirap na. Kailangan na naming dumaan sa proseso ng pag-iimbita kasi hahanap lang kami ng libreng niyang oras,“ aniya.

Nagkaroon din ng mga bakanteng klase dahil sa kanyang pag-alis kung kaya hahanapan pa ito ng mga gurong magtuturo, o magkakaroon ng overload sa mga teaching loads ng mga propesor. Alexa Basa

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Thomasians demand for passage of students’ code in First Day Fight

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

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Progressive students from the University held their “First Day Fight” protest to kick-off the first day of classes for the second semester at UST Gate 2 Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Karch Rafael of Kabataan Partylist-UST expressed his concern over the passage of the students’ code which might start again from the very beginning after the change in the University’s rector.

“Ngayon ang [gusto nating tutukan] ay tuition increase nanaman tsaka ‘yung democratic rights na patuloy na inaapakan, na sinusupil ng estado natin tsaka ng administrasyon ng UST.

“Gusto nating mabuo ‘yung students’ demand at maipasa na ‘yung students’ code [ngayong] taon na mahigit 16 to 17 years na siyang nakabinbin. Napalitan nanaman ang rector, ibig sabihin nito mataas ‘yung posibilidad na bumalik siya from square one,” Rafael said.

“Dahil sino ba dapat ‘yung primaryang nakikinabang sa kung anong ibinibigay ng isang paaralan. Siyempre ang estudyante, estudyanteng parte ng kabataan at magiging pag-asa ng bagong henerasyon,” Rafael added.

Students also criticized the budget cuts on the country’s calamity fund and government’s response on the Taal Eruption.

“Tinututulan natin yun [budger cut]. Nung nakipag-usap naman ako [na] nabiktima din nung kalamidad ay malaki yung inaasahan nila na tulong mula sa gobyerno natin sapagkat alam nila na yung gobyerno dapat natin ‘yung primaryang tumutulong sa mga mamamayan sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” he said.

Rafael also expressed his anger towards Duterte administraton and its policies, “Habang tumatagal si Duterte sa bulok niyang palasyo, lalong tumitindi yung pag-atake sa mga mamamayan”, he added.

Trisha Ifurung of League of Filipino Students-UST also said that the protest also aims to look back on what has been done from the previous semester and continuing to fight for the students’ and the people’s rights that are being neglected by the administration.

“Panibagong taon nanaman pero yung mga problema na nararanasan ng mga mamamayan ay patuloy pa din,” she said.

The students also called for the junking of the mandatory ROTC for senior high school students and the K-12 program which is about to undergo a public review by the House of Representatives. R. Velasco with reports from J. A. Pangilinan

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Dagohoy concludes University rectorship

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

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Rev. Fr. Richard Ang and Rev. Fr.Herminio Dagohoy, UST's 96th rector, during the Paskuhan mass in December 2019 | Deojon Elarco/TomasinoWeb

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the 96th Rector Magnificus of the University, has already concluded his eight-year term in the University.

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

Dagohoy, 55, was the 9th Rector of the UST Angelicum College and former finance director of UST Hospital before he assumed his rectorship in the University.

He was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and he graduated accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines before joining the Order of Preachers.

He also finished other degrees: AB Philosophy, Sacred Theology, Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, Licentiate in Philosophy, and Doctorate in Philosophy.

Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., UST Vice-Rector for seven years, is now the acting rector.

He was the former dean of the then Faculty of Philosophy and former chairman of Manpower, Scholarship, and Retirement Board Committee of the University.

Ang, during his academic years, has published several scholarly articles about philosophy such as “The Confucian Li,” “On Conceiving Ren towards Birthing Ru Jia,” and “The Concept of Ren.”

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