MANILA (UPDATED) - The president of the University of Santo Tomas alumni organization that awarded Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson for government service resigned Tuesday.
UST Alumni Association Inc. (USTAAI) president Henry Tenedero quit his post amid the uproar following Uson's award.
"As head of USTAAI, president Henry Tenedero humbly takes full responsibility on what has happened, thus, tendering his resignation," the USTAAI said in a statement.
The organization apologized "for any reactions that may have resulted from the conferment of the recognitions in the Thomasian Alumni in Government Service."
"However, the USTAAI stands firm with its decision not to rescind the recognition already conferred," it said.
The organization added that the award was "upon its own initiative and has nothing to do with Cherry Tanodra, Director of the Office of Alumni Relations."
The recognition has received backlash from UST student leaders and alumni, including a family who was conferred the “Thomasian Family of the Year” Award in 1975.
In a Facebook post, the Bautista family called on the USTAAI to revoke the award from Uson or quit their posts in the organization.
"We call on UST to make a statement that will salvage our lost pride in our school. We call on the USTAAI Board to rescind the award, and if they do not do that, to resign. NOW. As any worthy Thomasian would," the post read.
UST earlier clarified that the award was not from the university and that the alumni organization is a corporation distinct and separate from the university.