UST student paper urges Alumni Association officials to resign

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2018 01:20 PM

The official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas on Monday called for the resignation of the university's Alumni Association officials for giving a "useless and baseless award" to Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson.

In its January 22 editorial, the Varsitarian said a mere cursory survey of Uson’s work "should have alerted any ordinary alumnus that she’s too controversial for UST’s usually prudential and Catholic tastes."

"But for the entire UAAI (UST Alumni Association Inc.) leadership to have ignored her dubious track record and the controversy it had elicited is sheer incompetence, irresponsibility, stupidity, and even corruption."

"In giving the award with UST’s name on it to Uson, UAAI has manifested banality of evil and perpetuated a libel on UST. It has perpetuated a lie... For its libel on UST and abetting assault on the truth, the UAAI leadership should resign," the editorial piece read.

The Varsitarian noted Uson once asked in her Philippine Star column if the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was 'anti-Christ' "for speaking against extrajudicial killings and the Marcos burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani."

"When the president wanted to reinstate death penalty, she declared that 'death penalty is not murder.' In 2011, she had challenged the Catholic Church to 'excommunicate her' for supporting the then reproductive health (RH) bill while giving away condoms in a pro-RH bill parade," it noted. 

On Sunday, the UST Alumni Association received flak for giving the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service to Uson who has been criticized for peddling fake news and cursing at the Catholic Church.

The University of Santo Tomas has disowned the award given to Uson. The UST Alumni Association Inc. is a corporation distinct and separate from the university, with its own board of trustees, the UST said in a statement released Monday.

In a phone interview with ABS-CBN, UST Alumni Association president Henry Tenedoro said officials of the association will not vacate their posts amid calls for them to resign.

Tenedero said the officials will meet for an emergency meeting to discuss the controversial award.

"Tatalakayin namin mga lumalabas sa social media. 
We have a listening board. We listen with both our ears and hearts. Whatever the decision of the majority we will come up with a statement," he said.

-with a report from Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News.