OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS placed 11 members of the University Student Council (USC) and former USC Chairperson Leo XL Fuentes under preventive suspension effective February 9.
The following USC officers: Maria Elena Carlos, Bhen Aguihon, Leuween Angelo Ayao, Paul John Barrosa, Joseph Berris, Faith Jovie Burgonio, Luntian Dumlao, Bonifacio Pasion, Karlo Ceferino Quiambao and Elvis Gerard Hugo Zuñiga, as well as Fuentes were suspended for a period of 30 days “for having organized, undertaken, conducted and/or financially benefitting from the February Fair without the requisite authority and permission.”
The USC pursued to organize the fair by accepting organizations and private sponsors despite the administration’s directive to prohibit the said activity.
However, USC Vice Chairperson and February Fair Program Committee Head Maria Elena Carlos defended that the suspension came out after the fair has been fully planned. She stressed that the UPLB admin through OSA has been taking the suspension as a ground to declare the incapacity of the USC to organize the activity.
As early as November, the USC has already been planning the activities for the annual February Fair.
She added, “Pinakita ng suspension kung gaano kareaksyunaryo at gaano kadesperado ang administrasyon na ito na gipitin ang USC dahil nakita nilang tagumpay ‘yung unang barikada noong Lunes, at sa esensya, ‘yung tagumpay ng protest fair.”
“Kahit sabihin nilang illegal ang fair, hindi kailanman magiging illegal ang magprotesta. Kaya tuloy ang fair. Hindi kahit anong suspension ang makakapigil dito,” Carlos stressed. [P]
By Lyka Mangla-lang and Mark Angelo Ordonio
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