Politics in the Philip-pines is al-ways asso-ciated with evil – ma-nipulation, bribery, fa-vouritism, and violence. It is the last one that I dread to happen to anybody who is involved in politics.
In the University of Southeastern Philippines or USEP, politics is very alive especially now that we do not have a new president yet. The former president, Dr. Perfecto Alibin officially retired from the presidency last August 31, 2015 after having served the University as president for eight years.
According to R.A. 8292 otherwise known as “an act providing for the uniform powers of the governing boards, the manner of appointment and term of office of the president of chartered state universities and colleges, and for other purposes” Section 30: In case of vacancy of the Office of the SUC President, the CHED Commissioner as Chair of the BOR, shall within fifteen days from the occurrence of such vacancy, designate an Officer-in-charge in the Office of the President; and Section 47: Officers-in-charge (OICs) in the Office of the President of chartered SUCs shall exercise the po-wers and responsibi-lities appertaining to a President of a char- tered SUC.
What is my point?
First, the Board of Regents (BOR) of USEP was able to designate an OIC-President when the former president retired. But whether or not the functions of the OIC-President now is in accordance with Section 47 remains to be seen and monitored.
Second, it has almost been two months since USEP has an OIC- President and yet the election of the new President is still bleak because the issue on Faculty Regent has not been settled yet. For my readers’ sake, I wish to inform that Faculty Re-gent is one big seat in the BOR (Board of Regents). Faculty Regent is the elected-president of USEP Fa-culty Fe-deration (USEPFFed) and gets to sit as a member of the BOR representing the Faculty sector. As of this writing, no faculty president has been duly elected yet. And this would mean an indefinite hold-over capacity of the OIC-President of USEP.
Finally, everybody would agree that politics will always be partisan in nature. And this might be the reason why there is chaos and conflict among the nine (9) members of USEPFFed. There are actually 10 members but because the College of Technology has not officially elect their new college faculty president and as long as they cannot hold election, the future of Faculty Regent is bleak too.
And so, today, a Thursday (October 29, 2015), I shall be filing a motion for the issuance of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to the BOR of USEP. This motion is to restrain the BOR from holding election for the next USEP President unless the USEPFFed has settled their legal dispute on the matter of electing the faculty regent and unless the faculty sector is duly and legally represented in the BOR.
This column would also want to inform the NEDA-XI (National Economic Development Authority) which holds one seat in the BOR that RA 8292 is just a breath- away from them. They should always consult RA 8292 in matters of constituting the Search Committee (SC) for the private sector represen-tatives (another two big seats in the USEP BOR). There is always an Ombudsman to run to when government officers abuse their power.
As I have said in the past, GOD has blest me with the gift to write and to talk and most especially the gift to discern between right and wrong; good and evil.
As a political being, I do not care who will be elected as the next USEP President; I care for the manner and the process of holding it. I do not and will not subscribe to evil politics. As far as the election of the new USEP President, this is my prayer to GOD: NO to manipulation! NO to greed! NO to evil politics!
GOD bless the University of Southeastern Philippines!