ON MY OWN
Here goes a song from Barbara Mandrell entitled “Happy Birthday Dear Heartache”: It’s just a year today/ a year since he went away/ so happy birthday dear heartache/ you’re one year old today.
Here is my own version: It’s just a year today/ one year since USEP prexy got her way/ so happy birthday dear prexy/ you’re one year old today.
With no more sadness in my heart, I wish to remember again what had transpired on that fateful day on November 11, 2015 Wednesday at the CHED Central office in Quezon City. Here it goes:
A day before November 11, the executive judge of regional trial court in Davao City issued a TRO (Tempo-rary Restraining Order) restraining the USEP (Uni-versity of Southeastern Philippines) BOR (Board of Regents) from conducting the election for president of USEP on November 11, 2015 at CHED (Commission of Higher Education) Quezon City. The TRO was released 4:58pm, November 10, 2015. And the election was scheduled November 11. I accompanied the court sheriff to CHED office to deliver the TRO because the female sheriff does not know the exact location of CHED central office. The female sheriff and I left Davao City on board a PAL flight at 4:30am. Since we have to drop by at Quezon City regional trial court for protocol and coordination, we arrived at CHED central office 8:05 a.m..
To my great surprise, all the security guards were informed that ROWENA NUERA is coming and that I should not be allowed anywhere near the election venue and the guards told the sheriff to deliver the TRO to the Records Office of CHED and I was told not to proceed to where the election would be held. I find the situation funny and hilarious because the guard showed me the little note of where my name was handwritten boldly specifying the instruction.
To shorten this story, the USEP presidential election was held despite the TRO.
All those time that the election proceeding was happening the sheriff and I were in the CHED lobby waiting for the outcome of the TRO deliberation. The lawyers of the Senate and Congress Regents were saying that TRO should be honored; TRO should be respected; and that the USEP presidential election should be cancelled for another 72 hours to deliberate on the TRO.
Despite the opposition of the vice-chair, senate regent (rep), and congress regent (rep) the election was held and the new USEP president was elected with 5 votes.
The BOR is composed of 11 votes for 11 regents: the chair (CHED), the vice-chair (USEP incumbent president), DOST, NEDA, Senate, Congress, Alumni, Student, Faculty, 2 representatives from private sectors. The new president got her votes from the following: CHED, 2 private reps, student, and NEDA.
Absent during the election was the DOST director and the Alumni Regent; Faculty Regent was NOT allowed to vote; Senate regent, Congress regent, and the vice-chair abstained from voting.
So happy birthday dear USEP, the five (5) votes made you the prexy today.
I have wanted to fight because my voice was not heard; because the Faculty Sector which is represented by the faculty regent was not heard, was not allowed to vote. The faculty regent who was present during the election was told not to vote thus, I feel that the Faculty was disenfranchised during the USEP presidential election.
Happy birthday dear heartache, your voice was not heard today.
The two private reps were elected in the morning and the USEP president was elected in the afternoon. There were so many issues regarding the election of the two reps but I chose not to dwell on that, instead, today I pray that GOD will make things right in HIS own precious time starting from the Search Committee to the election of the 2 private reps. But I know it will not happen in the legal courts; no, not in the legal courts. GOD cannot enter or penetrate the judge chambers. It will happen in another form, in another venue.
So, what is it now for me after one year? NOTHING; NOTHING; NOTHING; Because GOD is MY EVERYTHING. So happy birthday dear heartache. You’re one year old today.