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FeBRuARY 21, 2011
WORDS&PHOTO | Kris Vernadette domo
LAYOUT | trista isobelle Gile
The Central Electoral Board (CEB) approved, last January 7,
the proposal for the full-automation of the upcoming University
Student Council-College Student Council Elections on February
23 to 24.

Students, however, lobbied that there be print out of the
summary of votes by the students as check-and-balance
mechanism to establish the credibility of the program in its initial
application in the automated elections, as also discussed in the
fourth and ffth Council of Student Leaders meeting.

With this as agendum, the CEB convened last February 18 to
deliberate on the necessity and possibility of the plan for check-
and-balance mechanism. Logistical and fnancial concerns were
taken into consideration as well.
“Sa ngayon, kinakaharap ng UPLB ang kauna-unagang isang full
automated elections kaya’t umalma ang mga estudyante dahil
sa kawalan ng check-and-balance o countercheck mechanism,“
said Diana Marie Mula, incumbent Vice-Chairperson and Offcer
in Charge of USC.
She furthered that even the programmers, Young Software
Engineers’Society approves of the check-and-balance
mechanism to establish the credibility of their program among
the students. She also cited the case of UP Diliman where the
program for automated elections was tested for three years
before it fnally garnered the trust of the students.
Agreed within the board is for the USC to create a working
budget proposal, canvassing guidelines, and other specifc details
as to how the proposal for having print out alongside automated
elections will work.
The CEB, comprised of Offce of Student Affairs (OSA) Director,
Students’ Organizations Activities Division (SOAD) Head, College
Secretaries, College Student Councils (CSC), USC, and the UPLB
Perspective, is the body concerned with the preparation and
conduct of the USC-CSC elections.
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‘Lacks consultation’
The approval of the proposal for the elections “lacks consultation“ of the
USC with the students as discussed in the CSL meeting last Jan. 13, where
students reacted over the proposal to automate the USC-CSC elections.
Some student councils and organizations, as well, claimed of not being
consulted by the USC prior to the submission of the said proposal to the CEB
for approval.
In the CSL meeting, former USC Chairperson Leo ‘XL’ Fuentes stressed the
violation of Article 2 of the USC constitution, stating its duty to ‘uphold and
ensure democratic participation and representations in any policy-making
body which directly affects student rights and welfare particularly in the
“Kung may bagong pamamaraan ng pagboto, hindi naman tayo tumututol
doon. Pero, ‘yung konseho kasi ay nagbibigay premium sa democratic
participation with regard to decision-making. Dapat ine-engage ‘yung
mga mag-aaral, lalo’t malaking usapin ‘yung shift mula manual patungo sa
automated elections, “Fuentes said.
Ernest Francis Calayag, USC chairperson (on-leave) said, on the other
hand, “Siyempre, we’ll never disregard any opinion or take on the matter.
However, in the part of USC, this is a program that’s the sole purpose is to
really serve the student body (sic).”
Elections Program
In the deliberations on what program will be used for the elections, Calayag
claimed to have sent invitations in making the program to computer
programming organizations in the Institute of Compute
Science (ICS), through which only YSES responded.
According to Alexis Marion Lagante, YSES automated
elections development team project manager and
liaison offcer, the program has security features such as security key
and authentication codes for each election offcer logged in to the
system. YSES was able to come up with the program Automated
Student Council Election System.
All computers that will be used for the elections are to be managed
by election offcers using their accounts. However, the interface
containing the results will not be accessed by the election offcer
and YSES since the system is encrypted.
The frst dry-run to test the program for automated elections was
held at PC laboratory 5 at ICS last January 18, 2011, from 8 am to 12
noon, where 86 students participated.
However, the CEB requested for a second dry-run because the frst
lacked counter measure on checking the accuracy of the program
since there were no ballots or other sources of data which can be
used to check against the results acquired by the program.
The second dry-run was conducted last January 27 from 9am to
5pm, participated by 189 students at the College of Development
Communication, College of Veterinary Medicine, Graduate School,
College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology as minor
precincts, and College of Arts and Sciences at the Physical Science
building as major precinct.
During the dry run, students were asked to log in using their
Systemone accounts. An authentication was needed to proceed
to the voting process. Pictures and names of the candidates were
fashed on the screen where students can select their preferred
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CEB members Prof. Vicente Ballaran (left) and Estel Lenwij Estropia (right) cast votes after the second dry run for the 2011 automated USC-CSC elections.
Students lobby for
“Hanggang ngayon, ramdam ko pa rin
ang kulata ng M-16 sa hita ko...Hanggang Taft
Avenue, hinabol kami ng truncheon.”
Malinaw pa sa alaala ni Mirriam Aledia, 41,
ang sinapit niya at ng daan-daan pang mga
magsasaka sa madugong Mendiola masaker.
Inilunsad noong Enero 20 sa NCAS Auditorium
ang isang porum bilang paggunita sa ika-24
taon ng Mendiola Massacre, sa pangunguna
ng Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid
sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK).
“Hangga’t hindi nabubuwag ang land
monopoly at naipapamahagi nang libre
ang lupa sa maralita sa kanayunan, walang
signipikanteng magaganap sa bansa. At
mahirap asahan ang isang pangulo na
Haciendero na magpapatupad ng tunay
na reporma sa lupa,” ani Axel Pinpin,
pangkalahatang kalihim ng KASAMA-TK.
Sinundan ang porum ng kilos protesta sa
harap ng UP gate kung saan ipinakita ang
isang bahay kubong buhat ng mga nagbihis
military na mga miyembro ng Southern Tagalog
Cultural Network (STCN).
Sa loob ng kubo ay may effgy ni Noynoy
Aquino na sinasakal ang isang magsasaka
na sumisimbolo sa pagsusulong ng OPLAN
Bayanihan, ang kontra-insurhensiyang
programa ng administrasyon.
Hanggang ngayon, tunay na reporma sa
lupa (TRL) pa rin ang panawagan ng uring
magsasaka sa kanilang inilunsad na Lakbayan
ng mga Magsasaka para sa Lupa at Hustisya
noong Oktubre ng nakaraang taon. Dito
isinagawa ang limang araw na martsa ng
mga magsasaka mula Timog Katagalugan
hanggang Gitnang Luzon na siya ring lumundo
sa makasaysayang tulay ng Mendiola.
Enero 22, 1987 nang maganap ang
Mendiola masaker kung saan marahas na
dinispers ang mga magsasaka habang
nagmamartsa sa tulay ng Mendiola upang
ipanawagan ang tunay na reporma sa lupa
sa rehimen ni Corazon Aquino. [P]
1987 Mendiola masaker, ginunita
TRL, panawagan pa rin ng mga magsasaka
WORDS | Jonelle marin
Dr. Ida Dalmacio, professor of Microbiology
at the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS), won
the Election Round of the Faculty Regent (FR)
Selection held last Nov. 16-19. She was offcially
announced as the next faculty regent last Nov.
26 in the Board of Regents (BOR) meeting at UP
Dalmacio got 764 votes out of the 1,741 voters.
She was followed by Dr. Teodoro Mendoza of
the Institute of Crop Science with 623 votes.
UPLB’s turn
A graduate of BS Agriculture, Dalmacio
started out as a research assistant before she
became professor of Microbiology. She also
held key positions at the College of Arts and
Sciences in UPLB as college secretary, deputy
director of IBS, and was a two-term director
of BIOTECH. At the national and international
level, Dalmacio was also executive director
of Department of Science and Technology
–Philippine Council for Advance Science
and Technology Research and Development
The nominees were chosen from UP Los Baños
based on the selection process’ practice of
rotation among UP units. Incumbent FR Judy
Taguiwalo is from UP Diliman. Her term ends
December 2010.
Not yet offcial
Some of the highlights of Dalmacio’s plan of
action includes “assessment and rationalization
of faculty recruitment, renewal, tenure and
retention; faculty promotion and reward
system; provision of additional faculty benefts
and assistance; as well as [working] closely
and [coordinating] with the staff and student
Asked about her stand on the issue of
budget cut, large lecture class policy and the
selection of new UP president, Dalmacio was
still hesitant to answer as she has “not [yet]
IBS prof is new FR
received any offcial notice that [she was]
elected faculty regent.”
“Untested E-voting”
According to FR Taguiwalo in her update
on the Nov. 26 BOR meeting, the current
voter turnout is 49 percent of the total of
3,582 qualifed voters. This is 613 votes lower
compared to the 2,354 turnout in 2008. Votes
were casted through manual and electronic
As stated in the Guidelines on the Election
Round of the 2010 Faculty Regent Selection
Process, “voters may choose to vote manually
or electronically but not both. In the event of
double votes cast by manual and electronic
ballots, the manual ballot shall prevail.”
But critics are pointing out the untested
electronic voting which was supposed to
have a dry run from October 25 to 27.
FR Taguiwalo added that the discussions
about the FR procedures were not formally
approved by the university councils of
each constituent universities before the UP
Administration declared them as fnal and
The critics are also pointing to the ban on
campaigning as another problem, and this
has been interpreted as one way of limiting
the capability of such unions as the All U.P.
Workers Union and the All U.P. Academic
Employees Union to feld a candidate and if
the candidate is elected, to engage in mass
actions against objectionable policies of the
outgoing U.P. Administration, which typifed
the term of the outgoing FR Taguiwalo.
The whole system is run by the UP Computer
Center under the direct command of the
Offce of the President which rise questions
of the credibility of the faculty re gent
election results. [P]
WORDS | Joy salVador
STCN members in military uniform carry a nipa hut symbolizing Oplan Bayanihan, a counter-insurgency program of the
Aquino government, in a regional mob to condemn the seemingly unending trend of human rights violations.
Three parties are vying for posts in the
University Student Council (USC) for academic
year 2011-2012.
Movement of Students for Progressive
Leadership in UP (MOVE U.P.) is the new party
going up against 15 year-old party-alliance
Samahan ng Kabataan para sa Bayan
(SAKBAYAN) and eight year-old political
organization Buklod UPLB this year.
‘Not an offspring’
According to MOVE U.P. President Carlo
Cruz, they started talking about forming a
new political party early last year. They only
formalized the party in time for the elections.
Re-electionists Ernest Calayag, BS Industrial
Engineering ‘06 student is the front runner and
Angelique Rivera, 4th year Biology student, is
the candidate for the vice chairperson post
from MOVE U.P.
Both previously ran under Buklod UPLB.
However, Cruz cleared that MOVE UP is ‘not
an offspring’ of Buklod UPLB. He said that it was
just a coincidence that ‘people who thought
of starting MOVE UP are all [from] Buklod.’
“It’s just that ... [kung] may prinsipyo kang
pinanghahawakan, and you belong to a
group... but you get to think of something na
mas pasok sa puso mo, e ‘di doon ka na sa
mas pasok sa prinsipyo mo,” he added.
Cruz revealed that they look for potential
candidates who believe in the same principles
they [MOVE UP] believe in.
Asked about the preparations their
candidates undergo Cruz said, “they
undergo trainings in issues kasi they need to
be aware... and they engage in discussions
among ourselves (sic); the usual trainings ng
any student leaders (sic).” He refused to dig
deeper in their campaign plans as they are
just revealing them in the campaign proper.
“We will formally announce din [ang plano]
sa campaign period. Kasi medyo tinitimpla pa
namin ‘yung waters, ang hirap ng bagong
party,” Cruz explained.
‘Unite to fght’
SAKBAYAN gears for the coming elections
with its overall theme “Unite to Fight.”
According to SAKBAYAN Chairperson Ma.
Cristina Madeja, their platform revolves on
a pro-student and pro-people education
with additional budget for education and a
democratic campus as their focus.
Madeja shared that they are currently
working hard to give the students the right
information they need to know.
“Hindi mo lang basta ibibida na iboto
nyo kami, Sakbayan kami. Ipapaliwanag
mo sa kanila [students] ang issues at kung
bakit ganito ang stand ng mga estudyante,
at kapag naliwanagan sila, mas magiging
madali ang kanilang pakikiisa sa pinaglalaban
ng SAKBAYAN,” Madeja answered when
asked about their campaigns.
“The desire to run was our (SAKBAYAN) main
basis for choosing our candidates, which
mostly are from batch 2008,” Madeja added.
‘Service Intensifed’
Buklod UPLB’s campaign theme for this year
is “Service Intensifed.”
According to Buklod UPLB Chairperson
Jannah Melody Grace Agum, since their
organization won in the majority of councils
last year, they want to intensify their service
to the students which manifests in their move
to contend for positions in the College of
Agriculture Student Council.
When asked on how Buklod UPLB fnd
candidates, Agum said “Lahat naman ng
parties, they scout for people who are in line
and parallel with their principles. ‘Yung iba
lumalapit sa amin pero basically, [we choose]
those who are in line with our principles.”
Buklod UPLB’s trainings include learning
about the organization’s essentials, principles,
what they’re standing for, public appearance,
personality development, answering questions
and team work.
“Tapos the past council [members] na
nanalo sa Buklod, are also sharing their
experiences and part of their [candidates]
training is making their GPOA (General Plan of
Action) at saka chinecheck namin yun.
“We also train them generally about politics
and the politics that we would want for Buklod
UPLB, like effecting positive change and
making a difference,” Agum added.
State of independence
Going against dorm fee increase is included
in the campaign of the only independent
candidate for a USC councilor post.
Third year Communication Arts (ComArts)
student Narciso “Tres” Panganiban III is
trudging the tedious campaign period not
alone because he has his orgmates from UP
Kabataang Alyansa na may Dugong Taga-
Hilagang Kamarines (UP KAADHIKA) and
fellow dormers in the New Dormitory, ComArts
friends, former blocmates when he was still a
BS Economics student and his parents.
“Tapos nagdadala na lang po ako ng
megaphone para ‘pag maraming crowd,
maipakilala ko yung sarili ko at saka
nagpapaalam tayo sa mga lecturers para
payagan tayong makapagcampaign sa
mga large classes at ...mga small classes,”
Panganiban said.
He cleared that being independent is not
equivalent to not having stands on issues. He
said that he is willing to support any party whom
he believes has the right stand. According to
him, he felt that the party’s slots were already
full the day that he fnally decided to run.
“Humihingi ako ng tulong sa lahat ng
estudyanteng kinakampanyahan ko, na
ikalat din nila yung balita na meron palang
independent candidate,” Panganiban
added. [P]
3 parties gear up for 2011 USC elections
1 candidate goes independent
WORDS | Jonelle marin
With reports from Kris Vernadette domo,
ladyloVe may baurile and lyKa manGlal-lan
On February 13, however, the day before
the 2011 February Fair started revisions on the
Operations Agreement for February Fair 2011
were fnalized in a Council of Student Leaders
(CSL) emergency meeting.
Organizations were outraged during the
CSL meeting last February 9 over the changes
made to the agreement released by the
University Student Council (USC) presented last
January 14.
There was no extensive consultation
regarding the changes made on the operations
agreement prior to its release said Corky Hope
Maranan, President of UPLB Babaylan during
the meeting. She emphasized the urgency of
discussing with organizations items especially
on the P 5,000 fne for violations. She furthered
that the details on the violations are not
specifed in the written agreement.

Conversely, USC Councilor Marie Angelique
Rivera, head of February Fair Committee,
said that organizations were informed of the
fne upon registration. She said there will be
three warnings before the USC can conduct
evaluation of the violations committed. She
furthered that the USC will provide copy of
specifcations of the gravity of every violation.
Maranan argued, on the other hand, that
such specifcations must still be incorporated
in the agreement in order not to commit
misinterpretations of any item at all.

Rivera said that there was no black and
white copy of the 2010 Operations Agreement
so the USC drafted a new one.
During the February 10 CSL emergency
meeting, the body enumerated certain terms
in the contract that they deem necessary to
be revised especially on penalties for every
violations, despite the request of Rivera and
on-leave USC Chairperson Ernest Calayag to
petition regarding the matter. [P]
Orgs, USC amend Feb Fair contract
after a series of CSL meetings
WORDS | Voltaire abioG
and lyKa manGlal-lan
PHOTO | Jonelle marin
Busied by the UPLB community’s excitement,
Freedom Park glows as the sun sets for the
frst night of 2011 February Fair.
A 19-year old active member of the
Southern Tagalog Cultural Network (STCN)
died after being shot twice last December
23. Lester Barrientos was scheduled for a
Christmas visit to his father in San Jose,
Occidental Mindoro when the military
fred the house he stayed in. Barrientos
is the 24th victim of extra-judicial killings
(EJK) under the seven month-old term of
President Benigno Aquino III.
Two hundred and four people were left
missing (desaparecidos) and an estimate
of two cases of EJK per week in eight
years were reported under Oplan Bantay
Laya (OBL) counter-insurgency program
of former President Gloria Macapagal-
Arroyo (GMA).
Oplan Bayanihan, on the other hand,
is the new counter-insurgency program
under Aquino, which for seven months
resulted death toll of one killing per week.
Nine out of 24 victims of EJK since July last
year are from Southern Tagalog region.
“Nagpapakita ito na hindi sinsero si
Noynoy Aquino sa pangako niyang
pagbabago. Mas makikita ngayon ang
kawalan niya ng kaibahan sa nakara-
ang rehimen,” said Axel Pinpin, Secretary
General of Katipunan ng mga Samahang
Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan
Recent fatalities
Dr. Leonard Co, plant taxonomist, Sofronio
Cortez and Julius Borromeo were killed after
having been allegedly caught in a crossfre
between the Armed Forces of the Philippines
and New Peoples’ Army on Nov. 15 at Upper
Mahiao, Barangay Lim-ao. However, this
claim was countered by a resolution submit-
ted by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano after
a witness and member of Tongonan Farmers
Association, Policarpio Balute said that no
exchange of bullets was heard which may
have indicated a crossfre.
The family of Co is said they will seek
help from the International Science Com-
munity in their search for justice of the
botanist’s death.
Carlos “Caloy” Rodriguez, president of Nag-
kakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa ng Ca-
lamba Water District was gunned down by
two unidentifed suspects in a motorcycle on
Nov. 12. Five days earlier, Ireneo “Rene” Rod-
riguez, member of Samahan ng Magbubukid
ng Batangas was killed after suffering from
three gunshots in the head and chest.
“Pure lip service ang binitawan niya
[Aquino] sa inauguration...dahil hang-
gang ngayon ay hindi naman iniimbes-
tigahan at napaparusahan si GMA...
Asahan ng mamamayan na papatindi
pa ang human rights violations sa mga
darating na araw,” Pinpin added. [P]
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the
fscal autonomy of the UPLB Perspective will be
signed only after the publication has registered
with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC) and thereby obtain its “juridical
personality”, the Offce of the Chancellor (OC)
told the editorial board in a meeting dated
October 4, 2010.
Both parties have already agreed on the
contents of the MOA. The Perspective editorial
board expected to have the MOA fnally signed
in the said meeting called for by the chancellor
said Estel Lenwij Estropia, current editor in chief
On the other hand, Atty. Damcelle Cortes,
assistant and acting legal counsel to Chancellor
Luis Rey Velasco, said that only if it is already
incorporated through a SEC registration can the
Perspective be able to sign any legally binding
agreement with UPLB.
Once incorporated, the editorial board shall
act as the publication’s founding board of
Cash advance
Perspective requested cash advance for
SEC registration fees and other pertinent
expenses. The request is still going through the
old disbursement procedures as required by the
UPLB administration.
“We’ve been through this since last semester
but our request was not approved due to a
certain COA (Commission on Audit) rule that
cash advance requests are only granted to
permanent employees,” said business manager
Beverly Christel Laguartilla.
The request shall be granted only if a
permanent employee signs as co-maker for the
Perspective according to Chief Accountant
Joan Mendoza.
Atty. Cortes informed the Perspective on
Dec. 3 that the Offce of the Students Affairs is
willing to instruct Nicanor Calio Jr., one of its staff,
to act as co-maker for the Perspective.
5-year implementation
Meanwhile, despite previous verbal agreements
between both parties, Atty. Cortes mentioned
Chancellor Velasco’s contentions as regards
termination clause in the MOA stating that the
agreement shall persist until it is “terminated
upon mutual agreement of the parties”.
Atty. Cortes related that Chancellor Velasco
decided to rethink the clause after reviewing
Section 21.b of the UP Charter of 2008 stating
that the status of an offcial student publication
must be “subject to due and comprehensive
consultation with the students”.
Admin requires SEC reg before MOA signing
Perspective suffers limited funds
WORDS | beVerly ChristCel laGuartilla
Moreover, Chancellor Velasco is looking for
an offcial statement attesting that The UPLB
Perspective is the offcial student publication
of the university.
“Perspective has ever since been the duly
recognized student publication of UPLB by the
UP administration and the studentry,” Estropia
said in an interview. She added that Perspective,
together with the University Student Council (USC)
was offcially mandated during the martial law by
the Council of Student Leaders which comprised
representatives from student organizations,
fraternities, sororities, and other formations.
Furthermore, the publication is in possession of
“Rules and Regulations Governing the Publication
of the UPLB Perspective” which was honored and
approved by the Board of Regents.
“Hindi dahil naipasa ang bagong charter,
ibig sabihin ay back to zero [na ang] kung
anuman ang naging tagumpay ng student
movement. This interpretation is retrogressive and
absurd,” USC councilor and former Perspective
EIC Christian Ray Buendia concurs,
“Ibig sabihin ba nito lahat ng student
publication sa UP system katulad ng [Philippine
Collegian] at Outcrop ay kailangang ma-
recognize ulit?” he added.
The Philippine Collegian is the offcial student
publication in UP Diliman while Outcrop is the
counterpart in UP Baguio.
“For the sake of the students’ right to information,
we opted to skip the unnecessary table battle
and proceed to the solution. We need the
student funds, now,” Laguartilla said.
‘For fscal autonomy’
Perspective has been asserting for its fscal
autonomy for the last two and a half years. This
long process caused Perspective 2009-2010 term
to print only one issue. Also, it results to diffculty
for the current term in acquiring funds for the
printing of its issues that lasted for more than a
The panel created for the MOA, headed
by Dr. Roberto Rañola, vice chancellor for
administration, already approved Perspective’s
proposed disbursement scheme after a series of
panel discussions.
The provisions of the memorandum stated that
the administration will collect publication fee for
Perspective. The collected fee will be transferred
to the bank account of the publication and will
be disbursed based on the approved guidelines
in disbursement scheme.
If any of the involved parties violated any
provisions, the agreement will be subject
to termination but will not be automatically
terminated due to the provision under mutual
commitment. [P]
UHO reviews dorm policies
Students decry probable dorm fee increase
WORDS | estel lenWiJ estropia
With reports from
liberty notarte
EJK cases rise
under Aquino’s
ST cultural worker,
24th EJK victim
WORDS | prinCes bulaClaC
& Jonelle marin
Ad Hoc Committee to Review UPLB Student Dormitory
Policies, Rules, and Regulations and Fees held a forum
and formal consultation on the revised Policies, Rules, and
Regulations for Student Dormitories at UPLB last January 13.
Meanwhile, dormers expressed their disappointment
with how the the ad hoc committee designed the fow of
consultation regarding changes in dorm policies during the
“Hindi pinapatapos ang mga estudyante sa pagsasalita
at inaagawan pa ng microphone ang mga nagtatanong
at sumusubok sa provisions ng polisiya,” said New Foreha
Residence Hall Association President and Head of the
Dormitories Alliance Kim Resa.
Changes in the policies include point system, criteria
for evaluation of new freshman applicants based on the
distance of their residence from the university and STFAP
income bracket specifed in Chapter IV, Section 4.2 item (See Table 1)
Also, point system was made for the assessment of
upperclassmen applicants in the same section as the
previous, item (See Table 2)
Furthermore, tenure of residency has already been
included. According to Section 4.6 of the revised provision,
undergraduate students enrolled in UPLB colleges are allowed
to stay in dormitories for as long as they satisfy the criteria set
for accommodation in the residence halls. A maximum tenure
was based on the prescribed number of years per degree or
non-degree program/course. (See Table 3)
Section 6.1 of Chapter VI includes that “The University
(UPLB) reserves the right to adjust the dormitory fee from time
to time upon consultation with the dormitory residents.”
Insuffcient funds
Dr. Margaret Calderon from the UPLB Housing Offce,
appointed Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee stressed
that , Rules and Regulations Regarding Accomodation in
Student Residence Halls of 1997 states that “residence halls
are intended to be fnancially self-supporting”.
“Even if we get to charge P650, it wouldn’t mean that we
would be making proft. The current rate of Php 350 – Php
390 per person monthly has been in effect since 1997 and is
already insuffcient to run and to manage the dormitories,”
she added.

As of press time, fnal dorm fee rate for next school year is
yet to be approved by the Board of Regents.
Venture back
Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco formed the Ad Hoc
Committee to “review the UPLB student dormitory policies,
rules, regulations and fees, with the end view of improving
dormitory services”.
The said committee was comprised of Dr. Calderon , Prof.
Rowena Carndenas and Bernadette Tiburan from UHO,
Dr. Zenaida Sumalde from the College of Economics and
Management, Atty. Florinida Blanca from Legal Offce, Diane
Siena from Women’s Residence Hall Association, , and Ernest
Francis Calayag from the University Student Council.
Last Nov. 15, the committee spearheaded a consultation
meeting where the initial fndings that allegedly justify a
revision of the code and an increase in dorm rate were

One of the ad hoc committee’s rationale for the increase
was the dormitories’ fnancial status for 2010. In the breakdown
prepared by the Student Housing Division, the dorm acquires
a total projected income of P11,818,000 and an actual defcit
of P586,466.89. [P]
Table 1. Criteria for the evaluation of new freshman applicants
Table 2. Additional criteria for evaluation of upperclassmen applicants
Table 3. Number of years per degree or non-degree program/course
CEB approves...(from p.01)
candidates. A summary of votes will appear for the
student to review and cast. Copies of cast votes were
printed for the students to review their votes and sign
their ballots to ensure that the informaltion printed are
correct. Before leaving, the students were asked to
answer an evaluation form about the dry run.
After the closing of the voting process, the USC
together with Prof. Vincente Ballaran Jr., Head of
Students’ Organizations and Activities Division (SOAD)
and Estel Lenwij Estropia, incumbent UPLB Perspective
Editor in Chief, canvassed the votes.
The dry run included evaluation forms that rendered
results of 95 percent user-friendly, interface, and
election fow. One out of 189 students said that the
results of the dry run were inaccurate, while 189
said they students would vote in the automated
According to Calayag, the Automated Elections
was proposed to reduce costs and eliminate possible
election frauds.
”Through the automated election, we are looking
forward to cutting the cost down to 1/3 (of the
previous amount) for the elections. Imbis na spend
tayo ng 50, 000, 12, 000 na lang to cover for the food
and supplies needed,” Calayag said. Around P 40,
000 to P 50,000 is spent for elections every year.
“Ang advantage ng automation, matipid, kasi
wala ka nang papers, ballot boxes, cartolina, etc.
[na gagamtin] tapos actual canvassing is a matter of
seconds lang,” said Ballaran.
He emphasized that the automation of elections will
be using 16-digit encrypted code for security. Every
four-digit will be kept by four individuals chosen by the
CEB. These are Dr. Vivan Gonzales, director of OSA,
Ballaran from SOAD, Estropia from the UPLB Perspective,
and Aya Mula ifrom the USC.
He furthered that it is an advantage for the candidates
because the software to be used in automated
elections includes their photos so as there will be
easier retention for the voters, no misspelled names of
voted candidates, and void ballots unlike in manual
Meanwhile, the proposal for the check-and-balance
mechanism of the automated elections is yet to
deliberated on February 21. [P]
Mula pagtutok sa midya hanggang sa mga biglang-lingon laluna sa mga
unibersidad sa Kamaynilaan, NO TO BUDGET CUT! ang pinakapopular na
panawagan ngayon sa sektor ng edukasyon. Budget cut o pagkaltas sa ilalaang
subsidyo ng gobyerno para sa edukasyon sa susunod na taon ang nagpaputok ng
mga protesta sa mga pamantasan noong Disyembre.
Ang subsidyong inilalaan para sa state universities and colleges (SUCs) ay binubuo ng tatlong komponente:
ang Capital Outlay (CO) o pondo para sa pagbili ng mga bagong pasilidad at pagtatayo ng mga bagong
imprastraktura; Maintenance and Other Operational Expenditures (MOOE) o pondo para sa pagmementina ng
mga pasilidad, pagbabayad ng kuryente, tubig at iba pang bayarin ng pamantasan; at Personnel Services (PS) o
pondo para sa sahod ng mga kaguruan at kawani.
Siyamnapu’t pito sa 112 SUCs sa bansa ang matatapyasan ng pondo sa MOOE (tingnan ang Talaan Blg. 2).
Mananatiling walang pondong ilalaan ang Administrasyon ni Pangulong Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III para sa CO. Samantala,
tumaas ang kabuuang subsidyo para sa SUCs sa 2011 bunsod ng pagtataas ng pondo para sa PS mula P16.7 M hanggang P18.9 M na iniayon sa Salary
Standardization Law of 2008.
Sa UP, bumaba mula P6.92 B tungong P5.53 B ang subsidyo. Ang P1.39 B kaltas sa badyet ay itinuturing na pinakamataas sa UP sa nakaraang dekada.
Tatlumpung porsyento o P 5.53 B lamang sa panukalang badyet na P 18.53 B ng UP admin ang ilalaan sa UP para sa taong 2011.
“There appears to be a deduction. [But] the truth is, merong increase,” ani Senador Franklin Drilon. Nagkakamali umano ang mga welgista dahil “parang multo”
ang kanilang pinoprotesta, ayon naman kay Senador Vicente Sotto III. Ngunit hayagang inamin naman ni Butch Abad, kalihim ng Department of Budget and
Management, na mayroong pagtapyas sa subsidyo para sa edukasyon dahil umano sa laki ng depisit sa pangkabuuang pondo ng gobyerno para sa 2011.
Hindi nagkaroon ng pagtapyas sa subsidyo para sa edukasyon; binawasan lamang ang para sa SUCs upang taasan ang para sa primaryang edukasyon,
ayon naman kay Pangulong Aquino. Ito ay dahil umano sa kapasidad ng SUCs na magkaroon ng dagdag na pondo katulad ng Technohub sa UP
Sa kanyang mensahe kalakip ang panukalang budget appropriations nito sa Kongreso, ipinahayag ni Aquino ang tangkang tapyasan ang
pondo ng SUCs. Aniya, “We are gradually reducing the subsidy to [state colleges and universities] to push them toward becoming self-
suffcient and fnancially independent, given their ability to raise their [own] income.”
Para sa ilang mga kinatawan ng mga progresibong partylist sa Kongreso, samu’t saring “palusot” na lamang ang mga ito upang
pahupain ang lumalakas na protesta laban sa budget cut.
Tunay ngang tumaas ng 18 porsyento ang subsidyo ng Department of Education (DepEd) mula P175 B ngayong taon
tungong P207 B sa darating na taon. Ngunit hindi dapat pagbanggain ang primaryang edukasyon at kolehiyo dahil
pareho naman ang interes ng dalawa na magkaroon ng sapat na subsidyo, ayon kay Raymond Palatino, kinatawan ng
Kabataan Partylist. Ayon sa kanya, “nominal increase” lamang ang itinaas sa badyet ng DepEd at kung tutuusin ay kulang
pa sa aktwal na pangangailangan ng mga elementarya at sekundaryang eskwelahan (tingnan ang Talaan Blg. 3).
“Malayo rin ang subsidyo sa edukasyon [para sa 2011] sa anim na porsyento ng GDP na rekomendasyon ng United
Nations na dapat ilaan sa edukasyon,” dagdag pa niya.
Lubhang napakalaki ng pondo ang inilaan ng administrasyong Aquino para sa pagbabayad ng utang-panlabas
kumpara sa subsidyo nito sa edukasyon. Tumaas din ang ilalaan para sa pondo sa militar, pork barrel, lump sum, at
conditional cash transfer (tingnan ang Tala Blg. 4).
Ang tunguhin ng pagbaba ng subsidyo para sa SUCs sa ilalim ng Administrasyong Aquino
ay kahalintulad ng tunguhin ng Long-term Higher Education Development and Investment
Program (LHEDIP) ni Arroyo (tingnan ang Talaan Blg. 5). Layunin ng LTHEDIP na ipareho ang
matrikula ng 50 porsyento ng SUCs sa mga pribadong pamantasan, itransporma bilang
semi-corporation at itulak na magkaroon ng mga income generation ang 20 porsyento ng
kabuuang bilang ng SUCs.
Pagtataas ng bayarin ng estudyante ang nagiging direktang epekto ng budget cut. Sa tala
sa pangkabuuang badyet ng UP halimbawa, ang mga estudyante ang nagiging istableng
pinagkukunan ng pondo sa pamamagitan ng matrikula at iba pang bayarin (tingnan ang
Talaan Blg. 6). Pinakakontrobersyal ang 300 porsyentong pagtataas ng matrikula at iba
pang bayarin sa UP mula pa noong 2007. Sa UPLB, nagpaputok rin ng malaking protesta
ang panukala noong pagtataas naman ng bayarin sa dormitoryo dahil rin sa kakulangan ng
sapat na pondo ng pamantasan. Upang makapangalap pa ng dagdag na pondo, itinutulak
ng budget cut ang SUCs na magsagawa ng iba pang income generating projects tulad ng
ecotourism projects, pribatisasyon at/o pagpaparenta ng mga ari-arian ng pamantasan,
pagtatayo ng industrial parks tulad ng Technohub at iba pa. Nagpapasa naman ng austerity
policies tulad ng Large Class Policy ang ilan pang pamantasan upang umangkop sa kawalan
ng sapat na subsidyo mula sa gobyerno.
Sa halos P 1.64 T na national budget sa 2011, parehong mga ahensya at proyekto ng
gobyerno ang makatatanggap ng pagtaas sa pondo tulad ng pagbabayad ng utang-
panlabas at lakas-militar. Samantala, mababawasan ang subsidyo para sa iba pang social
services. Makatatanggap ang serbisyong pang-agrikultura ng P66.1 B, mas mababa ng
P23.2 B kumpara ngayong taon. Bumaba rin ng P1.4 B ang P38.6 B na pondo para naman sa
serbisyong pangkalusugan.
Malaking papel ang pagsusuri sa estado sa pag-unawa sa krisis
ng sektor ng edukasyon. Dahil sa pangangalap ng pondo ng mga
pampublikong unibersidad sa tunguhing maging “self-suffcient” at
hindi na kailanman popondohan pa ng gobyerno, natutupok na ang
apoy para sa “intellectualization” ng sambayanan na pangunahing
papel ng SUCs.
Mayroong iisang tinuturong dahilan ang mga estudyante sa
kanilang mga welga at protesta: ang neoliberalismo.
Neoliberalismo ang ideolohiyang sinasandigan ng
kasalukuyang administrasyon, kung saan itinuturing ang
edukasyon bilang isang “private good” sa halip na “public
good” at batayang karapatan ng mamamayan, ani
Antonio Tinio, kinatawan ng Act Teachers Partylist,.
Sa ganitong kalagayan, aniya, binabago ng
neoliberalismo ang oryentasyon ng SUCs.
Una, nawawala ang papel ng mga pampublikong
unibersidad at kolehiyo sa demokratisasyon ng edukasyon o
ang pagtitiyak na nakapag-aaral ang kalakhan, kundi man lahat,
ng mga kabataan. Dahil sa neoliberalismo, natatransporma na
lamang ang mga SUC bilang mga pribado o mala-pribadong
eskwelahan sa pagkatali ng mga ito sa paghahanap ng
pondo sa halip na pagpapa-unlad ng edukasyon.
Natatransporma ng kasalukuyang pandaigdigang
neoliberalismo ang edukasyon tungong pagiging pribado,
elitista at kolonyal.
Ito ay ang isang prinsipyong nagbibigay ng pagpapahalaga
sa malayang kompetisyon ng mga pribadong korporasyon
sa merkado. Binuhay nito ang kapitalismo pagkatapos
pumutok ang pandaigdigang krisis at pagtatagumpay
ng mga rebolusyon sa iba’t ibang bansa tulad ng Rusya,
Tsina at Vietnam. Sa kasalukuyan, pinag-iibayo ng mga
mayayamang bansa, pangunahin na ng Estados Unidos
ang pamamayani ng neoliberalismo hanggang sa
mga kolonya, neo-kolonya at mga mahihirap na
bansa tulad ng Pilipinas.
Liyab (na tutupok)
Sa isang talumpati ni
Senador Allan Peter
Cayetano binatikos
nito ang rehimeng
Aquino maging ang
mga “adviser” nito dahil sa
misprayoridad sa pamumuno.
Aniya, dapat estudyante umano
o mga kasapi ng National Union of
Students of the Philippines (NUSP) ang kunin
nitong tagapayo. Ang NUSP ay isang alyansa ng mga
konseho ng mga mag-aaral sa bansa.
Hunyo 30 nang ibandera ni Aquino ang islogang “Kayo (taumbayan) ang
boss ko” kasunod ng kampayang dalhin ang bansa sa isang “daang matuwid.”
Ilang buwan mula nang mahalal si Aquino ng 15 milyong Pilipino, umabot pa sa welga
ang mga pamantasan para lamang itulak siyang magbigay ng paliwanag hinggil sa
prayoridad nito sa kaban ng bayan.
Welga, boykot at walkout sa klase ang naging porma ng protesta ng libu-libong estudyante,
kaguruan at kawani at mga administrador ng mga pampublikong eskwelahan laban sa
“budget cut.” Isanlibo’t limang daan sa Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 3,000 sa
UP Diliman, 1,000 sa UP Manila, at ilang libo pa sa Philippine Normal University, Rizal
Technological Univeristy at mga hayskul sa Kamaynilaan. Kasabay ng
mga nangyaring welga at walkout sa mga pamantasan
nitong Nobyembre ang mga malalaking protesta sa
iba’t ibang bansa tulad ng Amerika, India, Pakistan,
Britanya at Alemanya na nananawagan din sa
pagtataguyod ng karapatan sa edukasyon.
ay apoy nalikhangpagkakaisa– lumiliyabsagitnangmga
isyungpanlipunan – tutupok saanumangmagiginghadlangsa
pagtamasangbatayangkarapatanngmamayan. [P]
Pagt upok sa mga t anong
Welga? St r ike? Sino? Kailan? Paano? Bakit ?
Table 1. Ilang mga SUC
na matatapyasan ng
subsidyo para sa taong
2011, DBM, 2010.
Table 2. Mga SUC na matatapyasan ng mahigit sa kalahati ng pagka-
buuang subsidyo sa MOOE para sa taong 2011, DBM, 2010.
Table 3. Paghahambing ng subsidyo ng UP sa panukalang budget
nito,Kabataan Partylist, 2010.
Table 4. Paghahambing
ng mga pangangailangan
ng mga elementarya at
hayskul at ng target na
mailaan ng administra-
syong Aquino sa 2011, Act
Teachers Partylist, 2010.
Table 5. Ilang
mayor na
punto sa
2011 national
budget, IBON
Table 6. Tala ng subsidyo (GF) ng gobyerno sa UP at kita nito mula sa matrikula ng
mga estudyante (RF) [sa thousand php], UP System Comparative Report, 2010.
Figure 1. Porsyento ng subsidyo ng gobyerno at internal fund mula administrasyong
Cory Aquino hanggang kasalukuyan, Philippine Collegian, 2010.
WORDS | marK VinCent baraCao
GRAPHICS&LAYOUT | trista isobelle Gile
Inquirer Entertainment Staff, Roman’s Empire I and II, Philippine Daily Inquirer, published June 4, 2006.
Rolando Tolentino, Pasintabi: Hindi Magiging Mabuti ang Kasaysayan, Pinoy Weekly, published March 25, 2010
UP System, 2004 Search for UP President:, retrieved December 4, 2010
______, Editorial: Unless the 3 Malacañang Midnight Appointee Regents and the Alumni Regent Step Down, the so-called Process for the Search of a new U.P. President is nothing but a legal fction, Diliman Diary: http://diliman-diary., retrieved December 4, 2010
R oma n Beq u est s
WORDS | Voltaire abioG
The objective situation
of the University of the
Philippines shall speak of
where the Roman legacy
has led the University to
after almost six years.
By looking back at her
vision paper which she
has written and spoken
of in front of thousands
of UP constituents, the
Perspective assesses
Roman legacy.
Former President
Emerlinda Roman fnally
stepped down to make
way for UP President-
Select Alfredo Pascual.
Knowing the Main Player
Roman replaced Francisco Nemenzo in 2005
having been selected by the Board of Regents
in 2004. Roman is the former Chancellor of UP
Diliman in the years 1991-93. She also served as the
unit’s Vice-Chancellor for Administration as well as
the university’s Vice-President for Administration.
Dean Rolando Tolentino of the College of Mass
Communication described her as a quickly
responsive and decisive administrator. She was
a constant critic of commercialization schemes
proposed by then-UP President Emil Javier in
1997, particularly the Commonwealth Property
Development Project (CPDP).
Javier wanted to convert 98.5 hectares or 20
percent of the total land area of UP Diliman into a
commercial space. The project’s aim is to generate
more funds for the university. Tolentino said that
Roman became furious of Javier for that kind of
treatment to UP.
In an interview dated 2006, Roman said of the
CPDP,”...we were among those that opposed it
because it was really commercial. What we are
envisioning for the same area... is a science and
technology park, which is not really commercial but
more consistent with the character of a university.”
In 2004, she was nominated to become the
next president. Her vision paper, comprised
of the fve point agenda namely: academic
excellence, quality and effciency of
UP’s programs, resource mobilization and
diversifcation, autonomy, and transparency in
academic and fnancial relations. She was the
strongest contender among other candidates,
outshining even the famed Economics Professor
Emeritus Solita Monsod. She swore in as president
in February of 2005.
Talking about her win she quipped, “It took a
hundred years before UP elects its frst woman
president.” She also admitted that the university
is having funding problems. In 2006, UP’s
proposed budget was pegged at P7.8 billion
but the government only funded P4.5 billion.
The university is suffering from a 60 percent
budget defcit.
When asked if she raised money for the
University, she replied,”Yes, we raised money
for the system… Again, I’m not at liberty to tell
you how much because we’re still negotiating.”
She also spoke of a committee on tuition policy
review, which she formed in March 2006.
Commodifying the University
The Board of Regents then approved the tuition increase for the coming
academic years that will follow 2006. Tuition fees have increased three times.
From P300 per unit, the rate has been increased to P1000 per unit. In 2008, her
vision for the cyberpark that would be built in the grounds of UP pushed through,
it was the UP-Ayala Technohub.
She also determined the price of studying in UP at the time, P40,000 and,
depending on the campus, P42,000. This range is affected by infation rates. On
the tuition increase, students like Ariane Tuazon, BS Nutrition ’07 are questioning
the use of the tuition increase. “Yung reagents na ginagamit namin sa lab ay
nagkukulang pa rin kahit na mahal ang binabayaran ng mga kaklase ko,”
Tuazon said.
“The tuition increment or the proceeds from the tuition increase, is spent
on building dormitories which will be used for commercialization instead of
being used for the improvement of academics,” said the Katipunan ng mga
Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP, who made the study on where the funds go. Their
sources also pointed out Roman’s plans for building a dormitory in UP Diliman that
would charge rents as high as P1000 per month with investments coming from the
tuition increment.
The Technohub, on its contribution to the income generation of the University, is
generating P170 million annually. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad pointed out
its effectiveness in making UP a self-suffcient university, but Rainier Astin Sindayen,
UP Diliman University Student Council Chairperson argued, “Para mapunan ang
kakulangan ng budget ng Unibersidad, kailangang magtayo pa ng sampung
Technohub ang Ayala.
“I know that the public education system has
really declined. The quality of education has
declined. And what’s the difference between
public and private? It’s, I guess, the fnancial
aspect of it so siguro talagang—I would not want
to say nane-neglect—but support is not enough,”
Roman said of the General Education system in
the Philippines.
Her term has been hounded with annual budget
cuts, for this year, UP is yet to face its biggest
budget cut in the history estimated at P1.39 billion.
In response to the budget defcit the University
faced, the administration moved for the closure of
UP Cebu High School in 2009 and the relocation of
the Integrated School in Diliman. She also presided
on the implementation of the Large Class in UPLB.
Aside from this, she also planned to commercialize
the strategic portions of UP-Philippine General
Hospital. The managing frm was unqualifed as per
standards. The contract used in the dealings with
the frm is also contrary to Republic Act 9500 or the
2008 UP Charter.
Changing the Strategies
The UP Charter was said to promote transparency and accountability from
the different offces of the University. The charter also stated the promotion of
modernization in the facilities. The new charter may have installed the Staff
Regent, the newest member of the BOR, but it paved way for the Codifed
Rules for Student Regent Selection (CRSRS) to be reviewed.
In 2008, more than 90 percent of the students voted for “Yes” in the CRSRS
referendum, ratifying the said version. Following the success of the campaign
for CRSRS ratifcation was another struggle for student representation.
Last year, one of the most important days in history of Roman’s term was
when the student representation in the highest policy making body of the
University was challenged. Former Student Regent Charisse Bernadine
Bañez’ membership in the BOR was not recognized by the three former
Malacañang appointees: the late Abraham Sarmiento Sr., Nelia Gonzales
and Francis Chua. Her vote for Dr. Jose Gonzales as the next director of
Philippine General Hospital was revoked by the majority, including BOR Co-
chair Roman.
There was no second SR nominee that was eligible to sit as a replacement for
Bañez on her absence. Bañez, who is a Communication Arts student, applied
for a residency in UPLB but her application was denied by the CAS College
Secretary’s Offce and saying that Chancellor Velasco can help her with her
residency. The Offce of the Chancellor, in turn, also denied her permit for Leave
of Absence.
Assessing her Legacy

She was the frst
president to witness
UP’s centennial, which
was decorated by
decreasing budget
and lowered quality
of academics. And
with her departure,
is a challenge to the
new president of
UP; to advance the
students’ agenda
and democratic rights
above all else. [P]
Assessing the pAst yeArs of An expensive Up

Naalala ko ang aking pagbabyahe
kay akong isang lalaki, mukhang taga-UPLB
at NF din. Kasama niya ang kanyang nanay.
Pati tatay, ate, kuya, bunso. Buong pamilya.
Kasabay ko silang bumaba ng dyip
pagdating sa kampus. Habang naglalakad
ako papalayo sa kanila nauulinigan ko ang
naglalahong boses ng mga paalala: “Anak,
‘yung pawis mo. Gusto mo ba dalawin ka
namin gabi-gabi? ‘Yung vitamins mo ha, hu-
tulala at bigla na lang nakikipagtalo sa sarili
kung ano ba ang mas makatutulong: mang-
hula o laktawan ang mga tanong na hindi ko
din sa nanunuyot na lalamunan sa sobrang
uhaw at gutom. Pagkatapos kong magsagot
saka ko lang naalala na may baon nga pala
akong pagkain at tubig. Marahil nawindang
lang ako sa mga nangyayari. Pagkatapos ng
hindi ibinaon ko na lamang ito sa limot para
iwas-stress. Napakaraming tao sa lecture
Si Tin ang katabi ko sa kanan at sa
kaliwa – parang namumukhaan ko, parang,
tama, siya ang lalaking kasabay ko sa dyip
kanina – “Rupert,” ang kanyang sagot nang

Dumating na ang professor namin.
Namigay ng mga papel. Quiz na ba agad?
Naku! Bakit nga ba wala akong ballpen?
Wala rin daw extra si Tin. Napatingin na na-
man ako sa kaliwa ko, napaisip ako, baka si
Maraming nagpapakilala sa akin pero
madalas hindi ko natatandaan ang kani-
lang pangalan. Tiningnan ko ang papel na
sasagutan – personal information pala ang
Tapos na ang klase pagkatapos ng
ilang minuto. Ang aga, hindi ko tuloy alam
ni Rupert kung ano daw ang sunod kong
Pag-abot niya sa akin ng schedule
Ikaw yung tingin ng tingin samin,” tanong ni
“Eh talaga? Hindi ko alam.” Wala na
katapos noon ay nagkuwento na siya nang
nagkuwento at lumabas na kami sa napaka-
Naging kaibigan ko siya. Nagkasama
tatawanan kasama ang iba pang kaibigan.
Pero hindi iyon nagtagal. Nagsimula iyon sa
pagdating ng ikalawang semestre. Hindi ko
na siya kaklase, nakakasalubong ko siya sa
Ganito na lang kami magkumustahan
nit dumating din sa punto na wala talagang
ing lecture hall. Hindi ko naman siya masisi;
naman sinasabing kailangang samahan at
magpansinan palagi. Naalala ko tuloy yung
sinabi ng isa kong kaibigan, “Love changes,
kayadoonnarinakomasaya. [P]
Hindi ko [na] siya kilala
WORDS | Genesis Jarilla
Gusto kong idampi ang aking hintuturo
Sa kuntura ng iyong mukha
Katawan at pababa
Dahil sa pagguhit ko sa iyong pigura
Unti-unti kitang nakikilala
Hindi mo kailangang ipaalala
Na mababaw itong pag-ibig
Dahil kapag naganap
Ang balat sa balat
Sasabihin mong malalim ang lahat
Pipihit ang mga lente
Wari’y sasabog ang mga pitik
Patawad kung mata’y tumirik
Pakipihit yaring katawan
Ah! Kaydumi nitong isip.
Ngumiti’t bilugin ang iyong mga pisngi
Biloy ay palalimin
Ako’y inisin, asarin, galitin
Para ako sayo’y mahulog
Bihagin ako ng labi mong maalindog
Sa pag-ibig na dekandente
Walang tsokolate’t rosas
Tula’t liham na mala-posas
Ang sasapat at magsasabing dapat
Ang magbibigay ng tamis at alat
Isang gabi man ang hinahanap
Parang buong buhay ko ang napasarap
When I think of you,
I think of the revolution.
Like placards in the streets,
Red fags, worn faces of the poor,
Statistics of the killed and disappeared,
You challenged my weakness.
Like the boastful sound of waters
And strong current of water in the streams,
Dimming fash lamps, harsh paths
To safer zones, slippery rocks in Cabangahan,
You trusted my fragile clenched fst.
Like the epic tale of hardships,
Rejections, and unity,
Marxist, Leninist, Maoist ideologies,
Tales of martyrs, the ordinariness of death,
Te frequency of displeasure,
You allowed my internal struggles.
Like the injustices of status quo:
Te ivory towers of bureaucrat-capitalists,
worm-infested, reek of political gamble,
temporary shelter of the urban poor,
You kept me asking.
When I think of you,
I think of the revolution –
Of gunshots nearing
As we speak of our avowal in the mountain,
Bullets clamped in our palms,
Expressions of love
Lingering in every zone,
Running before death and
understanding the possibility of it behind.
If, in my dying day,
I stop thinking of you,
And the revolution continues
I must leave our children chasing
the death of the murderers of fairness.
Ako’y isang punlang hangari’y tumubo
Mula sa mabagsik at lasong likido.
Ako’y isang punlang hangari’y tumakas
Mula sa patalim ng lupang pangahas.
Ako’y isang punlang laging naghihintay
Ng isang prinsipe’y sakin ay dumamay.
Ako’y isang punlang twina’y umaasam
Ng isang Macheteng ako’y ipapasan.
Dumaan ang bagyo sa mundong ibabaw,
Pati ang paglagas ng daho’y sumabay.
Ngunit, nananatili akong nakalubog,
At malansang uod ako’y binubugbog!
Ika’y paru-parong nagpalipad-lipad,
Sa taas ng lunan kong ‘di nagpapaawat.
Ika’y paru-parong pakpak ay matibay,
Sa burak na rehas ako ay tinanaw.
Ika’y paru-parong sa aki’y nagligtas,
At nagpakita ng mundo mong kay lawak.
Ika’y paru-parong sadyang matulungin,
Ako’y tinulungang ganda’y palabasin.
Ayaw mo na sa’kin?
Pwes ayaw ko na rin
Akin lamang ididiin
Hindi ka akin
(Pwede ka nang umalis.)
Ayaw mo na sa’kin di’ba?
Sabihin mo na!
Para wala nang drama
At wala nang hintayan pa
(Bilisan mo’t sayang ang oras!)
Ayaw mo na sa’kin, oo nga.
May kasama na ‘kong iba
Paalam, dating sinta
Hindi ka na kailangan pa.
You and the Revolution
Sisa Andrada
Ladylove May Baurile
Ayaw mo na Sa ‘Kin
Buhay Dyarista


“Class is dismissed,” mabagal na
sambit ng prof ko sa isang SSP subject sa
pagtatapos niya sa unang araw ng aming
klase. Parang premier night ng isang entry
sa halip na pag-aanalisa sa itinuro ng prof
ang ginagawa ng mga estudyante, puro
ang prof at kung gaano nakayayamot ang
magiging isang buong semestre sa kanyang
pagtuturo. Hindi na ako nakisatsat sa
huntahan dahil meron pa akong problemang
huling semestre, normal load pa rin ako
ngayon: 19 units – Math 34 at limang GE.
Saktong 8:20 ng umaga. Maulan-ulan
pero mataas ang araw. At ang naglalarong
imahe ng mahabang pila sa Landbank ay
isa palang realidad — abot hanggang Vega
ang pila. Mapipilitan tuloy ako nitong hindi
pumasok sa susunod kong klase kung gusto
ko talagang matapos itong registration; hindi
ko alam pero may kakaibang pakiramdam
kapag inaabot ko ang class card tuwing
magbigay ng iba. Naalala ko tuloy nung
dumaan ako sa 7-Eleven para mag-agahan
Heto na ang pila. Maghahanap
sana ako ng kakilala, para, baka sakali,
ko pa sa mahigit isandaang pares ng mata
ang masamang tititig at isandaang dila ang
pupulupot sa aking tenga para paringgan
ako at murahin hanggang sa matapos akong
magbayad, hanggang sa matapos ang araw.
at sinabihan ng “try listening to my lectures
pares ng mata na sana’y tititig sa akin ang
nakuha niya. Animo’y runway ang hallway
Pagsara ng puting kotse na kanyang
sinakyan, may nahulog na puting card sa
baba ng pinto. Class card. At tumungo ang
pila, malaya akong umalis doon para pulutin
Viste,’ basa ko habang bumabalik sa pila.
Ang gandang pangalan. Sa bandang ibaba
inaasahang numero. ‘Singko.’ Saka nagulat
sa ‘di inaasahang paglabas ng salitang iyon
Sa dulo ng pila
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Paris mo prinsipe’y ‘sang pulang
Ika’y nag-ugat sa lupang luwad,
Tuwina’y dinidiligan ng ma-
balasik na ulan,
At minimintina ng apoy na bola.
Madalian kang tumubo sa tabi
ng kubo,
Habang umiihip habagat na
O irog, unti-unting lumalabas
brilyante mong balat!
Ako’y dagliang niyakap at higad
harinawang hinamak.
Ngunit nang ang langit iyong
Paru-parong pares pinalipad sa
taludtod kong pangarap,
Biniyayaan bubuyog ng nektar
na sakop,
At sa aki’y itinira brilyanteng
Sagana ang almusal natin
Nariyan ka
Kasabay sa bawat pagnguya habang
Nakaupo sa
Punong-punong hapag at masayang
Pumipintig ang kubyertos, baso,
Pagsapit ng tanghalian
Nababawasan ang laman,
Ang kanin, ulam
Ang tao
Sa hapuna’y
Iilan na lamang
Ng tinimplang kapeng
Wala ng
Wala na rin
Ang amoy
ng mainit at
Bagong-lutong ulam
At ng sinaing
Nang nimpa’y naakit sa milagro
mong malupit,
Nilanta’t dinuhagi dahong
Ika’y dagliang nagpapitas sa
reynang mapangahas,
“Prinsipe ko, bakit tuyong tinik
tinusok sa’king nagdurugo ng
Pulang Rosas
Ladylove May Baurile
Sa kalderong
puno ng mabangong
Pero mahal ko
Mahal ko
Mahal ko
Ang kakarampot ng kanin sa hapag
Ang kapiranggot na ulam
At ang natitirang mga kasabayan
Sa pagnguya
Matamis man
O mapakla
Habang saksi ang
amoy ng
alikabok sa papel,
tuyong pahina ng lumang librong
Puno ng alaala
mga agiw sa hapag,
sa kisame,
Sahig at
Na kailangang walisan
At maghanda na muli
Ng almusal
Para sa susunod
Na bukang-liwayway
Kung saan
sagana ang
Buhay Dyarista
Lyka Manglal-lan

Ang hirap palang magkarga ng diyaryo
mula Forestry papuntang Agronomy!
Shangaps, ako si [P]ipoy, ang residenteng
newsboy ng [P].
Habang binabasa niyo ito, hindi ko pa
naibibigay ang 200 plus na kopya ng
Perspective na buhat ko. Ang bigat kaya!
Pero mabuti’t nandito kayo, samahan niyo
ako ngayon sa pamimigay ng diyaryo. Para
kwits tayo, hayaan niyong ikwento ko sa inyo
ang mayamang kasaysayan ng bawat kopya
ng Perspective na hawak natin. Tara!
Sigwa at ang [P]
Natatandaan ko noon, ang dala ko pang
diyaryo ay Aggie Green and Gold (AGG). Ito
ang unang pangalan ng [P] - dekada sisenta
‘yun, panahon ng mga hippie, Vietnam
War, at rock and roll. Iyon din ang dekadang
maraming organisasyon ng kabataan at
mamamayan ang itinayo gaya ng Kabataang
Makabayan at Student Cultural Association of
UP. Rakrakan to the max ang mga kabataan
at ang masa noon para sa edukasyon,
mataas na sahod ng manggagawa, at
repormang agraryo.
Sikat din ang mga katagang ‘pambansang
industriyalisasyon’ para paunlarin ang
atrasadong sistema ng produksyon, at
‘makabayang edukasyon’ na sagot naman
sa elitista at komersyalisadong edukasyon.
Hindi na sila nawawala sa mga balita ng
AGG. Kaya hindi rin kayo papaiwan sa mga
happenings hangga’t nandito kami.
Taong 1969 nang magsimula na ang
ligalig. Pangalawang termino ni Marcos. Ang
gulo-gulo noon! Madaming namamatay
at nawawala sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa
Pilipinas dahil sa pagtuligsa nila sa rehimeng
napatunayang nagnanakaw sa kaban ng
bayan. ‘Yun ngang palagi kong kalaro noong
bata pa kami at kasabayan ko sa AGG, ang
tagal nang hindi nakita mula noong hinuli siya
ng militar.
Maliban sa pagsusulat, madalas nang
makita ang mga manunulat ng AGG sa mga
rali, pakikipamuhay sa masa at mga tinatawag
naming ED o educational discussions. Naging
kabahagi rin sila ng First Quarter Storm ng 1970.
Sumasama ako parati sa kanila para makirali,
makikain, at makisama sa mga kagaya
kong mahihirap sa paglaban sa aming mga
karapatan. Kaso magmula nang ipataw ang
Batas Militar noong 1972 at ipinasara ang
opisina ng University Student Council (USC) at
AGG, natigil ang paghahatid ko ng dyaryo.
Sarado rin ang karamihan sa mga midya
noong batas militar. Ang bukas lamang noon
ay ang mga istasyon ng radyo at telebisyon
na hawak ng gobyerno.
Kahit may kaunting takot dahil sa batas militar,
nakakapag-meeting pa rin kami noon ng ilan pang
mga kasamahan naming nakaligtas sa mga alipores
ni Marcos. Council of Student Leaders ang tawag
sa mga katropa ko na binubuo ng mga orgs at
mga indibidwal na kunwari’y simpleng jamming
lang ng mga estudyante pero palihim nang
pinaplano ang pagbabalik ng USC at ng
Dahil mahirap kumilos ng malaya, nagmi-meeting
pa kami sa bubungan ng SU. Tapos meron pang
naggagandahang mga gwapings, na nakabihis-
babae. Grabe, bawat gabi nangangatog tuhod
namin, kasi kapag natutunugan kami, bigla-bigla
may nawawala, tapos malalaman na lang naming
nakakulong o kaya’y patay na. Kaya ‘yung iba
sa amin mas pinili nang mag-NPA para
patas ang laban— para protektahan
ang masa sa mala-Hitler na rehimeng
Walang pinalagpas noon na mga
aktibidad. Halimbawa, porum sa
Linggo ng Wika na sa katunayan ay
ED na pala. Pagkatapos ng lahat
ng sakripisyo, kinaya nang magpa-
referendum para sa pangalan
ng bagong dyaryo ang mga
estudyante ng UPLB. Naging The
UPLB Perspective na ang AGG.
Nilibot namin noon ang kampus at
namigay ng mga polyeto at ikinalat
sa lahat ng building ang peryodikit
o ‘yung dyaryo na dinidikit sa buletin.
Dahil medyo matapang-tapang
na ulit ang [P] noon sa pag-abot sa
mas maraming estudyante, ang [P]
ay binansagang mosquito press:
isang tatak para sa lahat ng mga
dyaryong “maliit ngunit matindi kung
mangagat.” Tulad ng inaasahan,
tinatanggal ng mga pulis ang mga
wall news namin. Kinukumpiska din
ang mga polyetong nilalabas
namin at kung anu-ano pa
para kontrahin at puksain
ang “lamok” na sila
mismo ang nagluwal.
Pero hindi pa
rin sila umubra.
Noong 1978,
nagprotesta ang
buong UPLB at
hindi natuloy ang
klase. Ang galing
nun! Nagpunta kami sa
Admin building para magprotesta
kasabay ng dialogue. Tagumpay
kami dahil una, naigiit naming itayo ulit
ang konseho ng mag-aaral at ikalawa,
ipinabasura namin ang Grants-in-Aid
na scholarship ng gobyerno para sa
mahihirap, para ‘yung STFAP, at huli,
tinanggal na ang kontrol ng OSA sa
[P], wala nang censorship!
‘Yung tunay na campus press
freedom sa wakas natamasa rin
ng mga estudyante pagkatapos ng walkout noong 1978. Mula
noon, malaki na ang iniunlad ng [P].
“Hindi matatapos ang editoryal ng Perspective hangga’t hindi
ito dumadaan sa mahabang debate na inaabot ng umaga,”
kwento sa ’kin ng isa sa mga kawani sa Produksyon noong 1992,
si Sir Romel Daya ng DevCom.
Pero kahit pa wala nang censorship, siyempre
hindi papayag ang nasa kapangyarihan para
tira-tirahin sila ng [P]. Kaya, marami pa rin
kaming pinagdaanang pagsubok
Ang pinakauso: ang hindi
pagpili ng Editor in chief o EIC
na nag-top sa editorial exam.
“Problema dun ay hindi naipapakita
na ang highest scorer [ng exam] ay ang
i-a-appoint ng Chancellor,” sabi ni Sir Nicolo
Masakayan ng Philosophy, at EIC noong
Eto kasi ‘yun: may Ad Hoc Committee na
binubuo ang admin para pumili ng EIC. Binubuo
ito ng isang chairperson, dalawang propesor, at tig-isang
representante ng USC at [P]. Sila ang magbibigay ng editorial
exam at pagkatapos irerekomenda nila ang topnotcher ng
exam sa chancellor. Ang chancellor naman, i-a-appoint
dapat niya ang nirekomenda. Kaso iba pinipili ni Chancy.
Sa ganitong lagay, hindi magkasundo si Chancy at ang Ad
Hoc Committee. Sa huli, nahirang ang gusto ni Chancy. Kaya
noong panahong ‘yun, may lumalabas na Rebel Perspective
na pinamunuan ng topnotcher ng editorial exam at dapat
na pinili ni Chancy.

Hindi lang ito minsang nangyari. Nangyari rin ito noong
2006 at 2009 nang hindi pinili bilang EIC ang top scorer
na si Christian Ray Buendia.
Kadalasan pa, delayed ang pagbuo ng ad
hoc committee, kaya pati ang editorial exam at
ang appointment ng EIC, delayed na rin! Kaya
hindi ka dapat magtaka kung delayed ang
dyaryo. Eh, paano ba naman, delayed ng
isang buwan nang matanggap ni Estel Lenwij
Estropia, kasalukuyang EIC, ang kanyang
appointment noong July 1.

Hindi lang sa pamimili ng EIC makikita
ang panggigipit, tsong! Pati sa
pondo. Hindi kasi kinolekta ng admin
noong 2009 ‘yung student fund na
pinanggagalingan ng pondo ng
USC at [P]. Ang gusto ng admin noon
kami na raw ang mangolekta imbes
na ituring na serbisyo sa estudyante ang
pagkolekta nila ng pondo ng dyaryo at
Pero hindi kami nasiraan ng loob. Sinuportahan
pa nga kami ng mga estudyante, e. Naglunsad
kami noon ng Piso para sa [P] project, dito
nanggaling ang karamihan ng aming pondo.
Isinama na rin ng mga writers noon ang kalahati
ng kanilang baon para lang makapaglabas ng
dyaryo. At ayun, nakapaglabas pa kami noon ng
walong dyaryo! Pero kasingliit ng tinuping short
bond. Ang cute no? Hindi lang ‘yun, balik
peryodikit din kami noon! Tapos noong
Setyembre 2009, nakapaglabas pa kami ng
isang regular issue na tabloid size dahil sa ipon
natin. Ang galing, mararamdaman mo talagang
tuwang-tuwang tanggapin ng mga estudyante ang kopya nila ng
[P]. Aba, sa tagal din nilang ‘di nakahawak nun, e.
Hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin nagagamit
ng [P] ang pondo. Kaya iginigiit namin ang
tunay na kalayaan ng [P] sa pangangasiwa
nito. Binubuo pa rin hanggang ngayon ‘yung
memorandum of agreement (MOA) sa
pagitan ng [P] at UPLB admin.
Okey naman ang laman ng MOA:
kokolektahin na ng admin ang pondo at
buong-buo na itong pangangasiwaan ng
[P]. Pagkatapos ng ilang buwan, okey na
din sa dalawang panig ang bagong paraan
ng pangangasiwa ng pondo. Kaso nang
magpipirmahan na ng MOA, biglang dapat
pala ay nakarehistro ang [P] sa Securities and
Exchange Commission. Kaya ayun, balik sa
pag-aayos ng papeles para sa cash advance
ang mga utaw ng dyaryo. Ang hirap nga
kasi nakukulong sa teknikalidad ang dyaryo.
Kahit ang mismong pondo panlabas ng isyu
at pambili ng gamit sa loob ng opis, hindi
ganoon kadaling ibinibigay. Hamakin mo,
noong nakaraang linggo, walang ilaw ang
opisina ng [P]. Pundido na kasi ang lahat, e,
ayaw namang aprubahan ‘yung paghingi
ng pondo para dun. Isa lang ‘yun. Wala rin
ni isang kompyuter o printer ang dyaryo niyo.
Hay! Nakakalungkot talaga.
Maliban pa nga sa panggigipit sa EIC at
sa pondo, biktima rin ang [P] sa tinatawag
nilang red-tagging at black propaganda.
Paano ba naman, binansagan ang [P] at
ang dating mga writer at EIC na mga terorista
at kalaban ng gobyerno! Desperado lang
talaga ‘yun, lalo pa’t wala silang pruweba
para patunayan ‘yun!
O ayan, siguro naman napakilala ko na
ang [P] sa’yo. O, sige, magdadala muna
akong dyaryo sa iba namang universities.
Tama! Hangga’t kaya, sinisikap nating
makapagbigay ng kopya ng [P] sa ibang
universities sa buong Southern Tagalog. Kasi
tayo ang tinatawag nilang tagapamandila
ng campus press freedom sa buong rehiyon.
Para sa mas maraming kwento, samahan
niyo ako sa mas marami pang paglalakbay, o
kaya’y abangan niyo ako sa bawat isyu. Oo,
makikita niyo na ako lagi dito sa Perspective.
Kita-kits! [P]
Tatlong Dekada at Pitong Taon sa Pananaw ni [P]ipoy
Voltaire abioG
trista isobelle Gile
ang hindi marunong tumingin sa dinadaanan,
Magbigay ng tatlong katangian ng isang student lead-
er na gusto mong taglayin ng susunod na mahahalal
sa University Student Council (USC).
“He or she shouldn’t use his or her positon for his or her own welfare,
responsable at may initatve.”
Cherry Ann Fajardo, BS AgEcon ‘07
“Matalino, marunong umintndi ng mga pangangailangan ng estudy-
ante at mahaba ang pasensya.”
Leo delos Reyes, BS ComSci ‘10
“Responsable, nauunawaan ang mga kapwa estudyante, at makapag-
oorganize ng magandang Febfair next year.”
Polly Pascual, BS ABM ‘10
“Approachable; aware of everything that happens in and out of the
university; has knowledge of what he or she is entering (politcs).”
Grizel Serrato, BS CE ‘10
Sa tatlong salita, kamusta ka sa Large Class mo?
Madaming dull moments. Ma. Estrella Valle, BS Nutriton ‘08 Humi-
hikab, nagdadaldal, giniginaw. Clarissa Escasinas, BS Economics ‘10
Bad, worse, worst! Clinton Ronquillo, BS Forestry ‘10
Academic freedom died. Tristan Gian Pascual, BS Civil Engineering ‘10
‘Di ako kilala. Janica Gan, BS Mathematcs and Science Teaching ‘10
Boredom kills me. Christne Joy Flores, BS Economics ‘10
Defnitely not fne. Alexander de Guzman, BS Biology ‘09
Hindi siya efectve. G. A. Ilagan, BS Human Ecology ‘08
Boring ang LLCP. Dian Belleza, BS Nutriton ‘09
A total crap. Lhaie San Diego, BS Development Communicaton ‘08
Ayoko lang magmura. Bezaleel Gonzales, BS Electrical Enginnering ‘10
Tinatamad, inaantok, naboboringan. Neil Abuel Morada, BSCivil Engineering‘10
Mostly failed grades. Eyz Peralta, BS Forestry ‘10
Wala akong natututunan. Trixia Leigh Pacris, BS Human Ecology ‘09
Nilalamig. Naaantok, Bored. Alyssa Solon, BS Food Technology ‘10
All the beter. George Lucas, BS Chemical Engineering ‘08
Nilalamig. Inaantok. Tinatamad. Leng de Chavez, BS Human Ecology ‘10
Nakakaantok, walangmatutunan. MarkDarell Diasanta, BSFoodTechnology‘10
Masakit sa bumbunan. Mark Anthony delaCruz, BS Chemical Engineering‘09
Malayo. Nakakatamad. Nakakaantok. Janine Carla Reyes, BS Nutriton ‘07
Nakakaantok pero challenging. Luigi Dahonog, BS Applied Physics ‘10
Klasmeyts: hirap kilalanin! Czarina Atenza BA Communicaton Arts ‘10
Such a boredom. Wielson Factolerin, BS Mathematcs ‘09
Masaya, nakakaantok, at enjoy! Nathaniel Diaz, BS Human Ecology ‘10
Nakakadami ng tulog. Micah Sementllo, BA Communicaton Arts ‘10
Malapit nang maimbyerna. Lady Razen Singson, BACommunicaton Arts ‘10
‘Di ako maka-interact. Nicole Ardil Pagulong, BS Agricultural Engineering ‘10
Hindi ako natuto. Therese Aquino, BS Chemistry ‘10
Diskonektado, tahimik, hirap. Lean Lleva, BS Human Ecology ‘09
zZzz..zZzzzZ..zzzZZz.. Aries Fodulla, BS Applied Mathematcs ‘08
I hate it. Jil John Glendo, BS Agriculture
Sobrang inaantok ako. Alexa Fajardo, BS Development Communicaton ‘08
Natututo kahit papaano. Glenn Oca, BS Agricultural Engineering ‘10
Anong masasabi mo sa isyu ng korupsyon sa
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at paano ito
nakaaapekto sa sektor ng edukasyon?
“Yung dapat naaallocate sa edukasyon ay napupunta pa sa departa-
mentong ‘di naman ginagamit ang budget sa tamang paraan.”
Kelvin Coreega, BS AgEcon ‘08
“’Yung malaking budget sa AFP ay dapat napupunta sa edukasyon
sapagkat wala rin naman nangyayare sa sandatahan ng Pilipinas.
‘Tas ‘yung sweldo nung sa armforces dapat napupunta sa mga public
teachers para mas mamotvate sila.”
Dianne Annete Gonzales, BS Agri ‘09
“Dahil nga kinocorrupt yung pera, hindi napapapunta ang pondo
na dapat ay sa edukasyon. Ang nangyayari, bumababa ang antas ng
edukasyon ng bansa. Hindi nabibigyan ng pansin ng pamahalaan ang
mga pangyayaring ito na nagiging dahilan ng kakulangan ng kaalaman
ng mga estudyante dahil sa kawalan ng kagamitan.”
Chariz Sayat, BSDC ‘10
“Mas malaki yung funds nga nila ‘tas sila yung dapat pumoprotekta
sa’tn ngunit yung funds naman na napupunta sa kanila ay ‘di nagag-
amit ng maayos at walang nakikitang bagong kagamitan pangdigma...
‘yung perang yon kung napunta na lang sa edukasyon mas nagamit pa
sana ng marami dahil lahat tayo ay dumadaan sa pag-aaral.”
Marenz Solomon, BA ComArts ‘10
Proposed process for the
by the University Student Council,
UPLB Perspective, CFNR College
Council and SAKBAYAN
Ginoong Pascual,
Marahil ay marami na rin ang nagsulat ng liham sa inyo upang magpaalala, dumulog ng tulong, maghain ng hamon o magi ng close sa inyo.
Ngunit nais kong sumulat sa inyo ukol sa isang inang nakasalamuha ko nung nakaraang taon.
Nakausap ko siya. Huling araw noon ng fling ng applications sa STFAP. Halos buong araw daw siyang nasa pila ngunit pagpatak ng alas-singko,
hindi na tumanggap ang OSA ng iba pang aplikante. Napaiyak siya. Sa ilang araw na inilaan ng administrasyon para sa STFAP, isa siya sa hindi
Sa tingin ko, hindi lang siya ang lumuha dahil lalong lumaki ang posibilidad na hindi na maipagpapatuloy ng kaniyang anak ang pag-aaral sa
UPLB. Marami pa ring umiyak sa kani-kanilang mga bahay habang ipinaliliwanag sa kanilang anak na hindi na matutupad ang pangarap nilang
mag-aral sa unibersidad na nais nila. Gusto ko sanang malaman, ano ang tingin mo?
Kung ako ang tatanungin, okay na rin na hindi natuloy ang anak niya sa pagpasok sa UPLB. Dahil kung sakali, hindi rin niya makukuha ang
dekalidad-kunong edukasyong binibili niya sa halagang mahigit sa P 18,000 dahil sasalubungin siya ng large classes sa GE courses. Tiyak na iiyak
din siya sa kanilang bahay o sa dorm dahil magmi-midterms na pero hindi niya pa rin maintindihan kung ano ang tautology at pinagkaiba ng
précis at paraphrase.
At gagastos din siya sa pamasahe pa-UP Diliman o National Library sa T.M. Kalaw dahil wala siyang makitang libro sa main lib na susuporta sa
pag-aaral niya ng causes and efects ng stage fright para sa Library Research paper niya sa Eng 2. Kailangan niya ring ipa-photocopy ang anumang
librong mapipili niya sa National Lib dahil bawal maglabas ng libro doon.
Maaari din na sa dorm, panay noodles na lang o proben with half rice ang makain niya dahil hindi ganoon kalaki ang baon niya sa isang linggo.
At pangangambahan niya ang mga tanong sa isang survey form na tungkol sa kung magkano dapat ang ibinabayad ng mga residente ng dorm
kada buwan, at sa mga pagpipilian, walang mas mababa sa kasalukuyan nang rent fee. Kasabay pa sa kanyang gastusin ang mga ipapaphotopy na
handouts na kung mamalasin, doon pa iiwan sa photocopy center na 0.75 cents per page.
Sa paulit-ulit na pagkabigo ng kanyang mga expectations sa primyado daw na unibersidad sa Pilipinas, manlulumo siya. O kaya ay maiisipan
niyang magbasa ng mga pulyeto ng mga organisasyong nagpapaliwanag ng kasalukuyang kalagayan ng UP at SUCs. Sa mga panahong iyon,
maaaring isa siya sa sumama sa walkout o rally na ginanap noong kasagsagan ng isyu sa naka-ambang budget cut sa SUCs, noong napili kang
maging pangulo ng UP.
At dahil sumama siya sa isa o dalawa o tatlong rally, mababansagan siyang aktibista, o mas malupit, komunista. Mababasa niya ang kanyang
pangalan sa listahan ng mga taong dapat iwasan. Susundan din siya ng ilang taong grasang laging nakangiti, hindi pumapayat at lagi pang
nakakapagpagupit, may dumi lang sa tuhod pababa o madalas manghalungkat ng basurahan kahit wala naman itong laman. At pagpasok niya sa
isang klase, may kakatok na student assistant o college staf na mag-aabot ng sulat galing student disciplinary tribunal na nagsasabing may kaso
siya.Ito ang mga panganib na maaaring naghihintay sa kanya sa pinakamamahal niyang Unibersidad.
Kahit mga guro niya na tumitindig para sa dekalidad na edukasyon ay bibigyan ng notice na nagsasabing gamitin daw dapat ang oras sa pagtuturo
ng kurso kaysa pagdadaldal tungkol sa masasamang implikasyon ng budget cut at large class.
Noong huling araw ng fling ng applications para sa STFAP kung saan may isang inang napaiyak dahil hindi umabot sa deadline ang application
ng kanyang anak, maraming maaaring umalo sa kanya at magpayo sa susunod niyang gagawin.
Noon, bukod sa isang mahigpit na yakap, sinabi ko sa kanyang mag-iwan ng numero upang mapaabutan ng balita kung sakaling ma-extend ang
admission ng applications sa STFAP. Sa kasamaang palad, hindi iyon sapat para masiguradong makapagpapatuloy makapag-aral ang kanyang anak
sa UPLB.
Hindi ako makapangyarihan kaya simpatya at kaunting tulong lang ang naibigay ko sa kanya. Habang abala kami sa mga strike, walkout at rally
laban sa education budget cut, pinili kang maging susunod na pangulo ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Sa darating na Pebrero 9, pormal ka nang
Sa ating dalawa alam natin kung sino na ang maaaring makapagpabago ng kapalaran ng mga magulang at anak sa susunod na pasukan. Alam
kong kaya mo yan. Sana makatulong ito sa mga desisyong iyong gagawin. Pagbati.
*Paumanhin kay Pink
Dear Mr. President*

WORDS | Jonelle marin
to swim and to live, reaching every corners of
I mean with rules are the unwritten ones. The
Having an outgoing personality, having
just get tired just by asking permission. I want
myself learning about Economics. It was really
have fun with friends. Through lies I was able
to attend parties of my friend. My friend won’t
usually allow me to go to swimming party
because they are afraid that I’ll drown. But the
catch is they pay for my swimming lessons.
allow me to swim with my friends? How can I
Lie, the key to the door of experiences.
My parents do not know yet that I joined an
that I didn’t realize I can do were discovered.
Lie, the threshold to my dream. I also
joined the student publication of UPLB. Why?
but getting of resources. Through that pub I
the university. Although I’m not active on their
say that they let me see through things, that
for my own, to discern things and at last the
your mistakes. Because of lies I often fall but
I know as you read this, you’ll say I am
bad and have no conscience at all for I also
side, my cousins had a family at an early age
without graduating at college or high school.
And maybe they are afraid that we will follow
trust us to choose the right decisions. I always
different. I always want to tell them that I have
bigger dreams in life and marrying at an early
of my life flled with lies isn’t completely happy
hard to lie or make “palusots”. There was also
the pressure and the constant uneasy feeling
what I am today. I’m studying with a course I
parents constantly following me and holding
lies in exchange of freedom
WORDS | Joy salVador
NO fury
Simulan natin sa mga tanong: saan ba dapat
magsimula, hanggang saan at hanggang kailan
matatapos ang isang “maingat” na imbestigasyon?
Hindi pa natatapos ang pagdating ng mga balita
hinggil sa anomalyang kinasasangkutan ng AFP
nang biglang matuon ang atensyon ng media sa
pagpapatiwakal ng dating kalihim ng Department of
National Defense na si Angelo Reyes.
Si Reyes ang itinuturong protektor ng mga hepe ng
J6 o Communications Electronics and Information
Systems Unit katulad nina Ret. Maj. Gen. Garcia
at matalik niyang kaibigang si Jacinto Ligot, na
parehong sangkot sa mga kaso ng misdeklarasyon at
hindi maipaliwanag na yaman gayundin ang pag-iwas
sa mga pagtugon sa imbestigasyon ng kamara. Nag-
iwan ng mas marami pang katanungan ang biglaang
pagpanaw ni Reyes na wala nang pagkakataon pang
mabigyang-kaliwanagan. Sa halip na mapalalim
ang usapin, nalambungan pa ito ng mga haka-haka
at agam-agam na lalong nagpalayo sa pagtuklas ng
katotohanan. Sa pagkakasentro sa isyu ng biglaang
pagpanaw ni Reyes, kailangan na raw maging maingat
ang mga senador sa pag-iimbestiga upang ‘maiwasan’
ang pagkakaroon ng mga dagdag pang insidente ng
Bago pa man ang siyam na taong termino ni Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo, relatibong malaki na ang badyet
na inilalaan sa gastusing pangmilitar sa layunin ng
gobyerno na maprotektahan ang seguridad ng estado.
Gayunpaman, nagdulot pa rin ng kalituhan sa
mamamayan na kahit malaki ang badyet ng gobyerno
sa militar ay marami pa ring sundalo ang namamatay
sa sakit dahil sa kawalan ng pambili ng gamot para
sa natamong pinsala sa mga operasyon, walang
sariling bahay na inuuwian o panustos sa batayang
pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya tulad ng
edukasyon para sa kanilang mga anak at pagkain sa
araw-araw, at mayroon ding hindi na
katatanggap ng sapat na benepisyong laan sa isang
regular na empleyado ng gobyerno.
Maraming sources ang pera, may galing sa pondong
ipinadala ng United Nations, handog ng gobyerno ng
Estados Unidos para sa Balikatan exercises at ang
pambansang badyet, ayon sa mga pahayag ng Auditor
at testigong si Heidi Mendoza.
Sa kabilang banda, tuluy-tuloy sa pagkamal ng
milyun-milyong ‘pabaon’ at ‘pasalubong’ ang mga
heneral ng Armed Forces of the Philippines. Ito ay
para sa kanilang mga benepisyo at iba pang mga
hindi-maipaliwanag na pribilehiyo na hindi bababa sa
P50 milyon hanggang P150 milyon.
Sino nga ba ang mananagot sa mga tanong,
halimbawa ukol sa pagkamal ni Garcia ng limpak-
limpak na salapi sa loob at labas ng bansa, mga
benepisyo diumano bilang Deputy Chief of Staf ng
J6 o Communications Electronics and Information
Systems unit?
Mangangamba tayong maaaring lumala pa ang
kuropsyon sa loob ng AFP sa halip na maresolba kung
mananatiling mahina ang lehislatura sa paghawak ng
mga imbestigasyon. Sa usapin ng dapat, ipinapadala
sa Senado ang imbestigasyon upang makapanayam,
hindi patahimikin, ang mga taong sangkot. Sa
pagkamatay ni Reyes, nahaharap sa isa pang
problema ang lehislatura; dumami lamang ang mga
ispekulasyon at mga posibilidad ang lahat ng produkto
ng imbestigasyon.
Samantala, malaki rin ang papel ng hudikatura sa
paghahanap ng katotohanan. Sa paglitaw ng anomalya
sa AFP hindi nawawala ang iba pang mga kasong
dapat dinggin katulad ng Maguindanao Massacre,
NBN-ZTE Broadband Deal, Euro Generals scandal,
ang higit sa 1,000 kaso ng torture, sapilitang pagkawala
at pampulitikang pamamaslang sa ilalim ng rehimeng
Arroyo at iba pang mga hindi nabigyang-linaw na
kaso ng kawalang-pakundangan at tahasang paglabag
sa karapatang pantao. Tila napakabagal ng hustisya sa
ilalim ng sistema ng hudikatura.
Ang magandang sagot sa tanong na kung paano ba
ang maging maingat ay ang pag-ayon sa kung paano
dapat hawakan ang mga anomalya. Na hindi ito
simpleng pagtuturo sa mga tao bilang salarin kundi
pagbibigay-lalim sa testimonya at/o ebidensya ng
anomalya. Ang pagiging maingat ay dapat ding isagawa
ng mamamayan, lalo pa’t nandiyan ang pagkakataong
makalimutan na lang ang kaso at makatakas na lang
ang mga salarin. [P]
WORDS | Voltaire abioG
Sinong mananagot?
increased tuition without any student consultation. There was a motion to conduct the meet-
The tactic was purposeful and the motive was clear: to let the students carry the burden of
even now, ignorant of how increased tuition takes away the right to be educated of the less
infamous bangas helped the administration make history of crafting UPLB as an ecotourism
Assuming that the administration is generating proft for the university, we may ask where
With all those student issues mentioned and unmentioned because the pages were only
The issues mentioned in this column are not closed cases. They deserve to be mentioned
Thus, we will strive harder in making sure that students’ views will be made known, that
Losi ng no
Perspect i ve
WORDS | Jonelle marin
Batu-bato sa Langit
COMICS | trista isobelle Gile
Editor in ChiEf EstEl lEnwij Estropia • AssoCiAtE Editor libErty notartE • MAnAging Editor jonEllE Marin
nEws Editor juliEn urrEa • rEsEArCh And EduCAtion Editor Mark VincEnt baracao (on lEaVE)
BusinEss MAnAgEr bEVErly christcEl laguartilla • fEAturEs Editor VoltairE abiog
CulturE Editor Mark angElo ordonio • ProduCtion Editor trista isobEllE gilE
stAff kris VErnadEttE doMo, lyka Manglal-lan, diEgo gabriEl torrEs, MariEl ValdEz (on lEaVE)
ladyloVE May baurilE, princEs bulaclac, gEnEsis jarilla, ana gEnEsis salVador
Editorial Offce: Rm. 11, 2/F Student Union Bldg, UPLB, College, Laguna
website: UPLB Perspective fanpage on Facebook
GRAPHICS | dieGo Gabriel torres
And the struggle continues
Despite the lag in the operations due to
limited access to its funds for almost three
years now, a militant Perspective remains.
As it hopefully nears the attainment
of fscal autonomy, the Perspective
celebrates its 37 years of continued
operation despite grave administrative
attacks that hinder the fulflment of
unwavering duty to serve the students
and the people.

The UPLB community was overwhelmed
with a folded A4-sized newspaper
released. Not even former UP President
Roman endured seeing
the Perspective turn
signifcantly smaller after
OSA Director Gonzales
issued Memorandum No.
1 in 2008.
But as may be
considered inevitable,
with the noble advocacy
of serving the people
came the resistance to
new policies such as that
on large lecture classes.
Our limited resources
forced us to push beyond
the limits of mere prints – room-, org- and
dorm-hopping became a habit – we
never settled.
It is rather curious and coincidental
that the Philippines and its premier
university had to face transition from
one governance to another at the same
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo formally
ended her nine-year term as president
June this year, with President Benigno
Aquino as replacement. This transition,
however, signalled neither a happy
ending for Arroyo nor good beginning for
Aquino, as the country has to claim back
much from both of their regimes.
The numbers of extra-judicial killings,
especially from ranks of progressive groups
and even civilians in the country, seem to
speak of how hostile the two regimes are
to critiques of the opposition.
Include to these various issues of
corruption of Arroyo such as the NBN-ZTE
deal and fertilizer scam which up to date
remain unresolved. Meanwhile, Aquino
saw a raging youth as various schools,
including UP, launched strikes against P
290 M for state universities and colleges in
the country.
Amid these hefty
changes, it is UPLB
Perspective’s utmost duty
to deliver information
and assessment of these
in the sharpest and most
updated manner, with
clear bias to the students
as they are the reason
for all aspects of the
publication’s existence.
This is alongside our
goal of infuencing a
studentry that is vigilant of
the actions Aquino and
incoming UP President Alfredo Pascual
are to make and is ready to take a step
higher at defending their rights.
In light of the attainment of this goal,
the UPLB Perspective, in turn, expects
support from the various sectors in the
campus such as the students, faculty,
and staff by being involved in issues in
and out the university, through opening
the publication’s pages for their opinions,
suggestions, and queries.
A Perspective unbiased even to the
students is a stone eternally foating on
waters. For, in the midst of all the issues the
university and the nation has to keep keen
eyes on, silence becomes sin and struggle
becomes mission. [P]

even to the
students is a
stone eternally
on waters

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Miting de Avance | February 22 Tuesday
Election Proper | February 23 Tuesday and February 24 Wednesday | 8AM - 4PM
Filing of Election Protest | February 28 Monday
Hearing of Election Protest | March 2 Wednesday
Submission of Election Results | March 3 Thursday
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