8 students file certificates of candidacy for 6 CSC posts


EIGHT Thomasians filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Tuesday for the UST Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board elections set for April.

Each executive board seat will have at least one candidate. This year’s total of eight candidates matches last year’s number, which was the highest since 2020.

Timothy Santiago, incumbent president of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) Student Council, was the lone student who filed a COC for president.

“I’m running to continue what we have started with implementing a policy-driven and progressive student council, especially with what we’ve done this year with the constitutional revisions, ” said Santiago, who is also the speaker of the Central Board, the CSC’s legislative arm, during the filing of COCs on Feb. 6.

Matthew Enriquez, incumbent external vice president of the Artlets Student Council, was the lone applicant for the vice president post.

The secretary position only had Artlets Student Council secretary Hannah Calara as a candidate.

Seeking the position of treasurer were Mike Cobarrubias, president of the Legal Management Society, and Hanah de Leon, a former staffer of the CSC Office of the Treasurer.

Two CSC hopefuls filed COCs for the auditor post: Stephan Aseron, the executive associate to the president at the Faculty of Pharmacy Student Council, and Josh Viray, auditor of the College of Information and Computing Sciences Student Council.

Seeking the position of public relations officer (PRO) was Francine Tuazon from the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), who serves as executive associate to the PRO at the CFAD Student Council.

For the fifth straight year, no political party registered for accreditation for the CSC polls.

COC filing for CSC polls back onsite on Feb. 6

The Central Commission on Election will release the final list of candidates on Feb. 13, a day after the deadline for submission of deficiencies for CSC bets.

Tagisan, the mandatory debate for candidates running for executive board posts, will be held onsite on April 13.

The University-wide election period is slated for April 22 to 27.

The canvassing of votes and proclamation of the new set of Thomasian leaders will be on April 27.


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