TWO FORMER officers of the Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) will not get certificates of good moral character due to “gross negligence” as a result of the loss of P50,000 in council funds last year, the Varsitarian has learned.

Former ABSC president Marie Jann Klaire Lazo told the Varsitarian the college’s verdict was relayed by the Student Welfare and Development Board (SWDB) through a resolution that was mailed directly to her and former treasurer Julienne Avila. Avila has yet to respond to requests for comment.

The resolution also stated that Avila, a political science senior, would have to render 50 hours of community service, Lazo said. Lazo however was not required to render community service, having graduated from the journalism program last May.

The former student council president declined to show the SWDB resolution to the Varsitarian, saying she was forbidden to do so, but agreed to discuss its contents in an interview.

Lazo described the resolution as “fair” but said she was considering filing a motion for reconsideration before the SWDB or an appeal before the Office of Student Affairs. The motion for reconsideration or appeal must be filed within 10 working days from the date the resolution was received.

“The resolution helps para matahimik na rin ang AB community and to help the present ABSC,” Lazo said.

Lazo admitted to negligence on her part, saying she was lenient with the way funds were handled.

The SWDB conducted an extensive investigation prior to issuing the resolution.

Before the probe, officers of the previous student council shelled out money to pay for the P50,000 allegedly lost right inside the ABSC office on October 23, 2014. The cash was inside Avila’s bag. Alhex Adrea M. Peralta

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