Left to right from top row to bottom row: Ierathel Tabuno (candidate for president), Aiah Karrylle Jacinto and Angelo Rei de la Cruz (candidates for vice president), John Harold Peralta and Peter Angelo Estalilla (candidates for secretary), Rafael Luis Pesueña (candidate for treasurer), James Arrenkiel Ceñido (candidate for auditor), and Maxine Javier (candidate for PRO)

FOR THE first time in three years, there will be at least one candidate for each position in the UST Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board as eight students independently filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

This was the most number of candidates the CSC elections have drawn amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

No political parties filed for reaccreditation this year, UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairwoman Noelle Isungga told the Varsitarian. 

Ierathel Tabuno, the interim vice president external of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) student council, was the lone applicant for the presidency.  

Aiah Jacinto, the interim public relations officer (PRO) of the Commerce and Business Administration Student Council, will contest the vice presidency  with College of Architecture Student Council PRO Angelo de la Cruz.

College of Education Student Council President Peter Estalilla and John Harold Peralta, who is the CSC’s executive coordinator to the secretary, are seeking the post of secretary.

The lone applicant for treasurer was Rafael Luis Pesuena, a marketing management sophomore and executive coordinator under the CSC treasurer.

Business administration junior James Arenkiel Ceñido, a deputy under the CSC chief of staff, was the only applicant for auditor.

Advertising arts junior Maxine Javier, the CSC’s executive associate for media coverages, will run for PRO.

The final list of qualified candidates was released on March 4.

The campaign period for this year’s student polls will be from March 6 to 8 and March 22 to 25. Campaign activities will be prohibited from March 9 to 21 due to the moratorium period and academic break.

Tagisan, the mandatory debates for all candidates, will be on March 25.

A no-campaign day was set on March 26.

The election period will run from March 27 until April 1. Winners will be proclaimed on April 1. H.J.V. Andaya


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