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‘LaBan’ wins presidency, vice-presidency

Ray Chen S. Bahinting

THE STANDARD-BEARERS OF the Concerted Action for the Upliftment of Student Endeavors (CAUSE) Party, Allison Ladero and Marc Manaban won the 2017 Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) elections last Feb. 22.

Ladero won by landslide against Students’ Union for Reforms (SURE) Party’s standardbearer, Nathalie Angeles.

Ladero got 2,156 votes or 68.58 percent against the 988 (31.42 percent) total votes of Angeles.

He only lost to Angeles’ home college, College of Business Administration.

On the other hand, it was a close fight in the vice-presidency race.

Manaban won by a margin of 423 votes against Micah Sinco of SURE Party.

Manaban triumphed in some precincts like in the college of arts and sciences, junior and senior high schools, and his home college, Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 167- 45.

Inclusive SUSG for next year
During an interview with the Weekly Sillimanian last Feb. 20, team “LaBan,” or Ladero-Manaban, said that they want to create an inclusive student government in their administration.

They want an SUSG that is “engaging and nearer to students.”

They also want to strengthen the league of governors in the university to address the “visible gap” between the student government and the students.

They likewise want proper information dissemination on how to process transactions inside the university.

The incoming administration will also revive “Kabsi” where the profit of such activity will be given to the scholars of the university, improve the #Tudlo project of the SUSG, and better implement the Sikad Project.

“We should have more activities that really cater to the needs or interests of the different colleges,” Ladero said.

Ladero, also the president of the debate society and a philosophy major, thinks that Sillimanians should develop their critical thinking skills. In times of national issues, he wants the student government to have a definite stand on it. The varying opinions of students are what they want so as to facilitate an intellectual discourse amongst the students.

Voter’s turnout
According to SUSG Committee on Elections (COMELEC), the voter turnout for this year’s election decreased by as much as 10 percent.

COMELEC Chair, Monica Miciano said that the decline was caused by the shortened election and campaign period this year since the appointment for COMELEC officers was not as early as last year.

The campaign period only ran for at least one week which was supposed to be two weeks.

Thus, the parties were not able to campaign and reach out to more voters, according to Miciano.

Protests
The COMELEC still holds files of protest during the election. They are yet to review the said protests to officially declare the winners of the 2017 SUSG Elections this Feb. 27.

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