Asserting Democratic Governance in UP:

■   Protesting the UP Board of Regents (BOR) decision to oust the UP Student Regent

■   Protesting the BOR decision to oust the UP-PGH director it appointed last Dec. 18, 2009

and to appoint a new director to the position that is not vacant

■   Protesting the large class policy at UPLB

■   Protesting a second term for UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda Romer

 

 

March 3, 2010

 

■   Former  UP Law Dean Raul Pangalangan on the UP Director case

 

■   Video

 

 

Related Page: The Saga of the UP-PGH directorship

 

 

 

■  For the first time in UP's 100-year history, students were stripped of their representation from the UP Board of Regents (BOR) on the basis of a technicality rather than on failure to meet the academic requirements of the university.

■  For the first time in UP's 100-year history, three regents overstayed their temporary designations to the BOR which lapsed in 2009; yet they remain regular members of the Board.

 

 

■  For the first time in UP's 100-year history, the appointment of a University official was revoked without due cause. The sitting UP-PGH director was removed from his post even though he has been sworn into office, has occupied that office for over a month and is protected by Civil Service rules on tenure.

■  For the first time in UP's 100-year history, all General Education, Foundation and Legislated courses will be transformed into large class (as large as 160 to 350) mode at UP Los Banos.

 

--- From the statement of the UP Democratization movement March 3, 2010

 

   
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Press Conference of the UP Democratization Movement

at the College of Social Work and Community Development

UP Diliman

March 3, 2010

           
           

 

Oppose Roman’s undemocratic governance!

Oppose Malacanang intervention in decision-making in the University of the Philippines!

Uphold democratic representation in the university, appointments based on merit and the principles of accountability and transparency in decision making!

Statement of the UP Democratization Movement, March 3, 2010

Barely two years after the U.P. Centennial Celebration, the Roman Administration is eroding the cherished valutes of democratic representation, appointments based on merit and the principles of accountability and transparency in decision-making in the University of the Philippines.

President Emerlinda Roman plays the leading role in the weakening of democratic governance in the university as indicated in her recent actuations and decisions during the following crucial moments: the Student Regent’s Disqualification, the deliberations on the expired terms of the Malacanang-appointed acting Regents, the removal of PGH Director Jose Gonzales, the UP Mindanao chancellorship, her denial of the appeal for tenure of Prof. Sarah Raymundo, her continuing inaction on the appeal of UP Los Banos faculty and students to hold in abeyance the full-scale implementation of a policy requiring ALL general education, foundation and legislated courses to be taught in large class mode starting June 2010.

Sec. 3 (h) of the U.P. Charter stipulates that the University “shall provide democratic governance based on collegiality, representation, accountability, transparency, and active participation of its constituents….”. Pres. Roman is reneging on this responsibility, is twisting the democratic processes, and is leading the maneuvers for the adoption and implementation of decisions detrimental to the interest of the UP constituents.

For the first time in UP's 100-year history, students were stripped of their representation from the UP Board of Regents (BOR) on the basis of a technicality rather than on failure to meet the academic requirements of the university.

For the first time in UP's 100-year history, three regents overstayed their temporary designations to the BOR which lapsed in 2009; yet they remain regular members of the Board.

For the first time in UP's 100-year history, the appointment of a University official was revoked without due cause. The sitting UP-PGH director was removed from his post even though he has been sworn into office, has occupied that office for over a month and is protected by Civil Service rules on tenure.

For the first time in UP's 100-year history, all General Education, Foundation and Legislated courses will be transformed into large class (as large as 160 to 350) mode at UP Los Banos.

President Roman is turning the BOR into a highly politicized body by initiating the attack to remove the Student Regent, by conspiring to reverse a BOR selection of the PGH Director that she did not want, by acting as the President only of some segments of the university instead of the whole university. She is demonstrating all the weaknesses of her appointing authority, which is to divide and confuse instead of leading and governing. The crisis of the University is really a gross failure of executive leadership of President Roman.

Pres. Roman has to answer for her leading role in the erosion and weakening of democratic representation, democratic processes and accountability in the University through maneuvers that reek of double standard, the selective use of legal justifications to reward persons loyal to her and to exclude perceived opponents to her policies and her administration. We call on the faculty, students, REPS and staff of the University of the Philippines to oppose the undemocratic moves of the Roman Administration.

The UP Democratization Movement forwards the following calls:

Ensure student representation in the Board of Regents. Grant the appeal of the Student Regent for residency!

Recognize Dr. Jose Gonzales the duly appointed UP PGH director from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012 in accordance with his December 28, 2009 original appointment!

Oppose Roman’s undemocratic governance! Oppose Malacanang intervention in decision-making in the University of the Philippines!

Uphold democratic representation in the university, appointments based on merit and the principles of accountability and transparency in decision making!
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UP-PGH Director Dr. Jose Gonzeles
UP Student Regent Charisse Bañez
UP Faculty Regent Judy Taguiwalo
UP Staff Regent Clodualdo  Cabrera
     

 

Philippine Daily Inqiuirer

Passion For Reason
 

Unceremonious unseating of UP PGH director
By Raul Pangalangan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:39:00 03/04/2010
 

I AVOID writing about faculty intramurals in the University of the Philippines, preferring to talk instead about the more benign politics of murders, massacres and wars. However, the recent unceremonious ouster of a sitting hospital director smacks too much of Malacañang-style politics that writing about it, come to think of it, is just like writing about President Macapagal-Arroyo.

On Dec. 18, 2009, the university’s Board of Regents appointed Dr. Jose Gonzalez as the new director of the UP Philippine General Hospital. I do not know Gonzalez, have never met him, have never spoken to him. I also do not claim to evaluate his qualifications or platform. I write solely about the sheer brazenness of his ouster.

The university is governed by the 11-member BOR, consisting of two co-chairs (the Commission on Higher Education chair and the UP president), two seats for Congress (one each from the House and Senate), four organic members each chosen respectively by the faculty, students, staff and alumni (“organic” in the Gramscian sense), and three non-organic members or as the Philippine Collegian loves to call them, “the Malacañang appointees” (a four-letter word in Diliman’s lexicon, as you can imagine). Gonzalez won by a 5-4 vote (should be 6-5). He got the vote of all the four organic regents plus the tie-breaker by the CHEd chair.

On Jan. 4, 2010, the first working day after the long Christmas holidays, the BOR officially announced Gonzalez’s appointment. This is where the story starts to get exciting. The next day, at around noon, UP president Emerlinda Roman announced that one of the non-organic regents, former Supreme Court Justice Abraham Sarmiento, had filed a protest letter to strike out the vote of the student regent, Charisse Bañez, on the ground that she did not enroll for the second semester. On that basis, Roman appointed an officer-in-charge for PGH, which provoked opposition. On Jan. 7, the long-delayed formal appointment of Gonzalez as PGH director was finally released and on that same day, he took his oath.

In its January meeting, the BOR upheld Sarmiento’s motion to declare the seat of the student regent vacant and to nullify her vote in the earlier decisions. The organic regents walked out: faculty regent professor Judy Taguiwalo, staff regent Clodualdo Cabrera, and Charisse. Alumni regent Alfredo Pascual, president of the UP Alumni Association, did not participate in the vote.

In its February meeting, the BOR nullified the appointment of Gonzalez and elected Dr. Rolando Domingo as the new PGH director.

 

To start with, why the tangled legal attempts to block Gonzalez? Why try to appoint an OIC when there was no vacancy? How can the vote of a collegial body be set aside without a collegial decision, and on the basis of a letter by one regent? Is there such a thing as a super-regent whose solitary vote overrides those of his colleagues?

 

Gonzalez is entitled to hold office for the duration of his term. In the archaic language of the law of public officers, the “termination of official relations” occurs only upon death or disability, retirement, resignation, expiry of term of office, abandonment, abolition of office, recall or removal for cause. Not a single ground is present in this case.
 

The entire ouster of Gonzalez was actually carried out by first ousting yet another person, Charisse Bañez. Indeed Charisse wasn’t enrolled, but there are two important issues here. One, when her vote was counted in favor of Gonzalez on Dec. 18, the BOR fully debated her enrollment issue (even asked her to step out then) and decided that she could vote. I recall the joke during martial law. Marcos was complaining: Filipinos are so demanding—I already let them vote, now they want their votes to be counted! The BOR must respect its own decisions, and not reverse it only after they discovered that Charisse voted for Gonzalez.

Two, Charisse has a pending application for residency as a student, which is routinely approved for others but which has been kept hanging for Charisse who, not surprisingly, has been harassed by a series of disciplinary cases filed for her activist work. Again, I do not know where she stands ideologically—and I have my own criticisms of the dogmatic and doctrinaire—but the students have chosen her as their regent and the school administration cannot frustrate the students’ choice by harassing her with disciplinary cases.

Irony of ironies, it now turns out that the three Malacañang appointees all have expired appointments. President Arroyo appointed them merely as “Acting Member, Board of Regents.” However, the Administrative Code, Executive Order 292, provides that “in no case shall a temporary designation exceed one year.” All three had exceeded one year. Sarmiento himself was appointed on Sept. 29, 2008. They were all essentially impostors on Dec. 18, trying to oust the student regent who enjoyed an authentic mandate.

The BOR has pooh-poohed that argument, saying that “acting” is different from “temporary.” In what way, I ask? That is a cockamamie legal distinction. I ask the BOR: What is the difference between an “acting” regent and a “temporary” regent? The “acting” designation is as temporary as it gets.

What I have chronicled here is familiar to us by now: the Machiavellian manipulation of technicalities to justify just about anything and to maneuver events to get precisely the desired result. It is a mindset, a way of life, that I identify with the Arroyo administration, and I am saddened when I see it practiced in a university that has become a part of my life since I entered as a freshman 36 years ago.

(Comments to passionforreason@gmail.com)

 

 

MEDICAL FILES
Thankless job
By Rafael Castillo, MD
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:11:00 03/05/2010

IT APPEARS THAT IF YOU’RE A healthcare professional who is idealistic and would not compromise on your commitment to serve, you have to brace yourself for a lot of disappointments. Recent events are demotivating a lot who fall under this category and many are wondering why high government officials seem to be looking the other direction, utterly unmindful of what’s going on.

With the questionable arrest and treatment of the 43 health workers in Morong still eroding the morale of many service-oriented healthcare professionals, another controversy is rocking the University of the Philippines- Philippine General Hospital Medical Center, which is the country’s premier government hospital where hundreds of thousands of poor patients from all corners of the country seek refuge for their various health needs. Unlike other government hospitals which are under the Department of Health, PGH is under the UP system.

Booted out

Dr. Jose Gonzales, newly installed UP-PGH director— having been sworn to office twice by two authorized officials of the UP system—has barely warmed his seat when he was unceremoniously booted out last week by the same UP Board of Regents (BOR) that elected him as the new hospital director in its resolution of Dec. 18, 2009. The appointment is for a term of three years. He assumed his new post Jan. 4, 2010 and was given his walking papers seven weeks later.

“What they did to me is unjust, illegal and oppressive,” says Dr. Gonzales, more popularly known as Dr. Joegon. He is one of the country’s highly respected heart surgeons. He has set up the open-heart programs of several tertiary hospitals in Metro Manila, and could have certainly earned bigger bucks in these fancy medical centers catering to the rich.

But he decided to concentrate his practice at UP-PGH where he can render service not only to those who can afford expensive heart surgeries, but also to those who cannot afford these life-saving heart interventions. He has offered his services for free for many poor patients.

Passion for work

Probably because of his passion for his work which frequently requires long hours inside the operating rooms and even longer hours at the bedside monitoring critically-ill patients, Joegon has remained a bachelor. Despite his stature, he has lived simply and shares a good deal of his income as a heart surgeon sending deserving students to medical school, and personally funding other charitable undertakings. Once I commended him for these works and he seemed astonished and asked me how I came to know of them. “I don’t tell people these things I’m doing,” he said. “Good works have wings,” I answered. “And one way or the other, they get noticed.”

Many doctors and employees of the UP-PGH are crying foul over the hasty and unjust ouster of Joegon. Earlier this week, they staged a rally at the hospital grounds to show their indignation. The UP College of Medicine Council composed of the teaching faculty, has also thrown its support for Joegon. I’ve received numerous text messages from doctor-friends who are all disappointed at the decision of the UP BOR, reversing their previous resolution electing Joegon. They disregarded the resolution on the basis of a technicality that one of the members of the BOR who gave the crucial vote for Joegon—the student regent—is on study leave and should not be allowed to vote. Why they allowed her to vote the first time around only to rule two months later that she was not qualified to vote baffles the simple mind like mine, and it definitely does not speak well of the UP BOR.

This tendency for flip-flop decision-making is unbecoming of such an esteemed board of regents of a highly distinguished institution which the UP system is. This can seriously undermine the credibility of the BOR.

Due process

Just like the Morong fiasco involving the unlawful arrest of 43 health workers, this UP-PGH fiasco leaves another bitter taste in the mouth. The UP-BOR could still redeem themselves. They can reconsider their decision to boot out Joegon and give him due process. Technically, they have already installed him as PGH director. Unless they can find due cause to remove him for something he has done in the seven or so weeks that he has discharged his function as director, they should uphold their resolution of Dec. 18, 2009 electing Joegon.

If the UP BOR care for the millions of indigent patients who rely on PGH for their health needs, they should set aside their egos and listen to the clamor of the hospital employees, the PGH doctors and the teaching faculty of the college. This controversial decision of the UP BOR is divisive and might compromise the services of this premier institution. In the end, the patients will be at the losing end.

As for Joegon, I think he knew all along that it would be a thankless job but he was determined to make the sacrifice and accepted the job. He need not worry though. No board, no matter how powerful it is, can put a good man down.
 

 

     
     
UST Vice Chairperson Jacqueline Eroles UP-PGH Prof. Dr. del Rosario of LABAN Prof. Danilo Araw of UP College of Mass Communication
           
     

 

UP student regent: I was allowed to vote in PGH poll

By Maricar Cinco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:50:00 03/07/2010


SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA—The student regent whose vote is at the center of a directorship row at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) insisted her vote was valid and has filed a motion to stop the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) from nullifying it.

UP student regent Charisse Bañez said that before the controversial election of the PGH director on Dec. 18, the UP-BOR had deliberated and voted on a motion of UP president Erlinda Roman to revoke her right to vote on the ground that she was not a bona fide student of the state university.

Bañez, who was not enrolled this school year because she had completed her academic requirements ahead of schedule and was awaiting graduation, said the result of the election was 5-4 in favor of allowing her to vote until the issue on her university “residency status” was resolved.

“They agreed to that and participated willingly in that election,” Bañez said, referring to what she called the “Malacañang bloc” composed of Roman and three other regents appointed by President Macapagal-Arroyo, who voted against her right to vote.

In that board election, Dr. Jose Gonzales won by one vote over incumbent hospital director Dr. Carmelo Alfiler to win the PGH directorship.

The century-old PGH is the teaching hospital of the UP College of Medicine.

But on Feb. 25, the BOR decided that Bañez was ineligible to vote and nullified the results of the Dec. 18 election. It called for a new election which resulted in a 6-0 vote for Dr. Enrique Domingo, the hospital’s deputy director for administration.

 

 

 

“It was surprising,” said Bañez, adding that the BOR, on the motion of the “Malacañang bloc,” had removed Domingo from the shortlist of nominees during the first election due to “lack of tenure.”

“They were the ones who took him (Domingo) out (of the list) and now they installed him as director. There is a power play going on inside the BOR,” said Bañez.

“They did not want Jogon (Dr. Jose Gonzales) because he was critical of the P77-million faculty medical arts building,” she said.

It was also Bañez’s turn to question the validity of the votes of the three Malacañang appointees: Their terms as “acting and not regular regents” had already expired.

“They were appointed in 2008. Based on the administrative code of 1987, temporary appointments made by GMA (Ms Arroyo) should not exceed one year. And they (Malacañang appointees) had never mentioned this to us,” she said.

She said Roman later recommended a fixed term of two years for the appointees.

According to the BOR, Bañez, a senior student at UP Los Baños in Laguna, had failed to file an application for residency for the second semester and was therefore not a bona fide student.

Bañez countered that she did file her application forms for residency, albeit a month late in December, because of her many activities as the student regent.

She said the UP administration was only using this technical matter as a “lame excuse” to eject her from the board.

“There were two students at UPLB who filed their residencies as late as Feb. 3 and 16 and their applications were accepted. How come they would not process my papers? That is unfair,” she said.
 

 

           
           

 

RESOLUTION OF THE COLLEGE COUNCIL OF THE UP COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES MANILA

Whereas the University of the Philippines Board of Regents in its 1252nd meeting on December 18, 2009, appointed Dr. Jose Castillo Gonzales as Director, Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines Manila from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012;
Whereas Dr Jose Gonzales took his oath of office as Director of Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines Manila before the BOR Chair on December 21, 2009 and before the UP Manila Chancellor on January 7, 2010;

Whereas Dr. Jose Gonzales has already served as PGH director and has performed responsibly since January 4, 2010 with honor , integrity and transparency;

Whereas under Civil Service Laws, Dr. Jose Gonzales can only be removed as PGH Director for due cause;

Whereas the removal of Dr. Jose Gonzales as PGH Director is unjust and arbitrary, he should therefore continue to perform his duties and functions as Director of PGH for the welfare of the Filipino people;

Whereas the College Council of the UP College of Medicine upholds Academic Freedom, human rights, due processes and the protection of its constituents under the Civil Service Law;

We, the members of the College Council of the UP College of Medicine resolve, as it is hereby resolved:

That we recognize and support Dr. Jose Gonzalez as the duly appointed UP PGH director from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012 in accordance with his original appointment.

Approved on the 2nd day of March 2010 at the Class 64 lecture room, UP College of Medicine, 547 Pedro Gil St, Ermita, Manila.

Dr. Darby Santiago, UP PGH
Jossel Ebasate, All UP Workers' Union, National Executive Vice President
           
           
Prof. Danilo Arao Dr. Ted Mendoza, UP Los Bañps
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Rally Against the Unjust and Illegal Removal of Dr. Jose Gonzales as PGH Director

Philippine General Hospital, Manila

March 1, 2010

Photos courtesy of JT Facebook

           
     
     
     

 

Statement of LABAN UP-PGH MOVEMENT
BARRICADE for PGH Director Joegon: LABAN UP-PGH

February 28, 2010

On the historic day of Feb 25 and the 24th anniversary of the People's Power Revolution, the UP Board of Regents under the clouds of a walk out by the student, alumni, faculty and staff regents and a dismissed temporary restraining order against a decision to remove the student regent Charisse Banez, declared null and void a board decision that appointed PGH Director Dr. Jose "Joegon" Gonzales. By a vote of 6 to 5, Dr.Gonzales was elected over Dr. Carmelo Alfiler on December 18, 2009.

A grave abuse of power has been done in the State University where we were taught the importance of dissent and critical thinking, where we learned to love democratic principles and idealism. Spearheaded by UP President Emerlinda Roman and supported by the three other GMA appointed regents and Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, CHED Chairman Manny Angeles (CHED Chair Angeles) made a sudden and very suspicious reversal by following the lead of GMA's BOR appointees in January 2010. They have oppressed a UPCM faculty member and employee of the UP-PGH by arbitrarily removing Joegon, a legally appointed, sworn in, and functioning PGH Director under very extra-ordinary and highly suspicious circumstances. Civil servants are protected by law from such arbitrary actions even by the highest governing body of any institution in the Philippines. To make matters worse, Dr. Gonzales was replaced by Dr. Eric Domingo, who did not receive a single vote from the Board of Regents during the initial election for PGH directorship on December 18, 2009. Ironically on February 25, Dr. Alfiler did not receive a single vote while Dr. Domingo got all the votes of the participating regents.

It is time to wake up from our apathy and fight not just for Joegon but also for what he represent and for what our conscience deems as just and right. Many have maligned him for his unambiguous stand on controversial issues in PGH and foremost is the disadvantageous deal made between UP's BOR and the Daniel Mercado Medical Center that will soon operate a private laboratory, diagnostics, pharmacy and outpatient clinic within PGH itself. He has been singled out as the main stumbling block to the estimated hundreds of millions of pesos in profit that is grossly slanted to favor only a non-PGH entity.

Therefore on Monday, the first day of March at seven in the morning, we the LABAN UP-PGH Movement and all our allies will barricade the PGH Director's office to protect Director Joegon and rightfully keep his position as PGH Director. The All UP Worker's Union have already committed to join us. UP students from Diliman, Manila and other units are rallying their constituents to join this barricade. We are counting on the PGH Faculty, the UP Medical Students and UP Medicine Alumni to be there. Anyone who cares for UP and PGH should be there physically or in spirit. We need all the help we can get. We can no longer afford to sit on the fence or watch from the sidelines. We need to act now and we need to act fast.

OUR STATEMENT

Respect the civil service law protecting the tenure of all government employees including the Director of UP-PGH. The arbitrary attempt toremove and replaceDirector Jose Gonzalesunder suspicious and extra-ordinary circumstances is unjust, oppressive, illegal and immoral.

Kung ginawa ito kay Director Joegon maari din itong gawin sa lahat ng empleyado ng UP at PGH

Ituwid ang baluktot, itama ang mali.
Kung Di ngayon kailan pa
Kung Di tayo sino pa.
Si Joegon naTama na.

LABAN UP-PGH MOVEMENT

 

     
           
     
     
     

 

Speech at the Rally Against the Unjust and Illegal Removal of Dr. Jose Gonzales as PGH Director
Judy Taguiwalo, UP Faculty Regent
Philippine General Hospital
March 1, 2010

Let me say at the outset that I am not here merely because of Dr. Jose Gonzales. I have never been his patient. I am not a member of a sister sorority and we do not share the same philosophical view. I am here, like many of you present, because I cannot countenance what the Roman Administration is doing to the university and to university personnel like Dr. Gonzales.

I voted for Dr. Gonzales in the December 18 BOR meeting because 1) Dr. Alfiler has already served two terms; 2) Dr. Domingo, who is only in his early 40s, has all the time in the world to wait for his turn as a PGH director (aside from the fact that in that meeting Dr. Arcadio and President Roman said he did not have tenure and was not qualified). I voted for Dr. Gonzales because he is qualified, he is ready to serve the PGH: he had the support of the recognized union of the rank-and-file personnel of the hospital who comprised the majority of the hospital personnel and he is 61 years old and should be given the chance in the last few years of his professional life in the university to serve as PGH administrator. I believed that the criticism raised against him particularly by President Roman that he “lacks interpersonal skills” is not sufficient basis not to support his appointment given his qualifications and the situation of the two other nominees.

I am here because I am sad and mad about what’s happening to the University of the Philippines today under the Roman Administration

• Sad and mad that people like Dr. Jose Gonzales, a recognized surgeon who has served the university and PGH for a long time, has to undergo this tribulation, this humiliation, this treatment for the simple reason that the Roman Administration and Malacanang do not consider him one of their own!
 

• Sad and mad over Chancellor Arcadio’s role in delaying the appointment and oath taking of Dr. Gonzales last January and now his role in immediately administering the oath of office to Dr. Domingo and in providing the so-called legal justifications for a clearly unjust and unfair decision of the Roman administration. Chancellor Arcadio’s leading and active role in unseating Dr. Gonzales blots his otherwise unblemished medical, academic and administrative record.


• Sad and mad that Dr. Enrique Domingo allows himself to be used to remove from office Dr. Gonzales whose term is for three years. Dr. Domingo knows very well that the removal of Dr. Gonzales is a legal question and he should have had the delicadeza to wait for the court judgment on this question before taking his oath of office. Bakit nga ba nagmamadali ang Administrasyong Roman, kasama na si Chancellor Arcadio, na alisin sa pwesto si Dr. Gonzales?
 

• Today is March 1, the start of International Women’s Month. I am sad and mad that President Roman, the first woman president of the University, has made another history as the first President who has actively pushed for the expulsion of an elected Student Regent whose only fault was the failure to register for residency within the registration period; a shortcoming which could have been easily remedied by granting her appeal for late registration and thereby ensuring continued representation in the BOR of the more than 50,000 students of the University.
 

• I am sad and mad that it is under this first woman President of the University that the long tradition of non-reconsideration of appointments of UP officials has been broken. Dr. Gonzales nag-iisa ka pa lamang sa kasaysayan ng UP na inalis sa katungkulan batay sa so-called revisiting a BOR decision.
 

• I am sad and mad that the Roman administration tolerated the continuing participation of the three acting Malacanang regents in spite of the lapse in their appointment and sad and mad that it was President Roman herself who made the motion to recommend the three to Malacanang for a regular term of two years when she knows very well that it is only less than two weeks before the March 10 effectivity of the election prohibition of appointments to government position.
 

• I am sad and mad that while President Roman is highly critical of the so-called lack of interpersonal skills of Dr. Gonzales, she has endorsed another term for a chancellor in spite of the many complaints about the behavior of this chancellor and in spite of the fact that this chancellor has yet to answer the COA Audit Observation Memo asking her to explain the why she has gone over the approved budget of her investiture by 72%.

Those of us who are here, faculty, students, staff, alumni of the University and the patients of PGH who are part of the people we are bound to serve, should not allow the Roman administration to ride roughshod over the cherished values of the university; values such as appointments based on merit, of accountability, representation and participation. We should be sad and mad enough to unite and oppose the blatant and self-serving moves of this Administration to tolerate the shenanigans of people loyal to them while excluding people who are qualified but who are not considered part of their inner circle.

It is just and right to oppose the undemocratic governance of the Roman Administration.

Presidente Roman, tama na ang tiwaling pamamalakad!
Igalang ang tunay na mga demokratikong proseso!
 

     
     
     
     
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Protesting a 2nd term for UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda Rivero

UP Mindanao

February 26, 2010

Photos courtesy of Teena del Mundo

           
     
   
     
     
     
     
   
     
     
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Medical workers and patients picketed the Philippine General Hospital early Monday morning over the ouster of its duly appointed director.

February 28, 2010 On the historic day of Feb 25 and the 24th anniversary of the People's Power Revolution, the UP Board of Regents under the clouds of a walk out by the student, alumni, faculty and staff regents and a dismissed temporary restraining order against a decision to remove the student...

   
   
   
     
     
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