July 27, 2017

On the University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council Elections 2017

In the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the students roundly rejected candidates in four (4) out of six (6) positions in the Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board. Majority of the students chose to abstain rather than vote for the candidates for president, vice president, treasurer and auditor.

The result of the UST CSC elections is a testament to the growing dissent of the Thomasian community with the worsening conditions of UST Education. With the annual tuition increases and continuing student repression in the form of various school policies, the Thomasians are now demanding for a student council that will go beyond personality politics and will defend the interest of the students more than the UST administration. They demand a student council that will oppose repressive policies, and tuition and other school fees increases at all cost. They demand a student council that will They demand a student council that will be at the forefront of the student movement, of achieving concrete results that will benefit the students and the Filipino people.

It is high time that Thomasians elect in the student council student leaders who are genuine in representing the interest of the students and the Filipino people, militant in fighting for our rights, and nationalist in confronting the pressing issues within and outside the university.

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) calls on all student councils to be genuine, militant, and nationalist in serving the students and the Filipino people. Likewise, the Unions calls on all students and the general public to go beyond the walls of our classroom and to take to the streets our fight against the neoliberal and fascist attacks on our democratic rights.

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