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Unfair comments about UPLB


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:57:00 09/03/2008

Filed Under: Schools

As a student of the University of the Philippines, Los Baos (UPLB), I was very much offended when I read Rina Jimenez-David?s Aug. 20 column. Yes, there are problems with regard to the promotion of faculty members, but there is an academic body that checks the requirements. Although the head of that body is Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco, it is not only he who calls the shots.

On the issue of the student council elections, Chancellor Velasco has no right to intervene, because the issues ought to be settled by the University Student Council and the Director of the Office of Student Affairs. Chancellor Velasco even helped bring the matter to UP President Emerlinda Roman so that we could settle the issues.

David?s column was very biased and very unfair to the UPLB community. I have no questions about her support for Dr. Candida Adalla, but her comments on the situation at UPLB were no better than the anti-capitalism cries of a militant who buys a pair of Havaianas sandals right after attending an anti-capitalist rally.

I understand that David?s column expressed an opinion, but I cannot understand her hasty generalization that UPLB has become an armed garrison. I could not bear being counted among the people who are frustrated with and cynical of the administration. If there is one thing I am frustrated with and cynical about, it is the kind of views about my university, such as those expressed in David?s column.

I hope that journalists, before giving their opinion on matters like this, would present a balanced view first. The column fell short of the Philippine Daily Inquirer standard.

FAITH ABIGAIL A. LUMICAO, BUKLOD-UPLB; vice chair, BS Economics ?05, St. Therese Ladies? Dorm, UPLB



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