WMSU holds graduation rites without president PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 March 2012 14:36

Despite having no permanent president, the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) successfully and meaningfully held its 67th Commencement Exercise yesterday with Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr. as the guest of honor.

Thousands of graduates from the different colleges of the university yesterday marched with their red graduation toga with high hope that the controversy relative to the selection of WMSU president will come to an end.

It was indeed a sad day for the graduates in which a graduation was held with only an OIC president in the person of            Dr. Felisilda, who was temporarily, designated pending the outcome of the election result which was re-scheduled on April 16, 2012.

In his message, Senator Marcos congratulated the graduates with the hope that all will have a good job that could possibly help the community in their own unique and humble way.

“Hopefully, the controversy will be resolved the soonest possible time. Anyway, they will have their election next month and for sure, the issue will be put to rest,” Marcos said during a brief interview with newsmen.

Yesterday’s graduation was for the second batch of graduates. The first one was held last Saturday.

Just right after the graduation rites, a lightning rally was held by the WMSU student council which the group of Prof. Moy Edding supported.

Edding said the rally was in protest to the unreasonable delay of WMSU president election which was originally scheduled on March 15.

The rally was also intended to inform WMSU constituents and the general public that there are two (local) politicians manipulating the postponement thru political pressures exerted against the national CHED chairperson to ensure that their candidate  will be elected by the WMSU BOR, Edding said.

“That’s why they want all those possible regents who voted for Dr. Luningning Umar be removed from the BOR. I condemn this  political maneuvering and intervention. Let the BOR elect freely the next WMSU president,” Edding said.

WMSU election for president should have been held last March 15, 2012 but it was reset to another date due to a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the court which was sought by the newly elected president of the university’s Alumni Association Professor Charlie Mariano.

Mariano is supposed to sit as member of the Board of Regent (BOR) representing the Alumni Association but his presence has not been duly recognized by the BOR due to a complaint filed by his (Mariano) contender Professor Mahmur Edding on alleged irregularities during the conduct of the election. Edding was the incumbent alumni president.

Servando Evangelista, a member of the BOR representing the private sector said that while Mariano’s position is in question, the BOR could not just easily recognize him and even allow him to participate in the voting for new WMSU president.

Asserting his rights, Mariano sought the court’s intervention questioning the action of the BOR, thus, a TRO has been issued to temporarily postpone the election for president which was supposed to be held last March 15. — Jimmy Villaflores