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Students gathered at the Arrupe Hall to listen to the platforms of the candidates. Photo by Jacymae Kaira Go

COMELEC introduces official candidates

Students gathered at the Arrupe Hall to listen to the platforms of the candidates. Photo by Jacymae Kaira Go
Students gathered at the Arrupe Hall to listen to the platforms of the candidates. Photo by Jacymae Kaira Go

The university was once again filled with loud cheers and yells of support groups as the school’s Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officially announced this year’s official list of candidates for the incoming SAMAHAN Central Board (SCB) Elections earlier today, Jan. 9. The event also marked the start of the campaign period.

Supporters of each existing school political party and independent candidates, together with the Ateneo community, listened to platforms of different student leaders running for the various offices. Each candidate shared their plans for the student body and promised rational changes if ever elected.

“I hope the Ateneo students will be indifferent to friendship or other personal reasons. Hopefully they will really know the background and platform of these candidates,” SCB adviser Lunar Fayloga said.

When asked about the trait that he is looking for in a candidate, Fayloga answered, “humility, importante talaga ang humility.”

“Lahat naman kasi ng candidates ay competent. Pero iyong humility ang mahirap hanapin. Kapag humble kasi, he or she will be willing to accept opinion and listen to other voices. Sana ang mapili ay mga humble student leaders,” he continued.

Second year Accountancy student Grace Larombe stated that this time it would be a very tight fight between the candidates. She expressed her hopes for this year’s campaign period.

“Sana wag na maulit yung mga nangyari dati na umabot sa mga napakababaw na arguments. Wala na sanang bashing. We’re already college students, if we want to fight for our bet candidates, then we should fight fairly and do it with dignity and justice,” Larombe said.

The Presidential Debates will also take place at the Arrupe Hall on Jan. 16 and the Miting de Avance on Jan. 20. The SCB election proper will be on Jan. 25-27.

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