SINAG staff pulls out of lingg rep race

“I can help the department without the title,” said SINAG Graphics editor Mia de Villa after withdrawing her candidacy as Linguistics Representative under Buklod-CSSP.

De Villa said on Feb. 11 that backed out because she believes her work in SINAG as Graphics editor can reach more students.

De Villa said her opponents, Mhawi Rosero of Saligan sa CSSP and independent candidate Lester Oliver, are both capable.

“I thought that I’ll help whoever wins. In the end, the goal is really to help our department in whatever way,” said De Villa.

Meanwhile, Buklod-CSSP President Anna Lopez said they respect de Villa's reasons for withdrawing her candidacy. “But we talked to her again after she first said that she’s withdrawing, and when she said that she does not want to run, we understood,” Lopez said.

Peter Sengson, member of Saligan sa CSSP and a friend of de Villa, “When I knew that she pulled out, I became glad because what’s between Mhawi and Mia is not just an issue of principles, it’s also an issue of their friendship.”

De Villa said a Buklod representative first approached her on the week before the deadline of filing for candidacy and said many recommended her for the Linggusitics representative post, attesting to her “good work ethics.”

De Villa was never completely sure about running, even while she was filing for candidacy.

“Nagfile ako kasi mas maraming mawawala sa ‘kin pag hindi ako nagfile,” said De Villa, adding that she could always withdraw if she filed, but had no chances of running if she did not apply then.

De Villa said she did not inform SINAG about her candidacy because she withdrew before the staff found out that she filed.

Lopez said they considered De Villa’s affiliation with SINAG, a non-partisan institution, but she cited candidates affiliated with SINAG who ran for office and won.

In 2009, then News Editor Ian Cortez ran for councilor and won, resigning from his position in SINAG.

“If I have regrets, that would be my abrupt decision to file,” De Villa said.

Buklod-CSSP did not field another candidate to replace De Villa, leaving Romero and independent Oliver in the race. ▪

Article by:Jane Fabula