University Scholar org declared Moreno’s political party
University Scholar org declared Moreno’s political party
Scholar org declared Moreno’s political party
April 19, 2013
April 19, 2013

Days after Migi Moreno’s official appointment as the University Student Government (USG) president last April 4, 2013, members of the Lasallian Scholar Society (LSS), the organization to which Moreno also belongs, formalized its intent to create a political party to support him.

According to Moreno, his platform focuses on bringing people together and recognizing the roles of each Lasallian as he envisions open and diverse conversations to better identify and address problems. “It would be more efficient to carry out these conversations with the help of a team,” affirms Moreno.

“We realized that the two parties will not always control the system. Independent thinkers also have a chance to instigate change in the University,” says LSS member Alesis Dongon (I,  BSA).

The new party was made for innovators to gather and change the face of the USG and to retain Moreno’s ideals even after his presidency. Moreno adds, “In the years to come, there will undeniably be students with concerns that will remain unaddressed. Continuing this party will enable the USG to be more transparent and effective in transmitting these concerns.”

LSS members shared that they were inspired to extend and successfully execute Moreno’s platform. Aldrich Mayoralgo (I, CIV) remarks that he first heard about Moreno when he campaigned in his class, and that it was there he realized how “different” he was from the other candidates.

“All the other candidates being part of their respective political parties seemed like puppets of the system. Then here comes Migi, running as an independent candidate with a speech that embodies vision and passion. In essence, he was something I’ve [wanted] to see for a long time, someone who speaks about what’s within, rather than what’s given,” he comments.

College of Liberal Arts (CLA) president Angelo Tiglao affirms that forming a political party is under the approval of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). Because a political party is considered a student organization, it follows the standards and regulations set by the Office of Student Leadership Involvement, Formation and Empowerment (SLIFE), which will also monitor such proposed organization.

COMELEC Chair Alvin Liu states that the approval for such political party has been a smooth process.  “The reasons and plans for these scholars are valid and seem to be in the best interests of the University,” adds Liu.

SLIFE Director Evelyn Esparrago believes that the addition of another student political party in DLSU will increase the involvement of students in forwarding their advocacies. She adds, however, that the new party will take time to adjust as a political organization. “The two parties have been there for nearly three decades, so they have had a lot of experience at this. The main problem of the new party would be being at par with them and trying to establish themselves with the students,” she explains.

Certain standard operating procedures and other campaigning strategies for Moreno’s upcoming political party will be different from Santugon’s and Tapat’s, says Gio San Pedro (IV, CAM), LSS Secretary General.

As observed during the annual Lasallian Personal Effectiveness Program (LPEP), student organizations, including political parties, often practice the giving of free merchandise to recruit freshmen. Moreno’s political party will only give pamphlets and other mediums for disseminating information about their party and giving a detailed account of the application process, among others.

San Pedro adds that no repetitive chants will be uttered when campaigning. The party will go for a more “personal approach,” much like Moreno’s tactic used during his room-to-room campaign last General Elections (GE).

Unlike the two other political parties, students who wish to join the LSS party would need to comply with a requirement that would gauge their intelligence. An IQ test will be administered, which Moreno believes is a key aspect in choosing a leader. He stresses the importance of having a high IQ, which he believes speaks volumes of a leader’s ability to think critically.

He explains, “A leader must not only be willing to serve, but should also have, to some extent, a bit of intelligence. He must fully comprehend the issue at hand before serving his constituents.”

As of press time, there have not been any established guidelines on the administration of the IQ test, but Moreno suggests that the qualifying IQ should be no less than 130, the 98th percentile for standardized IQ tests.

The new LSS party, though originally composed of scholars, will be accommodating non-scholars during recruitment next academic year. Moreno believes that it would be unfair for the LSS party to be exclusive only to scholars, asserting that non-scholars are also capable leaders.

Because of this, the LSS party will ensure that there will be no form of discrimination between scholars and non-scholars. All members would be subjected to the same procedures, entitled to the same positions, and are to take the same IQ test.

Structurally, the LSS party will be no different from the other political parties. LSS members, however, suggest that the activities and training methods to be applied be different and should follow Moreno’s approach.

Dean of Students Affairs Fritzie Ian De Vera clarifies that though the LSS members will form a political party, it does not necessarily mean that the LSS as a student organization will dissolve.

“The organization will remain as such regardless of the formation of the political party since dissolving was not the purpose of LSS and since not all members may choose to join the party,” she elaborates.