Tacloban News – Searching for truth concerning allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the University of the Philippines in Tacloban, netizens are both alarmed and divided about the issues raised against its current administration.
The Visayan Business Post which carried the report itself received some scathing comments. ‘This seems to be a smear campaign. I’m not saying that there is no truth to this but there is more to investigative journalism than just interviewing a whole bunch of people’, said Saschiel Montallana.
‘the Dean should have been asked to comment on these issues’, said Juan Markus whose Facebook account says he works for the Commission on Audit.
‘If investigation is needed, Dean shud (sic) step down’ said mall worker Ogie Fuentes from Cavite.
Overseas Filipino Worker Natividad Itong, 50, cautioned: ‘how can we remedy the ills of our beloved country if we do not allow people to say what they think or have their complaints published? The way I look at it what has been written are valid issues for any newspaper to look into’.
The VBP News team have yet to succeed in getting UP administrator and Dean Anita Cular’s statement on the issues confronting her management despite repeated requests by the news agency for an interview. At least thirteen telephone calls by VBP to the dean’s cellular phone to get her reaction were not answered.
In a text message sent to VBP, dean Cular however said that the allegations reported in the Visayan Business Post were ‘malicious lies’. Cular is still to refute any of the allegations of misconduct raised against her by members of the UP community in that report.
Meanwhile, student publication UP Vista has issued a statement accusing VBP’s report on the allegations as ‘malicious’. Asked whether the UP Vista have investigated any of the allegations against the dean before the issuance of such a statement, its editor in chief, Edilberto Dineros III, replied after receiving the questions he requested from VBP that ‘The Office will not entertain questions as of the moment as the Editorial Board has not yet convened on the matter’.
‘The allegations are true, unfortunately’, observed Eronn Nierva a UP Tacloban alumnus now connected with the American Heart Association. His statement was echoed by another Facebook observer Charlene Montemayor.
Another netizen Leila Diaz a medical internist at the Divine Word Hospital however labeled the accusations as ‘academic politics’, an opinion agreed to by Norma Tupaz a professor at the Abuyog Community College.
‘It’s good that someone came out with this exposure. The article does not condemn anyone yet but only presents the allegations as they were told by the interviewees. Let the persons concerned explain please! Don’t shoot the messenger just because you disagree with the message’, continued OFW Natividad Itong.
‘Our prestigious institution became a victim of man’s greed, wickedness and evil. It’s a sad thing to hear. I am not in any way affiliated to UP but when I read about this it saddens my heart’, stated netizen Ryan Comadizo who attended FEATI University and is a resident of Tacloban.
Netizen Eriberto Montaño Suyom, an alumnus of the university, said he is waiting for the ‘stand of the UP Alumni’ before passing judgment on the issues.
The UP Tacloban leadership has received criticism for allegations of corruption, financial negligence, missing school equipment, incompetent teachers, and typhoon relief funds being deposited in private bank accounts.