Monday, 26 March 2012 11:33
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has faith that the on going controversy surrounding the appointment of new president of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) will be resolved soon.
Marcos, who was keynote speaker of the second batch of WMSU graduates in yesterday's 67th Commencement Exercises, shared the optimism in an ambush interview by this reporter.
"Well...that will be resolved soon...there is a date that has already been set in April," he told this reporter when asked his thought about the controversy over the appointment of WMSU president.
"So perhaps by then all of these uncertain issues be cleared up, but despite that I think we have a very meaningful and memorable commencement exercises here at WMSU."
During his speech, Marcos spoke about the future for the graduated and inspired them to use all their skills and knowlege that they have acquired during their time in the university for the good of not only themselves but also for the communities.
"I hope all the graduates have listened because there is an important message that we need them in the workforce of our country to help us," he said.
On Sunday following the graduation ceremony of the first batch of WMSU graduates, some college students and graduates staged demonstration, expressing their grievance against the controversy.
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) had earlier issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) stopping last week's scheduled election for the WMSU presidency.
RTC Branch 12 Presiding Judge Gregorio dela Pena ruled in favor of granting the TRO for a period of 20 days enjoining the respondent members of the Board of Regents from proceeding with the scheduled selection and appointment of the WMSU president.
The case stemmed from the petition for Mandamus and Prohibition with prayer for preliminary prohibitory injunction and or restraining order filed by WMSU Alumni Association President, Prof. Charlie Mariano.
Mariano's petition was also the result of his non-recognition by the university’s BOR in the wake of the alleged protest of losing former alumni association president, Prof. Mahmor Edding.
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