Published: Monday 22 January, 2018

UST Disowns Alumni Award Given to Mocha Uson Amid Outcry by Thomasians

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) has disowned the award bestowed given by its alumni association to Mocha Uson. In a statement, UST also distanced itself from the alumni association and clarified that it is a separate entity from the university.

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Anger towards the UST Alumni Association Inc. award continued to snowball on Monday with many UST graduates taking to social media to voice their outcry. Mocha Uson undeserving of the award was the common sentiment.

“The University of Santo Tomas (UST) takes pride in its graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of expertise, but the University wishes to clarify that the recognition given to Asst. Sec. Esther Margaux J. Uson came from the UST Alumni Association Inc. and not from the University,” said the UST statement.

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“The UST Alumni Association Inc. (UAAI) is a corporation distinct and separate from UST. It has its own board of trustees and operates independently,” it added. “The University does not interfere with the affairs of UAAI or any of its alumni organizations.”

“The only award bestowed by the University to its alumni is The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Awards granted to exceptional graduates after undergoing a stringent screening process,” UST continued.

“The University calls on the Thomasian community to be guided by the principle “Veritas in Caritate” (Truth in Charity) and to remain steadfast in the pursuit of truth.”