On my comments about USEP

(I will only approve comments to this post that have original and unraised points. Comments with points I’ve already addressed in this post or elsewhere will be ignored. Please try to be productive in contributing to the discussion, read before you comment. More to spare those commenting from embarrassment than for any other reason, I will not approve comments with faulty grammar. )

I recently caused a stir on Facebook with my comments regarding the University of Southeastern Philippines, one of the universities in Davao city. USEP made it to QS’s list of the world’s best Universities for the second time this year, one of only five Philippine Universities and the only one outside Metro Manila. Sharing the article relating this on Facebook, I described the inclusion of USEP as ridiculous, described its graduates as terrible, its facilities as deplorable, and summed up the university as a “bukot-bukot school” (“bukot-bukot” is an untranslatable word which could be roughly equated to “shabby”).

Unsurprisingly, I have received a wave of negative feedback for these comments, which for some reason or other reached the USEP students. One student or alumnus after another private messaged me mocking insults and implications of my insecurity or envy. People had even begun following me on Facebook just to misconstrue my posts to mock me. At the absolute worst, my hometown was derided and my mother insulted.

Having been educated and raised properly, I dealt with each and every message sent to me with civility, with politeness and in good faith. I explained to these students and alumni my point: that it was unfair for them for their university to receive this recognition while they suffered deplorable conditions in, and that it was unfair to the schools that give adequate service that weren’t recognized. Their replies have not always been equally civil: some continued to give their school a bad name with profanity and mindless mockery, while others insisted on my own insecurity and moral delinquency.

But a large majority of these people who began with downright rudeness, upon my polite response, changed instead to curiosity about my motivations before ending up giving me well meaning admonitions for using too offensive words. That these individuals have shifted their attention to my vulgarity to the point at hand is the triumph of my remarks.

And on that note let me clarify why I expressed my call for change in such offensive terms. Over five years of polemics have taught me that at times the best way to get people to listen to you is to slap them in the face. Sometimes an intelligent but polite expression of critique will fall to deaf ears, a harsh, exaggeratedly rude expression will catch more attention. That is exactly why “Sottocopy” had to be coined before Miguel Syjuco’s articulate critique of the senator’s plagiarism caught the wider public’s attention. Political correctness just doesn’t have the sensationalism needed to call attention to an issue.

Had I simply said “USEP needs to improve its teaching and its facilities before it can say it deserves this recognition,” only a handful of intellectual readers who would readily agree would reach it. By bluntly calling USEP a “bukot-bukot school,” I get to draw attention on the school’s insufficiencies from those who would not mind it otherwise.

I doubt I would receive too many messages, and therefore called attention to the matter, had I been polite with my critique.

All the people reacting to my rudeness however have failed to realize that my statement was not merely my own idiosyncratic opinion: it is the opinion of many in Davao. I was not the first to use “bukot-bukot” as an adjective for USEP, I just heard it used by someone else. Graduates of USEP also do not enjoy the highest esteem in Davao, to say it kindly. Whether one argues that my opinion was offensive or not, the fact of the matter is it is not my opinion alone, USEP has to deal with their image. What these backlashers are doing is merely waging war against the messenger and ignoring the implications of the message. The Mongols would have acted with more civility.

The backlash has also invariably criticized my affiliations, particularly my alma mater (Ateneo de Davao) and my current school (Silliman). Not only is this altogether beside the point of USEP’s foregrounded inadequacies, it seems to assume I put forward these schools as possible contenders for the list. While I love these schools deeply, I know their weaknesses, and I am not surprised they did not make it into the list (though Silliman’s output in Marine Biological research makes it a strong contender). I instead think MSU-IIT, with its impressive anthropological and ethnographic research, or the University of San Carlos in Cebu with its Cebuano Studies Center would be viable choices. USEP has had outstanding accomplishments of its own, no doubt (its Lumad school ought to be an international standard I say), but is this enough to disregard all the other schools of similar merit and, most importantly, of better facilities? “Iba ang ninging sa liwanag,” to quote Emilio Jacinto. USEP has hardly made it into any other university rankings, and while the other schools I cited are noted around the country consistently, USEP has only received National attention in a few occasions. I daresay, even USEP students don’t seem to know why they made it into the QS list.

The more civilized messages asked about my motivations for my remarks. I will preempt speculations and disclose that I applied for a part-time teaching post in USEP and have been turned down. But I have been turned down in other schools, including my alma mater Ateneo de Davao, and my estimation of them has not in the least decreased (the Philippine Women’s College of Davao is still an innovative leader in the arts, and it has a lovely campus). This case’s effect on my opinion is on why I was turned down: USEP would rather hire its own less qualified graduates over those from elsewhere. Not only does this promote academic inbreeding, it is downright patronage, and any school that practices this is far from deserving to be recognized internationally.

But this is not my only motivation. I am a loyal Atenista, and to avoid academic inbreeding Ateneo de Davao hires many USEP graduates into its faculty. I fear that the quality of education in my alma mater will be compromised by the hiring of bad USEP graduates. Additionally, USEP is calling attention to Davao Education in general, and I am concerned at the image this will project to the global attention, USEP’s appearance will affect the world’s perception of our city. Finally, I have several friends in USEP, and my opinion largely stems from their own complaints, and it is concern for them that motivates me to speak out.

And on this note let me mention that I have been quite surprised at the support I got from USEP students themselves. One student candidly calls USEP “a bad school, a waste of money to enroll in,” while another tells me “I learned all that I needed to know only when I transferred to UM” (the University of Mindanao, another school in Davao). I have had to calm these reactions down and call on them to show concern for their alma mater (readers close to me will know I treat glurge as demagoguery), and I have not always been successful at doing so. These reactions only show that I may possibly be on to something about the school.

I am not saying that USEP only produces bad graduates. On the contrary, it has like all schools outstanding products, and I am acquainted with many of them. I am saying instead that USEP’s conditions are such that it is not conducive for the production of consistently good graduates: these good graduates are invariably good in their own rights. The quality of a school ought not to be measured by outstanding individual products, but by the general excellence of all its products. “You need good facilities to excel” might sound materialistic, but it is a remarkably inclusive truth that gives as many students the opportunity to excel without suffering as possible, and I say that USEP needs to improve, among others, its facilities.

USEP, I reiterate, is a bukot-bukot school. But it need not remain that way. Where improvement can be made it must be made, and to the best effect achievable. I am not convinced that low budget is reason enough for substandard quality. I am personally aware, thanks to my mother’s prodigious management of the house, how a tight budget, with imagination and creativity, can still make a building look not only respectably but admirably clean and attractive. If USEP, with its little budget, can improve, I am more than willing to hail it and take back what I said.

Some of the feedback I received is in apology for the expected rudeness of the USEP community’s backlash, feedback that invariably shows that nobility still lies in that school. This good will, however, has not been universal, and I admit that even friends have proven to be unsupportive in such a trying time. It is for the latter reason, really, that I deactivated my Facebook account, to give me time to reassess my relationships. I will continue to accept feedback with civility and politeness via my email address (Lefthandednake@yahoo.com).

I am, have always been, and will continue to be the Left-handed snake. Get used to it, it might do you good.

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134 Comments on “On my comments about USEP”

  1. ikeigran says:

    Shets! Nag-aaral lang ako. At wala akong pake sa mga recognitions na yan. I like your blog. 🙂

  2. Phatz says:

    It will be good for you to stop uttering such words that too offensive . Batasan friend , okay ? Graduate man kaha kag ADDU ?

  3. ardeend says:

    revolution devours her own children but then again Filipinos don’t know that victory presupposes sacrifice

  4. John Paul says:

    Hi Karlo,

    Nakuha ko na pod ni sa FB PAGE , ALIBIN RESIGN OVEMENT. pasayloa ko pero dili nako mahimo nga magpaka BUTA BUNGOL lang sa akong nabasa. Unta pinaagi ani imong blog, mabasahan kini sa mga taga USEP ug mahigmata sila sa kamatuoran. Dili man siguro ni binuang nga mga panulat. Unta adunay magtuki tuki sa sulod sa USEP bahin ani nga SHOCKING NGA BALITA..

    DAGHANG SALAMAT.
    ………………..

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 5
    S. 2013

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
    We believe that Dr. Alibin does not deserve the office of the president of this university. By his excesses, mismanagement and devious schemes for personal gain and to further his vested interest, he has tarnished the image of that office as well as that of the university. Moreover, we are convinced that he has no legal authority to hold that office since his reappointment as president violated RA 8292.
    Among others, we are deeply disturbed by the fact that he has politicized the Board of Regents, a phenomenon unprecedented in the long history of USeP. Any issue brought to the Board where he has a stake on has become politicized. He uses his vested interest as a litmus test to choose and support people who will sit in the Board so he can manipulate it to get what he wants. We observed that his schemes have divided the Board. While a minority in the Board is honestly dealing with an issue on its merits, his allies—people in the BOR he had a hand in their election to the Board–are bringing the issue up purely for political gain and the personal advantage of their “benefactor”. The word politicized has become a negative label instead of merely a process to arrive at decisions based on the merits of an issue.
    At present, next to USeP being labeled by other political camps as “Nograles University”, his political and politicized alliances has brought to the BOR personalities whose motives for being in the Board are not beyond question. What kind of a BOR do we have now? The recent additions, who are supposed to be private sector representatives, are a media person and the other another lawyer, the latter a certified politician with political ambition. So now, we have three lawyers in the Board, including the new alumni board member who is a close ally of Dr. Alibin. There are none from private business, industry, the development community and the like. How and why were they elected to the BOR? Since it was a matter of numbers, certainly the political maneuvers of Dr. Alibin and his allies in the BOR placed them there.
    Traditionally, private sector representatives in the BOR come from any of business, agriculture, industry and the like in order to represent all stakeholders of the university in the BOR. That was the practice in the past. We are certain Dr. Alibin knew about this. As President and CEO of the University, he could have influenced the BOR to keep this in mind when they voted for private sector representatives in the Board.
    Is this the kind of president we have who allows him to be cowed by politicians and even “kowtow” to them?
    Did you know that Dr. Alibin again outsmarted the BOR? Recall that he allowed his two private sector cronies to overstay in office in the USeP BOR. This time, he allowed the student representative to sit in the last May and June 2013 BOR meetings even as that student representative already graduated last April 2013! This again contradicts the law (RA 8292) which says that: “The president of the faculty and alumni associations and the student regents or trustees shall sit in the board until expiration of their term of office in such capacities.” But of course, he needed the student’s vote to confirm his reappointment, reason why he prevailed upon him to continue sitting in the BOR. Now, Dr. Alibin has gifted that former student representative with employment in the university!

  5. John Paul says:

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 4
    (1st of 2 parts)
    S. 2013

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
    Considering the importance of any university or college in a country’s development and the complexity of the leadership role of a University President, one would expect that a rigorous and informed process would be used to appoint/renew a President and, more importantly, that it be conducted along the traditions that characterize the academe. After all, the most important and the most critical job a Board performs is the selection of a President.
    The case of the process of reappointment of Dr. Perfecto Alibin, however, was a bizarre interplay of politics and personalities. The process was designed by the BOR to be rational enough. But he manipulated it. When we say “manipulate”, we mean he controlled or played upon the process by artful, unfair, insidious means to his own advantage. With luck on his side and thanks to the “president’s men” in both the evaluation committee and the BOR, he succeeded in being “reappointed” to a second term.
    How did he manipulate the whole process? First, Dr. Alibin wanted a Board that was his, one he could control and manipulate in order to serve his ends. He had it all planned since the beginning especially when he decided he would like a second term. For one, he deliberately and purposively allowed two private sector representatives in the BOR to “overstay”, beyond the two years prescribed by RA 8292. It was unlawful, but he defied it in order to be sure he has two votes every time. (Of course, the two private sector representatives, both cronies of Dr. Albin stayed on. After all, being a Regent served their ego needs. And anyway, the BOR was not even aware of it. (Tuloy ang ligaya.) They were “his” right from the start of their terms; he had a direct hand in their appointment. Naging tuta na sila ni Dr. Alibin.l
    The student regent and the faculty regent were his, too. After all, the faculty regent owes Dr. Alibin his position in the BOR and he has truly acquired a taste for it after years of being in the BOR. The story of how the faculty regent has managed to stay on in the BOR is an intriguing story of manipulation itself by Dr. Alibin and his cronies in the University. The House of Representatives in the BOR then was his, too. After all, the Gym project and his scholarship program were in the university.
    It was “strategic” thinking that made him manipulate the election of the faculty regent who has been there for years now. He bested other highly qualified and more senior faculty. Wasn’t he still an ‘Instructor’ when he was appointed to the BOR? But he certainly met Dr. Alibin’s requirements of a Regent—obedient, quiescent and can be manipulated. Luckily again for him, he found another loyal ally in the alumni Regent, a buddy of sorts, who has been standing by waiting for his turn to sit as Regent.
    While he let his “tutas” stay on, he was quick to seek for the replacement of then Alumni representative in the Board as soon as his term expired. Is it because the alumni representative did not support him and even contradicted him openly on a number of issues? Is that why he was cajoled by “the President’s men” into not running again to represent the Alumni in the BOR so that Dr. Alibin’s ally could sit sooner as Regent?
    It must have been an embarrassing moment for Dr. Alibin when the case of the two overstaying private sector representatives was “discovered” by the BOR and the two private sector representatives asked to either step out of the meeting or stay on only to listen but not vote. And did not the private sector representatives feel awkward and embarrassed? We would surmise they were, too, because (we are sure) they knew all the time that their 2-year terms already expired long ago but Dr. Alibin prevailed on them to stay on. Stay on, they did. After all, the perks of the office were irresistible and it felt good being addressed “Honorable”.
    (To be continued)

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 4
    (2nd of 2 parts)
    S. 2013

    To continue, Dr. Alibin also manipulated the Evaluation Committee that was formed by the BOR to evaluate his performance during his first term. While two members of the Committee were named by the BOR, he had a hand in choosing the three others and he chose people he knew would be on his side, come hell or high water. He chose a “buddy” president of another university, a co-Ilocano. He chose a faculty member of USeP he knew would support him under any circumstance. After all, the destiny of his (the faculty) career rested on the benevolence of Dr. Alibin at the moment and they were both aware of that kind of relationship between them. The third person need not be mentioned here as a form of respect for a departed colleague. True enough, he earned two “Excellent” votes while the other three, two respected members of another state and private university, and the other also a respected official of a regulatory agency, rated him “Very Satisfactory”.
    Indeed, Dr. Alibin has a good eye for people whom he can manipulate and who can be doggedly loyal to him all the way, through thick and thin. When his presidency was questioned by the Board and the matter put to a vote, he got a majority vote for the reaffirmation of his reappointment despite a strong case presented to the BOR in session against the legality of his reappointment by government lawyers and the chairperson of the Board. Even as some members of the BOR knew about his questionable manipulations of the Board as demonstrated by his coddling of two BOR overstaying members, they still gave him their vote of confidence. Did it ever occur to them that when Dr. Alibin deliberately kept from their knowledge the case of the overstaying private sector representatives, he actually cheated on them? If he did this, what else is he capable of doing? Strange—but true.
    Indeed, luck was on his side when the BOR itself as a body was not fully aware (we would guess) of the provisions of the law on reappointment of presidents who would have turned 65 years of age before their second 4-year terms expired. Luck was on his side when the BOR was not aware of the implications on their decision to vote or not to vote when the Evaluation Committee reported a non-unanimous vote on his performance. Apparently, he withheld some information from the BOR when a member of the BOR commented that he did not tell them he was already 63 when he applied for reappointment.

    It is sad that at the highest level of academic leadership in USeP, the responsibility of deciding on his reappointment was partly vested in an Evaluation Committee the majority of members of which were chosen by Dr. Alibin himself. It is sad indeed that the Evaluation Committee only submitted the individual ratings they made and failed to make a recommendation as required by the law. Had they made a recommendation not to renew him on the basis of their evaluation, it could have helped make it clear to the BOR that Dr. Alibin does not deserve a reappointment. After all, Dr. Alibin failed to get a unanimous vote of “Excellent”. RA 8292 requires a unanimous vote of “Excellent” before the Board can vote to either reappoint him or not.

    Had the BOR been fully aware of the prescriptions of RA 8292, they would not have proceeded with voting on his reappointment. They would not have proceeded with the voting anymore. After all, the law requires that Dr. Alibin should first get a unanimous “Excellent” vote from the Evaluation Committee before the BOR sits to vote. Then and there, the Board could have declared the presidency of USeP open. It could have made a big difference in the destiny of this University if everybody read their homework.

  6. John Paul says:

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 3
    S. 2013

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
    To continue from Bulletin No. 2, as if the earlier enumerated sources of “additional income” were not enough, he sat and still sits in thesis and dissertation panels of two colleges always as Chairman and sometimes adviser by bullying his way to these positions. This he does in the guise of safeguarding the “quality” of thesis and dissertations. Why? Is he the only one in the university who knows how to chair dissertation/thesis panels? Does he think he is the brightest person in the university and that the others pale in the shadow of his brilliance? Does he still have time to sit in thesis panels and review dissertations despite his gigantic duties and responsibilities as the university president? He started this practice in the College of Education and now he has “invaded” the College of Governance and Business, thanks to a “sipsip” Dean. Sayang din naman. Kahit barya-barya lang, kapag naipon, malaki na rin.
    To further demonstrate his unquenchable thirst for money, he still found time to teach in the Graduate School despite his multifarious functions as University President. Based on records available to the complainants, for the period June 2010 to March 2011 he collected P106,199.23 ‘overload’ (sic) honoraria. Sayang nga naman ‘yong P100,000+. Why is his honoraria labeled ‘overload’ when in fact he does not hold a faculty rank? His position in the university is ‘SUC President IV’.
    He even has the audacity to collect honoraria from regular programs of the University, such as the MEIL (Master of Education in Instructional Leadership) and the Summer Program. We would not be surprised if he also plans to collect from the eMBA program of CGB. In fact, for the first time in the long history of the ANEC-DOE project in USeP, this is the first time that a President of the university has authorized himself to collect honorarium from the Project.
    Clearly, Dr. Alibin demonstrated blatant abuse and misuse of authority and an obvious lack of integrity expected of a University President when he, motivated by malice, designated/appointed himself any of project director/head, chief consultant, consultant and/or chairman of the projects. As said in the complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman, Dr. Perfecto Alibin violated pertinent laws and regulations of the Republic of the Philippines when he maliciously, unlawfully and willfully used his office and position as University President to procure some benefits for himself, particularly when he dipped his hands into public funds by collecting honoraria from practically every project of the University.

  7. John Paul says:

    Another one, Karlo

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 3
    S. 2013

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
    To continue from Bulletin No. 2, as if the earlier enumerated sources of “additional income” were not enough, he sat and still sits in thesis and dissertation panels of two colleges always as Chairman and sometimes adviser by bullying his way to these positions. This he does in the guise of safeguarding the “quality” of thesis and dissertations. Why? Is he the only one in the university who knows how to chair dissertation/thesis panels? Does he think he is the brightest person in the university and that the others pale in the shadow of his brilliance? Does he still have time to sit in thesis panels and review dissertations despite his gigantic duties and responsibilities as the university president? He started this practice in the College of Education and now he has “invaded” the College of Governance and Business, thanks to a “sipsip” Dean. Sayang din naman. Kahit barya-barya lang, kapag naipon, malaki na rin.
    To further demonstrate his unquenchable thirst for money, he still found time to teach in the Graduate School despite his multifarious functions as University President. Based on records available to the complainants, for the period June 2010 to March 2011 he collected P106,199.23 ‘overload’ (sic) honoraria. Sayang nga naman ‘yong P100,000+. Why is his honoraria labeled ‘overload’ when in fact he does not hold a faculty rank? His position in the university is ‘SUC President IV’.
    He even has the audacity to collect honoraria from regular programs of the University, such as the MEIL (Master of Education in Instructional Leadership) and the Summer Program. We would not be surprised if he also plans to collect from the eMBA program of CGB. In fact, for the first time in the long history of the ANEC-DOE project in USeP, this is the first time that a President of the university has authorized himself to collect honorarium from the Project.
    Clearly, Dr. Alibin demonstrated blatant abuse and misuse of authority and an obvious lack of integrity expected of a University President when he, motivated by malice, designated/appointed himself any of project director/head, chief consultant, consultant and/or chairman of the projects. As said in the complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman, Dr. Perfecto Alibin violated pertinent laws and regulations of the Republic of the Philippines when he maliciously, unlawfully and willfully used his office and position as University President to procure some benefits for himself, particularly when he dipped his hands into public funds by collecting honoraria from practically every project of the University.

  8. John Paul says:

    Hi Karlo, eto pa…….

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 3
    S. 2013

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
    To continue from Bulletin No. 2, as if the earlier enumerated sources of “additional income” were not enough, he sat and still sits in thesis and dissertation panels of two colleges always as Chairman and sometimes adviser by bullying his way to these positions. This he does in the guise of safeguarding the “quality” of thesis and dissertations. Why? Is he the only one in the university who knows how to chair dissertation/thesis panels? Does he think he is the brightest person in the university and that the others pale in the shadow of his brilliance? Does he still have time to sit in thesis panels and review dissertations despite his gigantic duties and responsibilities as the university president? He started this practice in the College of Education and now he has “invaded” the College of Governance and Business, thanks to a “sipsip” Dean. Sayang din naman. Kahit barya-barya lang, kapag naipon, malaki na rin.
    To further demonstrate his unquenchable thirst for money, he still found time to teach in the Graduate School despite his multifarious functions as University President. Based on records available to the complainants, for the period June 2010 to March 2011 he collected P106,199.23 ‘overload’ (sic) honoraria. Sayang nga naman ‘yong P100,000+. Why is his honoraria labeled ‘overload’ when in fact he does not hold a faculty rank? His position in the university is ‘SUC President IV’.
    He even has the audacity to collect honoraria from regular programs of the University, such as the MEIL (Master of Education in Instructional Leadership) and the Summer Program. We would not be surprised if he also plans to collect from the eMBA program of CGB. In fact, for the first time in the long history of the ANEC-DOE project in USeP, this is the first time that a President of the university has authorized himself to collect honorarium from the Project.
    Clearly, Dr. Alibin demonstrated blatant abuse and misuse of authority and an obvious lack of integrity expected of a University President when he, motivated by malice, designated/appointed himself any of project director/head, chief consultant, consultant and/or chairman of the projects. As said in the complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman, Dr. Perfecto Alibin violated pertinent laws and regulations of the Republic of the Philippines when he maliciously, unlawfully and willfully used his office and position as University President to procure some benefits for himself, particularly when he dipped his hands into public funds by collecting honoraria from practically every project of the University.

  9. John Paul says:

    Here is another one i got from ARM

    ARM Information Bulletin No. 2
    S. 2013

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?
    This is the second of a series on pieces of information about our University President Dr. Perfecto Alibin.

    For a starter, did you know that (based only on records available to the complainants) in 2010 and 2011 alone, he collected a stupendous amount of PhP422,785.00 honoraria for himself from various projects of the University? Why? And how? Because he designated himself all of “project manager”, “project head”, “consultant”, “program director”, “program leader”, “executive consultant”, etc. of at least sixteen (16) projects. He did not care whether or not he had the required technical knowledge and training to head a particular project as long as there was money in a project. Based on his educational background and experience, he has no expertise to lead the K-Agrinet project, Enhancing Fits project, Packaging of IEC Materials project, OPAPA (agriculture), Coco Sugar Supply Chain project, Lake Buluan project, Cassava Techno Transfer project and Conservation Farming Village project, but he was at the helm of each one of them.
    Per complaint documents, from the CFV (Conservation Farming Village) Project alone, he got PhP169,704.00 net after taxes, which amount includes a PhP65,008 “honorarium differential” which he collected lump sum for 6-month honoraria as self-designated “President/Project head/Consultant” of the CFV project in 2009. And, did you know that that he authorized himself to receive a hefty monthly honorarium of PhP9,200.00 a month?
    What makes the collection of honoraria from CFV even more scandalous is his creation of a twenty-two (22)-member (!) staff to implement the project of which only about 5 are actually working on the project. 15 were from the university and the rest from LGUs. Everybody happy so no one will squeal on him! Think about how much funds of the project went to honoraria alone! In three years, PhP1.3 Million went to honoraria of 15 USeP people most of them the “favorites” of Dr. Alibin. You can start guessing, but a staggering PhP331,000 went to the hungry, insatiable pocket of Dr. Alibin! Its people’s money intended for farmers!
    What about honoraria from projects records of which the complainants did not have access to? He receives honoraria from ATEIM (Association of Teacher Education Institutions in Mindanao). It is alleged that before production is reported, he gets a share from the banana and corn produce in Tagum and Mabini. What about from projects of the Special Projects Unit, IL, LSC, Summer Class, MEIL, WB project and the TTCM?
    The law says only the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) may be paid honoraria from Capital Outlay project but our President had the temerity to dip his dirty fingers into Capital Outlay (CO) from the General Fund for the construction of the USeP Gymnasium by collecting a monthly honorarium o PhP3,000 as “President” of the Project Management Unit (PMU), a concocted name for his “syndicate” of about 16 (!) chosen employees who facilitated his shadowy schemes. Monthly payroll for the Gym PMU was PhP31,000 a month. That means PhP392,000.00 a year went into their pockets every year for the entire period that the Gym was under construction. If the Gym took 4, years to build, that is PhP1,568,00.00 of people’s money wasted on people with insatiable appetite for money!
    Does this explain why the Gym does not have chairs and a public address system of its own as well as an efficient cooling system?

  10. John Paul says:

    Hi Karlo, nabasa ko ito sa fb page, alibin resign movement. Nanghinaut ko na tagaan ni pagtagad sa mga taga usep. Ang kalidad sa usa ka university naga depende pod sa quality sa leader. Mao siguro bukot bukot ang usep kay mis managed ug allegedly corrupt ang president.

    …………..

    Fellow USePian, HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?

    Well, take time to know him. If you truly care for this University, make it your business to know.

    From time to time, ARM will issue information bulletins to inform you about the doings of Dr. Perfecto Alibin. “We dare because we care” for USeP.

    Did you know that concerned employees of the University have filed a complaint against Dr. Perfecto Alibin at the Office of the Ombudsman-Mindanao for violation of some laws and regulations of the Republic of the Philippines and its instrumentalities? According to the complaint filed, the complainants firmly believe that Dr. Perfecto Alibin violated RA No. 3019, RA No. 6713 and other pertinent laws and regulations of the Republic of the Philippines when he maliciously, unlawfully and willfully used his office and position as University President to procure some benefits for himself, particularly when he dipped his fingers into public funds by collecting honoraria from practically every inter- and intra-agency project of the University, both locally and foreign-funded.

    Further, they say that by his repeated blatant abuse and misuse of authority, the respondent exhibited an obvious lack of integrity expected of a University President when he, motivated by malice, designated/appointed himself any of project director/head, chief consultant, consultant and/or chairman of the projects even as, among others, he did not have the required technical expertise for most of the projects.

    All in all, for the period October 2009 to October 2011, he amassed a staggering total amount of PhP 1,213,906.00 honoraria and other personal benefits from all sources such as the general fund and special trust fund. Take note that this figure is based only on documents available to the complainants. (What about other honoraria for which no documents are available to the complainants? And what about honoraria collected in the past years and from October to date?) Notably, 45.7% of the amount (or PhP 554,906.00) comes from honoraria! In two years alone, he averaged 277,453.00 honoraria a year! Add to that other honoraria not known to the complainants and you have quite a windfall!

    Did you know that for the period May 2010 to December 2011, Dr. Alibin collected the amount of PhP241,500 for “official entertainment and public relations” even as he also collected PhP417,600 Representation and Transportation Expenses (RATA) for the years 2010 and 2011? Did he spend that much for official entertainment, public relations and representation? Why is it that towards the end of years 2010 and 2011, he apparently collected all that was left of his Discretionary Fund for each year even as they could have been plowed back to Savings at the end of the year?

    These and other pertinent issues will be the subject of the Information Bulletin series that ARM will publish from time to time. Watch for this series.

  11. deep forest says:

    haha whatever you say boss.

  12. Angelo says:

    Hi Balong,

    Shocking itong info mo. Sana makarating kay pres pnoy ito para mapagtuonan ng pansin.

  13. Angelo says:

    Hi Karlo,

    Salamat sa tugon. Maraming di alam na questionable daw ang pagka reappoint ni Pres Alibin. Ito’y dahilan sa pagmamanipula nya sa pagpili ng members of the board of regents na naging tuta nya. Bakit ba walang matapang dyan sa usep na isiwalat ito? Two years na ako graduate pero alam ko ang nangyayari dahil naririnig halos arawaraw sa bombo radyo ang isung ito. Isa pa makikita ng kahit sino ano ba ang improvements na nangyayari sa usep under his term? Ang gym, alam ko ay kusang binigay ni speaker nograles noon as a platform of his bid for davao city mayor in 2010. Ang fence? Di naman yan pangunahing pangangailangan ng universidad. Gising USEP huwag nating takpan ang katotohanang bukotbukot ang ating facilidad. Yes we have high caliber teachers pero ano ang magagawa nila kung di naman suportado ang kanilang mga talento para magamit nila ito at mapaunlad ang edukasyon ng mga usepians.

    Magandang isyu din na malaman ng marami ang pagmamanipula ay ginagawa ng mga tuta ni pres alibin karamihan nito ay ang kanyang mga deans na di lang mayayabang KSP pa. Sila ay may kanya kanyang ambition at agenda din.

    Maganda nga ang image ng usep dahil sa QS na ito pero sa toto lang it is rotting inside. God save USEP.

    Ps. I will gladly share with you kung ano man ang bagong inpormasyon.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Diyos me, can of worms na po ito para sa akin!

      But yes, may punto ka. Hindi pwede na magpatuloy na umani ng parangal ang isang paaralan dahil lang sa mga panlabas na improvements. Iba ang ninging sa liwanag.

      Sana nga may mga taga-USEP na na nagsimulang magsalita tungkol dito!

      • tintinlee says:

        Go teach at a public school and start the change you want to happen instead of complaining and talking bad about USEP; do something good about our public school system by being part of the solution. I know you did not get a teaching post in USEP, but maybe you can get a post in other public schools/universities. You might get a better perspective of what public school life really is when you become a part of it. Listen and maybe learn something from this ADMU graduate who chose to employ her skills to truly help Filipino students instead of throwing out empty words.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        I already am. I’m teaching in Negros Oriental State University. My comments were said with both the excellence I’ve seen in good schools and the need for improvement I saw in schools of otherwise condition in mind. USEP is now beyond me, I hope my offensive words, far from being empty, have stirred people there to bring in the needed change.

  14. Angelo says:

    Hi Karlo,

    Graduate ako ng USEP sa totoo lang masakit aminin pero totoong bukotbukot ang USEP in terms of facilities. And am glad you have made an effort to write a blog about it. Ang QS ay di humihingi ng documents sa universities being evaluated. So ano ang basehan, web presence lang? Ultimo ang CHED kiniquestion daw ito sa kadahilanang walang substantial documentation na ginagawa ng QS. In short, bogus ang recognition na yan.

    Siguro magandang gawan ng blog ang mainit ngunit di pa kumakalat na charges/complaint against its president dr. perfecto A. alibin for allegations of corruption, inefficiency and poor leadership. Ito kaya ang gawan mo ng blog tingnan natin anong masasabi ng mga kapatid ko sa USEP.

    THANKS

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello Angelo

      Hindi ko alam ano ang proseso ng pagpili ng QS sa kanilang lists, pero kung totoo yang sinasabi mo na alanganin ang kanilang mga basehan, then I can only express continued regret. At nalulungkot ako na feel na feel naman ng mga USEPians ang recognition e mismong kagawaran nila (di ba state U ang USEP?) hindi nirerecognize ang QS.

      Hindi ko rin alam ang tungkol sa mga allegations tungkol kay Dr. Alibin, and I couldn’t possibly comment on this. But I think hindi ako ang dapat gumawa nito, kundi ang isang taga-USEP. Mas may kredibilidad kung USEPian ang mag-iimbestiga, at higit sa lahat mas makikinabang siya sa sarili niyang pagresearch. Pero interesting nga ito na issue. Kung may makita kang blog na nagdidiscuss about this, please share it with me, I will love to reblog it here.

      Let us hope for the betterment of USEP!

    • Balong says:

      Haha ayos.
      Matagal na yata tong corruption issue ng President ng USeP, hindi lang daw matuloy ang case kasi related ang isa sa mga ombudsman kay President.

  15. deep forest says:

    hmmmm..you’re a crafty cow. blah! now you’re revealing yourself. there is no point in arguing. anyway, you should win through your actions, never through argument. phony.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      The problem with people who get substandard education is that they use the oft misunderstood dictum of “actions speak louder than words” as an excuse to defend their own failure to defend their faulty points. By raising awareness about USEP’s shortcomings, I have done far more in leading the school towards needed improvement than all the generations of students who paid shallow lip service to it.

      I have revealed myself adequately here: I am rude and tactless, but that stems from the fact that my conviction comes from constant self questioning. And I am willing to change my mind. If that isn’t being genuine, I don’t know what is.

      • deep forest says:

        say what? my comment is still waiting for moderation? seems biased.

        whatever you boss. i yield. after all, you’re the one who acquired standard education in a most prestigious institution. sham.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        I tried to spare you from embarrassment with the faulty grammar. But if you must insist.

      • deep forest says:

        touché…whatever you say boss..

  16. deep forest says:

    “I calculate my tactlessness and use it deliberately (I’d compare myself more to Taro Aso, to continue the Japanese reference).”

    damn right! i totally agree that you compare yourself more to ex-pm Taro Aso of Japan. The one-time prime minister said early this year that the elderly should be allowed to “hurry up and die” instead of costing the Japanese government money with expensive end-of-life medical care. Not to mention other gaffes he had made. Is these kind of insensitive remark and social blunder you’re proud of to be compared with? and oh by the way, maybe you would want yourself to be compared to Prince Philip of England who also made so much gaffes?

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      So we’re going to talk of politics now? haha.

      Aso said a lot of things I disagree with (his comments on the burakumin and the Jews were rather insensitive). But yes, I agree with him on that point. End-of-life medical care is a waste of money, at least if the patient him/herself wants to die. I have many political beliefs that overly sensitive (and more often than not merely reactionary) people violently disagree with. I suggest you don’t poke the bush if you don’t want the snake to come out. Oh and the Duke of Edinburgh doesn’t make that good an example, most of his “offensive” remarks are often just misconstrued. I’m deliberately offensive.

      • deep forest says:

        to say the least, that was satirical of me. spare me the political talks. but what i’m trying to point out is that being deliberately offensive for me is not a way on how to be a critical writer (i’m not a writer myself) especially when you can hurt or upset collective people who does not think the way the intellectuals do. instead, if you really want to have a change (as what you always claim) then do it in a moral way or at least desirable and not with a cheap post in a social network. if you are truly an advocate for quality education, then why not do it morally and to not attack the institution, students and alumni. hmmm i know that a bush may be a lair for snakes. in that case i will not only poke it. i will burn it to the ground instead.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Careful with the metaphor there, it’s falling apart, haha

        Let me deign to give you a little lesson in writing, my friend, a modification of a quote from Oscar Wilde really.

        “There are no such things as moral or immoral messages. A message is successfully conveyed, or it is ineffectively conveyed. That is all.”

        I have deliberately offended people to call attention to a matter. They have paid attention to it. I have succeeded. I suggest you stop concerning yourself with tediously abstract nonsense like “the ethics of offensive discourse” and instead focus your attention on what really matters, the areas where your school can be improved.

  17. nksabot ko sa imong point sir karlo, sa mga taong nag react sa imong post, i think the reason why they reacted negatively is through the words used, ako, sa sugod pagbasa nako nitaas jud akong kilay, as much as i would like to backlash, wala nako gibuhat, kasi i know you have a point, from my point of view, isog r kaau imong words na gigamit mao nkareact sila ug ingon ato, dli nato maplease tnan, and dghan jud magbacklash since ang tan aw nila gina question nmo ang results sa qs, na dli deserving among school to be included in the list. wla may school na perfect, even UP who made it to the top list, dli perpekto, maskin ako as a student, dli jud ko brayt, dli sad ko utukan sama nimo, pero naappreciate nako imong posts, u were stressing a fact and a concern, however, mali lng pgkadeliver, dli man tnan kbalo mu-read between da lines, attitude nato as a filipino na mureact daun agad2x, i agree na kelngan iimprove ang facilties sa school, gikan ko sa private school before ko nag usep, and naappreciate nako ang diperensya sa duha ka school, akong school guapo ug facilities, dli bahaunon, dli baho, dli hugaw,dli sad bukot2x, ive learned a lot from my previous school naman, ug muagree ko nga mka contribute jud ang maayo nga facilities sa eskwelahan sa pagtuon s mga estudyante, so when i transferred to usep, cge sad ko reklamo sauna sa facilties, though 24 years nako nkakita ana ilang facilities kay sa usep nagtrabaho akong mama, s 3 years nako ug skwela s usep, naapreciate nako ang school, in a way na nagkalisod ko to keep up with my grades, wla lgi koy guapo na school, pero halos di nako mkatulog cgeg panignkamot ug study aron mkapasa ra, sa previous school nako ang 3 nga grado psado kaayo na, kay 80 equivalent ana, pero sa usep ang 3.00 langit na sa amoa, ang equivalent ana 75. karon wala nako ngareklamo sa facilities, maybe nsanay nako ug preoccupied ko sa mga activities sa school, s tnuod lng, dghan ug mksway s usep, pero dli buot psabot na dli n xa deserving maapil sa QS, i think ang bsehan s QS is and education na mkuha nmo s school, sa students as ang product, though dli tnan but majority, sa usep mkatuon ka maningkamot kay kulang sa pasilidades, makatuon ka mahimong resourceful kay kulang ang gamit, mkatuon ka ma pasensya kay dli saun mkuha ang tnan, the school molds its students to be the best they can be, kay sakong previous school hayahay kaau ko, naay resource materials, kumpleto, nkatuon ko didto, pero wla ko nkatuon n magpasensya, na mag antos, wla nako ntun an ang kahago sa pagskwela. kumbaga mas naappreciate nako ang education sa karon na kulang2x akong school, kay mas na expand nako akong knowledge about life, mas naextend nako akong patience akong diligence to succeed, it changed my whole personality. i hope you get where im coming from, pra sa usep sad, gnatry sa usep na mhtagan ang ilang mga estudyante ug maayong facilities, pero sa kgamay samong tuition, dli lalim na mabuhat na agad2x, dati bitaw knang nkita nmo n school kron wla na katunga sa itsura 10 years ago, mas bukot2x pa na, :), kung ang among tuition is prehas sa ateneo, kana kay mpgwapo namo among school, i think usep believes na quality education doesnt need to be expensive mao nang wala mi nagasabay sa mga school na taas ug tuition, kay kng buot huna hunaon kng musabay ang usep, asa nlng muskwela ang kdghanan n wlay ikaafford ug prvate school. pra sa ako ang importante, dli lang ang intellect ang mabuild up sa school kundi pati ang character, dli sa naga ingon ko n wlay character ang mga ngskwela sa laing schools pero mao ra na ang mhtag sa usep given n wlay guapo ug kumpletong facilities ang school. anyway, salamat sa imong posts ug blog..nakutaw akong utok.. 😀

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hi, salamat kaayo sa comment

      Again, gituyo ang strong words. Dili bitaw kabalo mubasa ang pinoy between the lines, pero kon sagpa kaayo ang duha ka lines, maapil man pud ang space between so makaabot gihapon sa ilaha, haha. It will just take time una nila na ma-reflect on.

      Gina-admire nako ang imong suporta sa imong school, ug ayaw unta hunahunaa nga ginakontra tika, I consider myself a friend of USEP (manglibak ra nga friend though haha). But iremind ra taka, to make the best out of your noble appreciation for your alma mater, nga recognition, in all institutions, must never be served in a silver platter. Okay so naay ginakahatag ang USEP sa ilang estudyante, apan sakto na ba na aron malamangan ang ubang iskwelahan nga gahatag sad og services? Dili ra enough to say okay ang school, is it better than others nga wala maapil>

      On how USEP makes you try hard because of limited resources, I believe that yes, kinahanglan pud makat-on ang estudyante og hago in spite of difficulties and limited resources. But I don’t think the school is the appropriate place for that, and definitely not in ways most schools claim to give that “education.” Dapat tama ang context sa limitation of resources, dapat gituyo nga lisod ang situation, part siya sa instructional methodology. Sa Ateneo pananglitan, naga-offer ang school og immersions sa mga lugar kon diin lisod kaayo nga living conditions para makakita ang estudyante sa poverty. In that case, kon masipyat ang estudyante pwede ra kaayo siya mubalik sa more resourced situation, and he/she comes out learning unsa jud kalisod ang life, and most importantly he can try again. In USEP’s case, kon dili mag-succeed ang estudyante in spite of the deplorable conditions, wala na jud, there are things nga dili na jud niya makuha. As it is, ginagamit ra man gud ni nga excuse to not give what the students need.

      But USEP, I reiterate, is destined to be an excellent school. Tarungon ra jud na ang mga kinahanglan tarungon. The calls from alumni and students such as yourself will be crucial in trying to achieve that.

      Cheers!

  18. iamdjamyla says:

    I miss your informative posts in FB Karlo so I decided recover my account here so that I can still follow you and your brilliant mind. hahaha.

    Naa pud nangutana sa akoa about sa imoha kay kaila man daw ta. Nganu daw gisulti to nimo, so I replied, “He’s Karlo.” Mao lang to. haha

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Lol, hi ate Djam!

      Yes, admittedly my brand of rhetoric takes time to get used to. But I hope the visible support of undeniably discriminating readers like you will show people that I’m not just hot air. There are controversial people out there who make yawyaw without thinking (first to come to my mind is Japan’s Tohru Hashimoto), but I’m not one of them, I calculate my tactlessness and use it deliberately (I’d compare myself more to Taro Aso, to continue the Japanese reference). If anything, I’ve gotten in trouble more for my politeness and my accommodating personality than for my at times offensive polemics.

      Maka touch sad nang i-recover ra ang account just to follow me uy!

  19. Balong says:

    Hi Karlo, I am a USEPian and I am sorry for what my fellow USEPians badly uttered against you.
    First I understand you about what you feel towards our school, I respect it, because it is your opinion. Second I know your are educated so I assume you have a good basis to what you have said. Third I accept your criticism because honestly I have also doubts in my school (as a whole) as one of the top Universities in the world. Fourth we are just happy and most of us just accepted the recognition given to our school without any questions about our schools current state. So I am sorry for USEPians who reacted in uneducated manner, they fail to think and fail to be righteous.

    You are right, our facilities are very poor, when I first entered there as a student the computers in the internet cafes’ are way better than what we have in school so I don’t really see any educational purpose of our library’s computer resources, those units only serve as a document writer and with bonuses of viruses for your memory storage. When it rains, we become paranoid of the flood we will be facing going back home.On the other hand educators there are exceptional people but not really all of them, despite the poor facilities they strive to honed the students to what I can say is employable and some come out as someone exceptional in their respected fields. Along with these are also poor quality of students, I know someone who graduated as a cum laude in education department but he took the board exam 3 times before he passed he became a staff at the school and was permitted to teach even he was not yet able to passed the exam and was kicked-out because of my brother’s aggressive approach towards his poor quality of teaching and very poor etiquette .

    So my point is that we should not generalize our comments, in any organization there will also be a good and bad product. I know you did not intend to ridicule all the students, but those who are incompetent but still manage to graduate. I know you did not intend to degrade us but you just sighted the questionable points that we fail to see because we are very happy and proud of our Alma matter.

    Thank you for your comment. It open so much awareness in us. (No sarcasm here).
    God Bless you.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Comments and realizations like these are what drive me to continue what I do. I thank you for your sensibility, but nevertheless urge you to make something out of this realization: your brother, it seems, also has that streak of polemics that afflicts me, I urge you and he to continue your good work in keeping mediocrity in check.

      More power to you and more power to USEP!

  20. malakityan says:

    d ako nata USEP pero galing po ako sa isang rural university. sa harap nang engineering building namin ay mayrong palayan. nakikita ko pa minsan ang mga kalabaw na nag tratrabaho. Pero d lang po yan ang basihan nang crediblidad or kakayahan nang school. nasa product yan and nasa studyante lang din. kasi ako IT graduate pero never ever ako uma asa sa mga turo sa school namin kasi kulang kulang and d nila tinu turu mga real wolrd problems and technologies. kasi nga po STATE UNIVERSITY. pero ftw nandito ako sa manila ngaun at hindi lang sa pag mamayabang noong baguhan pa ako tinaob ko yang mga ateneo de davao, up manila, sti or ama manila sa pag aaply (how much more sa davao?). 3 years straight programmer of the year po ako, deans list and thesis developer for almost 30 students before ako nag apply for an office work.

    haba noh? my point pre. d mo pding ganyanin ang school nila. kasi

    1) d 100k per sem ang tuition nila.
    2) d lang yan sa facility or pag tuturo nasa student progress yan s loob at labas nang school
    3) Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you
    4) insecure ka lang pre un lang ang punto dito. or maxado ka lang po matalino.
    5) lastly, saan and ano ano ngawa mo ngaun before or after ka nag graduate? (sorry d na kita ni research kung tapos kana or hindi)

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Astig ka, and I’ve never tried to undermine graduates like you.

      Pero ang punto ko ay ganito: ikaw at mga graduate gaya mo ang magaling, hindi ang paaralan (ikaw na rin mismo nagsabi kulang ang tinuturo ng State U mo). Unfair para sa iyo at sa mga gaya mong nagsusumikap na ang school ang mapaparangalan e ikaw naman yung nag-effort.

      1. Kaya nga dapat either taasan ang pondo nila o sikaping maging okay kahit gipit
      2. Again, kung ganun ang estudyante ang okay, hindi ang paaralan mismo. Its graduates happen to be good, but it doesn’t mean it has good graduates
      3. Bring it on, handa ang mga mature na myembro ng mga university na pinanggalingan at pinagtatrabahuan ko na tumanggap ng sensible criticism. Hindi kami OA.
      4. Nabanggit ko na dito, handa ako tumanggap ng criticism, kung may insecure man yun yung mga react lang nang react na hindi naman nag-iisip
      5. Google me. O tingnan mo yung About ko dito sa blog.

      More power though! At sana makapagturo ka rin para naman mashare mo yung tagumpay mo sa mga susunod na henerasyon!

  21. concerned citizen says:

    mr.karlo,

    i read ur side of the story, and we do apologize for the bad service that you experience our school or perhaps on my fellow usepians..however, i just wished you did some deep reasearch before saying such comments..we do have a lot of achievements that is not being BRAGGED or you may not know of since the state universities has different recognizing bodies than those of the private sector..sure siliman is one of the greatest school here in the philippines..but have the graduates shown or used what they have learned on thier school (well clearly not, based on the trash that your saying right now)..? we alumni however strive hard to prove to our employeers that we have been thought well in manners and work ethics which is important in the world!! our university molded us to make the most of what we have and make something extraordinary from it,.that is the main point why they have recognized us..yes we dont have the best facilities, lets just say the teachers is not that well off, our school is bukot-bukot.. but most of our graduates are now working on the top companies worldwide!! beat that huh!!!

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Again I reiterate, I am not undermining the accomplishments of the university or of its graduates. What I insist is that these accomplishments are not generally benefited from by the students and that these excellent graduates are excellent in their own rights. For the school itself to be truly excellent it needs to consistently produce excellent students and its accomplishments in research or community extension must be to the betterment of its instruction.

      It is only a sign of your school’s insufficiency to educate you properly that you are not aware of Silliman’s tremendous impact not only to the Dumaguete economy but to the many areas it is leading as well: it is a world leader in Marine Biological and Coastal Management research, it is pioneering in the Vizayas in community extension and development, and it has contributed immensely to the training of professionals not only in Negros Oriental but in the Southern part of the country as well. Though I’d say I’m still more of an Ateneo de Davao graduate, even then Ateneo de Davao’s environmental research is being used in the various environmentalist advocacy efforts across the country.

      • It’s not really about the school.it’s about the studentry..:)

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Hello. That’s a bit unfair on the part of the studentry, because remember that it is the school itself that receives recognition. Students pay, they get substandard education (you agree with that to some extent with your statement), then when the students still succeed in spite of that substandard education because of their own efforts, the school receives recognition.

        A truly good school inculcates excellence in all its students and adds more to what its students already have.

        But yes, I agree that USEP does have excellent students enrolling in them, I just don’t agree that the school makes them better.

  22. nag-iisa says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    June 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    tanung lang po?…(Wag no niyo po sanang masamain)
    1.) Nasubukan mo po bang gumawa ng research na commissioned ng university na pinapasukan niyo po ngayon? (in line with your position right now that has been published?)
    2.) Ano pong contribution (research paper) ang naibigay mo para sa ADDU? at SU?
    3.) Nakatulong ka po ba sa accreditation process ng university na pinagtatrabahuan mo ngayon?
    4.) Being an employee of two universities in dumaguete? may impact ka po bang nagawa sa para sa ikabubuti ng mga universities na ito?

    Yun lang po.. I have read the statements above… laudible naman po ang observations niyo…
    The university though needs a lot of improvements in terms of facilities, and faculty… Pero di naman po siguro natin maaalis na pinagsikapan ng USEP academic community and students na marating ang recognition na nakuha nito… kase based on QS ranking marami pong factor ang tinitingnan… Atsaka di naman lahat ng faculty ay in-breeds.. marami po galing UP, MSU, at USM…

    hmmmm… walang reply?

  23. nag-iisa says:

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    June 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    tanung lang po?…(Wag no niyo po sanang masamain)
    1.) Nasubukan mo po bang gumawa ng research na commissioned ng university na pinapasukan niyo po ngayon? (in line with your position right now that has been published?)
    2.) Ano pong contribution (research paper) ang naibigay mo para sa ADDU? at SU?
    3.) Nakatulong ka po ba sa accreditation process ng university na pinagtatrabahuan mo ngayon?
    4.) Being an employee of two universities in dumaguete? may impact ka po bang nagawa sa para sa ikabubuti ng mga universities na ito?

    Yun lang po.. I have read the statements above… laudible naman po ang observations niyo…
    The university though needs a lot of improvements in terms of facilities, and faculty… Pero di naman po siguro natin maaalis na pinagsikapan ng USEP academic community and students na marating ang recognition na nakuha nito… kase based on QS ranking marami pong factor ang tinitingnan… Atsaka di naman lahat ng faculty ay in-breeds.. marami po galing UP, MSU, at USM…

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      1. No, hindi pa po (I’m ridiculously young, please excuse the inexperience). But there will be time for that I am sure.

      2. Sa SU wala pa at kakasimula ko pa lang, and I won’t claim I’ve given AdDU. I’ll let my alma mater attest to that.

      3. Same as number 1, not yet, and yes, malamang magbago ang isip ko sa USEP when I do get to experience that. Again, I’m very much open to changing my mind.

      4. Again, like I said in number 1, kakasimula ko pa lang sa Dumaguete. Hopefully I do get to make a contribution one day, and when I do, I hope the contribution is long lasting and is felt by mas many people as possible.

      There has never been a question of undermining efforts, and I never said USEP hires only its graduates (two of its best teachers now, Dr. Rita Tuban and Prof. Rolly Bajo, have had academic experience elsewhere). My remarks have been focused on points that continue to be wanting in improvement, and the rather unfair hiring of graduates still needs to be addressed. Hopefully may pagbabago ngang dumating after my controversial remarks, haha.

      • nag-iisa says:

        thank sa reply 🙂 exciting mabasa reply mo… 🙂

      • nag-iisa says:

        indeed it will open the eyes of the officials po.. Im a USEP grad and proud of it… kahit di ako cum laude pero I’ve proven my worth in bringing the name of the school as an educator, a socio-civic leader, and youth leader… maliit man contribution natin from where we came but in our heart we are proud of our ALMA MATER 🙂 di po ba?

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        I’d like to reverse that and say that it is you who gives honor to your alma mater, and it is therefore your alma mater that is proud of you. Nagtagumpay ka bilang graduate sa iyong sariling effort, ngunit hindi naman ata tama na ibigay ang credit sa iyong alma mater kasi ikaw yung nag-effort di ba? If anything, that love for your alma mater ought to be made productive by making it a drive for needed improvement so the alma mater will be genuinely deserving of claiming excellent graduates such as you to be their alumni.

        Cheers!

  24. Unahan sa Palengke says:

    For those people who were not able to comprehend what the author wanted to convey, please read the post again before you post negative comments. Posting rude comments here just proves his case and your insecurities…

    PS: Great post! Cheers Mr. David. XD

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      History is full of backlash to things the mindless masses misinterpreted. That this mindless mob mayhem is coming from a University, as you so rightfully say it, JUST PROVES MY POINT. Where objective, intellectual reflection ought to be observed, we instead see downright uncouth responses that stem from an irrational – and dare I say unhealthy – attachment to the alma mater. A University is not a basketball team, when criticism is said you shut up and use it to improve.

      That I have sensible readers who get me (and who get how others don’t) is no small consolation!

  25. mapeh says:

    hi…
    if i am not mistaken, we came from the same province, @ n.cot?
    i just really want to express what i feel. at first i really felt bad about how you quoted your stat.
    i know we have all the freedom to express our feelings, maybe i can say that Usep is really a bukot2x school in terms of facilities, but somehow deep into the heart of the graduates and students of usep we are very proud that we belong to that institution.. that’s why siguro daghan ang affected about the issue kay gina-defend rapud ang school kay dili man jud siya totally behind.and you know na it’s public, so makamasa gyud siya. kampihan na mga students without even thinking the pos&neg sides. i just dont like how people really find a way to put you down, even to the point that they make fun of your photos. i think its unfair to your part.
    we can choose to peace. peace, peace and love love love… ^^__^^

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello, isn’t our province lovely?

      On offending people: as members of a higher academic community, USEPians must not hold on to immature, sentimental attachments at the risk of giving up objective evaluation for improvement. Of course they love their alma mater/school, but turning a blind eye to the school’s needed improvements is not true love. USEPians must grow up and show true solidarity to their school by accepting the things it needs to improve.

      And don’t worry about the comments, I’m used to them. I just feel sorry for the persons who write them to me, the remorse will be unpleasant (I’ve been there).

      More power!

  26. The Snake Charmer says:

    Question Mr. David.
    Are you a member of Davao Writer’s Guild?

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      No, I’m not a member. The DWG is composed of esteemed, accomplished, and experienced writers. Being young and tactless I have much more to experience, far more to accomplish, and nowhere near being esteemed to get into that illustrious organization, haha.

  27. ate cy says:

    oh you’re back, and i miss you Karlo. remember our first and second years in Ateneo? you told me once, when i asked you why you have such an attitude, and what you said really engraved on me “…when i counter the majority, it brings unity to them..” (not in verbatim). so you’d rather be the pawn so that everybody will agree on a single denominator, that was your means, and you know what, it was noble. yet, a lot of people fails to understand that point. haha.
    your post brought a plethora of comments from different people; i just hope they would realize the whole point of the dispute: unity and change. i hope when people gets tired of raising poorly laid arguments, they would realize that there’s no point arguing if one wouldn’t take actions to give concrete solution on the matter at hand.

    anyway, i saw this on my newsfeed. hehe. and i just can’t help but say something, i guess i’m just being nostalgic here.

    Pax Vobiscum!

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hi Sai! We’ve changed so much since first year! But yup, I’m still as polemic as ever, haha

      The comments, friendly or ferocious, nevertheless all show that my deliberate tactlessness has got people thinking. And that, no matter where you stand in the argument, is what ultimately matters: to get people thinking!

  28. Ezz says:

    Mr. David, you have probably heard of this countless times but QS bases its rankings mainly on research. Facilities are a non-factor, because if it were, then I believe UP should not be the top 1 in the country (believe me, I am an Iska).

    I applaud the way you deliver your statements and counteracting negative comments through civilized writing. However, you only did this after you received the ire of many students. Your first statement against the school is a complete irony of what you are trying to achieve now. Are you trying to slap the people with your “civility, politeness and good faith” and hoping to make them realize that they are achieving nothing with their ad hominem? This may be the best option to counter these kind of people, but then, have you not realized what a big ad hominem you committed when you called USeP “bukot-bukot”? Add in the fact that it’s a hasty generalization.

    My point is, as a writer, we should be responsible of what we write; we should not be bigots or hypocrites. And I know you know your mistake by now, but you should reassess what you did because it’s a big no-no as a journalist.

    Now in USeP’s defense, I believe that it should not be blamed for something that it cannot fully control. Of course facilities have a big impact on research, but it is more of resource and output. If a state university is “bukot-bukot”, then who is to blame? The “bukot-bukot” government, of course.

    Instead of marking your comment as careless, rude or whatever negative adjective I can put, I’d rather say this: it is a cry for change, a statement of bad allocation.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Yes, my point exactly.

      Observe that my rude comments on USEP were not attacking any person in particular (the closest I got to that was when I called the graduates terrible, something any respectable graduate would not be guilty of but graduates of otherwise quality would certainly feel ill at ease with). My statement was crude, it was uncouth, “revolting” to use the adjective of one comment here. But again, had I not been so blunt this matter would not attract as much attention. Now a demographic of the university’s population has given thought to this problem. Yes, I’m Machiavellian inmy rhetoric, and perhaps that’s my point for improvement. This experience has invariably been enlightening in that respect.

      Thank you for your comment though! Here’s to seeing Philippine Education improve!

  29. cholokoy says:

    There must be something wrong with that top school rankings. Hindi man lang nasali yung mga top schools sa manila tpos nasali yung USEP?

    Pati wife ko graduate ng USEP calls it bullshit. I am also a graduate of Ateneo University. lol

  30. water says:

    Nice post to read…. I believed that Usep deserved to be on the list. Bisag bukot-bukot pa na ug kulang as facilities, yet we can’t deny the fact that the students are indeed brilliant. 🙂 I believed that those ex-usepians that told you, that Usep is a bad school and waste of money, etc, and transferred to other school, those are the students that were kicked out from the universities because they didn’t maintain the such grades required by each department in the university. But thanks to your post and rude compliment to Usep. One of these days, usep will be a pride of Davao City……..
    Good luck to Addu……:-)

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello, thank you for your comment

      While my comments on USEP are far from pleasant, they are by no means only destructive. Sometimes it is from criticism that an institution can find glory.

      Here’s to seeing the school truly deserve its place in the list!

  31. sheryl says:

    Dear Mr. David,

    Thanks to Facebook, I actually got to read your trashing about USEP, and the chaos which followed after your irresponsible remarks. A very young writer, foolish at that if I may say; and so eager to get his narcissistic fill. And yes, I reported your account to FB so it was actually suspended even before you decided to close it.

    First off, I am not commenting here to give you the satisfaction of getting more credit than you could ever deserve. I am here let’s just say, as one of those evils, who would tell you outright to re examine your statements. Perhaps you’ve heard of psycholinguistics and psychoanalysis? Track your statements, and it wouldn’t even take someone that intelligent to see that you are just actually saying what you are saying out of personal vendetta. You were rejected by USEP, your ego was hurt…. move on. What noble cause? Nothing in your statements say that you actually care for any improvement for USEP as you, downright just labelled it ‘bukot bukot’. You did not care that we actually get less of the national budget much needed for education. You actually did not care that majority of the people enrolled at USEP are struggling to make ends meet, and actually had to work their ass off to make it to school every single day. Of course people will backlash at you. While it is true that we do have inferior facilities, I think you have no right to ruthlessly call USEP’s graduates as inferior. Of course it is personal, very personal. Not everyone is perhaps as lucky as you are Mr. David. Your statements did not only hurt the students of USEP per se, but their parents who in their best capacities, and with all possible means, endured years of hardship to put their children to school at USEP.

    I wouldn’t expect you to understand as surprisingly, a writer as you are (and a fellow in Davao Writer’s Guild) you lack an understanding of why state universities are the way they are. No we don’t rejoice in our school being in a bad shape. We make do. We are not being mediocre. You cannot claim to thread in political correctness, as you have no understanding of anything ‘political’ relative to state universities and the USEP population as made apparent by your claims.

    No, you did not make the situation obvious to those whom you call blind and mediocre to accept the state USEP is in. You were not a champion for the rights and educational entitlements USEP students have been fighting for (leave that to CEGP, the student publication and the student council) Don’t give yourself too much credit. You only managed to create a stir, and facilitate the hullabaloo of negative pouring of energies. Really, something that a good, responsible writer like you should not be proud of. No you cannot claim that you have to be rude to get something good. If that was your intention, you could have written someone in the government, or published a public letter stating your noble cause. Nothing is noble in what you did, and no you don’t need vindication. You are not the victim here.

    It is a shame though, I can see the makings of a good writer in you…but you could have been someone brilliant. You could have used your talent and supposed brilliance to highlight how is it possible for a ‘bukot bukot’ to make it on the list, instead of making the USEP graduates feel like shit. You could have used the talent that you and your parents have worked so hard on in honing to intelligently assess the situation and call perhaps the government bukot bukot for not caring enough to give USEP what it needs. I am surprised by your callousness and lack of empathy. These two are basic in understanding the whole gamut of life, which is essential in writing. I am surprised by the vileness of your words in insulting an institution that has housed brilliant minds in your hometown. I am surprised by your lack of respect for the institution which has directly or indirectly cultivated the academic life you are now enjoying (I can bet that in your academic growth, you have been mentored by someone or have worked with someone from USEP). You don’t need a god to have a clear mind and a good conscience. If you don’t have both, perhaps you should start questioning whether writing is for you. It was not so long ago that an esteemed international writer cautioned me: to write about my time, and to write responsibly. And yes, this was in the context of creative writing. I hope you learn to do both in time. There is time… you are young. Arrogance is every writer’s undoing. Remember hubris? And I hope you will master enough courage and respect for yourself, not to take back whatever preconceived notions you have with USEP, but to apologize to those students, professors and parents whom you have so disrespectfully offended. Om Swastyastu!

    p.s. I am from USEP (AB Language and Literature), who made it to UP Diliman (Graduate Studies, Masters in Linguistics) and the Malaysia and Europe for further studies, with a full scholarship through and through. I have always been proud of Davao and USEP where I came from, and no one has ever belittled my humble roots even those coming from the Ivy League universities, or the best universities in Europe. I was treated as an equal and esteemed with the highest of respects…so you really made me sad, just sad.

    I wrote you not to join in the bandwagon. I know you through a common friend, and former colleague in CEGP in Davao, who is now working for one of the publications there. I’d rather you write me back (if you want, but not necessary at all) or if you haven’t had your fill yet of publicity, you may opt to publish this…but really, this is written on a personal note, and I have no desire to join the circus. It is too much.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello, thank you for the remarks. While rather corrosively critical of me I cannot help but admire your articulateness in this comment. This is by far one of the most eloquent responses I’ve received.

      I am sorry that you feel I derided your alma mater out of bitterness. You seem to be misunderstanding me, I have said time and again that there is no bitterness surrounding my non-hiring at USEP. But there is, undeniably indignation at the reason for it, and I’ve stated that in this post already.

      Pretentious and vain as it may sound, I genuinely meant well. It just so happens that the manner in which I stated my point was offensive, and I have sufficiently explained the motivation behind that here and elsewhere.

      I am honoured by the high regard in which you seem to put me as a young writer. I will try my best to meet your expectations and, when needed, heed your warnings against hubris and inflated egos.

      I think you for the concern you’ve shown, congratulate you on the success you’ve seen in life, commend you for the honour you’ve brought for your school, and urge you, regardless of whether you think of me as being simply bitter and offensive, to nevertheless take advantage of the attention my remarks have called to bring in the neede change in your alma mater. It need not remain a humble origin for future generations of students.

    • keziaklewis says:

      I stand by, Ms. Sheryl’s Letter, to you here Mr. David. There is so much you do not know about USEP. As an outsider, you don’t have an inkling of what is life inside the university or how is education within it. You don’t know the struggles and victories of students, and parents, making a name for themselves through USEP’s education. I have met the best teachers in this school, not only because they were highly-qualified to teach their fields but also truly cared for their students’ well-being.

      I think you ruined your name as a writer even before you have made any real accomplishment as one by the irresponsible remarks you made on FB.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Oh I’ve done far worse than this, believe me.

        What my criticism of USEP has revealed, on the contrary, is not so much my own stubborn egotism (I have indicated quite generously here and elsewhere my willingness to change my mind) but that of many of those defending USEP. I have admitted that my experience is not all encompassing, but I have also insisted that this does not make my experience any less valid. Yes, USEP has had innumerable triumphs, no doubt about that, but the bad stories I have heard and personally experienced still need to be addressed, particularly because these negative aspects involve basic aspects of University quality. When these negative aspects are addressed I will be willing to eat my words. Are USEPians willing to admit their own shortcomings?

  32. karliabril says:

    when you said, “And no, I never took the USEPAT, I never intended to be a student in it (di ba nga I think of it as “bukot-bukot,” why would I enrol in it?)”

    I’d like to know, if you really see it as such, why would you even think of applying for a part-time teaching post in a “bukot-bukot” university?
    I am a graduate of USeP and was among those who were hurt by how you have described the graduates as “of terrible quality”.
    I do respect your opinion and even feel sorry for the harsh and rude comments thrown at you by the people you have offended.
    However, I do believe in reaping what we sow.
    So for whatever tomorrow brings, good luck and God bless.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Thank you for your well meaning feelings then, and I am sorry that you found my rhetoric too offensive. I hope it does not affect your personal productivity.

      Why did I apply for USEP? I needed a source of income of course, haha.

      Sometimes, we think we plant weeds and they blossom into flowers. I’ve made unexpected friends thanks to this shebang, and I am very much willing to contribute to others as well as grow myself from this experience.

      • karliabril says:

        so that was your reason.
        well then, thank you for your honesty. your answer has spoken much about you as a person.

        While i admit that there are people from USeP who haven’t yet reached their success, id like to point out out that many of the USeP graduates succeeded in their respective fields.

        Do not worry; I don’t think this will affect my personal productivity, at least not negatively. Contrary to the judgment you have given to USeP graduates, I am not “of terrible” quality and I speak for the most of the USePians I know. Unlike you, we weren’t lucky enough to have experienced the superb facilities your university might have offered but just the same, we do strive hard to be capable and competent in the global scene. I salute the universities helping learners succeed and honing them to become worthy of the victory they are to claim in HIS will and in HIS time. And believe it or not, USeP is one of those universities.

        If your reasons for posting such revolting comments is really what it is, then I hope you get what you want out of it. Good luck and God bless.

      • The Snake Charmer says:

        Bravo! Ganahan ayo ko sa imong speech! Keep up the good work, hehehe.

      • karliabril says:

        *Do not worry; I don’t think this will affect my personal productivity, at least not negatively. Contrary to the judgment you have given to USeP graduates, I am not “of terrible” quality and I speak for most of the USePians I know.

      • karliabril says:

        so that was your reason.
        well then, thank you for your honesty. your answer has spoken much about you as a person.
        While i admit that there are people from USeP who haven’t yet reached their success, id like to point out out that many of the USeP graduates succeeded in their respective fields.
        Do not worry; I don’t think this will affect my personal productivity, at least not negatively. Contrary to the judgment you have given to USeP graduates, I am not “of terrible” quality and I speak for most of the USePians I know. Unlike you, we weren’t lucky enough to have experienced the superb facilities your university might have offered but just the same, we do strive hard to be capable and competent in the global scene. I salute the universities helping learners succeed and honing them to become worthy of the victory they are to claim in HIS will and in HIS time. And believe it or not, USeP is one of those universities.
        If your reason for posting such revolting comments is really what it is, then I hope you get what you want out of it. Good luck and God bless.

  33. cjBuckethead says:

    hello, first of all i’m not an english major(com sci student) but i am from USEP. and i often do messages/replies without using any caps at all. 🙂

    i did not really care about your comment on USEP, just thought of it as someone’s opinion. but you should not blame USEP for its reaction towards your comment, blame it on the nation itself. as you’ve noticed, FILIPINOS, if hurt even for just a little, retaliate in numbers STUPIDLY. i don’t get that but i got used to that stupid trait. i do apologize for that, in behalf of my fellow USEPians.

    but in defense to my university, though our division is considered just a minority on the campus, we had our fair share of effort to acquire the QS thing. so let’s just not judge other’s effort(this is maybe the reason of the stupid strikes against you).

    i do feel a bit sad for you to have been forced to deactivate your fb account. 🙂

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello, thanks for the comment

      Again, I reiterate, I did not deactivate my account because of the negative backlash (that explanation is in this blogpost), and I know nothing of this talk that Facebook suspended me. I’ve made far worse comments and offended far more people before, surely this isn’t the instance that will kick me out of the social networking site.

      I commend your efforts in your division to bring recognition to your school. My remarks were in no way directed against you or any other sector of the university that deserves distinction. My remarks were against the fact that these efforts don’t seem to be coming from all sectors of the university, and that it is unfair that the university gets recognition for overall excellence.

      Don’t worry, I’m holding my ground well against the backlash. Continue your good work for your university that I may take my statements back!

  34. just another USEPian says:

    Mr. Antonio Karlo David, I admit USEP has its own faults, but so does yours. Is it right then to call your school bukot-bukot for those imperfections? Know that when you address an institution as such, you’re implying that the students are as bukot-bukot as the school itself. (Mind you that USEP controls its number of students, and those who enter the University belong to the top students who breezed through or sweat it out on the entrance test and interview with a professor.)
    You ought to understand that when you decided to listen to the little devil who told you to take inspiration from your five years of polemics and call USEP bukot-bukot, it is but normal to get all this “unwanted” attention everyone is giving you. Such comment invites the ire even of a USEPian who finds it incredible for the University to make it in the Philippines’ top 5.
    So, why then do you shy away from the results of “the slap in the face”? If you think you are right, then be brave enough to face it and be stoned like a “martyr” for what you think to be right? Don’t go cowering and justifying your actions in Word Press when you created a ruckus in Facebook.
    Clearly, you doubted the correctness of the means you used to achieve the supposed noble end you had in mind. The proper upbringing and education you cited in your blog should not have allowed you to give more weight to sensationalism over political correctness. I am not asking for political correctness even, just the truth. A balance opinion will do for USEPians like me. Bukot-bukot is discriminatory.
    Maybe it would do you good the next time you open your mouth or type in anything to forget the five years of polemics you boast of and everything that you learned in school, and just remember the golden rule: “Do not do unto others what you do not want them do unto you.” I suppose someone in school or in your family taught you that too.
    I don’t agree with people calling your mother and hometown names. In my opinion, doing so would make me just like you. But when you posted that blunt and irresponsible message on Facebook that people MISCONSTRUED, you just have to face the consequences of your actions. Because when you do that to others, you give them license to do the same. A painful reminder that your actions you have control of but not consequences.
    I think you’ve come to realize a little your lack of judgment, but you have totally no idea how prejudiced you are still. Because of that, I’m not convinced with all the justifications you try to cover your opinions and actions. Your logic is flawed and you have a friend Lilica who doesn’t step in to correct you. Bad combination. Just look at the thread. It’s basically just you and your friend here. Not balanced! I challenge you to show all posts and not trash them—positive or negative.
    Unsolicited this may be, I’ll tell you that what really pushed you to say that USEP is bukot-bukot was not the end that you nicely put in your blog, but it was your nasty prejudice against the University, the students, and its graduates.
    Number 1: “I was not the first to use ‘bukot-bukot’ as an adjective for USEP, I just heard it used by someone else.” Does this justify then your name-calling? Trying to find safety in numbers? A thing does not become right just because everyone is doing it. Besides, there may be people who view USEP and everyone affiliated with the university as such, but you’ve forgotten that there are people who don’t share the same opinion. Why then do you think your school hires USEP graduates? Think again. Maybe you’re looking only at one side of the coin.
    Number 2: “I applied for a part-time teaching post in USEP and have been turned down. But I have been turned down in other schools, including my alma mater Ateneo de Davao, and my estimation of them has not in the least decreased.” Then why this: “USEP would rather hire its own less qualified graduates over those from elsewhere” and this: “to avoid academic inbreeding Ateneo de Davao hires many USEP graduates into its faculty. I fear that the quality of education in my alma mater will be compromised by the hiring of bad USEP graduates”? You’re smart. Maybe you see now the incongruity of your arguments. And maybe instead of questioning the hiring standards of both universities, it would do you good to ask yourself what qualities you need to work on.
    Number 3: “‘You need good facilities to excel’ might sound materialistic, but it is a remarkably inclusive truth that gives as many students the opportunity to excel without suffering as possible, and I say that USEP needs to improve, among others, its facilities.” Partly, I concede to you on this point.
    True, the University has to keep on improving, especially on providing the students some conveniences. Admittedly, the state of some classrooms, facilities, and services shocked me especially on my first year there. But, on hindsight, these inconveniences have helped me and most of the USEP graduates to become resourceful and resilient individuals.
    But does this mean that the University should not seek to improve? No! It has proven much but it has also much to prove. To call it though bukot-bukot and look down on its graduates and students on the basis of the state of the facilities alone is unfair. While it’s true that good facilities make great partners for good education, alone they can do nothing. Facilities cannot ensure good education in as much as finishing college will not automatically make you a cultured and refined person.
    So, why do you call USEP bukot-bukot? Maybe you should again ask yourself this question. This time, be honest to yourself.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello, thank you for the comment.

      Let me just clarify some things:

      I screen the comments by how relevant they are to this post. Most of the comments hereto have admittedly been negative, and I am unsurprised. But the reason I do not post them here is because my response to them is already in this blogpost, I find it tedious to repeat myself again and again. This comment is similarly guilty of this, as I will later point out, but there are matters here that I ought to address, so I approved it.

      I reiterate the reason for my deactivating my Facebook: I had personal problems with several friends. If I feared the continued (and again, EXPECTED) backlash, I would not have bothered making this blogpost and making my email address available for continued feedback. Send them all in, I will continue to respond with civility and politness.

      And I reiterate as well: the offensive phrasing, while not meant with the malice it seems to come with, is nevertheless intended, and the backlash is expected. I am willing to shoulder all derision, if that means people will pay attention to the matters I want to be paid attention to.

      On pointing out that my opinion is not mine alone, you seem to miss the point that I invariably won’t be the only target of ire, it just so happened that I articulated what many believe. I have never implied that my opinion’s veracity stems from how many people agree to it, my point is that USEP has to deal with that image, regardless of whether or not it is prejudiced. We are all wasting our time taking about offending sensibilities that I fear people are forgetting the real issue.

      On why Ateneo de Davao hires USEP graduates: I am not speaking in behalf of the school, and it should be clear to all that I, along with others, disagree with this choice of hiring. But AdDU, I say, hires graduates from USEP, among other schools, to avoid academic inbreeding, while USEP is hiring its own graduates invariably to ensure employment. I don’t think there’s any incongruity there.

      I also reiterate my stand that USEP is currently a “bukot-bukot school,” but I further reiterate that it need not be. If anything, my tactless, unkind, downright offensive remarks will only make it more pressing for the school’s administration to improve where it needs to. Why are USEPians treating my remarks as an eternally undoable curse instead of as a point to improve on? And I reiterate that yes, facilities are not everything, but they’re a basic requirement that needs to be complied with before the school deserves recognition.

      But I thank you for your point and for reading this post, I am sorry that many are excessively offended, and I look forward to the day when I am compelled to take back what I said.

      • jj says:

        you may have not posted my post but i assume my words have pierced you. And i am happy my friend. You are of a good heart only at a wrong place. I may have outraged with your facebook post but this time i will rest my case. I am just happy to hear you say ”sorry”. That alone is one step forward to humility and kindness. However, my concern left is that you keep responding. My friend, silence does not mean weakness. In fact, it will do you good at this moment. Its another form of bravery. Let them speak of foul words and that only defines who they are and of which they come from. You haven spoken enough and made your point. Thats good enough and your bravery have fruited already.. Now, give people time to reconsider your point that they will learn from it. Your responses will not end this arguement and both sides will become futile. I assure of what i say. Keep the love bro. Its time to let go now and wait till the words becomes action 🙂 be happy bro, be happy and pray. He will guide you all the way through 🙂

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Thanks for this! Don’t worry, I am only responding where I think I need to clarify some points. Misunderstanding ought to be at all times avoidable.

        Cheers!

      • just another USEPian says:

        You ask USEPians are treating your remarks as “an eternally undoable curse instead of as a point to improve on”?

        It’s because of remarks such as this: “On why Ateneo de Davao hires USEP graduates: I am not speaking in behalf of the school, and it should be clear to all that I, along with others, disagree with this choice of hiring.” Clearly, you are not intent in helping USEP. You just want to be justified of your low opinion of the graduates.

        If you think that for a school to be called good it has to have good facilities, then maybe you should be barking at people at QS for not including that as a criterion. Maybe you have earned the right to do that now since you think you’re smarter than they are.

        We made it to the Philippines’ top 5 because we passed in the standards set by QS, not yours. (If you want to be a writer, know how important research is. But, I guess, you have no intention of becoming a respectable writer.)

        The more I read your answers to people’s reactions, the more I see how shallow you think and where your values are. You keep on emphasizing that for a school to deserve recognition, it has to have good facilities. Maybe you should look somewhere in Bohol. It’s just a boat ride away from Dumaguete. You’ll find there a school that will debunk your elitist opinion. It’s graduates have made it to the Philippines’ top schools with not much help from facilities you boast of.

  35. Pyrrhus Kim Paqueen says:

    HI.

    I actually agree with your comments. I am a graduate from USEP batch 2011. My course is BSECE. I am already a licensed engineer.

    Basing in Engineering education, USEP needs more and better facilities. For 6 years studying in USEP, CR needs to be improved a lot. Next is the facilities in the classroom needs to be fixed. And lastly, the materials and facilities used in our class projects or activities especially in ECE. Engineering students in USEP are good in theories but in actual, that’s where we lack.

    But for the teaching staff in USEP, there are a lot of professors who are really good but hopefully those handful professors will not be lazy anymore….

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Now here is something sensible.

      Again I reiterate that if there is anything I did not mean by my offensive blanket statements, it is that ALL its graduates and faculty are bad. USEP has produced excellent students and has hired excellent teachers. But these students invariably excel in their own right, and the quality of teachers is invariably unequal.

      Here’s to hoping these points for improvement can be addressed!

  36. The Snake Charmer says:

    Eto na. Nahuli rin kita. I’ve heard, cum laude ka sa Ateneo de Davao and I’ve heard, nangaply ka sa USeP pero ala natagad imong application. So alam na why ginatira nimo ang akong ALMA MATER. Asa ka karon nag teach?

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Di mo ko kailangang hulihin, di naman ako tumatakas.

      I’m teaching in two Universities in Dumaguete, and if there is an attempt here to mock me, I believe I’ve adressed that here in this blogpost.

  37. Ayam Rex says:

    nice clarification right there. am currently residing in USeP and i couldn’t even deny to myself the fact that i sometimes despise the school’s FACILITIES. naa man gani mga instructors na below par ang qualities in terms of delivering lectures but that’s another story tho. only few people are gifted with critical vistas as you have up on those sleeves. per my understanding, you ought to mean na students or even the blinded faculties of the school shouldn’t fool themselves by accepting what has been a developing culture inside the premises. mao gani daghan ang nagreact (including me) ug negative sa imong gi post. later i realized nga naa kay point, the students, though imbued with freedom of expression, tend to close their eyes and settle for the fact of “getting used to” a substandard face of the school. i get to understand as well na there are plenty of people soaking themselves in confetti na wala man lang na recognize ang weakness sa eskwalahan. i am a proud USePian but i can’t be passive enough not to utter these reactions kay mag reflect lang japon ni sa welfare sa mga studyante including me. :)) unta masabtan sad sa ubang usepian na dili man diay bastos ang pasabot niya. it’s an opinion that has to be read deeper. nice wake up call sir .

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      This is the most fulfilling comment I’ve read so far, thank you.

      I do not need to add more (in fact you’ve said far more than I have), I only need to enjoin you to use this realization to improve your school and give me a reason to take back what I said. I am certainly willing to acknowledge any improvements on USEP’s part.

      Here’s to a more vibrant Davao academic scene!

      • Commentator says:

        After reading most of the post, the author of this is not actually calling for change, but sucking for attention.

        Every comment either positive or negative, is still a comment…and it amuses the author

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        I will not deny I’m an attention whore, haha. But my personal flaws do not invalidate my strengths, and I am genuinely concerned for your school (not least because, as I’ve said in this blog, I have personal concerns that will be affected by USEP’s quality).

        I do look forward to reading the comments, it is always an enriching experience to see what others of a different mind think.

  38. IDEKWIBWT says:

    You may have a Great point but when you make it in a rude manner no one will ever listen to your point.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      On the contrary, nobody has listened to it more, haha

      • bewildered says:

        yes, people hear you. but you lose credibility and moral ascendancy.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        History teaches us that the people that have been hailed as possessing “credibility” and “moral ascendancy” are not always right, and at times are downright wrong. I’ve never seen myself as following the tradition of popular intellectuals, but of oftentimes villified polemicists.

  39. sayki says:

    Having been educated and raised properly, I dealt with each and every message sent to me with civility,.. “Civility” you say? I dont think your posts on FB were even civilized. Blame your school for having great facilities but not-so-great education compared to USEP. unsay psabot nimo? kay mahal mog tution niya nindot mog facilities, nindot na ang quality sa education? niya dapat masulod na sa list sa TOP universities sa ASIA? balik skwela dong. or maybe sulay skwela sa USEP or any public school. Di ba pwde malipay nlng ka kay nasulod ang USEP. kelngan jud nimo iBash online ang USEP. nasulod man ang ADMU sa list. inyo mn gihapon nang school. or bitter ka kay wa nasulod ang SILIMAN. DUDE! nindot kaayo ang schools nga imong naskwelahan. BE CIVILIZED AND LEARN TO UNDERSTAND OR EVEN COMPREHEND THAT WORD!

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      I believe I have made a distinction between the post, and how I responded to the feedback to it. The post was deliberately rude, as I’ve explained in this blogpost, because it takes political incorrectness to call attention to matters.

      Again, any implications of envy have been adressed here: I know perfectly well why AdDU and Silliman are not in the list.

  40. trojan-horse says:

    Biktima lang ang USEP sa kulang nga pondo nga gihatag sa gobyerno tungod sa budget cut sa Edukasyon.

    Unfair sa ubang graduatse sa USEP nga tawagon nimo nga “terrible”. Ug dili man lang sa USEP naay mga “terrible” graduates. Tanan skwelahan daghan “terrible” graduates.

    Tiraha lang ang USEP, ayaw lang damaya ang students ug graduates. 🙂

    Pahabol: How true wala ka naka-abot sa cut-off sa USEPAT? (Dili ko mogamit ug word nga “bagsak” kay pangit paminawon)

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Ako na ning giadress ang budget concern diri sa post: excellence can be achieved with a low budget. By that logic you must question why you got in the list in the first place when you have a low budget.

      And no, I never attacked the students. I think I explained that in this post too. My description of the graduates is a deliberate blanket statement to jolt the alumni.

      And no, I never took the USEPAT, I never intended to be a student in it (di ba nga I think of it as “bukot-bukot,” why would I enrol in it?)

      But thanks for your thoughts though.

      • bewildered says:

        really? then why did you apply in the University? let me guess…to be the change you want to see! 😀

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Partly, but mostly because I needed a source of income, haha

  41. Gerald says:

    “The more civilized messages asked about my motivations for my remarks. I will preempt speculations and disclose that I applied for a part-time teaching post in USEP and have been turned down. But I have been turned down in other schools, including my alma mater Ateneo de Davao, and my estimation of them has not in the least decreased (the Philippine Women’s College of Davao is still an innovative leader in the arts, and it has a lovely campus). This case’s effect on my opinion is on why I was turned down: USEP would rather hire its own less qualified graduates over those from elsewhere.” – Less qualified my ass, you do not know basic English. How can USEP hire you then?

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Pray point out where my English is faulty, I have been educated to accept suggestions for improvement, no matter how rude these suggestions are.

  42. Gerald says:

    The glaring grammatical errors and the logical fallacies present in the sentences of this narcissistic twat are more ridiculous! On the first sentence, he says that the “USEP is in the top 5.” Oh, what an epic fail! The title of the news article that he has posted on Facebook says “Only 5 in PH make list of Asia’s Top Universities.” As you can see, there is a great difference between “top 5” and “only 5.” Clearly, the guy does not comprehend basic English. If you will read the Inquirer news article in its entirety, it says that the University of Southeastern Philippines is in the 251-300 range. The one in top 5 is Peking University. By failing to understand what has read, and for showing himself incapable of intelligent reasoning, this guy has lost whatever credibility he has on the subject matter. He should not be taken seriously.

    Indeed, the news of the day is “Only 5 in PH make list of Asia’s Top Universities.” Among the five universities in the Philippines that make it in the list is USEP. This in itself surprises me. I’m a USEPian but yes, I am surprised. I never heard of it in my time. Nevertheless, I would not say it is ridiculous. I will only say so if I have a basis. In this case, if I know and understand the things being measured by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the rating entity.

    Surprisingly, on why USEP’s inclusion in the list is ridiculous, the guy subject of this controversy, did not offer any reason. As a matter of prudence, if you make an accusation, you back it up with evidence. Failure or even belated proffer of evidence as a result of afterthought is not acceptable. Instead of stating his facts, our guy mentions irrelevant statements. He says, “Yeah, it has great research, but experience tells me its graduates are of terrible quality.” You see, his second statement is completely off-tangent and contradictory in itself. How in the world can “graduates of terrible quality” produce “great research” when they were still in the university? If USEP “has great research” as he admits, then its graduates must be brilliant and not terrible! This is no brainer. Also his “And facilities-wise, it’s deplorable,” is another grammar fail. He does not grasp subject-verb agreement when he was in elementary. The the word facilities is plural and as such “it’s” or “it is” is not applicable. Even if he would insist he is using “it’s” because of his “facilities-wise,” such construction is still wrong. “Facilities-wise” is not a noun. As such, it cannot take a verb. Only nouns take verbs. Eg. The DOG IS barking. He could have said, “USEP’s facilities ARE deplorable,” BUT NOT “facilities-wise, it’s deplorable.” I will leave out the rest of the errors for you to point out. This guy is pathetic. To conclude, “As far as I’m concerned it’s just a bukot-bukot school.” That is fine with me. It is his own opinion and I don’t care. As for me, USEP is a great school. It may not be the best but it taught me everything I need to survive in life. It taught me humility, hard work, and respect for others. I am not the best. I am just average but I do good in life. Thanks to USEP.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Oh you are certainly not the best, that much we can agree on, haha.

      Thank you for your enlightening grammatical explanations, I would have loved to accept them if they weren’t irrelevant in this context. The “it” in “facilities-wise, it’s deplorable” invariably refers to USEP, which was the subject of the whole Facebook post. Thank you for the grammatical concern though, I enjoin you to look up “linguistic prescriptivism” to enlighten yourself on matters of grammar.

      On my use of “top 5,” you have been uncharitable in denying me the benefit of the doubt. I invariably meant “top 5 in the Philippines,” since they were the only universities who made it in the list, they are logically the country’s top 5.

      On the research and students: I am imagining that you have not had enough time in the academe. Brilliant researchers (which USEP undeniably has) do not always mean good teachers, and good research output does not necessarily mean good graduates.

      I thank you for your comments though, they have been most amusing.

  43. sakura says:

    I was a former professor of this university and yes, I was surprised why it was included in the top 5 for many reasons. But now I am not in the position to defend or to degrade the university because I’d been out for so long that I don’t know what is happening within that university.

    When I saw my former students reactions about your comment, I did my own “research” about it and read your side. The ranking is solely based on research and may be USEP excels in that area or if not, they did a good job documenting their outputs than the other universities.

    I am just saddened on the outburst of the community. It’s immature and it reflects many things about them. It’s this culture that always made me think when I was still part of this community.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello sir/ma’am

      I do hope you do not dismiss USEP altogether. They have been immature, yes, but there is always hope. Maybe after my eye-opening comments we can see ripples of change.

      Best regards!

  44. Anonymous says:

    amm.. Mr. Karlo, i did read your whole concern..but I think u dont have the ryt to overpower the survey of QS ! if you are doubting, concious or whatsoever ..maybe u could ask the QS why USeP belonged to its TOP Universities..or if you think ur better than them to survey such rankings.. maybe u could also apply to them! 😀 e try guba ang balay sa lampinig kung dili baka nila balsan ug paak.. naturally, their would be a lot of haters from USeP that will throw negative feedbacks.. coz first of all, we do have feelings. We know how to get hurt, how to overcome and how to accept.. but above all, Im sure this issue will be healed sooner.. it takes time.. 🙂 If I were you, stop showing ur hatred., para wla najuy issue ! deactivating ur account in facebook was useless..they can still put their comments here in ur blog.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      I think I’ve implied here amply that I am adressing USEP because doing so would be more productive than striking you off the list. Things the university needs to address are now foregrounded by my comments. If anything, that’s a win-win situation.

      And again, I did not deactivate my Facebook to escape the feedback. Why do you think I posted this on my blog?

  45. Better unknown says:

    Maybe Mr. Galay had bad experience in USEP before. I think he does not have bad intentions on what he said. Maybe the words used was just too painful. For my fellow USEPians, keep calm. Ang kutsilyo ay hindi nakakasugat kung hindi ka tinatamaan. Lets just help improve what we need to improve. Tanggalin ang CRAB MENTALITY.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Thank you for passifying your fellow USEPians.

      Yes, I’ve had bad experiences with USEP, I think that much is clear. What’s left now is not to deride me of that bad experience (that certainly isn’t my fault) but to bring about the needed changes to make sure nobody has bad experiences again.

      At magpatama naman kayo minsan. Everbody needs a knifing once in a while, haha

  46. Glenn says:

    Buot ko unta nga pribado ang akong mga komento, apan si “MAILER-DAEMON@yahoo.com” ang nihatag ug tubag nako. Bahin niana, ania ang akong gusto isulti kanimo,

    Karlo Antonio G. David

    Santiago 3: 3-6
    Kon tauran tag bokado ang baba sa mga kabayo aron sila mopatoo kanato, mahimo nato ang pagpalisoliso sa ilang tibook lawas.
    3:4 Tan-awa usab ang mga sakayan; bisan tuod sila dagku kaayo ug ginapatulin sa makusog nga mga hangin, sila ginapalisoliso sa usa ka gamay nga bansalan ngadto sa bisan diin sumala sa tinguha sa nagapangolin.
    3:5 Maingon usab niana, ang dila maoy usa ka gamayng bahin sa lawas, ug ginapanghambog niini ang mga dagkung butang. Pagkadaku sa lasang nga masunog sa usa ka gamayng kalayo!
    3:6 Ug ang dila maoy usa ka kalayo. Sa mga bahin sa atong lawas, ang dila maoy usa ka dautan nga kalibutan nga nagahugaw sa tibuok lawas, nagaduslit sa ligid sa kinaiyahan, ug nga sa iyang kaugalingon siya dinuslitan ug kalayo sa infierno.

    Dili ko gayud buot hukaron ang ginikanan sa duha ka unibersidad nga imong gigikanan, ang ADDU ug SU, duha ka sektaryan nga mga tulunghaan. Pareho nagatuo sa Bibliya. Katoliko Romano ug Protestante ang nagadumala kanila. Sa parehong paagi nako buot nga ipabuhagay kanimo ang akong mga punto dal-on nako una sa imong pribadong e-mail, unya damlag, ipakita nako ang akong komento sa imong gipagawas nga artikulo sa wordpress.

    Unahon nako. USEPian ko. Nagahatod kini ug kaugalingong panlantaw sa akong unibersidad ug panlantaw ko usab sa pagkabutang sa USEP ngadto sa QS Ranking.

    Nagpakahilom lamang ako sa higayon nga nahibal-an ko ang mahitungod sa pagkabutang sa USEP sa QS Ranking katong miaging tuig. Nagpakahilom ako sa dihang nadunggan ko ‘pag-usab’ sa USEP sa naingong pagdayeg karung tuiga.

    Sa pipila ka adlaw na nga milabay, nagpakahilom ra pud ko sa mga ginaingon sa mga kauban kong USEPian. Dili hangtod karung pipila pa lamang ka oras ko nabasa ang imong pagdepensa sa imong giingon batok sa USEP.

    Kini akong buot ipaabot kanimo. Buot kong basahon mo pag-usab ang imong gisulad sa Facebook.

    “That USEP is in the top 5 is ridiculous. Yeah, it has great research, but experience tells me its graduates are of terrible quality. And facilities-wise, it’s deplorable. As far as I’m concerned it’s just a bukot-bukot school.”

    Ang akong kaugalingong panlantaw: Ang akong patukuranan makita sa Santiago 3:5 “Maingon usab niana, ang dila maoy usa ka gamayng bahin sa lawas, ug ginapanghambog niini ang mga dagkung butang. Pagkadaku sa lasang nga masunog sa usa ka gamayng kalayo!”

    Unya, gisegundaan nimo ug “On my comments about USEP”. Mao kana ang imong gihimo. Buot unta nakong himuong detalyado ang akong mga panlantaw batok sa imong gipanulti sa una ug ikaduha apan hatagan ko ikaw ug higayon nga makaamgo sa “pagkadaku sa lasang nga masunog sa usa ka gamayng kalayo!” nga imong nasugdan.

    Unsay masulti nimo mahitungod ani, Karlo Antonio G. David?

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Una sa tanan, disclaimer lang: atheist ko.

      Gi-explain na man siguro nako og taman dinhias post nga gituyo nako ang paggamit og makasakit nga mga pulong atong akong mga gipang-ingon aron maka-tawag og atensyon sa mga butang nga kinhananglan tarongon sa USEP. Madala ra sad og hapak sa kabayo aron mapalihok kini.

      Ug duna’y giingon si San Ignacio nga mao’y gikuhaan nako kanunay og kadasig kabahin niining mga butanga: “ite inflammate omnia,” “Pasigaha ang kalibutan.” Mao kini ang akong ginbuhat karon.

      • Glenn says:

        Dili patukuranan ang pagka-Atheist nimo sa nahitabong gubot mahitungod niini nga hisgutanan. Sa imong pagpahinungod sa kabag-uhan sa katilingban pinaagi sa mga mahait nga pulong nahimo hinuong sangputanan sa kasuko sa kadaghanan.

        Sa imong gipabuhagay sa Facebook status ug sa imong pag-isplikar niini na blog, ug sa pagbalos mo sa akong unang komento, dili ako makahatag ug pinalalom susama kang San Ignacio nga imong gikulto.

        Sa nahitabo, “pasigaha ang kalibutan” mahimong ilambigit sa pagpasiga sa usa ka panimalay…dinhi kung asa mahimong maalamon ang mga nagapuyo niini. Kung mao ang sugdan, dili gihapon kini lohikal. Kung kabag-uhan ba kaha ang imong tuyo sa pag-post mahitungod sa USeP, nakab-ot ba? O padulong ba sa pagkab-ot sa imong tumong nga kabag-uhan? O adunay lain pang hinungdan nganong nasindihan ang sulo nga maoy nagdako sa kalayo sa katilingban.

  47. USEPian says:

    “Had I simply said “USEP needs to improve its teaching and its facilities before it can say it deserves this recognition”

    Ano ba qualities na hinahanap mo? sinabi mo ba mas magaling ka kesa Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)???

    hahahaha…. nakakatawa ka pare… hahahaha…

    kaya naman pala… eh kasi ADDU ka galing… (Insecure lang??)

    Ahm question lang… anu ba pinagmamalaki nang school nyo?? at saka bakit hindi nasali sa top 5…? (ahahahahahahaha)

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Hello, thanks for taking the time to read. But it seems you haven’t read it all. I said I understand why my alma mater did not make it into the list, our pride for our school is not irrational enough for that. But am I saying I’m better than QS? No, I’m just saying the experience I’ve had with USEP is contrary to QS’s recognition. And I reiterate my concern at what message this recognition might send.

      • Lilica says:

        Where’s the like button? Hahaha!

      • januscunanan says:

        Exactly. you have judged according only to your limited experience.
        “I am not convinced that low budget is reason enough for substandard quality.” But it has already been proven that budget cuts directly affect the quality of education. But then, i know you’ll again have your own argument.

        Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. These are your thoughts. it’s just you expressed it publicly and somehow rudely (according to your detractors) that it drew ire to those who have no open minds. I respect yours. Let’s just move on. This issue doesn’t deserve too much attention anyway. Let’s just bless each other with kind words. Have a blessed day! =)

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Of course budget cuts affect the quality of education. Is it then not questionable why USEP got into the list? Of course you can say that this recognition is thanks to efforts outside of budget, but again you need ask: why isn’t that same effort being used to address more basic problems like facilities and the quality of teachers?

        But I thank you for your respect, and if you’re a USEP student/graduate, your respect invariably lends the school a good name.

  48. toprubrix says:

    I know you have a good explanation about your comment on facebook back then. I am on your side Mr. Karlo. I do wish all those people would just stop the hate. Just stay strong my friend. 🙂

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Thank you for the support! I’m confident they’ll come down, and I’m hopeful that after they do they’ll begin bringing in the needed change.

  49. Lilica says:

    Reblogged this on Captain's Log: Stardate 2013 and commented:
    Karlo Antonio Galay David’s side. Please, stop the hate. It won’t do USEP any good.

    • Lefthandedsnake says:

      Thanks Lily! I’ll miss you on Facebook!

      • Lilica says:

        No problem, Karlo. There’s always WordPress!

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Looked for the like button. *facepalm* This will take getting used to.

      • Lilica says:

        I know.

        Y’know, there’s a reason why I like WordPress better than Facebook.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Why?

      • Lilica says:

        The Pinoys you meet are the best.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        Oh yes! I’ve experienced that already! I can’t say the same for Facebook haha

      • Lilica says:

        Facebook hosts all kinds of people. WordPress, on the other hand, isn’t for everybody. Hahaha.

        Hey, my pseudo-offspring from USEP defended you from the foulmouthed ones.

      • Lefthandedsnake says:

        You have a pseudo-offspring? haha. I owe her/him a caramel sundae and fries then!

        I’m already receiving crass comments here already. I’m trashing them because the comments were made without even reading my side.

      • Lilica says:

        Yep. Her name’s Andrea. She’s one heck of a gadfly. Just like her pseudo-mommy. Open-minded kid.

        I had an idea that your blog will be famous overnight. Hey, I read a comment that said “taga-ADDU ka, insecure ka lang” something like that.

        I was like, whoa. Hahaha.


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