- USTAII president said morality not considered in giving award to PCOO Asec
- He denied award was given due to political affiliations
- He admitted being hurt by the bashing and accusations though
MANILA, Philippines – The president of the UST Alumni Association Inc. (USTAAI) explained they did not consider “morality or uprightness” in conferring awards to Thomasian graduates which also included Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
According to Henry Tenedoro, competence, commitment and compassion are the main criterion they took into account when awarding this year’s batch.
“Yung core values na nabanggit sa plaka, ‘yung competence, commitment, compassion, relative ‘yan eh, sino ang puwede magsabi na walang competence? Kasi noong kino-consider namin sa totoo lang, hindi na namin tiningnan ‘yung morality, uprightness,” GMA News quoted him as saying.
[The core values indicated in the plaque, competence, commitment, compassion, those are relative, who can the person has no competence? Because in considering the candidates, we frankly did not consider morality, uprightness.]
Tenedoro also denied they considered political affiliations; saying the association awarded distinguished alumni from across the spectrum.
“Kaya iyong sa 27 na napili ng committee, 20 sa kanila ang dumalo at walang political color kasi iyong mga dumalo galing sa Kongreso, merong mga nasa opisisyon, merong nasa lahat,” he said.
[Because of the 27 chosen by the committee, 20 of them attended, there was no political color because those who attended came from Congress, there were some from the opposition, and there were those who came from the majority.]
Tenedoro also admitted that the criticism being thrown at him and the association because of Uson’s awarding hurts.
“To be honest, masakit sapagkat ilang beses po ako nainterview ng Varsitarian during the day and then kahapon meron pa ring pumunta sa akin. Pinilit kong in-explain ang mga proseso. Hindi ko alam kung bakit kailangan nila sabihin iyong mga ganoong bagay, katangahan, koruspyon at lahat,” he said.
[To be honest, it hurts because I have been interviewed by the Varsitarian during the day and then yesterday there were some who still came to me. I tried explaining the process. I don’t know why they would need to say these kinds of things, that we’re stupid, engaged in corruption, etc.]
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