UST disowns Uson award

UST disowns Uson award

A photo from the The Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, shows Mocha Uson receiving the award for government service from the UST Alumni Association.

MANILA— The University of Santo Tomas (UST) has distanced itself from a controversial award given to its alumna, Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

The Dominican-run school clarified that it has nothing to do with the award given by the UST Alumni Association Inc. (UAAI).

The university said that the alumni association is a corporation distinct from UST, has its own board of trustees and operates independently.

“The university does not interfere with the affairs of the UAAI or any of its alumni organizations,” it said in a statement from Prof. Giovanna Fontanilla, the university’s director for public affairs.

UST stressed that The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni is the only award bestowed by the university “to exceptional graduates after undergoing a stringent screening process”.

“They are given only to alumni in all areas of studies who have instilled excellent core values academically and socially to the public,” it added.

The UAAI on Sunday conferred the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service to Uson, sparking uproar from former and current UST students.

The UST Central Student Council condemned the award to Uson that it called “an avid spreader and citer of fake news”.

In an editorial titled “Award to ‘Mocha’ a libel to UST, the university’s official student publication, The Varsitarian, even called on the UST AAI officers to resign over its decision to honor Uson.

“For its libel on UST and abetting assault on the truth, the UAAI leadership should resign,” the editorial said.

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, who presided a Mass at the alumni homecoming on Sunday, has also denied any knowledge of the award to Uson. CBCPNews