STATEMENT OF CABREI CABREIRA, THE NEW ’07-’08 SANGGUNIAN PRESIDENT

STATEMENT OF CABREI CABREIRA, THE NEW ’07-’08 SANGGUNIAN PRESIDENT

Today at noon, I, Cabrei Cabreira, was officially sworn in as the new Sanggunian President for the School-Year 2007-2008. As the constitutional successor to the Presidency, I now take full responsibility for this Student Government. However, the events that lead to my assumption of this office are undoubtedly unacceptable and unfair. Last elections, Karl Satinitigan was duly elected to lead this Sanggunian toward realizing its vision for the Ateneans. It is now apparent that Karl is not an official student and can no longer carry out this mandate. I acknowledge the accomplishments that Karl has made but remain steadfast in deploring this chain of events. I firmly believe that the Sanggunian and the student body deserve nothing less than an explanation for what happened to the elected President. After all, this is a public position and every Sanggunian officer must be held accountable to the Ateneans who trusted them. Nonetheless, the decision to fully shed light on these matters lie on Karl alone.

The importance of the Presidency and its leadership role has never been highlighted more. For many months, the Sanggunian has been experiencing a leadership crisis, weathering both deserved and unfair criticism from various sectors in the community. While it is not true that the Sanggunian does not work, laudable efforts from our lower units were significantly negated by the absence of clear-cut leadership. The Sanggunian has indeed gained some ground in projects such as Project 50/50, the respective school weeks, Reps’ Plenary, SONA, and the Magna Carta Week. Nevertheless, I admit that the internal effects of these unforeseen developments contributed to our failure to meet students’ expectations.

Up until this week, the Sanggunian was completely unaware of everything going on with our erstwhile President. We did not get any official word from the OSA, Partido IBIG-Agila, or any other unit that could have been privy to Karl’s circumstances. Let it be made clear that there was no effort whatsoever to hide this issue from public scrutiny. The Sanggunian also acknowledges the swift action by the OSA and the Student Judicial Court to follow the constitutional process.

With barely 3 weeks left before the new Sanggunian elections, I intend to oversee the proper execution of the remaining projects lined up to close the year. A collaborative evaluation on the performance of the Sanggunian is in order as well. This will help me as I begin to set the framework for the incoming officers who are to face a Herculean task of revitalizing this Sanggunian. I am hopeful that the next set of officers will have a strong work ethic and are experienced enough to produce the results and carry out the reforms needed in this institution.

As I set out to lay the foundation for the reconstruction of this student government, I appeal to the student body not to lose hope in their Sanggunian. This coming elections, let us continue to exercise our right to choose the people who could best address the pressing problems we have. If anything, the Sanggunian needs an action-oriented leadership, one that transcends words toward action, to restore its relevance. Together, let us hope and work for the rebuilding of this institution.

Cabrei Cabreira
President
Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Ateneo de Manila
Feb. 7, 2008


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Cabrei Cabreira
IV AB IS
President
Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral na mga Paaralang Loyola
ng Ateneo de Manila
Partido Ignacio
0917.801.32.00//cabrei_cabreira@yahoo.com