UniversityFOCUS2014 Batch Vice President impeached for negligence
FOCUS2014 Batch Vice President impeached for negligence
February 27, 2015
February 27, 2015

The University Student Government (USG) Judiciary branch has found FOCUS2014 Batch Vice President Joseph Magbitang guilty of the gross negligence in a hearing held last February 26 at the USG conference room. College of Science Magistrate Nadine Martinez explained in her verdict that there was contradicting evidence given by both parties.

The case against Magbitang came after a complaint was filed on how he allegedly signed and processed documents for projects within the batch government (BG) without the approval or consent of his immediate superior, FOCUS2014 Batch President Gerald Santiago. The projects were also found to not have gone through the proper channels within the unit, specifically to appointed officers in charge of funding and documentation.

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Messy business

The defendant’s panel, led by Chief Legislator Patrick Kahn, argued that the issue is simply an internal matter within the BG that should have been settled amongst themselves, and should not have elevated to a case in the first place.

Kahn has also appealed to the officers’ inexperience for the incidence as he explains that they are still freshman students.

He also argued that there is no actual merit to the case of gross negligence as he points out that no damages actually occurred, and as he further stressed with the testimonies of the witnesses, the projects were pushed through on good faith.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s panel, led by Rafael Rabacca argued the relevance of discussing the internal problems, when it is not the main issue. He explained that the case should be on finding merit on the alleged negligence claim against Magbitang, and not whether or not there were problems in their dynamics.

Rabacca also argued that there was negligence on Magbitang’s part, as he evidenced with the testimonies of his fellow officers stating that he did not run the paperwork through the right people before reaching the desk of the Department of Activity Approval and Monitoring (DAAM).

 

Once more

The impeachment of the batch vice president marks the second instance within the year that an elected official was impeached due to gross negligence. Last January, EXCEL2016 Legislative Assembly Representative Lorenzo Ermitano was also impeached for gross negligence, but due to an excess of unexcused absences.

This also serves as the fourth time that an elected official vacated their position as two previous officers stepped down to complete their degrees in an earlier time.

As of press time, there has yet to be a replacement for the impeached officer, especially since Magbitang’s case is yet to be fully closed as Kahn shared that they have already begun working on their appeal for a reconsideration of the case.

  • Jeff

    Daming alam, parang kiddie court ang dating. College government is useless anyway. There are much more efficient ways of representing the student body without wasting so much university resources and giving opportunity to fake people who run for positions for the sake of their resumé

    • Jeff II

      What you say is true maaaan!!!

    • asman

      Sino ba ang nagsimula niyang paggamit ng “much” para sa lahat? Much ways? Much resources? Kainit ng ulo!

    • haddadi4i

      im confused. Please enlighten me on how can you call elected officials “fake”

    • Unknown

      efficient ways like?

    • Guest

      the first comment is an insult not only to the elected officials but also to those who ran and voted for them (or anyone). The students elected the officials on good faith, by calling the latter fake its assumed that those who voted for them are also in a sense “fake” because they could not see through the intentions you claim are the officials. You cant come to the conclusion that the officials within the USG are fake and are doing so for the sake of a good resume. Unless you can actually prove that the only goal of a person running for any position in the USG is for his/her own benefit and not for the betterment of the batch and university then youre running on a biased opinion that can ruin the reputations of those who are hard at work.

    • haddadi4i

      that is an insult not only to the elected officials but also to those who ran and voted for them (or anyone). The students elected the officials on good faith, by calling the latter fake its assumed that those who voted for them are also in a sense “fake” because they could not see through the intentions you claim are the officials. You cant come to the conclusion that the officials within the USG are fake and are doing so for the sake of a good resume. Unless you can actually prove that the only goal of a person running for any position in the USG is for his/her own benefit and not for the betterment of the batch and university then youre running on a biased opinion that can ruin the reputations of those who are hard at work.

  • Mr X

    The judiciary is overrated.

  • utakmuna

    WEH USG BULOK

  • Yoshi

    We all understand that there are rules and that “rules are rules”. However, when it comes to the USG, I don’t see the incentive to punish Magbitang for fulfilling his duties and claiming the vision of the student government in helping the students. There should be a degree of leniency given to him. Yes, the outcomes do not justify the means, but COME ON! OVERRATED. Plus, I feel like there’s a personal issue behind this story.

  • wazup

    USG BULOK

  • Chip Pilapil

    Just to clarify (to the writer, the publication, and the whole student body), an “impeachment” is concluded by the filing of a case; it is not the term used for a guilty verdict.
    To be impeached is to be accused. Once the case is filed, the official is already impeached; a guilty verdict is more appropriately called a removal.
    This is important, because it is equally possible to be impeached and be cleared of the charges.