BAYBAY CITY, Leyte — If it were up to the students of Visayas State University, it will either be Mr. Khim Lhemuel Tamaca of the College of Management and Economics, Ms. Jeanie Rose Deluza of the College of Agriculture and Food Science, or Mr. John Allan Gulles of the College of Engineering who should become the next president of the University Supreme Student Council (USSC).

The incoming council presidents of these colleges emerged as the top choices in an Amaranth mock poll conducted during the USSC General Assembly on May 9, 2017, Tuesday, at the VSU Gymnatorium.

Of the 2,235 students who participated in the poll, CME’s Tamaca got 24%, followed by CAFS’ Deluza with 22.4 %. COE’s Gulles ranked third with 21% of the votes.

Intention vs determination?

During the general assembly, the incoming presidents were asked to stand if they had clear intentions to run for USSC President. Three stood up: Deluza, Gulles, and John Gerard Abando of the College of Arts and Sciences.

But Gulles tried to downplay his “intention”, saying it does not mean a strong “determination” to run.

Tamaca told Amaranth he is not willing to run since he will go on his agribusiness OJT next school year. Abando, despite standing up first, only got 3.8% from the mock poll.

Among the frontrunners, only Deluza has signified a clear interest to run.

Indirect vote

VSU students, however, do not get to choose its student regent. The presidents of the College SSCs vote for the USSC officers among themselves, parliamentary-style.

The Amaranth poll, however, tried to get the pulse of the VSU students. It asked, “If it were up to you, who would you vote for USSC President?”

The poll then lists down all the presidents-elect from each college and satellite campus of the VSU system.

College support

Amaranth’s analysis of the mock poll shows that most colleges supported their own president-elect. Only the College of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences didn’t give a majority vote to their new presidents.

Nursing students chose COE’s Gulles (33.3%) over their own Era Jean Sanchez (6.7%). Abando, however, still got the most votes (31.1%) although not the majority.

The presidents-elect are set to meet soon to carry out the USSC elections. Outgoing USSC President Mark Michael Unlu-cay told Amaranth that this will be during the TIME Congress, an annual leadership congress that will prep student leaders before the school year starts.

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