Manila, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council (UST-CSC) on Sunday condemned the awarding of the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service to Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
“The UST-CSC strongly denounces the UST Alumni Association’s action of honoring Mocha Uson the Thomasian Award for Government Service,” the student body said in a statement.
“Mocha Uson, who is widely known as the main purveyor of politically-motivated propaganda against known members of the government’s opposition, an avid spreader and citer of fake news.”
“We express dismay over this event as Mocha Uson does not, in any way, embody the ideals of a real Thomasian, and with all due respect, Ms. Esther Margaux “Mocha” Justiniano Uson does not deserve an award that was supposed to be meant solely for outstanding alumni,” the UST-CSC added.
Uson was given the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service along with other government officials from the House of Representatives, the Senate, the judiciary branch and the executive branch.
Meanwhile, the UST-CSC also urged Thomasians to fight against fake news and to seek fact-based pieces of evidence amid the denial of truth.
“We encourage everyone to be critical on every information they receive even if it hails from supposedly credible sources,” the student body said.