10 Wittiest Reactions to Mocha Uson's UST Alumni Award

One alumnus wants to send back his award from the association.


(SPOT.ph) The University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association, on January 21, gave the Thomasian Alumni Award in Government Service to Assistant Sec. Esther Margaux "Mocha" Uson. This was met with controversy, with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Central Student Council condemning this action. "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 Council said in a statement.




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Award-winning novelist and poet Bino A. Realuyo wants to return the 75th Founding Anniversary Award given to him in 2003 as one of the 75 alumni of UST High School. "The recent Thomasian Alumni Award recognition of Mocha Uson, a known propagandist and “purveyor of fake news” at a time when Freedom of the Press is under attack in the Philippines is an insult to all UST Alumni who believe in upholding one of the pillars of strong democracies—VERITAS," he said in a Facebook post.




"The sole criteria are for the recipient/s to be a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas and in government service," the UST Alumni Association (AA) claimed in its defense. Other "recipients came from four levels of the government," including Sen. Joel Villanueva, Cong. Jose L. Atienza, Jr., Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon C. Nolasco, and others. The Association also cited the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Leadership Award as the highest award initiated by AA "to inspire and challenge recipients to lead the Thomasian core values of Compassion, Competence, and Commitment."


The issue's been taking over the local Twitterverse in the last 24 hours, and here are some of the angriest reactions.


If only...


St. Thomas Aquinas must be rolling in his grave.


Leave of Absence on grounds of...being ashamed.


That meme.




What happened, UST?!


Well, there you go.


Kill your idols, they say.


May it be an award or a "recognition."


Popoy and Basha are shookt.


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