A press release from the Office of Vice Governor Emmanuel Pinol, said CHEd chair Emmanuel Angeles “on Saturday said he will defer the scheduled Jan. 5 oathtaking of incoming USM President Jesus Derije, a veterinarian, following a complaint he received after the election of the USM Board of Regents where Derije won by a slim margin of 6-5 over incumbent university vice president Palasig Ampang, a Maguindanaon.
Angeles “ informed Pinol, who relayed to the CHeED President the complaint of the concerned faculty and staff of USM, that the charges are serious and that these would be investigated.”
The complainants sent a manifesto addressed to President Arroyo.
According to civil service rules, a candidate for the University presidency must have served as dean of any of the colleges for at least five years, a requirement that Derije failed to meet.
The more serious charge, the manifesto said, was the involvement of Derije in a cattle-rustling case inside the USM compound, which happened in October 1989 where he and several fraternity members reportedly stole and slaughtered a huge cattle owned by Bienvenido Galay.
Derije said in an interview that he applied for the position and he deserved it. “The search committee and Board of Regents considered my application.”
Derije said the Board of Regents endorsed him to become the President. (Malu Manar/MindaNews)