First things first. I rendered my services as a volunteer for free. I also lent some of my equipment, a wireless router and my laptop to be used as the server. I did not receive a single peso for rendering my services although the COMELEC, from time to time shoulders my fare and food whenever I need to go to MSU. They were also kind enough to give me a COMELEC shirt as a token. The most that I expected to receive was the fulfillment of a successful election (which we achieved in my opinion). In short, I went there as a volunteer and not a paid contractor.
A day before the election, I was already in MSU when I decided to stay overnight inside the campus with the COMELEC commissioners and deputies to work on the last-minute stuff. When doing these kinds of work, I usually prefer wearing comfortable clothes. That time, I was wearing a shirt (with sleeves), shorts and a decent pair of shoes - an attire more decent than my usual attire in UP Diliman. I stayed all night to make sure everything technical is in order for the election (from passwords, the database, script for the live turnout, verification of ballots, etc).
Immediately after the College of Social Science and Humanities opened, I washed up, changed clothes and proceeded there with the group to setup our stuff. While I was securing the wire of the extension cord to floor (to prevent people from tripping), a certain Professor Laroco embarrassed me in front of a handful of COMELEC commissioners, deputies and students with early classes.
He arrogantly commented about my attire. Some of the commissioners and deputies tried to defend me saying that I'm not a MSU student. He told me that my attire was not befitting to serve the students. I defended myself and told him that I'm only a technical staff and guaranteed him that I won't be a frontliner. I also told him that I was not informed about a rule that wearing shorts is not allowed inside their building and that I would take note of it next time.
I could have taken it lightly if he told me about that policy of him in a nice manner. But it turns out that he is really arrogant, he was even proud enough to boast that he has a lot of haters and I wouldn't wonder why.
Being tired and sleep-deprived, I would have wanted to walkout but it would be so selfish of me to do so since I'm handling most of the technical matters of the election. I know I had to keep my cool and continue working. I decided spend most of the day inside Sir Dorado's room.
I told some of my friends about the incident. I learned from them that he is the OSA Director and the school's publication needs his approval before publishing anything. I also learned from another professor/instructor there that there was no such building policy.
I believe I was respectful enough throughout my short stay in MSU. I am confident that Sir Dorado, his assistant, and the professor who met his students in the Speech Lab would agree with me.
Sa pamamalagi ko sa UP Diliman, hindi pa ako nasita o pinahiya sa loob ng mga gusali dahil sa aking pananamit. Inaamin ko na maaring mali ako at hindi ko inalam ang lugar na pupuntahan ko. Nasa maling lugar siguro ako. Madali lang naman akong kausap kung kinakausap ng maayos. Ang puno't dulo lang ng lahat, hindi ko nagustuhan ang pakikitungo ng Professor Lorenzo Laroco na yan.