(FEB. 28)—Dr. Michael Lim Tan, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), affirmed his position as the tenth chancellor of UP Diliman before UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, and witnessed by the vice presidents of the UP System and some UPD officials at 5 p.m, Feb. 27 at Quezon Hall.
Rather than the traditional oath-taking, Tan took an affirmation, following the tenets of the Quakers, of which he is a member. "Quaker kasi ako at bawal sa amin ang oath-taking. So insted of saying 'nanunumpa' we say 'taos-pusong pinagtitibay.' And we don't close with 'Siya nawa Diyos.' Ang dahilan dito is we believe that if we want to promise we will do something, we shouldn't have to invoke the name of God. Gawin na lang," Tan emailed UPDate on Feb. 28.