Second-class pledge

Ellen Tordesillas column today reminds me of yet another reason I think the present Flag Law was an absolute disaster for the country. She points to the Pledge of Allegiance familiar to generations of Filipinos until the Ramos administration got it into its head to tinker with everything.

The Pledge of Allegiance I grew up with, and which most readers of this blog probably learned in school was this:

I love the Philippines
It is the land of my birth
It is the home of my people
It protects me and helps me
To be strong, happy and useful.

In return,
I will heed the counsel of my parents
I will obey the rules of my school
I will perform my duties
Unselfishly and faithfully.

I will be A True Filipino
In thought, in words, in deed.

To my generation, the Filipino version was what we learned:

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas.
Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan.
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi.
Ako’y kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan
Upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapakipakinabang.

Bilang ganti, diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang.
Susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan.
Tutuparin ko ang mga tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas.
Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan nang walang pag-iimbot at ng buong katapatan.

Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino
sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa.

In 1998, it was replaced with this:

Ako ay Pilipino
Buong katapatang nanunumpa
Sa watawat ng Pilipinas
At sa bansang kanyang sinasagisag
Na may dangal, katarungan at kalayaan
Na pinakikilos ng sambayanang
Makakalikasan at

Which is a carbon copy of the American pledge of allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

The corrosive effects changes to things that ought not to be changed was best demonstrated, I think, when Raul Roco campaigned for President. He would talk to students about love of country, and quote the pledge of allegiance from memory. The problem was, the pledge of allegiance he was reciting was no longer taught in the schools, the students had no clue what on earth Roco was quoting, and whatever Roco was mentioning no longer evoked anything because it had been scrapped by Congress (and, apparently, Roco had some culpability in the whole thing, too).

With one law, students in school in 1998 and since, were cut off from the generations that came before. The Wikipedia entry on the Panatang Makabayan (whose translation has been tinkered with, too!) and the Panunumpa ng Katapatan sa Watawat says that both are still in force, but in the flag ceremonies I’ve attended, it seems to me most people only use the newer one. And besides which it makes you wonder why we need a separate pledge of allegiance to the nation and another to the flag (the Roco order says the Panatang Makabayan is to be recited during the first subject of the day, I don’t know if this is done, but it divorces the pledge to the nation from the flag ceremony). The patriotic ties that should bind us have become a secondary and mangled pledge.

In the news, Fitch’s decision to remain cautious, inspires officials to collect more; one reason the country remains under scrutiny (and below investment grade in the ratings) are concerns that election-related spending may throw the national fiscal situation out of whack. Incidentally, apparently it’s more attractive to invest in mining in Zambia rather than the Philippines.

It’s final: Filipinos belonging to the class that suffered through the nursing board exam leak have to retake the leaked portions of the exam if they want to work in the USA. If Monico Puentevella represents the thinking of the delegation to lobby the decision, no wonder they failed.

Newsbreak reports on urban counterinsurgency and the Philippine Star reports on the silliest acronym ever (see youth leader and blogger Mong Palatino’s reaction); it also reports on a series of possible abductions that have decapitated the New People’s Army.

Overseas, the curious story of an archive that wasn’t opened to the public for over 60 years; and how the Empress of Japan has had another nervous breakdown. How Scooter Libby’s screwed the Republicans and how to get ahead in the US Congress.
In the punditocracy, my Arab News column for this week is A Feminine Achievement.

Glenda Gloria, who has covered the Philippine military for years, explains why political killings troubles her. Manuel Buencamino uses the military’s own words to show how its refusal to face accountability makes no sense. The Inquirer editorial hails the Chief Justice for establishing special tribunals to try cases of political killings.

In the blogosphere, Alex Waterhouse-Hayward writes fondly of my Mexican uncle Raul Guerrero (my father’s cousin).

Blog Them Out Of The Stone Age has this fail-safe acronym for handling accountability questions:

Deny everything
Admit nothing
Make counter-accusations
Never sign anything

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Manuel L. Quezon III.

48 thoughts on “Second-class pledge

  1. have to retake the leaked portions of the exam if they want to work in the USA.

    If I can remember right, a dean of nursing of a state university of the Phils. went to the extent of writing the nursing assoc. here in the US not to recruit this batch of Nursing examinees. So what do we expect from the CGFNS?

    Talking about washing the dirty linen in public before they solve the leakage problem.

    Mga Pilipino talaga sila pa ang sasamang babato sa kapwa Pilipino.

    For the self-deprecating Filipinos who doubt the skills of
    Filipino nurses, read the news today about Chinese nurses getting trained by our very own nursing schools.

    Libya’s nurses too get their training from Filipino nurses.

    Mga Pilipino lang yata sa Pilipinas ang walang bilib sa kapwa.

    Forget your negativity people. You’re drowning from your own tears.

  2. CaT, I see your point. Remember the leftist “Gabriela” membrs who were parading in the street urging OFW’s not to remit money to their families in Pinas – in a puny attempt to undermine the country’s economy? How about the squealers in the Little League Baseball championship
    some years ago who ratted against the team and had the crown yanked away from them? Guess who the rats were?

  3. Monico Puentevello… a name to remember if the mentality of “…weather… weather…” and “… lahat ay mapapakiusapan…” becomes useful to push your project in the Philippines.

  4. the ombudsman has approved the filing of charges against the nursing board members’ responsible for the fiasco…

    hope they see jail time if found guilty…and put them in the same jail as the Samar governor who wouldn’t release those prisoners’ food subsidy and died of starvation as a result.

    but darn, we really shouldn’t have gone begging to a foreign agency like that…

  5. Some day, when nations shall all have perished in obsolesence, and nationalism in the dust bin where it belongs (with a large number of other isms) perhaps children will learn this Future Poem–

    I pledge allegiance
    to the Flag of the United States of Earth,
    and to the Global Republic for which it stands,
    one Human Race under God,
    with Justice and Liberty for all,
    from Birth.

    We are human beings above all. We are Filipinos or Americans or whatever nationality totally by accident.

    Globalism is the future ideology of mankind. All our rights are human rights; but our supreme duty is to “God”.

  6. Teka, Ca T, are you saying that we should sweep under the rug all forms of dishonesty that our countrymen commit JUST BECAUSE they’re our countrymen? Aren’t you barking (or meowing? :D) up the wrong tree? Shouldn’t you lay the blame squarely at the feet of the people who did the wrong in the first place? By looking the other way and keeping quiet about these shenanigans, aren’t we contributing to the problem? If our nursing standards suffer because we keep tolerating cheating, are we helping or hurting ourselves?

    What’s sad is that it seems that it takes a foreign country to keep us honest. The CGFNS, the immigration officials who arrested General Garcia, the FBI to whom we run for reliable forensic analysis, etc. I think that until we stop putting up with shoddy behavior from our countrymen, we’ll just keep embarrassing ourselves.

  7. NO.

    What I was trying to say was, if there was need for resolution of the case of leakage, that dean should not have written the American Nursing Association, recommending for the non-admission of the nurses in that batch. Who is she anyway to do that?

    If she wanted punishment for the erring officials of the Board of Nursing, she could just have pursued that issue here in the Philippines.

    Parang nagkasala ang anak mo, pupunta ka sa kapitbahay para sabihing parusahan ang anak mo kaysa ikaw na ang magparusa at ayusin ang problema. Pag nag-iba na ang pakikisamang kapitbahay sa anak mo, sinong may kasalanan.
    Ang tanong? kailangan pa bang isigaw kung maari namang pag-usapan ang pagdidisiplina?

    Did you see my article about the Chief of police in Ohio who faked his credentials and get his dog a degree in one online university?

    Why do you have to say US when it was just a few nurses who’s guilty of cheating and it is not even their fault. It is some review officers’ fault.

    I would not accept your statement US, because I passed my CPA board without cheating.

    Bakit di mo sabihin WE, kung gusto mong isama ang sarili mo.

  8. To my Flag and to the country it represents, I pledge respect and loyalty. Wave
    with pride from sea to sea and within your folds, keep us ever united. Be for all a
    symbol of love, freedom, and justice. God keep our flag. God protect our

  9. It’s your “fault” benj.

    Now I read his podcast and the more I was disappointed.

    His solution for poverty is for Philippines to become producer society.
    To become proucer society, science education has to be strengthened. hehehe

    parang sinabi niyang para makabenta ng bigas para kumita, kailangan pag-aralan kung paano itatanim ang palay.


    At meron pa. sabi niya, “the third answer is all of these problems in my opinion would be — Alam mo–we have to promote the culture of sharing. It’s time for the rich, the middle class and the upper class to help the poor because the poor are in survival mode”.

    hahaha. dreamer.kaya naman pala takot humarap sa mga debate. They cannot distinguish between fiction and true-to-life story.

    One candidate out for me.kahit na topnotcher pa siya.

    I have spent a great amount of money helping my niece finish Nursing in College with hopes that she would be able to apply for a job where Nurses are paid more so that in turn she can help her parents. It was unfortunate that she was included in a batch where leakage during the test was uncovered.

    I am very outrage that until now I don’t see any individual who was invloved in providing the leakage being punished by the GMA government. It seems that parents and supporters of the examinees who passed the test can not get justice from GMA. Anyway, why will I expect justice from GMA? Do you?

    I advised my niece to take the retest once it is given so that when she qualifies to leave the beautiful Philippines, she can do so.

  11. “hahaha. dreamer.kaya naman pala takot humarap sa mga debate”

    Ayaw niya sa Manila Hotel kc bakit naman siya magpapaliwanag kay Francis Chua, Donald Dee at Mike Varela?

    Gusto niya magpaliwanag sa Plaza Miranda sa harap ng Pilipino.

  12. Why so defensive, Ca T? And didn’t I say “we” throughout my post? It’s a problem that OUR nation faces. Just because you passed without cheating doesn’t mean that you won’t be affected by the consequences of other people cheating–as the nurses are now discovering. Sure, not all the nurses cheated. Sure, it was a Pinoy who called into question the credibility of the results. But was that a bigger crime than the actual cheating itself?

    And do you get any sense that the culprits are getting disciplined for their mistakes? Even now that thousands of nurses have been forced to retake the exam, we still refuse to get to the bottom of who is responsible, who must pay, for this debacle. THAT’S our problem. Puro tayo pakikisama, akala natin lahat naaareglo. We hate the KJ (“walang pakisama”) more than the cheater.

    Sure, it’s sad that it had to come out, but the solution isn’t to complain that we are washing our dirty linen in public, it is to PUNISH THOSE WHO SOILED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE and to make sure it doesn’t get soiled again. Anything less and we are just fooling ourselves.

  13. Why so defensive, Ca T? And didn’t I say “we” throughout my post? It’s a problem that OUR nation faces. Just because you passed without cheating doesn’t mean that you won’t be affected by the consequences of other

    You did not say, we, you said us.

    It’s the bad habit of low self-esteemed pinoys to generalize.

    A diaper is not a blanket. A few thousand cheaters are not the whole nation.

    An aide of Vice-President Cheney has just been convicted in the CIA leak scandal .

    And you say that another foreign nation has to show us how to be honest. harharhar

  14. “What’s sad is that it seems that it takes a foreign country to keep us honest.”

    sad indeed. what were you expecting, mike: this admin talking about the virtue of honesty? look again. hello, garci?

    “An aide of Vice-President Cheney has just been convicted in the CIA leak scandal.”

    the operative term is: convicted.

  15. Cat, why do you seem to put the blame on the dean who wrote that letter for CGFNS’s decision to withhold VisaScreen certification for the June 2006 batch of nurses? CGFNS sent a fact-finding team to the Philippines to look into the whole mess and their conclusion was that the Philippine authorities didn’t handle it the way the US authorities would have done in a comparable situation. Even without the letter from that nursing dean, CGFNS’s decision would still be the same.

    The real culprits in all this are some officials in the Philippine Government. First, some people in the PRC leaked the Tests 3 and 5 questions. When the shit hit the fan, Malacanang played politics and tried to come up with a “win-win” solution. GMA flip-flopped on her initial decision to order a retake. This is what CGFNS meant when it said that the Philippine authorities didn’t handle the situation the way it should have been handled. Not all problems can have “win-win” solutions. Unfortunately in this case, innocents were bound to suffer. That’s the cruel reality.

    And the unkindest cut is that only the innocent examinees have suffered for all this mess.

  16. of course i can be biased because i grew up reciting it, but i think the Panatang Makabayan is better. ang ganda ng tagalog.

  17. look again. hello, garci?

    Sus ginoo, sobra yang oc mo na you always bring this to discussion. (roll eyes)

    the operative term is: convicted.

    My point is, many of you wallow in defeatist attitude and indulge in the diet of low self-esteem, swimming in the guaqmire of hopelessness and filth of guilt, magsasama pa kayo ng ibang tao na parang buong bansa a may kasalanan ng pandaraya sa nursing Sus, mahiya naman kayo.

    Next time, sumali ka sa argument, pakidalang extrang utak, hane. kapapagod na yong litaniya ninyong sirang record.

    . But sadly, we’ve gotten so used to our diet of low self-esteem, that even when such triumphs happen, we tend to think that they are mere exceptions to an otherwise depressing rule.

    As I find myself deluged by all this negativity and the accompanying vexation, I question whether the situation is truly as it is reported. Are we really condemned to hell at worst or to mediocrity at best? Are we in a spiral of self destruction? Some of us will cite many good, ample reasons to believe so. But even if a lot of our countrymen seem to be so defeatist, we don’t have to follow them. We have a choice to take another route, the higher road. We always

  18. Cat, why do you seem to put the blame on the dean

    I know character reference is only given when requested.
    The dean made the letter without being asked.

    The case was just being investigated and no resolution has been reached.

    Investigations are conducted here in the States for suspected erring companies and or government officials privately to protect those who are involved but are innocent. It is only when there is indictment that the press release is made.

  19. RE the retake. Maybe it’s because Im not a nursing graduate, but if the President ordered a retake then, I wouldve gladly take the exam again if someone would reimburse the costs of the retake. I’d take it the next day if the test were ready.

    The retake was spun by–I guess you could call them militants–as ‘punishment.’ I dont see it as punishment. I see the retake as error correction. Nursing is a profession where if you make a mistake, people could die. That means nurses should pass every nursing test. I wouldnt have had a problem if I passed the faulty test, then failed the legit test.

    But that’s just me.

  20. Policy according to Ca T:

    There will be no negativity in this country. Everything is good. There is no need to solve any problem because there are no problems. Anyone who says otherwise is a traitor. Ditto anyone who mentions the name “Garci.”

    Teka…GMA, is that you??? May time ka pala magbasa ng blog ni Manolo? ;-D

  21. O baka naman si Raul Gonzales yan?? Ganyan din kasi ang logic niya… Hahahahaha!! ;-D

    “You did not say, we, you said us.” CLASSIC!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  22. Benj,

    I dont think you need help. You raised a very good point and you defended and argued it so articulately well. Keep it up.

  23. Mike :
    O baka naman si Raul Gonzales yan?? Ganyan din kasi ang logic niya… Hahahahaha!! ;-D

    “You did not say, we, you said us.” CLASSIC!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Indeed very classic! Like if someone cannot argue and defend well his points of view . Lets bring bring Gloria in the debate to muddle the issue….

  24. Rego, don’t tell me you missed the point? Or do you also subscribe to the policy of ignoring bad news (“negativity”) and hoping that that will solve our problems?

    And go read Ca T’s classic line again: “You did not say we, you said us.” Man, the difference is astounding, isn’t it?

  25. mike, hahaha.

    eto pa classic: “Did you see my article about the Chief of police in Ohio who faked his credentials and get his dog a degree in one online university?” ang tanong, did you see ba, mike? at binigyan ka pa nang required blog reading.


    who’s bringing in gloria? the issue of resolving a cheating scandal for which the government–in its flipflopping stance–was not even resolute in addressing it–gloria there or not. [oh well, it just happens that it’s gloria up there, and it also happens that she has lost her moral ascendancy to talk about honesty.] the point however is this: has cheating become a cultural norm, and so is our response: “hayaan nyo na, let’s just move on.” had the government been adamant about letting everyone do a retake, that would have strongly settled the matter.

    which leads me, bencard: “How about the squealers in the Little League Baseball championship
    some years ago who ratted against the team and had the crown yanked away from them? Guess who the rats were?”
    rats or no rats, would you still have appreciated the crown without minding the fact that our players were only little but overaged?

    the message is simple: pag may mali, ilantad at ituwid ang kamalian. kung kayat laganap ang korupsyon dahil itinitolerate.

  26. Inidoro: I want to take your message and plaster it across every billboard in the city. I want schoolkids to recite it every morning right after the Panatang Makabayan or whatever they’re reciting these days. I also want to make it a requirement to tattoo it in large letters on the chest of every candidate for public office:


  27. Teka…GMA, is that you??? May time ka pala magbasa ng blog ni Manolo? ;-D

    Even in the comedy, you sound corny.

  28. the ombudsman has filed charges against 2 people already. it could’ve come sooner but it didn’t. ang alam ko, it takes time to build a case. besides, ibang branch naman ang justice sa executive….so what is all the fuss about?

    about cheating being the norm…just look at our streets and tell me we are all following the rules. turuan nang turuan…let’s look at ourselves first.

    this nursing exam issue just proves we are a lax society and care very little for rules and regulations…and we have the gall to go begging to a foreign agency to excuse our misstep. pakiusap in itself is cheating.

  29. To avoid any more “cheating” or even minimize them, take the responsibilities of the Professional Regulations out of Government and give them the Professions themselves.

    Like the Nursing Profession should be regulated by the College of Nurses, the Lawyer of the Law Societies of Such and Such and so and so forth for all other professions. And let the Bodies have their own criteria and qualifications for entries.. It is how it’s done in our Country (Canada) and never heard of any Controversies, none so ever. Will it works in the Philippines? Putting more emphasis on the Undergraduate Training and the Licensure Exams would not be the final end all, mean all event.

  30. inidudro

    I dont think bencard and cat are advocating the “hayaan na lang” response for any cheating. What they are actually ranting about “washing the dirty linen in th einternational comunity. And I share the same sentinements. whateve issues that we have we can always resolve it internally. Hindi lang naman kasi ang administration ni Gloria ang napapahiya sa international community kundi boung bansa eh. Kasama na kayo ni Mike dyan…

  31. We produce products for international consumption. If they have defect the international community will notice them.

  32. Right on the money, Rego. But how about the “inggit” factor of the squealers? “miserabli ako, dapat pare-pareho lang tayo”.

  33. rego:

    inaamin ko at i am not at all denying: kasama ako sa napahiya sa cheating scandal. the difference is, i want the root source of this eradicated: i demand resolution! i am not one to dig my head in the sand like a shamed ostrich dahil napahiya tayo sa buong mundo–which country anyway does not have its share of even greater scandals, anyway? the thing is, this was not the first case of leakage that has ever happened. the bar exam in not so long ago past was even worse. it’s a bad dream that keeps recurring and haunting us. how many more should we expect?

    resolve internally? like what: pakiusap–like what monica puentevella did in the u.s.? is this your kind of resolution–like, nahuli ng traffic violation, “bosing, paki-usap, blah blah blah.” exactly my point mita: look how often we do this to ourselves? [or has the irony lost in your own comment?] and when this thing is brought to open for international scrutiny, we are still in denial. how pinoy can we get?!?

    we need to stem the problem. we’ve got a professional regulatory board who’s anything but professional. and you have political appointees serving at the helm. the resolution would have been made speedier: there was a leakage, that renders the test invalid and unreliable. period. so what is so complicated about requiring a retake? takot dahil babagsak sa next exam? eh kung talagang magaling kang nurse at alam mong pinagaralan mo, a series of exams will only validate what you know. or has politics gotten into the way again? if they want political mileage, let those takers take it for free.

    washing dirty linens? you are sending these nurses to the u.s. and do you think the u.s. embassy in manila was clueless about the incident? bencard, no need for a chu-chu or squealers for the embassy not to pick up the news. sympre makikialam yung kapitbahay mo dahil nagpapadala ka ng tauhan mo doon na maninilbihan sa kanila, sa tingin mo hindi sila makikialam sa kakayanan ng sugo mo who’s credibility is put in question? geez,how pinoy can we get: as in, shhh, “wag kang maingay dahil baka ka marinig ng kapit-bahay.” aba’y hindi ba ang kapit-bahay mo ang niloloko mo?

    just when the u.s. was thinking of bringing in the state nursing licensure to our shores, this incident has to happen. good thing yesterday’s news trumpeted the plan of the ombudsman to charge 2 people. takes time mita? takes time indeed. too bad, another of our cultural norm: pilipino time sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa.

    vic, agree ako diyan. to professionalise the system, you don’t put in unprofessionals to run it.

  34. Well put, Inidoro (or should we call you Emilie? Ang baho ng Inidoro, pardon the pun!): the concern about looking bad in public should be secondary only to the concern about stamping out dishonesty and corruption. If we solve the latter, we solve, to a large degree, the former. Otherwise, we’ll always have lots to cover up.

  35. no, mike. emilie is another person. taga-salo lang ako ng crap niya. which made me wonder: hey, emilie, where are you?
    i.n.e. na lang if that deodorizes it.

  36. Inidoro,

    Who doesn’t want these leakge problemse eradicated. Just like you Ca T , Bencard and the rest of well meaning decent Pinoy wants teh problem resolved.!

    How does an act like a dean who writing to the CGFNS solve these kind of problem? How does humiliating ourselve in the international community solve the problem.? What good will it do us if we complicate the problem even more.

    You want to identify the root cause, then do some anaylysis, investigations and evaluations. And prosecute to the full extent of the law the perperators. And this can be done very well in the country. Internally!

  37. rego,

    here’s the timeline of the leakage as lifted from, and my immediate comment to each [and let me serve this in tranches as its length posed me posting problems earlier]:

    June 11-12 – The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) gave its licensing examination to 42,000 examinees. 17,871 examinees passed.

    comment: sussantissima, 42,000 ang nais umalis sa pilipinas–nurses pa lang yan. where’s the promised 1 million local jobs?

    June 13 – University of Sto. Tomas faculty alerted a PRC board member about leaking of questions. Reportedly, the PRC estimates that 2000 – 3000 examinees benefited from the leak.

    comment: first case of ireegularity reporting to prc.

    June 17 – The PRC Board received a copy of the manuscript containing the leaked questions.

    June 21 – The PRC denied a leak occurred.

    comment: denial. as usual, what can you expect from prc. kung engineering board exams nga, s.o.p. na yung leakage, aba’y tatanda na lang tayo, wala pang INTERNAL resolution as to who leaked what. go ask any of your engineering friends if there is not iota of truth to my statement.

    June 23 – Deans and graduate nurses from Baguio petitioned the PRC to delay the release of the results from the June exam because of the question of test leakage.

    comment: second group complaining here.

    June 26 – The Baguio City Council passed a resolution against the PRC whitewash of the investigation of irregularities on the June exam. The mass resignation of the Technical committee on Nursing Education of Commission of Higher Education was announced.

    comment: prc was not even alarmed by the mass resignation. paki nila, sa technical committee ba nanggaling ang mga padulas?

    July 1 – Deans of schools of nursing in Manila demanded a thorough investigation of the test leak and PRC involvement.

    comment: third complaint pushed forward.

    July 2 – The PRC announced the scheduled release of the June exam results.

    comment: prc dedma.

  38. August 11 – Rep. Joseph Santiago of Catanduanes asked the Ombudsman to investigate the leak and culpability of PRC.

    comment: 4th complaint, if you can call it that.

    August 16 – The Philippine Senate committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization held an inquiry into the leak of PRC test questions. The PRC’s Board of Nursing Chairman testified that she accepted an international trip for the leaked questions. George Cordero resigns as President of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) because of his implication in the leaked exam.

    comment: read this first:

    “A new witness in the Senate investigation on the controversial nursing licensure examination leakage has linked a top-ranking official of the Philippine Nurses Association in the test irregularity.

    In his testimony before the Senate committee on civil service and government reorganization on Wednesday, nursing student graduate Dennis Cesar Alba Bautista said that PNA president George Cordero, who also owns the Philippine College of Health and Science (PCHS) and the INRESS Review Center, was the one who gave the alleged leakage to those who attended the INRESS’ final coaching held in SM Manila Cinema 9 last June 8 to 9, 2006.”


    comment: you cannot not ignore this accusation: an insider–someone internal–was involved. and you want the issue settled INTERNALLY? we do not know how extensive this leakage network has reached: baguio and manila lang ba talaga? when money talks, everyone listens.

    August 17 – Dean Mario Antonio of Sto. Tomas, the Vice President of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing petitioned for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the June examinees that passed the exam from taking the oath scheduled for August 22, 2006. The TRO was granted and expires October 18, 2006.

    comment: apparently the dean you have in mind, eh?

    August 17 – The PRC announced it would allow the June passers of the exam to take the oath at any PRC office before the scheduled August 22 oath ceremony. Subsequently 3000 nurses reportedly took the oath in Cebu.

    comment: is this what you call internal resolution? did prc heed all the previous complaints? how many have we counted thus far?

    August 18 – An Inter Agency Task Force asked the Court of Appeals to invalidate the oath taking of those nurses who took the oath in Cebu before the TRO was implemented.

  39. August 18 – Deans and government officials called for the examinees to retake the leaked exam.

    comment: a sensible move. any self-respecting academician who has reputation to protect will call for such action, regardless if the whole world by this time already know about the incident. meanwhile, which country kaya has been monitoring this timeline? hmmm….

    August 28 – President Arroyo rejected Dante Ang’s recommendation that the examinees retake the exam. He was appointed by her to chair the task force supporting the administration of the NCLEX in the Philippines. Arroyo announced she would issue an executive order placing all board exam review centers under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

    comment: wow. enuf said. [paranaoia creeping in; maybe someone does not want to relive the trauma of a cheating incident in the past.]

    comment: no investigation proposed. just a change of overseer. how well internalized.

    September 11 – Eighteen deans and faculty rejected the PRC offer to become members of the Board of Nursing. The refusal prevents the establishment of a quorum to do business and will hamper the organization and administration of the December PRC exam.

    comment: prc at its best: dangling (some) modifiers.

    September 11 – The Alliance of New Nurses (17,821 PRC examines from June) requested prosecution of those responsible for the leak and the examinees.

    comment: nth complaint. i’ve lost count.

    September 18-20 – Barbara Nichols, CEO, Catherine Davis, Director of Global Research and Testing Administration and John Ratigan, Immigration Consultant went to Manila. While there, they met with the PRC, Ang and nursing representatives to obtain a clear picture of the facts regarding the test leakage.

    comment: ay, lintek! sino namang chu-chu ang nagsumbong kay barbara? aba’y internal event ito, barbara, hindi pa tapos ang pagpipista naming mga pinoy sa incidenteng ito, nakikisawsaw ka na.

    the timeline, of course, rego does not end there. but i hope you get the drift, before barbara came over, how many opportunities had been wasted before a sensible action was taken. not even your president was resolute in her determination to nail the culprits.

    besides this thing cannot be contained internally dahil nga yong kapitbahay na ating niloloko ay siyang nagpapasweldo. reolve internally? why–did u.s. intervene in the resolution? no! it was just exercising its prerogative, and here’s what it is: “i heard there was this leakage [you see we have our embassy out there poking its nose and ears on you], and since you are sending your nurses to care for our sick and invalid, we exercise our right to prevent them from serving our patients unless you resolve internally the problem.”

  40. and finally:

    but if by internal you mean walang chu-chu, now tell me, do you think this dean was powerful enough to prod the u.s. to bar these examinees from entering their country? kung hindi ba dumalo sa pista itong si barbara, may pupuna ba kaya sa problema na ito? presidente mo nga ayaw ng retake, scrapping the prc pa kaya? [o ayan, i have identified the root cause, which leads me back to my earlier comment to vic’s thread.]

    moral of the story: again and again and again, ang pinoy nangangailangan ng deux ex machina para tumino. bow.

  41. Rego: You want to identify the root cause, then do some anaylysis, investigations and evaluations.

    Root cause? Let me save you the trouble. The root cause is greed. Those who leaked the test answers didnt do it out of the kindness of their hearts.

  42. not just greed but the skewed feeling of privilege no matter what level of society. kanya-kanyang excuse. in everyday life, this is what i’ve noticed.

  43. do you think this dean was powerful enough to prod the u.s. to bar these examinees from entering their country?

    Hello, nandiyan ka pa ba?

    I am not surprised if you can not understand my message. Rego and bencard have already explained to you what I meant.

    Yes. Here in the States, complaints, anonymous tips are given importance. Diyan nila nahuhuli ang mga illegal at ang mga criminal. Lalo na ang mga recommendations at certiications.

    Kung hindi abot ng utak mo yan, kailangan siguro palakihan mo pa.

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