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Alleged nursing leak source, accuser confront each other

Alleged nursing leak source, accuser confront each other

By Veronica Uy
Last updated 05:30pm (Mla time) 08/30/2006

ONE of the alleged sources of the leaked questions for this year’s nursing licensure examinations and his accuser confronted each other Wednesday during the Senate’s continued investigation into the scandal.

George Cordero, president and chief executive officer of the Philippine College of Health Services (PCHS) and the Inress Review Center, denied “all accusations” of his involvement in the test leakage.

“I categorically deny it. It's not our presentation,” he said of pictures presented at the Senate hearing showing the questions being flashed onscreen at a cinema of SM Manila when the “final coaching” for students of his review center allegedly took place.

But Dennis Bautista, a PCHS graduate who also reviewed for the nursing board at Inress, stood by his earlier testimony that it was Cordero who presented the leaked questions.

Cordero, who resigned as president of the Philippine Nursing Association when his name was first linked to the board exam leakage, also said it was impossible for him to spend seven million pesos for the leaked questions, noting that the PCHS only has more than 300 students while only 926 nursing graduates took the final coaching given by Inress.

“It's ridiculous to spend that much,” he said. “It would be 'sisiw' (chickenfeed) to bigger review centers who have 10,000 to 12,000 enrollees. We cannot afford to pay that much.”

He said that if he really leaked the questions, his son, who failed the test, would have passed, if not topped, it.

Cordero said the questions in the final coaching came from previous exams and even from the US NCLEX (National Council for Licensure Examination).

Citing the fact-finding report of the Professional Regulation Commission, Cordero pointed to an unnamed PRC employee in charge of printing the questions as the source of the leak.

But when asked by Senators Rodolfo Biazon, head of the committee investigating the leak, and Richard Gordon about the details of calls he supposedly made to PNA officials to block the complaints over the leaks, Cordero invoked his right against self-incrimination.

This prompted Gordon to ask that Cordero’s phone records be subpoenaed.


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