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Only the President can fire me, says PRC chief

Only the President can fire me, says PRC chief

By Tina Santos
Last updated 08:06pm (Mla time) 08/19/2006

"ONLY the President could terminate me." Thus declared Professional Regulation Commission chairperson Leonor Tripon-Rosero Saturday.

She was reacting to Senator Richard Gordon, who called for her resignation for giving clearance for the oath-taking of nurses who passed the scandal-ridden nursing licensure examination last month.

"I have a term of office, I cannot resign. Only the Office of the President could terminate me," she told the Inquirer in a phone interview.

Gordon said Rosero should not have given the go-signal for the examinees to take their oaths because the Senate and the National Bureau of Investigation had yet to wrap up their investigation into the alleged leakage of test questions that attended the board exams.

"But that's the normal procedure -- right after we release the results, oath-taking follows," Rosero said. "If the majority who took the exam did not cheat, why will we punish them? They worked hard for it. It would be unfair if we punish all of them for the mistake of only a few."

Rosero said that PRC can still revoke the licenses of those who will be proven to have cheated.

She said the commission has been getting letters from parents asking it to push through with the oath-taking.

"For us, that's the proper thing to do, but then the Court of Appeals has already issued a TRO, so we have to respect that. No oath-taking for now until the TRO is settled," she said, but added that the commission had yet to receive its copy of the court’s resolution.

More than 2,000 examinees had taken their oaths by the time the court issued its hold order Friday, she said.


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