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4 top nursing schools defend filing of motion

4 top nursing schools defend filing of motion

By Christian V. Esguerra
Last updated 03:04am (Mla time) 10/18/2006

Published on Page A1 of the October 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IS ANYONE playing the spoiler’s role in the nursing leakage controversy?

A professor at the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing yesterday said the school and three other leading nursing schools were well within their rights in filing a motion for reconsideration.

Prof. Zenaida Famorca was referring to the motion filed with the Court of Appeals by UST, along with nurses from the University of the Philippines (UP), University of the East (UE) and the Far Eastern University (FEU).

Nursing board passers and their parents are considering filing a damage suit against the petitioners who opposed the appellate court’s decision.

The motion, which said the court’s order for a selective retake of the June 2006 licensure exam failed to put the issue to rest, was seen by some quarters as further prolonging the agony of “passers” awaiting their oath and license.

“No, we’re not playing the spoiler’s role here,” Famorca told the Inquirer. “We’re not trying to delay the oath-taking.”

“There are nurses and parents who are currently discussing the possible filing of a damage suit. For me, I will support that because what they are doing is too much already. They are causing us, the innocent examinees, too much agony,” said 10th-placer Chulou Penales.

Penales, who heads the Tapoktapok sa Nagkahiusang Nurses Batok sa Retake, said her group could not understand why the petitioners continued to pursue a retake for all when even the National Bureau of Investigation found that the leak was limited to Manila and Baguio City.

The Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that those who passed the board exam conducted outside of Manila and Baguio and those who had registered for but did not attend the “final coaching” sessions at three review centers found to have leaked test questions could take their oath as nurses.

On Monday, however, Labor Secretary Arturo Brion directed the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to desist from administering the oath and from issuing licenses to board passers cleared by the Court of Appeals.

Brion said he stopped the PRC from administering the oath because the court’s ruling could still be reversed.

He said the petitioners were still entitled to file a motion for reconsideration, which UST and the others did the other day.


Famorca said the petitioners did not even ask for a temporary restraining order. Instead, UST and the other groups merely sought a clarification of the court ruling, including the one covering those who would have to retake Tests III (medical-surgical nursing) and V (psychiatric nursing).

She said the UST College of Nursing was concerned about how the 1,687 examinees ordered to take the tests again were identified. The PRC added the names of these examinees to the list of board passers following a recomputation of test scores.

“We want clarification because we don’t even know how the PRC came up with these names,” the UST professor said.

Asked about the possibility of the UST group bringing the case all the way to the Supreme Court, she said: “It depends on what the court would say about the petition.”

Even if the motion was not filed, Famorca said the court ruling was not yet final and executory. “The parties would still have to wait for at least 15 days even if we didn’t file the motion for reconsideration,” she said.

Heart of problem

In a joint statement yesterday, nurses from UST, UP, UE and FEU said the PRC officials should be “prudent enough to respect our right to file a motion for reconsideration.”

The group said the appellate court’s ruling failed to address the heart of the problem, which was “the fact that [the] leakage occurred.”

“This fact was not disputed by the court, yet this was not addressed,” it said.

“By simply nullifying Resolution No. 31 and not causing a retake by all of Tests III and V, the leaked questions were in essence declared valid and those who passed yet cheated were treated similarly as those who passed yet did not cheat.”

Resolution No. 31 invalidated 20 of the 100 questions in Test III while ordering a recomputation of Test V.

“If the effect of the leakage remained in the (nursing licensure exam), the integrity and credibility of the examination remains in question,” it said.

Testimony, core issues

UST and the other nursing schools maintained that the cheating was not limited to Manila and Baguio.

“Vital testimony of examinee Dennis Bautista attesting to a satellite feed from Manila to Cebu and Davao was ignored by the NBI and, therefore, was not considered by the Court of Appeals in deciding this case,” the petitioners argued.

“We all want to bring the leakage issue to closure, and we were hoping that the CA decision will do this. It appears that, rather than resolving the issue, the CA decision raised questions that need reconsideration and clarification.”

The Court of Appeals decision on the selective retake of the nursing board exam would not provide closure to the controversy, a militant group of health workers said.

“Core issues, such as the integrity and competence of our nurses, as well as the commercialism and profiteering that have characterized nursing education, remain loose ends that will continue to be contentious,” the Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) said in a statement.

Abolish board

To help restore the nursing profession’s credibility, Pasig City Representative Robert “Dodot” Jaworski Jr. urged Malacañang to certify as urgent a bill calling for the abolition of the Board of Nursing, which has been blamed for the exam leakage.

Acting PRC director for Central Visayas Dan Malaya said some 100 Cebuano board passers could be among the 1,687 who were ordered to retake the tests in December. More than 1,500 of the 1,723 passers from Cebu had taken their oaths, according to Malaya.


Grabe naman etong Prof. from UP, akala ko mga matatalino kayo. Your asking how did the PRC came up with the names of those who will retake? An ordinary person can answer you correctly. Nong matapos mag check ang computer ng test papers madam, meron pumasa right? eto yong 41.24%. I release na sana ng PRC, eh meron nag reklamo na may cheating daw na naganap, leakage kumalat sa Baguio, inimbestigahan, pagkatapos ma confirm na meron nga daw, PRC has to make the necessary adjustment to safeguard yong result ng exam at sa paningin nila yong recomputation ng grades ang dapat. So nong nag hire sila ng statistician yong original na 41.24% ay nadagdagan ng 1,687 people, at yong iba don sa original passers ng 41.24%, 1,100+ din ay kinuha sa list. These were the people na na apektohan sa recomputation. Kaya nong nag hearing ang CA, they demanded for the original list of passers at nag order na yon ang susundin. Napaka easy ho mag identify kung sino ang mga yon, remember PRC have the original list so alam din nila kung sino-sino yong dinagdag nila don sa list na yon na 1,687 at kung sino yong tinanggal nila. Simple arithmetic lang ho yon, addition at subtraction lang ho yon. Paturo ho kayo sa mga politico natin, expert ho sila dyan "DAGDAG-BAWAS' lang ho yon. Maliwanag mam?

Mga Top Schools sa Pilipinas bakit ba bilib na bilib kayo sa Dennis Bautista na yan? Akala ko matatalino kayo tapos you'll believe someone whose own integrity is also questionnable. Tingnan nyo mga mam ha? Why is it that only Dennis Bautista came out to openly declare that in fact the leak went as far as Visayas and Mindanao? Sabi niya meron daw iba gusto lumantad pero natatakot. Those people na sinasabi nya ay takot simply because they did not have the evidence to prove it in court, kaya nagdadalawang isip sila but in the case of Dennis wala na eh napasubo na siya so go na lang. Kahit sinong tao puede hong magbigay ng sworn statement, binale wala ng NBI yong statement niya kasi sa timing palang halata na. Dahil nalaman na niya na the impending decision would go against a nationwide retake kaya siya naglabas ng kanyang statement days before na lalabas na yong ruling. At bakit hindi ako believe kay Dennis? Flunker kasi siya to the max! He reviewed in all review centers implicated by the NBI, got hold and see the leakage in his hands, bumagsak pa siya. That's why he has nothing to lose, damn those who passed, basta hihilahin niya lahat ma redeem lang yong pangalan niya. Yan ho ang katotohanan niyan lahat. Huwag niyo na po kami gawing gago sa pinagsasabi nyong integrity of the nursing profession, dahil masakit man sabihin, likas na po sa atin ang pagiging talangka. At kahit ilang Bandilang awit pa ang kakantahin ng Rivermaya, mukhang malabo na tayong makaka angat pa sa kinaroroonan natin.

Sa mga taga UST, UP, UE and FEU: Alam kong nauunawaan niyo ang mataas na emosyon na nararanasan ng mga board passers at sa huli mauunawaan din nila kayo.
Talagang marami lang ang nakisali sa isyung ito at marami sa naapektuhan(kasama na ang mga nagtapos sa inyo) ay talagang naapektuhan sa nangyayari. Pag natapos lahat ito sana lahat ay magkaisang muli para sa ngdurusa nating bayan.

This top four(4) nursing schools comments are not to be ignored. I think our authorities should listen to them since they know very well what happened to the last NLE 2006 leakage scandal. The reason why until their is no closure of this issues because every stakeholders have to fight for their own principles. I hope the CA would contemplate on their wisdom and truth.

top 4 ba to? UP lang yata dapat jan! UST, UE, FEU?

para sa 'top 4' schools

dapat po ang pinag-iinitan ninyo ay yung mga institusyon na responsable kung pano iwawasto ang image ng nursing profession...

huwag po ninyong pag-initan ang 17,000 board passers na naghirap ng ilang taon upang maipasa ang NLE...

kung meron dapat sisihin sa kaguluhang ito, e isa po kayo duon... lalong lalo na ang UP... hindi po kayo nag-iisang isla... dapat pong ibukas ninyo ang inyong isipan, mata at puso upang tulungan magbalik ang integridad ng 'nursing profession'... huwag po ninyon gamiting 'alibi' ang june 2006 board passers...

Simple lang ibig sabihin- PALPAK ang PRC. Noon pang simula, palpak na. Bakit kasi manipulate ng manipulate ng scores?

Ako mataas average ko at di naman borderline. Bakit ako pinaparetake? pakisabi sa mga kasam natin, wag si Grace Urquiaga Pacleb ang gawing spokesperson kasi mayabang siya at walang respeto at selfish magsalita. At saka matanda na siya. Halatang malapit nang mag50 years old. Marami sa atin na ayaw sa retake ang ayaw din sa kanya. Bat di rin tayo ang pagsalitain at baka maawa ang mga officials? Si Tita (Matanda, e) Grace kasi, nakakaturn-off ang dating. Parang ginagamit niya ang issue para sumikat. Laging siya ang nasa TV. Bakit siya e mas marami namang credible na magsalita.

NO to RETAKE even for the 1687!!! NO to GRACE PACLEB!!!
NO to PRC!!!

Posted by Anonymous | 4:39 PM

Haynaku, KURAK ka dyan. Ayaw ko rin kay Grace Pacleb or Pacquaio? Parang boxer ang dating sa laki ng katawan. Mayabang nga at kung magsalita dinadamay tayo. Siya lang naman ang natutuwa sa PRC. Balita namin nagreview sa Gapuz. At nag-aral daw ian na di nagduty kasi takot instructors sa kanya. Mas matanda siya e. Halatang ginagamit nga niya ang nursing issue para sumikat. Apir ng apir sa TV. She is not the best and most credible person to speak for us. Dapat ang magsalita, yung mga bata na gaya natin na di third courser. Sa tanda niya, baka pa nga fourth courser siya. Mayabang si Pacleb. Down with GRACE PACLEB. Tumigil ka na sa kadadakdak dahil nakakasira ka sa diskarte ng no-retakers! Sa true lang.


Posted by Anonymous | 5:14 PM

Sa totoo lang di siguro lumala ito kung hindi si Grace inihaharap natin na ayaw sa retake. Sabi nga nung makaretake, gusto nila ng retake para lang mahirapan si Grace kasi mayabang. Nakakasira sa ating krusada ang tabain na iyan. Talaga namang ginamit niya itong issue para sumikat. Never heard naman ang taong iyan bago itong nursing scandal. Kumbaga nagride-on siya. At puri siya ng puri kay Rosero. Kaya tuloy marami ang naghihinala sa pagpasa niya. Gracia, sana tumigil ka na at pabayaan mo kaming mga bata na magtrabaho. Magrest ka. Mas makakatulong ka kung itikom mo ang bibig mo. Siguro, mag-gym ka na lang. Balitaan ka rin namin sa nangyayari, otei?

Posted by Anonymous | 9:10 PM

belonging to one of the top nursing schools mentioned, i do not remember being in favor of a retake. those media people are messing it up again, destroying our school's name. i still believe that a retake is not fair especially for us who passed through hard work without the need of any leakage from a review center

kaya nga, pasaway talaga yang INQUIRER, SAME LEAGUE YAN NG ABS-CBN AT MANILA TIMES E.... sobrang BIASSEEED!!!

idinamay pa UP, FEU & UE ng gungong ng author ng article na yan! E UST LANG NAMAN ANG MAY PAKANA NG DELAY NG OATH TAKING NATIN!!!

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