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Palace may issue EO on nursing retake Wednesday -- Ermita

Palace may issue EO on nursing retake Wednesday -- Ermita

Despite pending CA case

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
Last updated 07:25pm (Mla time) 10/06/2006

(UPDATE) MALACAÑANG has again changed its position on the controversy over whether nursing graduates who passed the leak-tainted June 2006 licensure examinations should retake the board exam, retake just part of it or not retake it at all.

On Friday, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to submit its report on its investigation into the leak scandal on Monday.

If the deadline is met, he said, Arroyo could finally issue an executive order on the retake by Wednesday without waiting for the Court of Appeals to rule on pending petitions to nullify the oath taking of board passers, stop the issuance of licenses to those who have taken their oath, and order a retake of tests 3 and 5 of the exam.

Early this week, the Palace received flak from critics accusing it of "flip-flopping" after saying it was taking "no position" on the retake issue until the NBI wrapped up its probe and the appellate court ruled on the pending petitions just days after Arroyo said she favored a partial retake.

Even before this, Arroyo had already changed opinions on the issue a number of times, beginning with her original opposition to a retake.

Ermita also said he has asked Labor Secretary Arturo Brion to clarify statements he made in a radio interview Thursday, saying his words "may have been taken out of context."

Several newspapers reported that Brion criticized Malacañang for backtracking on its position that a retake is in order.

Several reports also quoted Brion as saying the Palace can issue the executive order even before the Court of Appeals decides.

Ermita also said that the President met with officials of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to discuss the issue.

Asked if the President was dissatisfied with the PRC’s handling of the nursing board issue, he said: "We know that there's a problem, so it happened under their turf. So the PRC should try to do something first to look into the problem and second, to prevent it from happening in the future."


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