DOJ to file criminal raps vs erring nurse review centers
By Mike Frialde
Friday, August 24, 2007
Justice department prosecutors will file criminal charges against the officials of two nursing review centers linked to the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examination test leakage.
Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño signed yesterday a resolution finding probable cause to indict George Cordero, Inress Review Center president; Ricarte Gapuz Jr., R.A. Gapuz Review Center director; Elena Gapuz-Altarejos, R.A. Gapuz Review Center vice president; and Jonna Bucud, R.A. Gapuz drill master, for violation of Republic Act 8981, An Act Modernizing the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
They could face imprisonment of between six and 12 years and be fined P100,000, or both, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
For lack of evidence, the DOJ dropped the officers of Royal Pentagon Review Specialist Inc. from the complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the PRC.
Prosecutors led by State Prosecutor II Rosanne Balauag said the NBI’s investigation on the culpability of Pentagon officers appeared to be incomplete and warranted further inquiry.
“While it may appear that the NBI did its best in conducting a detailed and comprehensive investigation about the 2006 NLE scandal, it may be said that its inquiry on the subject of Pentagon’s culpability, if any, appears to be incomplete,” read the resolution.The NBI has yet to identify the source of the alleged 150-item questionnaire containing alleged leakages faxed from Pentagon’s office in
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