6 boys in FB ‘kiss photos’ can join graduation rites

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Faking a kiss and posting photos of their naughty poses on Facebook have gotten six graduating high school boys into hot water. School authorities threaten to bar them from joining Friday’s graduation rites. Video by’s Cathy Miranda

MANILA, Philippines—The six high school boys who uploaded on Facebook their photos while simulating a kiss will be allowed to join Friday’s graduation rites but will not be able to get their diplomas yet, a Department of Education (DepEd) official said.

“They can march but the release of their diploma will be delayed,” said Samuel Mergenio, Division Planning Officer of DepEd said Friday.

Mergenio said the parents of the six students of Infant Jesus Academy in Marikina City sought DepEd’s help Thursday morning.

He said he asked the parents to submit a formal letter of complaint but the parents went instead to Radyo Inquirer’s “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo” program.

“We told them that we are waiting for the letter,” he said adding that up until now the parents have not yet submitted the letter. published their story Thursday where the boys explained they just faked a kiss, took a photo of it and posted on Facebook.

The photo was not taken inside the school but the students were still wearing their school uniforms then.

The education department talked to officials of Infant Jesus Academy on Thursday evening.

“We took the initiative and talked to the school who allowed the students to march. They will also be recognized as graduates,” Mergenio said.

He said that even without their diplomas, the six boys can enroll in the universities.

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  • KpTUL

    Welcome to Afghanistan ! This country will sink ! Next time we need to legislate morality so as to give these school adminitsrators a guideline and stop them from imposing their moral beliefs. 

    • Benito

      I believe that the parents and these students were NOT forced to enroll in said school. They know the guidelines, thus, they know that they must abide from it. They could should enroll their children in a non-sectarian school if they do not want to have this kind of restrictions. Morality is a tool that could help us sustain our decency and humanity, unless we like to see all forms of violence being perpetrated by minors these past few months. Sigh!!! 

      • ifyoudontlikeitkickit

         whats immoral about kissing? what your saying is that these teenagers are presumably going to become thugs, or what?

  • WeAry_Bat

    If the diploma is worth anything, it’s for starting charcoal for the barbecue.  Heck, I can’t even find my own diploma after several decades…

    • Patrick B. Mendoza

      hahaha, nice one!

  • INQ_reader

    This is what I question about religion, it gives importance to form over substance. If you can project piety, then you go to heaven, according to clergy. These boys must learn to hide their mischief to satisfy the religious.

  • Patrick B. Mendoza

    That’s why everybody over the internet should be more cautious and responsible with things they post on the web, they should have all the decency for themselves. And as per the school officials since we’re in a fast-paced world, where the world wide web has been open for everybody they should have expected this stuff and understand the children, that’s why they’re there. As much as WE old folks (though I’m not that old – a mere young adult) misses the good ole prim and proper attitude of the days gone by we can’t do much, but just to teach our children how to be responsible in all actions they’ll do today for the benefit of their future…

  • john_constantine

    Maybe these Catholic-Schools should now revise their punishment schemes to NOT include “disbarment from joining commencement exercises” para hindi na kumakalat sa buong bansa ang mga balitang ganito.   Babaan ang grade sa “Personality”, paglinisin ng buong school, mag rosario buong araw, things like those.

  • Roose Bolton

    These boys can take pictures of themselves simulating kisses, or even kiss for real. They can even photograph themselves wearing bikinis. But never, ever post those pictures on fb if you don’t want to get into trouble!

    • green_archer09

       Please not in their school uniform!

  • Gilbert Cunanan

    After parents, it is the school that is responsible for the formation of values of its students (to be responsible citizens). If it’s too late for graduating students, then at least as example to succeeding batches.  High school students are still minors in need of guidance. We cannot just see the school as just a repository of knowledge.  Knowledge of right and wrong should begin with the young.  If this isn’t done before college, then it’s too late.  Today, many of our youth are left only vague concepts of right and wrong: e.g. “pasaway” is cool, cheating is just “abilidad”, gawin ang gusto wag lang papahuli, “safe sex”  is okay anytime, anywhere, etc.  Our culture is deteriorating faster and faster, and have to reverse this trend. Our generation cannot wash our hands for the conduct of future generations.

  • Benito

    I believe these teenagers and their parents enroll them in the said school VOLUNTARILY. They know the guidelines and they should have abide by it. If they do not want these kinds of restrictions, they should have enrolled their children elsewhere where such attitudes are allowed. For the teenagers, what is the purpose of your action? Is your answer the famous “Wala lang” or “Trip lang”? When will you be accountable for your actions? Isn’t it time that these students learn to be responsible for their deeds? Because of the permissiveness of our society to these forms of attitude, many unthinkable juvenile crimes are happening in our country the past few months. Sigh!!! We cannot dictate morality but we can all have some form of decency. Think before we act!

  • ruben_bush

    The Taliban is alive and well in the Philippines!!!!  These moralistic thugs should instead join their comrades in Afghanistan or Iran.  Like the mullahs and ayatollahs, they would like us to go back to the old medieval ages where theocracy rules.  The people or these youths have the right to wear bikini’s.  They too have the right to kiss!!!  It is strange that these religious bigots never say a thing when one is murdered in the streets which happens almost daily, yet when the youth kiss, they make a big issue out of it.  Or how come these religious nuts never say a thing when their priests are involved in pedophilia or child sexual abuse??????? 

    • Benito

      Ruben Bush, the topic in this thread is the boys depicting kissing each other. I can say that I have also aired my comments on violence in threads that are regarding violence. If all you can do is name calling, will that help your cause against street violence and pedophilia? Do you think that we must be all free to do “what we want to do”? Live and let live? What I expound is that we must learn to be responsible for what we do and be “brave enough” to accept its consequences. If they are “brave enough” to post those photos, what are they afraid of not getting their diplomas YET? Get a grip of reality, Mr. Ruben Bush and stop comparing cultures.

  • OWEN

    These schools are doing what these boys’ parents failed to do for years. And they thought that challenging school’s punishment will look them good in the eyes of their children. These students need to learn a lesson….abide schools rules and regulations. This is LESSON NO. 1. How can these students sell their diploma to prospective employers if they don’t respect it’s’ rules. All organizations have their own policies, failed to do so will get you fired. 

  • OWEN

    Students should learn the consequence of their actions. This is about taking accountability in what you do. Thanks for we have schools that are doing things that so-called responsible parents failed to do. This is really difficult on the part of parents, but this is the right thing to do to educate their children.

  • ifyoudontlikeitkickit

    What happened to freedom of speech and expression?
    or is that no longer applicable in our country!

    Parents continue your action!

  • jamesh5680

    You have entirely missed the issue. The students posted pictures with statements -it is the statements that created a hostile environment for other students at IJA. It is NOT the picture that is the issue. It is Not an issue of free speech – it is that the statements constituted a threat to other children in the school environment. The school has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying and it upheld that value. The students were NEVER told they could not march or participate, they were never told they would not receive their grades or transcript of study  – they were told they would NOT receive a diploma from IJA.

  • jamesh5680

    It is sad that the real issue is not disclosed by the parents or the students. The issue is not the picture of boys kissing or simulating kissing – it is the caption that was placed with the picture which read “Gay Sh*t” – which  is the issue -it is not free speech – it is the creation of a hostile environment by the students relating to other students. Infant Jesus Academy has a zero tolerance policy for bullying or any behavior that disrespects another person in anyway. IJA has the right, no an obligation, to uphold the dignity of all individuals and has the obligation to create a non-hostile environment for each of its students. These six students were NEVER banned from participating in the graduation ceremonies, they were told however that they would not receive a diploma during that ceremony. They were never told that their grades or their transcripts of records would not be released to them. They were told that, by their offensive behavior, they did not merit receipt of the official diploma of IJA, which is indeed sacred. It would have been professional for the Inquirer to get the facts before sensationalizing this incident.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Boys, you don’t have to put up with this medieval hog wash. We know very well that you know better. Just follow good old Dr. Jose Rizal with regards to his lessons on how detrimental to progress the hypocritical clergy and their followers can be. Just take your diplomas and apply in a non Catholic school, if you feel that you are paying them to make you think backwards.

    • emajega

      backward ba na ituro ang mabuting gawi? dinamay mo pa si Rizal. Nagawa ba ni Rizal gumuhit ng hubong katawan nya at ipaskin sa harap ng school nya? sumulat ba si Rizal ng mga malalaswang babasahin at pinabasa nya sa mga kaklase nya. Minsan mag isip ka kung ano ang tamang gawi dapat ng mga istudyante.

  • tabalu

    DepEd, pls, ibalik ninyo ang subject na GMRC(good manners and right conduct) kung hindi kayang turuan ng magulang ang mga anak nila ng magandang asal.

  • malek_abdul

    Moral lesson…don’t give your fb account to your school authorities or create a fictitious account so that your school authorities can not view your accounts. On a serious note, what you did is really obscene. You kids must follow the teachings of your school especially on  Good Manners and Right Conduct. Allahu Akbar!!!

  • M Hudson

    If you want to attend catholic school, you have to abide by their rules.  If you can’t abide then don’t go there.  

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