Quantcast
Latest Stories

Abuse case hounds top Zambo school


ZAMBOANGA CITY—Four officials and five teachers of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Adzu) have been accused of abusing a student with scoliosis last year.

Adzu refused to issue a statement on the case, heeding the advice of its lawyer.

Alfredo Jimenez, lawyer of the boy’s parents, said Adzu elementary principal Pilar Agraviador, assistant principal Nimfa Mabalot, students services director Marilou Drapiza, guidance counselor Benjamin Miranda and teachers Jennyvic Arcillas, Noel Malcampo, Jennifer Pingos, Rosel Lubrica and Maria Doriza Longakit have been named respondents in a complaint filed at the city prosecutor’s office here.

Jimenez said the boy’s parents are seeking moral and civil damages that could reach P2 million.

The alleged victim is a 12-year-old sixth grader who has scoliosis.

According to Jimenez, the abuses started in 2012 by teacher Longakit. “The boy was subjected to verbal abuse, ridicule and his physical condition was used by this teacher,” said the lawyer.

Jimenez said Longakit used the boy’s condition as an example of the effects of prolonged exposure to computers in a computer class.

The boy has been wearing braces from the neck to the waist following an accident when he was 9 years old.

Jimenez said the boy was “further humiliated” by Longakit when the teacher kept ordering the boy to walk faster when her class was moving to another room some 200 meters away.

“She is a teacher and she knows the physical condition of the boy yet she kept ordering the boy to hurry up,” said Jimenez.

Grade zero

Longakit, Jimenez said, also apparently discriminated against the boy when the teacher unjustifiably gave the boy a grade of zero for a project. Longakit’s treatment of the boy, said Jimenez, forced the boy’s parents to report the case to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in September last year.

Lawyer Frederick Ian Capin, officer in charge of the CHR in Western Mindanao, confirmed to the Inquirer that his office received the complaint.

Jimenez said the boy is a consistent honor student, but was suddenly removed from the honors’ list when other teachers—Drapiza and Miranda—falsely accused him of plagiarism during a poster-making contest in September last year.

The boy won first place in the elimination round and his entry was supposedly submitted for national level competition, but the principal questioned the originality of the boy’s drawing.

 

No copy

Jimenez said the boy used a photo from the search engine Google “as his inspiration for his poster.” “He didn’t copy it,” said the lawyer.

The principal issued a certification that the boy’s poster was a product of plagiarism after Miranda and Drapiza put into writing their accusation and filed a report at the disciplinary board last on Nov. 23, 2012.

The plagiarism claim was supported by Arcillas, Malcampo, Pingos and Lubrica.

The boy later earned a D grade, was suspended for two days and removed from the honors’ list. Julie S. Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Ateneo de Zamboanga University , Education , News , Regions




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  4. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  5. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  9. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  10. Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Cardinal Tagle: Start new life with true peace
  • ‘Dry spell’ delayed, thanks to busted valve
  • At 77, Erap has Easter treat for Manila cops but keeps City Hall folk in agony
  • Joy Belmonte defends council, waste-to-energy tech
  • House bill seeks special body to manage, protect Manila Bay
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • ‘Pacquiao a great ambassador for basketball’
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement