August 15, 2017

Sto. Nino Parochial School Urged: Stop Harassing Krissel Mallari, Release Certificate of Good Moral Character

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) decries the continuing harassment and repression by the Sto. Nino Parochial School (SNPS) to its batch salutatorian, Krisel Mallari. Mallari is unable to process her college enrollment in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) because the SNPS is withholding her certificate of good moral character for Krissel’s exposition of the said high school’s politics related to honors and awards. Krisel cried injustice during her graduation speech, which was then censored by SNPS officials.

The Court of Appeals has already released a temporary restraining order that allows Mallari to get her certificate. We are hereby reminding the SNPS to uphold the decision of the Court of Appeals.

The continuous witholding and blatant non-compliance by the Sto. Nino Parochial School is not a mere rhetoric of pride. It is an intensified culture of repression – a clear affront to the student’s democratic rights. SNPS must thus be held accountable for such fascism. It must stop the political culture of repressing students via witholding documents of those whose valid assertions and responsible actions are not parallel with that of the school officials’.

The student union also urges the Department of Education to look into the merit of Krissel Mallari’s exposition and to conduct further investigation regarding school policies on honors, awards and sanctions. DepEd must also uphold the constitutional and democratic rights of every student. NUSP asserts that the school’s policies should not supersede the constitutional right of students such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

We also appeal to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to let Mallari enroll even in the absence of the certificate of good moral character being withheld by SPNS. We appeal to the UST administration to open its arms to Krissel and to understand fully the reason why she lacks that one requirement. It is not her fault for speaking about justice and humanity. It is not negligence but responsibility. We ask the UST administration to support Mallari’s causa and let her enter the University’s academic halls and program without undue discrimination.

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