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PIA Press Release
2006/10/11

NBI: 17 to be charged in nursing exam leak

Quezon City (11 October) -- AT LEAST 17 people will be charged in the leakage of the June nursing licensure exam, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which submitted its findings to Malacaņang on Wednesday.

At the same time, NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said their investigation showed that the leakage occurred in Baguio City and Manila.

Mantaring said the case against the 17 whose identities he refused to disclose would be filed before the Department of Justice either this Wednesday or Thursday.

But Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that the 17 were all officials of the three review centers.

They will be charged with violating the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Modernization Act (RA 8981), said Mantaring.

"We are not saying they are guilty; there is probable cause they are guilty," Mantaring said.

Mantaring said the questions that were leaked covered only tests 3 and 5 and that they found no evidence that the same was done for tests 1 and 2.

Mantaring also said that they did not find evidence of a nationwide leakage.

Mantaring said they have about 20 witnesses and pieces of documentary evidence, including manuscripts prepared by examiners that found their way into the review centers, to back up their findings.

Ermita said the President was satisfied with the NBI report.

The NBI report also contains the names of students who registered under two of the three review centers, Ermita said. The NBI is still completing the list of those registered under the third one, he added.

But even with this, Ermita acknowledged that it would be "hard to pinpoint" who benefited from the leak.

A copy of the NBI report has also been submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), which has control and supervision over the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

DoLE has been tasked by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to look into the matter and decide whether there should be a retake of the licensure exam.

Ermita said Labor Secretary Arturo Brion would submit his recommendations on Saturday.

By next week, Ermita said they would be able to issue an administrative order "directing the PRC on what to do."

Ermita said they would issue the order with or without the ruling of the Court of Appeals. Last week, Ermita said that the appellate court's decision would be one of the bases for the order.

"We will just have to see the impact of the Administrative Order on the Court of Appeals," he said. (PIA) [top]

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