QC school issues statement regarding controversial speech by Salutatorian

PHOTO CREDIT: Manila Bulletin

Shortly after Krisel Mallari’s graduation speech spread like wildfire on social media, the Sto. Niño Parochial School (SNPS) in Quezon City issued a statement regarding the controversy through their Facebook account on Monday, March 23.

Several points were raised in the school’s official statement.

SNPS authorities claimed that Mallari, the school’s salutatorian, was supposed to deliver her welcome remarks approved by the administration during the graduation rites held on Saturday, March 21. Since Mallari’s speech can’t be categorized as such, school authorities had to interrupt her during her speech.

According to SNPS, the content of Mallari’s speech was meant to ruin the reputation of the batch valedictorian.

“Ang laman ng kanyang talumpati o “welcome speech” ay hindi angkop bilang “welcome speech” kundi paninira sa kanyang kapwa mag-aaral na Valedictorian, na ito raw ay nandaya at pinayagan ng paaralan.”

[The content of her speech isn’t appropriate to be called a welcome speech since it was meant to ruin the reputation of the batch valedictorian, whom Mallari accused of cheating.]

The school administration also denied allegations of Mallari’s family regarding the student’s grades stating that they were able to show her grades’ computation in every subject. However, the student’s father, Ernesto, wanted to see the valedictorian’s grades, which was against the school policy.

SNPS also revealed that Mallari’s father had been harassing school teachers in the past week.

“Halos araw-araw nitong nakalipas na Linggo ay hina-harass ni G. Ernesto Mallari ang mga guro. Ang isa ay sinigawan niya, ang ilan ay pinilit niyang pumirma sa papel na dala nito.”

[[Almost everyday this past week, Mr. Ernesto Mallari had been harassing teachers. He shouted at one of them, while he forced one to sign the paper he brought.]

Moreover, in their statement, SNPS claimed that the student’s father would complain every year about his daughter’s grades. Still, they never failed to receive Mallari’s awards during Recognition Programs and would enroll her in the same school the following school year.

The controversial video which showed Mallari being forced by school officials to discontinue her speech during the Santo Niño Parochial School’s 13th Commencement Exercises went viral after it was uploaded on YouTube.