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07-20-2006, 07:57 AM
The La Salle Eligibility Scandal

Last updated 05:31am (Mla time) 07/20/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

De La Salle University asks the National Education Testing and Research Center of the Department of Education to verify the authenticity of scholastic eligibility documents of its students. Two weeks later, La Salle receives the initial verification from the NETRC. It stated that the Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificate of Rating (PEPTCR) of Mark Lester Benitez was fabricated, while the documents of Timoteo Gatchalian III was subject for verification.

SEPT. 30, 2005
La Salle top officials are alerted to the problem. The university attributed the delay to “administrative procedures.” By then, the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) finals series between the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the Green Archers has started.

La Salle sends a letter to then UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon, acknowledging that one of its basketball players submitted a spurious certificate of his PEP Test, a government exam taken in lieu of a high school diploma. The school vows an internal probe.

OCT. 11, 2005
La Salle publicly admits that it unknowingly fielded an ineligible player in the last three years. The Green Archers offer to forfeit their 2004 men’s basketball crown. Two papers, including the Inquirer, break the story.

OCT 18, 2005
The plot thickens as the Inquirer breaks the story of another La Salle player, Gatchalian, also submitted a fake PEPTCR document. La Salle assures the public that it will get to the bottom of the controversy.

OCT. 26, 2005
La Salle implicates liaison officer Raul Lacson and assistant team manager Manny Salgado as the team officials who helped secure the fake eligibility documents of its two players. Although earlier news reports had leaked the identity of the cagers, it was only then that La Salle officially named the cagers as Benitez and Gatchalian.

NOV. 2, 2005
Team manager Terry Capistrano and head coach Franz Pumaren resign from their posts. Pumaren, however, would later reassume head coaching duties for the Green Archers.

JAN. 23, 2006
La Salle informs the league that it intends to take a leave of absence from the men’s basketball tournament to rebuild its cage program.

FEB. 8, 2006
Noting that basketball is a compulsory sport, the UAAP board turns down La Salle’s request.

APRIL 21, 2006
The UAAP suspends La Salle from all sports in the 2006 UAAP season, stressing that it was La Salle’s responsibility to ensure that the “eligibility documents are to be authenticated and verified.”

APRIL 27, 2006
Describing the UAAP decision as vague, La Salle sends a letter to UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon to seek a clarification and an explanation on the decision. The UAAP responds by saying that the decision was self-explanatory.

JULY 8, 2006
The UAAP men’s basketball tournament begins.

Jasmine W. Payo

07-22-2006, 09:24 PM
... Siya nga pala, abangan ninyong lahat ang paglabas ng isang importanteng dokumento na nakakatawang nakakalungkot.* Ito ay sadyang susulpot bago ang engradeng opening ceremonies ng UAAP sa July 8.* Huwag ninyong sabihing hindi ko kayo binalaan.

Mag-iisang buwan na buhat nang isinulat ko ito bilang tsismis.* Ako lang ba ang nagtataka kung bakit nagsulat ng ganito sii Jasmine Payo?* Ako lang ba ang nagtataka kung bakit walang kwento at puro "statement of facts" lang?

Ang dokumentong tinutukoy ko ay nakarating sa aming barangay noon pang kasagsagan ng tag-init.* Mumurahin na photocopy lang at hindi original pero malinaw naman.* Karamihan ng nakabasa nito, kasama na ako, ay natawa at nalungkot.* Nakakatawa dahil halos hindi kapaniwapaniwala na sa isang grupo ng tinitingalang tao, may ubod ng tanga, may ubod ng duwag at may ubod ng garapal.* Nakakalungkot dahil may mga malinaw na mga biktima ang grupong ito at kahit na ano pa mang puna ang gawin sa kanila, walang hiyang ipagpapatuloy pa rin nila ang mga gawain nila.* Naalala ko tuloy 'yung sinabi ni Captain Jack Sparrow tungkol sa mga pagkakataong gumawa ng tama, parang "I look forward to them... and I wave to them as they pass me by."

May nagsabi sa amin na ilalabas raw ito sa publiko bago mag-opening ang UAAP, pero hindi nangyari.* Parang 'yung pinaghandaang protesta laban sa UE ng mga naturingang 'atapang 'atao.* Naunsyami.* Pero may pakiramdam ako na ang biglang pagsulpot nitong article na ito ay pakagat para sa isang mas malaking pagbubunyag.* Tignan natin.

07-23-2006, 02:51 AM
Please forward to Jasmine Payo:

May 2003

Benitez and Gatchalian admitted to DLSU. Both submit hand-carried PEPTCRs.

July 23, 2003

Former DLSU President and CHED Chairman Br. Rolly Dizon FSC issues
CHED Memorandum Order 15, providing for verification of PEPTCRs,
because of reports of "unscrupulous characters" submitting fake
PEPTCRs to gain access to the colleges and universities.

August 2, 2005

La Salle asks DepEd to verify the PEPTCRs of some students, including
Benitez and Gatchalian. This is the first time La Salle is complying
with the CHED directive.

August 18, 2005

DLSU is informed by DepEd that Benitez's PEPTCR is fake. In spite of
this, DLSU continues to field Benitez in UAAP games.

Someone also please forward that Jasmine Payo the statistics of game
attendance during Ateneo games, and during La Salle games. To be fair,
Ateneo-NU versus La Salle-NU games.

La Salle always brings a packed house? Packing shet. Sinong niloko nyo?

little agma
07-23-2006, 04:33 PM
oo nga naman, parang yung opening game nyo against nu, full-house talaga! packing shet ka rin

Howard the Duck
07-23-2006, 06:28 PM
nasa Pecks PEX ba ako? ???

07-23-2006, 07:34 PM
oo nga naman, parang yung opening game nyo against nu, full-house talaga! packing shet ka rin

pare, your reply is `par for the course'(and the school as well).

07-23-2006, 10:04 PM
First warning on atenean blooded and little agma for use of vulgar language. Kindly Refer to the Official's Table Forum for the rules.

07-23-2006, 10:19 PM
oo nga naman, parang yung opening game nyo against nu, full-house talaga! packing shet ka rin

Last I checked, even NU had a bigger crowd than La Salle in this season's opening.;D

07-24-2006, 09:22 AM
People, wala po tayong murahan dito. Relax lang. Kung magmumurahan lang din kayo, sa PM na lang padaanin hehe. ;D

In fairness and with all due respect, we can claim too that we bring the "crowd" to the UAAP games. I've been watching the games for 7 years and all I can say is that we have the good size of the crowd every game. Let's just say that all schools have their own set of die hard fans going to the games and watching their own respective teams. Add to that, the competitiveness of our team for how many years running has attracted or brought in the attention of other fans outside of DLSU to watch the games as well.

07-24-2006, 01:04 PM
Guys, play nice. And stay on-topic please. The issue is the DLSU eligibility scandal, not the size of the crowds. If you wish to discuss the size of the crowds with La Salle and withou La Salle, then please do so (nicely) in another thread. Thank you.