School Releases Statement on Krisel Mallari Salutatorian Speech, DepEd to Investigate

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Updated March 24, 2015, 11:45 pm: School Valedictorian Finally Speaks Up Over Krisel Mallari Salutatorian Speech Controversy (Video)

The Sto. Niño Parochial School (SNPS) in Quezon City released an official statement on Monday regarding the controversial speech of their 2015 batch salutatorian, Krisel Mallari during their graduation rites. In line with this, the Department of Education (DepEd) said it will conduct a thorough investigation on this matter.

The video of the controversial speech was uploaded on Saturday, March 20, where Mallari was seen interrupted by the program host multiple times. Later, a top school official steps in and the salutatorian had no choice but to discontinue her speech. The full transcript of her speech was included on the YouTube video.

On its Facebook page, the SNPS pointed out three concerns over the salutatorian speech, wherein Krisel said that she would rather choose to fail with honor, than win by cheating. Although the student did not directly mention the details on her speech, it appears that she is accusing the school of cheating her grades.

According to the SNPS, the stoppage of the speech of Krisel Mallari was because she changed it without their approval. The school noted that it is part of their policy that all speeches to be delivered shall be approved first, and that Mallari has been informed but she insisted on delivering an unapproved speech.

The second concern of the school is that Krisel’s revised speech cannot be considered as “welcome remarks. Instead, it is damaging the reputation of the school valedictorian whom she claimed as the one who cheated and that the school allowed it. SNPS categorically denies Mallari’s allegation of cheating of grades.

The Sto. Niño Parochial School emphasized that the computation of Krisel’s grades has already been shown to Ernesto Mallari, Krisel’s father. However, the school said Mr. Mallari also wanted to see the computation of the valedictorian’s grades, but it is against their policy especially without the approval of the valedictorian’s parents.

The third concern of the SNPS is that the elder Mallari has been complaining every end of the school year, and that the school entertains him and explains to him everything. The school noted that the Mallari family attends every Recognition Program and Krisel receive her awards, and that she still enrolls every school year.

Sto Nino Parochial School statement Krisel Mallari salutatorian speech

Credit: Sto. Niño Parochial School Facebook

Meanwhile, the Deped said it will look into this issue despite no official complaint was sent to them. DepEd spokesperson Asec. Toni Umali told GMA News that the DepEd-National Capital Region and the Quezon City Schools Division will coordinate with SNPS and the family of Krisel Mallari, as part of their investigation.

“We shall always respect the rights of our students to freely express their thoughts and feelings in light of existing laws and the provision of the Constitution and in a manner and forum that is appropriate,” Umali told the paper, quoting the official statement of the Education Department.

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