Issue closed, announces school’s lawyer; Of course not, say parents of kids kicked out for speaking Ilocano

Not that fast.

In an interview with GMA Ilocos news, Atty. Jaime Agtang, counsel for Saviour’s Christian Academy, said the issue—that of 3 Grade 8 students kicked out of school for speaking Ilocano—is closed. However, parents of one of the kids have denied this.

“How can it be closed when they have not even acted on our formal complaint?” wonders Lamar Abadilla, mother of Carl. She said they filed on Thursday (Aug. 8) at the Department of Education Division of Laoag City a letter of complaint addressed to Superintendent Araceli C. Pastor. The six-page complaint presented the details of the case, and sought for administrative sanctions on Shah. The parents are also demanding for a public apology.

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Meanwhile, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislatve Affairs Tonisito Umali is keeping a close eye on the issue. In a television interview yesterday, he categorically stated that speaking in the vernacular is not a valid ground for expelling students. “Mali po talaga yun. Walang batang dapat patalsikin dahil nagsalita lang naman ng Ilokano kahit may English-speaking policy,” he told ABS-CBN’s Anthony Taberna. Moreover, Umali said expulsion of a student is a penalty that must be approved by the Office of Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

Reached by riknakem.net through phone, Pastor said she has not yet informed Umali that a formal complaint has been filed.

News blackout

Last Thursday, Pastor called the parents and Rev. Brian Shah, the SCA president for a dialogue. During the meeting held at the division office, Shah apologized to the families and offered to admit the kids back at SCA. He also offered to pay the fees incurred by the parents in transferring the kids to other schools. Carl is now enrolled at the Divine Word College of Laoag while Samboy Bautista has moved to the Sarrat National High School. The parents of Carl and and of Samboy have refused the offer. Shah confirmed to riknakem.net that Kleinee seems inclined to go back to SCA where he has been enrolled since pre-school.

“We just want justice for our child,” said Mrs. Abadilla. She said she want to be put on official records that her child was not dismissed or advised to transfer to another school, and that the school erred in punishing her child, who has earlier suffered bullying in a minor seminary. She also expressed hope that no more children would suffer the same fate. Many “legal minds” have advised them to file a court in case and seek moral damages against SCA, said Abadilla, but that their family has not taken that course of action.

During the meeting on Thursday, Abadilla said, Pastor urged all parties to agree on a news blackout. Following that agreement, Abadilla refused interviews by both local and national media organizations in the hope that DepEd would act on the compliant.

However, Abadilla decided to call this writer to express their disappointment over Agtang’s pronouncement to the media that the issue is now “closed and settled.” She said SCA violated their agreement on a news blackout. Also, Pastor granted a Bombo Radyo interview last night to say that everything has been settled and that parties have agreed to veer away from the media.

“Other” Division Superintendent more pro-students

SCA is under the DepEd Division of Laoag City headed by Pastor. There is another division, though—that of Ilocos Norte, and its superintendent has condemned the expulsion of the three students. Dr. Cecilia Aribuabo said while DepEd has been trying hard to encourage students to finish school, there are schools, like SCA, that are driving them away. “This is the danger when we expel students, we are not guiding them and worse, we lose control of them when they are out of school,” Aribuabo added.

Asked to comment on the public perception that Aribuabo is more supportive to the dismissed kids, Pastor replied, “Well, let it be like that.”

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23 responses to “Issue closed, announces school’s lawyer; Of course not, say parents of kids kicked out for speaking Ilocano

  1. Gerry Labayog

    Brian Shah thinks money is the solution to the tsunami he caused to the Ilocanos. Like what I commented in my previous posts, he merely patched up the cracks and not repairing the damage. But the damage is so deep that the effect of this tsunami reached Ilocanos all over the world (thanks to social media like face book). I think that the best thing he can do is to agree to the clamor of thousands of Ilocanos all over the world that he should leave Ilocos if not the Philippines. Prohibiting an Ilokano to speak Iluko is a rape to our culture and traditions.

  2. Idtoyen ti pakakitaan nu agkutkuti met laeng ti paglintegan ti Ilocos. Nu dagidyay adda iti ballasiw-taaw ti kasta unay gaget da a mangilaban, datayo kuma met idtoy… nangruna dagity adda iti pusisyon.

    • Tess

      Correct ka diyan. pada nga Ilokano. Addak-ditoy ballasiw ti taaw. I wish to read the results of the investigation. What happen to the president of that Christian School, I wish he will not just be deported to his home country Singapore without repairing the damage, compensating the damage he created toward these pupils and their families. I hope no foul play in the due process of law, Apology is not enough, not even accepted. Revoke the license to operate educational institution, pay the damage he caused to the family and send him out of the country.

  3. Anjo Menor

    madanagan daytoy a brian shah kasi adu t makalin nga bangsit na… dapat maituloy t naun uneg pay nga imbestigasyon kadaytoy a tao nga haan a ilocano…. dapat maamwan nu kasano nga nakapatakder t skwelaan na ket haan met a Filipino… cguradok nga adda us usarenna a dummy daytoy luko nat toy nga taga ballasiw taaw……. ken apay nga iparitda nga agparking wennu magna t kalsada nga asideg daytoy SCA apay nagatangdan pati kalsada t aglawlaw daytoy nga pagadalan?

  4. ONADs

    Domino effect,,,,, seems the two superintendents, that of laoag city and the province have “SOMETHING” between them..?????

  5. Aurelio Agcaoili

    If Rev Shah thinks he can afford to be irreverent with our fundamental rights, he is wrong. We will sustain this campaign–and we will see to it that it will get to be where it should be.

  6. ERROL ABREW

    No ti ipagarup ni Rev. Shah ket nalpasen ti kaso a pinarnuayna, diminto ipalubos a kasta lattanb ti kalakana. No siak la ti masurot, adda koma mass action ket agprotesta nga agmartsa amin nga estudiante ditoy Laoag. Siak a mismo ti mangpuor ti bandira ti pagilian dayta a Singaporean. Daytoy la ketdin a gangannaet ti agbalin nga ari-ari ditoy mismo a pagiliantayo?

  7. BIBI

    saan koman nga na pagundawayan nga nakaawat ti pammadayaw idi Pebrero ita nga tawen gapu kaado nga naubraan ti sibubukel nga ilocos norte: FREE CLINIC, FREE MEDICAL, FREE HOUSE FOR STREET CHILDREN, FREE SCHOOLING UNDER PRIVILEGE KIDS, SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, RELIEF GOODS TO ALL VICTIMS OF CALAMITIES ken saan lang nga ditoy lugar tayo nga ilocano ngem ti sab sabali pay nga lugar ti Pilipinas ti 27 years nga kaadda na ditoy. Puntoen tayo ti problema ta saan nga ti kinatao ti maysa a tao ti ukiren. Maysa pay saan na nga kagura ti iloco nga dialect ta ti in implente na ti Mother-tounge (iloco) ti grade 1-2 ti isu met laeng nga pagadalan. Agyamanal apo,

  8. BIBI

    maysa nga gan gannAET TI NAG SAKRIPISYO TI BAGI NA PARA KADATAYO NGA ILOKANO…SUPPORT FOR DIALYSIS PATIENTS PAY APO TI MAITULTULONG NA.

  9. BIBI

    1 OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING LAOAGENOS 2013…MAYSA NI REV. DOC. BRIAN SHAH

  10. BIBI

    KAKABSAT SAAN KOMAN NGA NAPADAYAWAN NGA MAYSA KADAGUITI OUTSTANDING LAOAGENOS 2013 NO AWAN NAUBRA AAN NA TI BUO NGA ILOCOS NORTE….Diay problema ti tumnuken yo ta saan nga ti kinatao na. AGUNI TI AWAN BASOL NA NGA TAO APO! FREE SCHOOLING FOR INDIGENTS, FREE DENTAL, FREE MEDICAL, FREE DIALYSIS, HOUSE FOR STREET CHILDREN, MISSION WORK IN THE WHOLE PHILS. READY TO DISTRIBUTE RELIEF GOODS TO VICTIMS OF CALAMITIES, MAYSA KADAGUITI AD ADVERTISE TI ILOCOS NORTE TI TOURISM, ETC (PLS RESEARCH MORE OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS) before you throw all the stones to him. Thank you

  11. Ton ton

    reading between the lines, there’s “something’s” going on too with the 2 DS.

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  13. I’m not Ilocano but i truly agree that “Prohibiting an Ilokano to speak Iluko is a rape to our culture and traditions. “(Labayog, 2013)

  14. trueness

    “I have given you a lot of warnings in the past but you continue to violate. I am giving you this last warning. Please, I really want you to learn English, so please follow the rule.” are you sure this is the exact statement of Pastor? the statement given was ” I don’t need you here! SHAME ON YOU! You’re just destroying the reputation of my school!!!! ask my schoolmates and other students about this….

    • Justice for the Abused Children

      This is another proof that Shah, Agtang and Pedro are all liars. Many student witnessed the incident. What is SCA doing now? They are telling them to lie and tell everyone that the abuse did not take place.

    • Against Child Abuse

      Trueness. I know that is true anak ko, my son said the same thing that Pastor Brian has said that in front all of you students. My son up to now cannot get over it that Pastor Brian has the tendency to be verbally abusive, hope in the future he will regain my son’s respect and trust again.

  15. So, it is perfectly correct for one hand to be doing the sign of the cross while the other hand kills. It has its perfect model in the Holy Pilgrimages (of piratical plunder).

    If our Ilocano language is forbidden in that school, how does it comply with DepEd’s directive of using the mother tongue in Kinder to Gr III (?) It should expel all pupils and teachers from those grade levels for consistency. To be even more consistent, it should start its grade levels from Gr IV from where it seems English becomes the standard language. There should also be monitoring during recess or teacher off periods. If they were speaking in Ilocano, they should be expelled as well.

    If I were the parents concerned, I’d file a civil case in court as advised. Also, some form of a peaceful demo around the school is in order.

  16. Justice for the Abused Children

    Agtang ina ka Jaime. Sinungaling nga abogago.

  17. Justice for the Abused Children

    Shah and Cristeta Pedro are also liable for criminal offenses. Throw them the book. Anti-Child Abuse Law, Anti-Bullying Law… these incompetent immature people should be banned from getting close to any child. These are not educators. These are just plain suckers! For them, it is not about education. It is all about making money.

    • Against Child Abuse

      Sir, for Mrs Pedro in fairness, she is just getting orders from Brian Shah, I know her feelings, she is a mother and I know by heart Mrs Pedro DID NOT like what happened.

      • Justice for the Abused Children

        Did not like what happened but she did it? Is that what you want to say? Fine. My question: what kind of character this cristeta pedro has? Ammo na nga dakes ngem inaramid na? Excellent. Bring her in….ta maramanan na man ti imparaman na kadagitoy hga ubbing. This is what I have been saying all along. We have people like Pedro whose character does not characterize being a good educator. She has no character at all. Before I change my description of her, she has to do what is right.

        • Konsencia Sabado

          Correct ka dyan Justice . . . Nakababain ta aggapu pay ti respected nga unibersidad ditoy Ilocos (MMSU). Baka obobraen na met ti aramidna idi principal ti dayta nga pagadalan ta adu met ti nangnangegko nga unfair nga aramid na.