Faculy, Professors, admin, and Staff Statement re Pangilinan’s “non-resignation”.

April 23, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Response to the Statement of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Board of Trustees Regarding the Issues Arising from the Commencement Address of MVP

We, the undersigned faculty, administrators, professionals and staff of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Schools and School of Medicine and Public Health, strongly disagree with the decision of our Board of Trustees to reject Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan’s offer to retire from his official duties most notably in his role as Chairman of the Board.

As an academic institution, the Ateneo de Manila University should take cases of plagiarism very seriously as these are violations of intellectual integrity. In this instance, the act of plagiarism in the speech delivered by Mr. Pangilinan at the graduation ceremonies of the John Gokongwei School of Management and the School of Science and Engineering on March 26, 2010 and the speech delivered by Mr. Pangilinan at the graduation ceremonies of the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences is beyond dispute.

While it was suggested by Mr. Pangilinan himself that he had some help with the speeches, he also accepted ‘full and sole responsibility’ for the plagiarism. Having taken full and sole responsibility, Mr. Pangilinan bore the sole burden of accountability. As a University, we should have applied the standards we usually apply to cases of plagiarism, the same standards we use in handling acts of intellectual dishonesty among our students, staff, professionals and faculty. We teach the members of our community to accept responsibility for their actions and to accept the consequences for such actions. But in this case, there is a claim of responsibility without accountability.

In fact, a higher standard must apply in this instance because Mr. Pangilinan is the Chairman of our Board and as such, he is the co-head of the University along with our President. In many respects, he represents the University. As a symbol of his representation of the University, the Chairman of the Board of the University has a seat on stage at commencement exercises and academic convocations, two of the most sacred rites of the academe. It would present an awfully awkward situation and a tremendous distraction to have memories of a plagiarized speech overshadowing these ceremonies because of the presence (or absence) of Mr. Pangilinan.

Accepting Mr. Pangilinan’s offer to retire would have allowed him and the University to move on from this unfortunate incident. Mr. Pangilinan’s offer to retire was an honorable act. Not accepting Mr. Pangilinan’s offer to retire dishonors that action.

Accepting Mr. Pangilinan’s offer to retire does not diminish our regard for his person and for his contributions to society and to the University. Not accepting his offer to retire, on the other hand, seriously undermines the academic integrity of the Ateneo de Manila University.


Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz (Development Studies Program)
Carmel V. Abao (Department of Political Science)
Joy G. Aceron (Department of Political Science)
Liane Peña Alampay (Department of Psychology)
Fernando T. Aldaba (Department of Economics)
Clark Lim Alejandrino (Chinese Studies Program)
Urduja C. Amor (Office for Social Concern and Involvement)
Rowena Anthea Azada-Palacios (Department of Philosophy)
Michael Demetrius H. Asis (Department of Theology)
Raymundo S. Baquiran (Loyola Schools Health Services and Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health)
Edsel L. Beja, Jr. (Department of Economics)
Remmon E. Barbaza (Department of Philosophy)
Rica Bolipata-Santos (Department of English)
Ulysses Salgado Cabayao, S.J. (Department of Theology)
Jonathan O. Chua (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Louis Catalan, S.J. (Department of Philosophy)
Lisandro Elias E. Claudio (Department of History)
Lourdes T. David (Rizal Library)
Antonio F. B de Castro, S.J. (Department of History)
Ariel A. Diccion (Kagawaran ng Pilipino)
Aleta C. Domdom (Department of Economics)
Frances Paola G. Doplon (Department of English)
Luis F. Dumlao (Department of Economics)
Mary Ann Charity B. Durano (Department of Theology)
Mark Vincent L. Escaler (Department of Communications)
Jennifer C. Estigoy (Office for Social Concern and Involvement)
Ma. Regina J. E. Estuar (Department of Information Systems and Computer Science)
Venus C. Gegrimos (Office for Social Concern and Involvement)
Rico Gonzales (Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship)
Ma. Celeste T. Gonzalez (Department of Education)
Marita Castro Guevara (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies; Development Studies Program)
Roberto O. Guevara (Department of Theology)
Olivia Anne M. Habana (Department of History)
Ma. Regina M. Hechanova (Department of Psychology)
Delia C. Hernandez (Department of Education)
Jacqueline Marie D. Jacinto (Department of Philosophy)
Alwynn C. Javier (Kagawaran ng Pilipino)
Estelle Marie M. Ladrido (Department of Communication)
Albert M. Lagliva (Department of Philosophy)
Carlos A. Leonor (Department of Leadership and Strategy)
Michael J. Liberatore (Department of Theology)
Joseph Anthony Y. Lim (Department of Economics)
Nathaniel L. Lim (Department of Leadership and Strategy)
Ma. Emma Concepcion D. Liwag (Department of Psychology)
Gabriel Maria J. Lopez (Department of Leadership and Strategy)
Leslie A. Lopez (Department of Sociology and Anthropology)
Ada Javellana Loredo (Department of English)
Pamela Joy M. Mariano (Department of Philosophy)
Norman Dennis E. Marquez (Health Sciences Program)
Isabel Pefianco Martin (Department of English)
Ma. Isabel E. Melgar (Department of Psychology)
Lara Katrina Tajonera Mendoza (Department of English)
Ruben C. Mendoza (Department of Theology)
Jovino G. Miroy (Department of Philosophy and Fine Arts Program)
Luisa O. Moldera (School of Social Sciences)
Cristina J. Montiel (Department of Psychology)
Rhodora F. Nicdao (Department of Education)
Carol A. Nunez (Department of English)
Ambeth R. Ocampo (Department of History)
Margarita R. Orendain (Department of English)
Glenda C. Oris (Kagawaran ng Filipino)
Devi Ignacio Paez (Department of English)
Marissa Maricosa A. Paderon (Department of Economics)
Ellen H. Palanca (Chinese Studies Program)
Josephine P. Perez (Department of Psychology)
Marianne Rachel G. Perfecto (Department of English)
Emma E. Porio (Department of Sociology-Anthropology)
Mary Racelis (Department of Sociology-Anthropology)
Pia Anna Perfecto Ramos (Department of Psychology)
Mariel Vincent A. Rapisura (Development Studies Program)
Danton R. Remoto (Department of English)
Danilo Francisco M. Reyes (Department of English)
Concepcion L. Rosales (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies)
Joanna P. Ruiz (Office of the Vice-President for the Loyola Schools)
Fructuoso T. Sabug, Jr. (Department of Leadership and Strategy)
Rafael P. Saldana (Department of Mathematics)
Edwin M. Salonga (Development Studies Program)
Alma Maria O. Salvador (Department of Political Science)
Edgar C. Samar (Kagawaran ng Pilipino)
Sairry R. Sandoval (Department of Economics)
Antoinette Sunday C. Santos (Office for Social Concern and Involvement)
Ma. Flor V. Soriano (Office for Social Concern and Involvement)
Lourdes Bernadette Sumpaico-Tanchanco (Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health)
Elizabeth S. Tan (Chinese Studies Program)
Maria L. Tendero (School of Social Sciences)
Mendiola Teng-Calleja (Department of Psychology)
Jethro Nino P. Tenorio (Kagawaran ng Pilipino)
Rizason Tian-Ng (Department of Psychology)
Jose Ma. Edito K. Tirol (Department of History)
Roy Allan B. Tolentino (Department of Philosophy)
Philip Arnold P. Tuano (Department of Economics)
John Carlo P. Uy (Department of Philosophy)
Jean Abigail C. Victoria (Office for Social Concern and Involvement)
Mariel Ann P. Villanueva (Department of Philosophy)
Matec D. Villanueva (Marketing and Law Department)
Catherine P. Vistro-Yu (Department of Mathematics)
Marife Eufemia C. Yap (Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health)
Fernando N. Zialcita (Department of Sociology-Anthropology)

Signatories as of 3:47 p.m., Friday, 16 April 2010.


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