06 July 2013
MEMO TO: THE ADZU COMMUNITY
RE: ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE INQUIRER.NET ON JULY 4, 2013 WITH ITS EDITED VERSION PUBLISHED IN THE INQUIRER NEWSPAPER ON JULY 5, 2013
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) is saddened by the article written by Ms Julie S Alipala about a case filed against certain AdZU administrators and teachers (published in the Inquirer.net on July 4, 2013 with its edited version published in the Inquirer Newspaper on July 5, 2013).
We are particularly concerned about the implications of such article on the 12 year-old subject, and the moral damages on the accused who were specifically named, complete with positions, thereby subjecting the parties involved into a trial by publicity. The integrity of the university which was boldly named was also put to question. Note that the accusers were never named.
The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) condemns trial by publicity. The parties concerned involve a minor, and others hold sensitive positions and responsibilities and it is only proper that they be given the dignity and respect they deserve. That is why the University deems it appropriate to refrain from making any comment that will only create more trouble and further distress to the parties involved.
In addition, due investigation was conducted covering substantially the many allegations involved between the parties. Exhaustive deliberations were conducted by proper University authorities ever since the first complaint was submitted several months ago.
The Grade School teachers and other officials merely acted upon the findings and recommendations of the disciplinary board which were all done in accordance with the AdZU Grade School Student Handbook. Hence, we can only wait for the resolution of the case in the court.
Lastly, the AdZU Administration strongly believes in the merits of the case on the side of the University and shall be behind its Grade School Faculty and Officials until the resolution of the case.
AdZU Presidential Management Team