Daily Archives: February 15, 2008

Nursing Review Head Faces Criminal Prosecution

by Joel Roja/Asianjournal.com

MANILA — The Department of Justice has recommended the filing of criminal charges against George Cordero, president of Inress Review Center, for alleged manipulation of the June 2006 nursing licensure examinations.

In a 10-page resolution, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez affirmed the findings of the panel of state prosecutors which found probable cause to charge Cordero before the Regional Trial Court of Manila for violation of Section 15 of the Republic Act 8981, also known as the Professional Regulation Commission Modernization Act.

The said provision states that “any person who manipulates or rigs licensure examination results, secretly informs or makes known licensure exam questions prior to the conduct of examination or tampers with the grades in professional licensure exams, shall, upon conviction, be punished…”

The DOJ pointed out that records would readily show that the alleged leakage questions were discovered as coming from Inress. The DOJ noted that there were no evidence showing that the leaked materials came from other review centers such as Gapuz and Pentagon.

The justice secretary, thus, dismissed the charges against Ricarte Gapuz, director of the R.A Gapuz Review Center; Elena Gapuz-Altarejos;, vice president; and Jonna Bucud, drill master.

If found guilty, Cordero may be meted with an imprisonment of not less than six years and one day to not more than 12 years or a fine of not less than P50,000 to not more than P100,000, or both, at the discretion of the court.

The DOJ gave weight to the testimony of witness-reviewee Dennis Alba Bautista, who claimed that he was among those present during a final coaching class at the SM Manila two days before the June 11 and 12, 2006 NLEX.

Bautista also presented as evidence a compact disk which the reviewers listened to during the coaching class, wherein he found that 25 and 90 items in the contested Tests III (Medical-Surgical) and V (Psychiatric Nursing), respectively, were identical to the lectures of Inress.


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Chess Legend Fischer’s Filipina Daughter Claims Share in Estate

by Maria Sunantha Quibilan/Asianjournal.com

The Filipino daughter of the late Bobby Fischer will be claiming her share of the American-born chess master’s $1.95 million estate, according to a lawyer hired by the girl’s mother.

Lawyer Samuel Estimo is gathering documents to present to the courts in order to prove that the seven-year-old Jinky, Fischer’s daughter by Filipina Marilyn Young, is entitled to the chess legend’s estate.

Estimo claimed in an interview that he has in possession of copies of passport and bank records of Fischer’s seven-year-old daughter.

Other documents include the child’s birth and baptismal certificates, photos taken with and signed with notes by Fischer, and bank remittances.

He added that he would file the claim in Iceland, Fischer’s adoptive country since losing his American citizenship in 2005, and where he died from kidney failure in January of this year.

Estimo also admits that the girl’s claims are expected to be contested by two nephews of Fischer’s, and by Miyoko Watai, a Japanese woman who claims to be Fischer’s wife.

Jinky, who was born in Baguio City in May 21, 2001, was known only to close friends of Fischer’s like Filipino grandmaster Eugene Torre. It was reported that Dutch writer and chess champion Tim Krabbe once wrote about Jinky, saying that Fischer came to Baguio from Japan in May 2000 and asked for help from friends with regard perpetuating his genes.

Fischer became world chess champion in 1972 when he beat Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union, which led him to being recognized as a Cold War icon. In 1975, he was unable to defend this title against Russian challenger Anatoli Karpov because of eccentric requests that were not granted him. In 1992, Fischer had a rematch with Spassky in Yugoslavia.  He won the rematch and the prize money worth almost $3.5 million but lost his American citizenship for competing in a disputed area. The reclusive Fischer in his later life was a fierce critic of the United States.


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