Sto. Nino Parochial School and Krisel Mallari continue to clash over Certificate of Good Moral Character

Does either party deserve it?


( It's a strangely gripping tale of school versus student, starting from a speech and progressing into a courtroom battle that has bled into news feeds. There are people debating the merits of this case on Facebook, but at this point, both sides aren't looking too great. The drawn-out issue isn't helping either the Santo Niño Parochial School or Krisel Mallari, whose admission to the University of Santo Tomas was accepted only today.


Meanwhile, Public Attorney's Office Chief Persida Rueda Acosta wants the Santo Niño Parochial School to be cited for contempt, stating, "A mere perusal of the so-called certificate of good moral character would reveal that the same is not in faithful compliance with this Honorable Court’s directive."


The Mallari camp believes that the Certificate of Good Moral Character issued by the school is sarcastic, explaining, "There was no need for the issued certificate to state 'the Regional Trial Court, after hearing both sides, denied a similar application for injunctive relief,' because this was precisely the order overturned by this Honorable Court through the petitioner's petition for certiorari and mandamus."


In response, the school said, "There is no defiance to the Court of Appeals order. We issued the certificate. The Court of Appeals order did not dictate what to write."


Stick a bag of popcorn in the microwave, it looks like this is going to be more than a trilogy! 


Update: This article was published before Krisel Mallari was admitted to UST and was updated at 4 p.m. to reflect the university's decision. 

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