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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Row between school officials and Congresswoman Magsaysay erupted

Weng Quejada, a close aide of Congressman Mitos Magsaysay was furious of what she calls libelous pronouncements by top ranking City Schools Superintendent Dr. Perlita Basa and Principal of Olongapo City Elementary School (OCES) Mrs. Merle Ellano.

In a radio interview over DWHL this morning, Quejada claims reports reached their office that the two high ranking school officials maligned their names during the monthly meeting of school principals held at OCES last week. Three of the school principals who attended the meeting have given her sworn statements narrating the incident, because of this, she will be filling charges as soon as she returns to Olongapo this Wednesday.

Sources close to the two principals however claimed that they were just giving pertinent information to the principals and clarifying that the office of congressman does not have direct supervision over the city schools, it is the mayor who actually has this responsibility.

They were just trying to warn the principals against the false hope being given by Magsaysay who have promised so many things to every Parent Teachers Association meeting that she have attended in the past weeks, the source added. The officers feared that their operation might be affected in case Magsaysay fails to deliver her promises since the parents are already expecting a lot. They were concerned when after initial meeting with Magsaysay, the lady solon brought up the issue when she spoke in congress and misinformed the public when she said that free education is not being implemented in Olongapo.


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