UP president: Solis' acts blemish school image
MANILA – The president of the University of the Philippines (UP) finally spoke on the issue involving one of its students, Mark Joseph Solis, who was caught passing off a winning photograph as his own.
In a letter released Wednesday, UP president Alfredo Pascual said Solis “not only violated the spirit of Calidad Humana, but also showed a disregard for Gregory Smith and other photographers who work hard to capture and produce beautiful images to support their causes and livelihood.”
Pascual was referring to Smith, a Brazil-based social entrepreneur who cried foul on Facebook after seeing his photo being used by Solis as an entry in a contest sponsored by Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga.
Solis, who won first prize for the photo, already apologized to Smith for his actions.
While the incident took place outside of UP, Pascual said Solis’ actions “blemish the image of UP as an academic institution which holds dearly the values of honor and excellence.”
“I would like to assure the public that the UP administration is treating this matter very seriously. I share the outrage felt by everyone,” he said.
He added that the UP National College of Public Administration (NCPAG) has formed a fact-finding committee “to establish the circumstances and chronology of events as well as the digital footprints related to this issue, and recommend measures to be undertaken to ensure that justice is served.”
Solis, 22, is taking up his master’s degree in public administration at NCPAG.
“While stones have been cast in indignation, the apology has been made public. I call on the UP community to allow the processes of the University to take its course. We shall follow due process, even as we remain just and humane,” Pascual said.