Let Ombudsman handle CHED case: Palace

Posted at 06/13/14 6:36 PM

MANILA - Malacanang will leave to the Office of the Ombudsman the fate of the administrative charges filed by a student group against the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for allegedly failing to prevent increases in tuition.

Deputy Palace Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace will wait for the Ombudsman to act, especially as the administrative case was filed against individuals, and not to CHED as an institution.

"Well, that will have to be resolved by Ombudsman. So let us wait for any action from the Office of the Ombudsman because certainly, CHED will be… I would guess that this is directed to individuals and not to CHED as an institution, so we will have to wait for any orders from the Office of the Ombudsman either requiring the individual respondents to file their respective pleadings.”

Youth groups and students led by the Rise for Education Alliance Thursday filed criminal and administrative charges against Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and several other high-ranking CHED officials for approving tuition hikes in 287 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country and failing to issue a decision on pending tuition complaints.

The National Union of the Philippines, along with the College Editors Guild of the Phillippines, Anakbayan, and the League of Filipino Students (LFS), filed charges of gross incompetence, gross inefficiency and gross neglect of duty against the officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), led by CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.

“The case at hand springs from CHED’s wholesale failure to perform its constitutional mandate to exercise reasonable supervision and regulation of educational institutions due to the commission’s gross inexcusable incompetence, inefficiency, and negligence in handling several complaints filed by students against tuition increase proposals for academic year 2014-2015; and the unexplainable non-enforcement of a CHED en banc resolution that disallowed the charging of so-called 'development fees' in higher education institutions,” the petitioners stated in their joint complaint-affidavit. -- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News