ateneo response to manny pangilinan’s plagiarism re-defines ateneo
we are posting here reader reactions on manny pangilinan’s speechgate. this is the official response of the ateneo: ateneo honors plagiarism, rejects manny pangilinan’s honorable act of resignation
MVP gives a speech with plagiarism.
MVP is caught. MVP weighs his options. MVP is greatly embarrassed. MVP apologizes.
MVP resigns from the board.
MVP says he will continue his support of Ateneo sports. MVP will not reveal if he knew the speech contained plagiarism before he gave the speech.
What else do we want MVP to do? What else can MVP truly do aside from killing himself?
BUT what the Ateneo’s Board decides to do is another thing. MVP is not Ateneo and the Board is not MVP.
Ateneo has a tradition and name to protect. These tradition and name are rooted in 150 years. They may go another 150 years from now.
Ateneo has spawned heroes. Ateneo has grown leaders of corruption as well. Ateneo has influenced the Philippines for good and for evil. Which tilts the balance? That is good for Ateneo to know.
How will Ateneo define itself now? Its action on the MVP apology and resignation will define itself.
Ateneo is now put to a test.
Is its slogan, Man For Others, just a silly slogan or can it really stand the winds of the times?
Careful, Ateneo Board, you are weighed not just for yourself but for what Ateneo stands for.
As for me, it is good to put to the test what we stand for and to discover who we really are. Only then, we can make changes for the better.
AB Economics 1970
Ateneo de Manila
A sad, sad day has come to the Ateneo where the decision and actions by its board of trustees in this case of plagiarism has spoken louder than the words they have crafted on their justifications.
To their young students in the Ateneo, it simply says that the high standards they once held for integrity and truth no longer exists. Plagiarism and other forms of violations of integrity and intellectual property are now permissible acts in the Ateneo blessed from the very top guardians of its moral standards.
It is really sad to see what the Ateneo has now become and for what is now stands for. This was a very poor example to its grade school and high school students from whom they pretend to demand excellence and integrity.