A video of a batch salutatorian in Quezon City interrupted by school authorities while delivering her graduation speech has been making rounds online.
In the video uploaded on YouTube, Krisel Mallari, batch salutatorian of the Sto. Niño Parochial School, was delivering a speech that was still in the early parts of her speech when the announcer suddenly interrupted her, saying “Thank you very much, Ms. Krisel Mallari.”
“Sa bawat taon na lumipas ay puspusan ang pag-aaral na ginawa ko sa eskuwela, naniwala ko sa patas na labanan. Sa pagtatapos ng school year na ito’y isang hakbang na lang ang layo ko sa finish line, ngunit sa pagdating ko rito’y naglaho ang pulang tali na sisimbolo sana sa aking tagumpay, naglaho nga ba o sadyang kinuha?” Mallari was saying when the announcer interrupted.
Instead of stopping, Mallari proceeded with her speech, but school authorities kept insisting for her to stop and take a seat.
“Maraming tao ang nagbulag-bulagan sa isang sistemang marumi at kaduda-duda. Ngunit di ko ito tinuluran, ipinaglaban ko ang sa tingin ko’y tama, nanindigan ako bilang isang Pilipino na palaban at may takot sa Diyos. Chismis, isang piyesta ng chismis ang inabot ko ng pinagmukha nila akong masama,” she said as the announcer interrupted anew.
At one point, a teacher is seen in the video seemingly handing Mallari a paper for her to read, instead of what she was delivering.
So, what is the cheating that Krisel was talking about?
Krisel is supposed to be the batch Valedictorian but she ended up in second honor. her classmates were shocked as they did not expect the switch to happen – for the Salutatorian to take the Valedictorian honor “all because of cheating.”
Krisel will pursue her studies at University of Sto. Thomas and would hope to graduate with flying colors as an Accountant.