George Cordero, president and owner of Inress Review Center may now be subjected to administrative proceedings by the PRC

The Court of Appeals dismissed George Cordero’s appeal today (July 2, 2009, Thursday). He is the president and owner of Inress Review Center who allegedly leaked questions in the 2006 nursing licensure examination.

According to Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo of the court’s Special Twelfth Division, in a one-page resolution, George Cordero may now be subject to administrative proceedings by the Professional Regulation Commission or the PRC.

The arguments raised by Cordero are “mere reiterations…which have already been discussed, considered, and ruled upon in the decision sought to be reconsidered.”, the appeals court said.

In a decision early this year, the appeals court also said that the PRC’s Board of Nursing acted well within its jurisdiction and did not abuse its discretion when it proceeded with the hearing of the administrative complaint against Cordero.

Cordero was charged for violation of Section 15 of Republic Act No. 8981 (Professional Regulation Commission Modernization Act) and Republic Act No. 9173 (Philippine Nursing Act of 2002).

Section 15 of Republic Act No. 8981 (Professional Regulation Commission Modernization Act):
Section 15. Penalties for Manipulation and Other Corrupt Practices in the Conduct of Professional Examinations –
(a) Any person who manipulates or rigs licensure examination results, secretly informs or makes known licensure examination questions prior to the conduct of the examination or tampers with the grades in professional licensure examinations shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) years and one (1) day to not more than twelve (12) years or a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) to not more than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) or both such imprisonment and fine at the discretion of the court.

(b) In case the offender is an officer or employee of the Commission or a member of the regulatory board, he/she shall be removed from office and shall suffer the penalty of perpetual absolute disqualification from public office to addition to the penalties prescribed in the preceding section of this Act;

(c) The penalty of imprisonment ranging from four (4) years and one (1) day to six (6) years or a fine ranging from Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) to not more than Forty-nine thousand pesos (P49,000.00), or both imprisonment and fine at the discretion of the court, shall be imposed upon the accomplices. The penalty of imprisonment ranging from two (2) years and one (1) day to four (4) years or a fine ranging from Five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) to not more than Nineteen thousand pesos (P19,000.00), or both imprisonment and fine at the discretion of the court, shall be imposed upon the accessories.

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