Subject: CHED chief faces graft raps over foreign student program

CHED chief faces graft raps over foreign student program | 08/20/2009 9:39 PM

MANILA - A concerned citizen has filed graft charges against the chairman of the Commission on Higher Education for illegally benefiting from a foreign student enrolment program between the Philippine government and the Democratic Republic of East Timor.

According to the complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles is guilty of violating of the Anti-Graft and Practices Act when he allowed 36 students to enroll in the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, which is owned by his family.

The Philippine and East Timor governments earlier signed an agreement to allow Timor-Leste scholar students to take up college courses in qualified colleges and universities in the Philippines. The Timor-Leste government would pay $22,000 per scholar, which covers the student's tuition and board and lodging for four years.

Last June, 109 East-Timorese students enrolled in various Philippine universities including Adamson University, Mapua Institute of Technology, and Centro Escolar University.

With 36 East-Timorese scholars, the Angeles University Foundation cornered the most number of scholars from East Timor and will earn more than P37 million from the foreign nation.

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