Currently making the rounds online is a video of a girl making a speech during her graduation, only to be interrupted by school officials. The girl in question is a certain Krisel Mallari, the salutatorian of the Sto. Nino Parochial School in Quezon City.
Instead of delivering a cut-and-dried commencement speech, Mallari opted for a rather unique angle and opted to speak against the school system's perceived injustices to her (and her being a salutatorian instead of being the valedictorian.)
The speech started out harmlessly enough ("A pleasant morning to my fellow batchmates") but a few lines into it, things took a turn for the controversial:
"Sa bawat taon na lumipas ay puspusan ang pag-aaral na ginawa ko sa eskwela, 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? 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."
You can watch the full video below, or read the entire speech transcript in the description box of its YouTube page here.
Video via Jose Rizal
The succeeding scenes started to look like a farce, with school officials attempting to cut her off, only for her to continue the fiery rant—until an official literally took the mic away from her.
As of writing, the video has 1.65 million views while receiving coverage from news sites ABS-CBN, GMA, and Rappler. Our take: Her courage to speak out for what she thinks is right is commendable but her choice of venue for discussing her disgruntling issues seems iffy.
What do netizens think about it? We've compiled the gamut of reactions regarding The Great Krisel Mallari Graduation Burn-Speech of 2015. (Not to be confused with The Great Melissa Mendez Ejection of 2015.)
Journalist/politician Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. branded the school's intervention as "institutional mental dishonesty":
A majority of the Twitterati also took the young girl's side:
Walk with integrity. Even if nobody else will. I salute you, Krissel Mallari. http://t.co/0J9To5XcPK— Marvin Querido (@marvinquerido) March 23, 2015
Some though were more open to hearing the full story first:
Hats off to this young lady if her allegations were true. I've got to hear the other side of the story, though. http://t.co/yqfnrTmpcM— Jericho Carrillo (@jerichocarrillo) March 23, 2015
On Facebook, we saw parents talking about similar situations in the past:
Not just parents, some individuals also talked about similar situations they themselves experienced:
One commenter likened her to other Warriors Of Outspokenness:
While another one was outspoken about his desire to have the teachers involved to be investigated upon:
One Australian also chimed in:
On the other side of the equation, we had those who weren't in full support of the salutatorian's ways. One called for a grand valedictorian vs. salutatorian debate:
Another pointed out that grades aren't the only things that matter:
A mother suggested that the best comeback would be to do better on the next opportunity:
And lastly, a fellow who thought that it was only right that she was made to stop:
Best of all though were those who managed to provide a good dose of political satire amid boiling emotions: