SAINT COLUMBAN COLLEGE OFFICIAL STATEMENT RELATIVE TO THE ARREST OF THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, CIRILO POTOT, DUE TO THE ALLEGED VIOLATION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002.


Saint Columban College, as an academic and catholic educational institution, strongly condemns all acts that violate Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. We are aware of the evil effects of drugs that have penetrated in the families, communities and the country. We believe that illegal drug activities are evil, and evil can never be taught in SCC.

In view of this, the SCC Community shall cooperate with the government in its investigation relative to the arrest of the said senior high school student, so that the law will be implemented and justice will be served.

While it is true that the offence was committed in a private capacity, as it happened outside the school campus, however; Saint Columban College is also duty bound to provide spiritual direction, moral recovery program, guidance and counseling to victims of drugs especially our students. We believe that problems on drugs have deep roots; dysfunctional families, poverty, environmental influences, lack of support system, etc. The school, in its capacity, helps address these said causes and prevent proliferation of drug use by creating effective strategies and implementing concrete actions.

Hence, it is our vision to form our students to align their decisions based on the core values of Catholic Christian Education, so that they will become competent professionals, god-fearing persons and law abiding citizens.