Why the OLPHA incident must be investigated

The incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Academy (OLPHA) in Linamon, Lanao del Norte, where students got "possessed", must be investigated.

  • To find out if there's truth to the allegation that the principal instructed students not to share videos that captured creepy scenes on Friday afternoon, August 8, 2014;
  • To uncover the real cause of the incident; and
  • To determine whether or not the principal violated any environmental law after allegedly giving an order to cut the branches of a decades old Acacia tree.
One of the students admitted on Facebook that the school head told them not to post videos online, most specially on YouTube.

OLPHA student Facebook post

Assuming it's true, is the principal trying to hide something? Is it some sort of a cover up attempt?

Also, there's speculation that the affected students just skipped meals.

According to comments, more than 20 students from various sections in the third and fourth year levels got "possessed". Does it mean all of them were hungry at the time the phenomenon occured at around 2:00 p.m.? It's possible but unlikely.

The last one should be looked into by either the Local Government Unit (LGU) concerned or the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in close coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), because as far as we know, the "cutting, destroying or injuring of planted or growing trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic value along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises or in any other public ground" is prohibited under Republic Act (RA) 3571.

OLPHA Acacia

Did the principal ask permission from proper authorities before the tree branches were cut? Is it the deeper reason why the principal doesn't want the OLPHA incident be exposed to the public? Just asking.

In the spirit of balance reporting, we will accept and publish if the OLPHA administration will issue/release an official statement regarding the controversy.