Possible fraudulence A few weeks ago, Foster’s Fairplay highlighted a matter of an allegedly misused airline ticket which, in this column’s view, has not received appropriate official attention. The rightful ticket holder, a female, was selected to represent Jamaica at the World University Games (WUG) this past summer. The intention then was to clear some dark clouds concerning her integrity. The young miss, who is a student at the University of Technology (UTech), was named to the team on the basis of impressive early-season performances. However, she was injured at the June National Championships. While awaiting the results of tests to ascertain the extent of the damage, she prepared herself for travel to the venue in South Korea. Her ticket, purchased by the umbrella group for tertiary institutions, Intercol, was for airport pick-up. It routed her Kingston-New York-Seoul on the outgoing voyage. Unfortunately, at the last minute, came news that the severity of her condition effectively ruled her out. Team officials at the Games’ location assembled to meet her and were surprised that she did not arrive. Subsequent investigation revealed that the ticket was issued and used, but only to travel on the leg, Kingston-New York. It became clear that someone took advantage of the athlete’s inability to proceed on the intended trip and journeyed to the US city. Two thoughts sprung to mind. First, there must have been complicity internally for an individual other than the accredited athlete to travel on the ticket. Added to that was the question of it being a fraudulent act, with person or persons liable to a legal sanction. Foster’s Fairplay turned detective – an area of service in a former employ. The only problem arose when it was revealed by those in the know that this time, the authority to make such probes vanished with the change of employment. Somehow, not wanting to drop it on account of the obstacles, a way had to be found. Letting the chips fall where they may, truth was the objective. Wanting to bring closure and remove any lingering doubt as to who the perpetrator of the perceived wrong could be, the Intercol top brass had to be the next stop. The organisation is a conglomerate of educational institutions, where the teaching of ethics, proper values and exemplary mores ought to be a given. After all, they are tasked with the awesome responsibility of preparing young minds for the outside world. That said, together with the information – call it evidence, if you will – the matter was clearly one for the police, ably assisted by the governing body, as complainant. This seemed impatient of debate as the purchaser of the ticket is the party who would have suffered from the suspected misuse. Contact with Intercol, despite met with initial enthusiasm, has, after an inordinate wait, resulted in little more. This appears to be another instance of gross dereliction of duty. It seems as though there is an institutionalised reluctance to do the right thing in such matters. Foster’s Fairplay recalls a comment several years ago by the highly respected former public critic and newspaper columnist, the late Morris Cargill. Analysis was being done on the then official response to the possession of “a little marijuana”. The find was being described as a “lesser crime”. Cargill responded that there should be no such thing, as ‘crime begets crime’. Therein lies a message to the Intercol hierarchy. The scourge of vicious criminality has hit the nation with telling force. One of the colleges under its umbrella was brought to its knees recently by a horrible incident, still troubling the mind. The twisted mind that conjured that evil act did not necessarily first activate on that dreadful evening on Hope Boulevard. It could very well have had its genesis as an act such as the one committed by the person who presumably applied for, and used, that airline ticket. There is a potent call for the country to have a conscience, a sharp distinction between right and wrong. The spotlight in this matter is on Intercol. Educators, do the right thing.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College is determined to end its season on a winning note despite missing another trip to the Final Four.And so far, the Generals have been on a mini resurgence after racking up two straight victories over Final Four contender College of St. Benilde on Friday and Arellano University on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kevin Durant ‘at home’ with Warriors, but undecided on future Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “From the start of the season my goal is to help the team win as many games as possible,” said Garcia, who also aims to end his NCAA playing career on a high.“We lost many games to begin the season but giving up is not a option for me and I will do my best to help us win.”Garcia did just that against the Chiefs, firing 25 points, 17 coming in the first half where the Generals built a 48-30 halftime lead.He also collected six rebounds and five assists as EAC improved to 4-11, just half a game behind Arellano and San Sebastian, who are currently tied for sixth place.“We already won two straight but I’m sure every practice we’re going to give more than 100 percent because we want to keep winning,” Garcia said. “Our confidence is really high right now.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I’m already seeing my players’ desire to win,” said EAC head coach Ariel Sison in Filipino after his team’s 78-70 win over the Chiefs. “Hopefully, we can keep winning, we still have three games left.”READ: Generals post back-to-back wins, oust ChiefsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Generals wrap up their season against Mapua, University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University and they’re eyeing no less than a three-game sweep.Guard Jerome Garcia, who is in his final year, said Emilio Aguinaldo College is upbeat with momentum on its side heading into the final stretch.