Public official denies threatening Ateneo de Davao professor over child's low grades

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2018 09:01 PM | Updated as of Dec 17 2018 11:08 AM

MANILA - Lawyer Remlane Tambuang, regional director of the Commission on Elections in Region XI, on Friday denied that he threatened a professor at the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) after his child received low grades.

In a statement, Tambuang admitted that he got emotional during a meeting with Dean Reynante Pilapil, Assistant Dean Nelly Limbadan, and a certain Mr. Pancho but categorically denied that he threatened the professor.

He said he went to meet with the university officials as "a parent who has a son and not as a lawyer or a public official for that matter."

"It is at this point that I got emotional being a father. I could not imagine the pain my son was experiencing at the moment. Since grade school up to now, my son [has been] a true-blooded Atenean. He was looking forward to this graduation day," the statement read.

"I categorically deny that I said, ‘We are a family of lawyers and family of killers!’ I cannot possibly [say] that to the prestigious institution whom I trusted to mold my children."

In a statement released Thursday, ADDU did not disclose the name of the parent but described the one involved as a lawyer and public servant.

ADDU President Fr. Joel Tabora clarified there was no gun involved in the incident, as earlier reported by other media outlets.

However, the school said the incident was reprehensible as statements intended to intimidate were made.

Tambuang branded as "fake news" allegations that he brought a gun inside the campus.

"I am now speaking against the false accusations against me. This fake news has deeply affected my reputation and also of my children," he said.

"Because of that article, I was already prejudged and maligned by the people. No solid evidence was presented to support their allegation. It is but natural for the public to react to this kind of news. Nahusgahan na ang pagkatao ko, pati ang mga anak ko nadamay na dahil sa maling balitang inilabas ng Rappler and ni Mr. Gamas," he said in reference to a report on another news website. 

Tambuang, however, issued an apology to those who "may have been hurt because of this unfortunate incident."

"I would like to reiterate there was no threat committed to anyone. It was a false media statement that blew out of proportion. Still with all honesty and sincerity, I apologize to anyone who may have been hurt because of this unfortunate incident especially to my children. I never made any wrongdoing, I was there only to ensure and protect the interest of my son," he said.

The university said it would be taking action against the parent who allegedly threatened a professor.

"The ADDU is a safe zone not only for students but also for its teachers who ought to be able to teach and give out grades accordingly, free from intimidation and threats from parents or any related persons or personalities," Tabora said in a statement Thursday. -- With a report from Paul Palacio, ABS-CBN News