By Zea Capistrano
DAVAO CITY — A high-ranking election official here denied that he threatened his son’s professor at the Ateneo de Davao University, a close friend of the official disclosed on Friday.
In a statement read by Atty. Allan Kadon, who identified himself as a friend of Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Atty. Remlane Tambuang, the election official said: “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,” Tambuang said in his statement.
Tambuang said he only wanted to talk to the professor of his son to get an explanation why his son failed. He said his son told him “comments about the teacher’s way of teaching, and he himself did not see and cannot explain why he failed.”
He said his son passed the first and second grading periods and only failed the third grading. Tambuang went to the campus on March 15 where he waited for five hours for the professor who “never showed up.”
Tambuang returned on March 20 and asked the help of a faculty member to speak to the school’s Dean to arrange a talk between him and the professor.
“We talked and I asked him calmly for a clarification regarding my son’s grade,” Tambuang said. But the professor, he said, never presented documents he requested to justify his son’s failing grade. Tambuang admitted he got emotional. The official, however, said the issue only “blew out of proportion.”
During the press conference, Kadon said Tambuang was surprised when the police blotter came out.
“Nagulat din siya actually kaya nagpakilala siya kasi di naman siya criminal,” Kadon said.
“Ang concern lang talaga ni Director Tambuang yung anak niya, kasi talagang siya yung nagsa-suffer ngayon eh,” he added.