THE security officer of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in a police blotter report identified the person, who threatened a university professor, as Remlani Tambuang, regional director of Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Davao.

Sta. Ana Police Station Deputy Station Commander Police Chief Inspector Alfred Rubrico said in an interview that a certain Chief Security Officer Gerry Bambico went to their office to put into record the incident where one of Addu’s professors was confronted by a student's parent, who happens to be a government official.

Based on the police report SunStar Davao got, it said that on March 20, the "Code Black" which means personal threat was announced by Ateneo de Davao University, Executive Vice President Jeremy "Bong" Eliab through a radio call at the 5th floor of the Jubilee building. 

This prompted all roving guards, detachment commander, and shift-in-charge of Addu, including immediate adjacent guards, to rush to the area. 

Remlani Tambuang was with his sister, Walina Tambuang, and his bodyguard. When they went out of the School of Arts and Sciences Office, he noticed the presence of around 10 security personnel at the hallway.

"Ano problema dito, bakit maraming guard? Hindi naman ako ganun ka criminal. Hindi niyo ba alam na ako ang director ng Comelec? Baka gusto niyo hindi bigyan ng firearms exemption ang Dasia?” the director was quoted saying to them.

Bambico said they responded to Tambuang's group, saying, "Wala naman po problema, sir, nag roving lang po kami.” After which they left.

They also received a confirmation from School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Office, that SAS Dean Reynante Pilapil and Assistant Dean Nelly Limbadan heard Remlani Tambuang saying: "Hindi niyo ba alam na pamilya kami ng mga lawyer at pamilya din kami ng mga killer?”

SunStar Davao tried to get the side of Tambuang, however, as of this writing, he has not released a statement yet and has not been responding to text messages and calls to his mobile phone. A SunStar reporter also went to the Comelec-Davao office along Quimpo Boulevard but was told that the director went out.

Meanwhile, Addu is planning to file legal charges against Tambuang, who allegedly accosted the unnamed professor because of his son's failing grade. 

The plan to sue is contained in the official statement issued on Thursday, March 22, by Father Joel Tabora, ADDU university president. "When a parent accompanied by relatives and body guards comes in brandishing statements like “WE ARE A FAMILY OF LAWYERS AND KILLERS!” or “WE CAN TAKE DOWN THIS SCHOOL” — these are statements the ADDU as a University can only take very seriously as they threaten the safety and security of its personnel," the statement read in qualifying the plan. 

The statement further reads, "Especially when said public official is also a member of the Philippine Bar where public displays of arrogant intimidation such as this one, rightfully deserve sanctions as they run contrary to their Lawyer’s Oath." 

He cited that ADDU serves as a “Safe Zone” not only for its students, but also for their teachers who ought to be able to teach and give out grades accordingly in an environment that is free from intimidation and threats from parents or any related persons or personalities who do not agree with their system. “Parental bullying based on public office or on one's legal profession has no place at ADDU nor in any school, public or private, in the Philippines,” he said. 

Contrary to a report published in a different news site, the university said that after investigation was conducted including the review of the CCTV footage and preliminary reviews, there was no weapon involved in threatening the professor. “We categorically state that there was no gun immediately involved in this incident," he said. 

Davao City Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag said, “This kind of behavior is not acceptable. Hindi ito pwede sa Davao city. I will support the teacher and ADDU on whatever actions they will take against this public official.” (With ICT and KVC) 

-Juliet C. Revita


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