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Nurse-reviewer apologizes for saying leak was nationwide

Nurse-reviewer apologizes for saying leak was nationwide

Written by Walter I. Balane / MindaNews
Thursday, 12 October 2006 08 27 05
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 October) -- "I am sorry if I hurt you," Daryl Joel “Butch” Dumdum, a Davao-based nurse and reviewer "in review centers around the country,” said Tuesday evening as he explained to reporters here that his pronouncement in a national newspaper about the alleged nationwide leak of test questions in the June 2006 nursing licensure exam, was “only hypothetical.”

"I understand how they feel. I did not say they really cheated. I only said I believed that there is a possibility of the existence of the leak here but not the existence (itself)," he said.
Dumdum's statements, published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the weekend angered nursing board passers and their parents in Davao City who maintained no such leakage benefited them.

The newspaper report quoted Dumdum as saying the leakage was everywhere and that it benefited examinees in Davao and Tacloban.

Dumdum, 23, said the newspaper report did not misquote him but the crowd “overreacted" to his pronouncement.

He clarified that he did not volunteer for an interview with the media. "They called me for an interview," he said.

He also denied that he was being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation. He said he went to the NBI after he was asked to issue a sworn statement about his pronouncements.

He denied that his statement was part of a spin to sway decision on the possibility of an order for a retake. "My conscience is clear. I only talked to the media as a concerned citizen, as a registered nurse. There are no strings attached," he said.

Dumdum said his interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Saturday was arranged by "some friends at the University of Sto. Tomas". UST is for a retake of the nursing board.

He said he granted the interview mainly to push for his stand for government to order a retake of the exam.

Dumdum said he has been receiving text messages of threats and intimidation after the story was published.

Dumdum wondered why media lacked reports on the supporters for a retake. He said there are many sectors and personalities who favor the retake but were not given space or airtime by the media.

Dumdum said he will continue to push for a retake even if the NBI probe will show that the leakage occurred in Luzon. The NBI revealed to Manila-based reporters today that the leak was only in Baguio City and Metro Manila and that reports that it reached Davao were "unfounded" (see related story)

Dr. Roberto Palec, governor of the Philippine Nurses Association in Southeastern Mindanao said they might file civil charges against Dumdum.

Palec said Dumdum committed insubordination when he spoke to the media against his advice. He said the case could result to the revocation of Dumdum's nursing license. But Palec said he will hold the filing of the case until he gets to personally talk with Dumdum. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)


I agree with Mr. Palec. I think a class suit is in order given the damage and the added mental anguish Mr. Dumdum caused us. Even if he retracted his statements, the harm has been done. He is sour graping bec. among the many who reviewed in his review center, only one passed. What can you expect, "shungenge" reviewer nyo, di bagsak kayo. To all would be reviewees: don't review with him. He will just turn against you. Magreklamo kayo sa review centers nyo if kukunin sya as a reviewer. Mga review centers: hwag nyo na syang kunin as a reviewer. Taksil sya! By doing this, we have exacted justice for ourselves. Let's make sure na matapos na ang career nya as a reviewer.

lol. sobra ka naman. I would have agreed with you if you said things properly. you dont have to say those things to show your animosity. it is his own actions that will ruin his reputation sooner or later.

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