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PIA Press Release
2006/10/12

PNA guv belies alleged Davao leak

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (12 October) -- After the brave allegation of a certain Daryl Dumdum involving some review centers in Davao city as having received a leakage in the 2006 Nursing Licensure Exam, Philippine Nurses Association Governor for Region XI Roberto Palec disproved Dumdum's statement.

Palec claimed that it is unethical for Dumdum to come out and speak up in behalf of the PNA given the fact that he got no permission from the officials in the board to voice out and spur another root of controversy.

Dumdum, a close acquaintance of Palec, was said to have called up the latter to permit him to be interviewed by the media. " I did not grant him any permission and that I even reminded him that he might be in danger with what he is planning to do." Palec explained.

Despite such, Dumdum still pushed for an interview claiming that Tacloban and Davao were said to have benefited from the nursing leak.

Palec bared PNA's plan of filing a civil case against Dumdum for bringing the name of the association without the permission from the higher body.

"He might lose his license with his allegations," Palec is wondering what pushed Dumdum to do the interview. He believed that a group whose members don't want to be recognized as the once pushing for a retake arranged the media interview.

In the same forum, exam passers, parents, and school administrators voiced their sentiments in excluding Mindanao from the planned retake of the said examination.

Parents claimed that with the pending court decision on this matter has deprived their children from practicing what they have learned in school.

Eighth placer in the 2006 exam Christine Papasin from San Pedro College admitted her hesitance to apply in any hospital despite her edge being a placer because she can't take the risk of working as a professional sans the license.

"We worked hard just to have our license. Don't deprive us from working just because of this controversy that we, in Mindanao, did not partake," she said.

Papasin joins all the 3,000 passers from the region in pushing for a no-retake stand and for immediate decision from the concerned agencies.

Parent of a passer, Bong Baldoza, said " They are the people who could have helped the country by paying taxes, or sending in their remittances. They are the future of the Philippines. Never discourage them to do their part for the country." (PIA XI) [top]

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