IBP Davao mum on Ateneo de Davao incident

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Davao City (IBP-Davao) declined to comment on the report that the head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao Region allegedly issued an intimidating statement against a professor of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).

Comelec-Davao regional director Remlane Tambuang found himself in the hot seat after he allegedly threatened Dean Reynante Pilapil and Assistant Dean Nelly Limbadan of the Addu School of Arts and Sciences two weeks ago.

Tambuang has denied the allegations.

IBP-Davao City Chapter president Rogelio Largo said members of the office opted not to make any statement on what happened between Tambuang and the teachers of Addu. He added that they respect the right of the people involved in the issue to freedom of expression.

"We will refrain from making any statement on this, especially if the matter will potentially lead to a case. If there will be a complaint that will be filed before the IBP, we will act on it in accordance with our rules in handling a complaint against a lawyer," Largo told Sun.Star Davao.

The Addu earlier expressed its intention to file charges against Tambuang for allegedly threatening the professors over the failing grade received by his child.

In a strongly worded statement issued Thursday, March 22, Addu president Father Joel Tabora said the school will not be "intimidated" by "parental bullying based on public office or on one's legal profession."

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