Proceed with caution

This is an advice to my fellow professors at the university where I am teaching public administration. Let us not allow ourselves to be used by other people in witchhunting, even if it seems to be the fad in every change of administration.

A fellow professor informed me last night that I, along with my co-professors at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila’s College of Management and Entrepreneurship, would be investigated by the college’s new administration for, accordingly, being close to the past leadership.

I wonder how they would go about it, but I most welcome any investigation as long as they allow me to defend myself before them.

I started teaching in PLM in March 2008 after I was personally introduced to then PLM President Adel Tamano through the endorsement of former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. I have also become friends with the CME administration then, led by Dean Eloisa Macalinao, and with the administration following her, but have maintained friendship and respect for everyone, not indulging in so-called university and college politics.

I have witnessed how my fellow professors beat all the odds and every hurdle just to fulfill their duties. Personally, during Typhoon Ondoy’s wrath in 2009, I had to stay overnight at the house of PAF LTC Rummuel Perez and his wife Amabel, who was my student at the PLM Off-Campus Class in the City Government of Cavite, even as it was my son’s birthday.

The following day I had to wade through neck-deep waters in Manila and ride atop a fire truck just to get myself home.

I would like to take this opportunity to salute my fellow professors at the PLM-CME. Let us be content with the thought that we have helped our students become what they are today because of selfless sacrifice.

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