|Saw this poster entitled: Dakis Vs Villar|
The online outrage of Filipino nurses resulted an issuance of an apology by senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar. In an online post, two hours ago, she said:
"I have only the deepest respect and admiration for Filipino nurses. Kung nakasakit ako ng damdamin ninyo, humihingi po ako ng dispensa. Nagkulang kasi ng oras sa aking pagsagot sa medyo komplikadong tanong. Sa lahat ng mga nursing students at mga nurses natin, iginagalang ko kayo at ang nais ko lang ay hindi maipit ang pag-aaral ng mga nursing students dahil sa hindi pagkakaunawaan ng mga may-ari ng eskwelahan at mga pinuno ng CHED noong mga panahon na yon."
I easily forgive Mrs. Villar but sadly I do not easily forget.
Lack of time in answering a question should not be used as an excuse for ignorance. The use of the line "gusto LANG nila maging room nurse lang sa Amerika" will not merit you any lack of time. It will not hamper you in addressing the nursing profession in propriety (or any profession for that matter). This is just plainly ignorance and a show of stereotyping.
Should you really wanted to mediate the issue between CHED and the owners of the nursing schools, CHED Chair and members of the TCNE would have not resigned. But they did, and so the mediation failed. There are still a lot of low-performing nursing schools operational up to this day.
I accept your apology Mrs. Villar for people do make mistakes especially under pressure and in national TV. I make these mistakes too and I know the pressure of national TV. I suggest you go back to the WAR ROOM and prepare. Running for senate would not be as similar to running your foundation where you are the boss - in the Senate, we are your bosses. And many Filipinos will not allow this kind of mediocrity in the senate floor. We had enough circus going on already. And the enlightened Filipinos will vote for those who really represent the people and those who serve and think beyond their own.
To fellow nurses, let us, in an act of humility, accept Mrs. Villar's apology. Although, as they say "the damage has been done" but let us also be reminded how each of us makes mistakes. Well for professionals like us, creating a mistake would mean losing the lives of our patients, and losing our own licenses to practice the profession and possibly ending in jails. With this, I hope Mrs. Villar would also see this perspective, that as a public persona, whatever she say affects the people - and that a mistake takes toll to ordinary Filipinos - not a physical death but the death of critical thinking and basic respect to others.
P.S. Mrs. Villar, the challenge is still up for the taking! Will you accept the challenge and be a "room nurse" for a day in a public hospital with us?
Also if nurses campaign against you or strike you out of their Magic 12, we cannot blame them. We cannot blame the meager 700,000 voters and potential supporters to choose other candidates. We cannot also blame the parents, siblings and family members of this meager 700,000 registered nurses in the country. We just can't.