MANILA, Philippines — After earning the ire of nursing graduates after her controversial answer to an interview, Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar has released a statement issuing an apology:
Taos-puso po akong humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat ng mga nurse at kani-kanilang pamilya na labis na nasaktan sa aking kasagutan sa tanong na ibinato sa akin sa isang programa sa TV.
Alam ko po ang sakripisyo at hirap na pinagdaanan ng mga nurse, mga nursing students at kanilang mga magulang at pamilya upang maitaguyod ang kanilang pag-aaral at propesyon. Hindi rin po lingid sa akin ang malaking tulong ng mga nurse dito sa Pilipinas at sa ibang bansa na nagta-trabaho nang lubos upang makatulong sa kanilang pamilya.
Humihingi po ako ng pang-unawa sa kahat ng mga nasaktan sa aking sinabi. Wala po akong intensyong maliitin ang mga Filipino nurses.
(from Villar’s Twitter account)
But her apology still did not appease the nursing profession, who finds her statement insincere and rushed.
“Obviously she is clueless when it comes to nursing,” said Martin.
Evelyn, a registered nurse said, “You call that an apology? That is more like damage control!”
“Asahan na nya na wala syang makukuhang boto galing sa mga sektor ng mga nurses (She can expect no votes coming from the nursing sector),” said Myra angrily.
Villar quickly tweeted another statement after the first one did not sit well with netizens, saying:
Instead, nurses became even more confused.
“On one hand, we can see that she now knows what RN stands for,” said Jake. “But on the other, does she know what BSN stands for?”
“Nalilito ako kung bobotohin ko sya o hindi (I’m confused if I should vote for her or not),” added Jake.
Myra, who was previously quoted as to saying that she won’t vote for Villar, changed her stance and decided to vote for her instead. “Mas gugustuhin ko nang mahalal sya at maging Senador, kesa sa maging nurse sya at maihanay kabilang namin! Yuck! (I’d rather she be elected Senator instead of her becoming a nurse and being in the same profession as me! Yuck!)”
Maaring nakaligo na sya kasama ng asawa nya sa dagat na basura, pero duda ako na kakayanin nya ang pagiging nurse, dahil hindi ito isang madaling trabaho (She might’ve swam with her husband on a sea of garbage, but I doubt she can be a nurse become this is not an easy job,” said another nurse we interviewed.
“Hindi ko tuloy alam kung anong mas masaklap. Ang maging Senador sya o maging nurse (I’m not sure what bitter pill is harder to swallow. Her becoming a Senator or her becoming a nurse).”
Remy German, a political strategist commended Villar and her social media strategist for the bold move. “Whatever votes she may have lost over the weekend due to the backlash of her statement before are now back. The nursing world would now surely vote for her because of this.”
“It’s the classic, ‘Vote-For-Me-Or-I-Will-Ruin-Your-World‘ strategy from the old campaign books,” German added. “Hanep talaga!“