MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In a recent public statement, Senator Cynthia Villar proposed that the Department of Education (DepEd) should disband underperforming schools, while providing incentives to those that do well in educating Filipinos.
Well, DepEd is taking Villar’s statement seriously.
Today, DepEd announced it was closing down the University of the Philipppines and Phiilippine Christian University — almae matres of Villar.
”Obviously, the two universities didn’t do a good job in educating Villar, so we’re disbanding them,” a spokesperson for DepEd told The Adobo Chronicles.
”Unfortunately, we can’t close down New York University because we do not have jurisdiction over U.S. schools,” DepEd said.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Cynthia Villar wants “underperforming” schools disbanded by the Department of Education.
“‘Yung mga maliliit [na schools] baka idisband natin yun,” Villar said in an ambush interview Thursday at a Stratbase forum in Taguig City.
We caught up with Villar during her recent inspection trips to one of VistaLand’s land and housing development projects (Villar owns VistaLand), and this is what she told us:
”Sayang naman yung mga lupa na kinatatayuan ng mga underperforming schools. Let’s put the land to good use by converting them to housing developments.”
Villar, many will recall, was the author of the Rice Tarrification Bill which is now law. It stripped the National Food Authority of its rice procurement function by allowing for unli importation of the staple commodity by private entrepreneurs. Many rice farmers have complained that they are losing their only means of livelihood because of the law. It is rumored that some of them are considering just selling their farm land to VistaLand.
Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, Vista an kailangan.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senate President Tito Sotto can’t seem to hide his beef with members of the LGBT community.
During Senate deliberations on the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) bill, he pointed out that gay men will never become women because they do not have ovaries and will not be able to reproduce.
Now, Sotto is calling members of the LGBT community “deadly sinners.”
On Tuesday, Sotto called the attention of the Department of Education (DepEd) after one of its regional offices issued a memo calling for the implementation and inclusion in the school calendar the observance & celebration of LGBT Pride every month of June.
The Showbiz personality-turned-Senator said that pride is still one of the “7 Deadly Sins,” as per Christian faith and tradition.
Ergo, those who celebrate PRIDE are deadly sinners.
Sotto’s comment didn’t sit well with many Filipino nationalists who questioned: “So those of us who take pride in being Pinoy are sinners? So everyone should stop using the phrase ‘Pinoy Pride’ ?”
Meanwhile, Filipino world champion boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao challenged Sotto to a boxing match for his uncalled for comment. Pacquiao is often referred to as the “Pride of the Philippines.”