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Sara Duterte: Changing martial law historical record difficult, not a priority


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Presumptive Vice President Sara Duterte addressed concerns that she would change the martial law historical record once seated as Education Secretary, saying that it would be difficult and it was not a priority.

In a “24 Oras Weekend” report on Saturday, Duterte also said that she had executive experience even if she was not an expert in the education field.

This came after Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Thursday stressed that Duterte, who is set to head the Department of Education (DepEd) in the next administration, "has no track record" in addressing the problems hounding the education system.

College Editors' Guild of the Philippines Deputy Secretary General Regina Tolentino also claimed Duterte would only put the education system in further chaos.

Duterte, in an ambush interview in San Isidro, Northern Samar, asked the public to wait for her proclamation before she addressed concerns on the K-12 program and increasing the salary of teachers.

“Once we get that mandate of proclamation of winners galing sa ating (from our} Congress, we will sit down with Secretary Briones para meron tayong magandang transition at walang break sa ginagawa (so we could have a good transition and have no breaks in the projects) from the administration of President Duterte to the administration of President Marcos,” she said.

Further, Duterte said she will push to make military service mandatory but not the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

She earlier noted she would propose to Congress to pass a bill that will "make military service mandatory for all 18-year-olds" male and female in the country.

She earlier said she would work on producing skilled learners following the announcement of her running mate, presumptive President former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., that she had agreed to become the next DepEd secretary.

As of 2:47 p.m. on Saturday, Duterte maintained her lead among other vice presidential candidates with a 31,561,948 partial and unofficial count of votes.

Meanwhile, Marcos was also leading the presidential race with 31,104,175 votes as of the same period.

A total of 55,197,306 votes out of the 67,442,616 registered voters have already come in as of posting. A total of 98.35% of the election returns have been processed so far. — DVM, GMA News

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