• De Lima, Villanueva told to kiss and make up


    Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) chief Joel Villanueva and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will have to set aside their personal differences if they want to campaign together under the Liberal Party (LP).

    Villanueva and de Lima have declared their intention to run for senator in 2016 but the ruling party has yet to confirm whether the two will be included in the administration slate.

    “They will campaign together. What is good in the coalition slate is you have to campaign and they will campaign together because the advocacy here is moving forward,” Lacierda told reporters in a press conference.

    He noted that while there may be differences between Villanueva and De Lima, both officials believe in the principle of good governance.

    “ Everyone who will belong to the coalition will have adhered to the principle that President Aquino has always advocated that of good governance,” Lacierda said.

    After announcing his candidacy on Tuesday, Villanueva admitted that he is not comfortable with the idea of running alongside de Lima.

    “I will not be hypocrite to say I’ll be comfortable, but at the end of the day, alam natin kung ano ang calling natin (we know what our calling will be),” Villanueva said.

    It was de Lima who ordered the filing of a graft complaint against the Tesda chief in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.

    Villanueva, a former party-list lawmaker, earlier claimed that some LP stalwarts identified with party standard bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd want him out of its senatorial ticket.
    He suspects this is the same group who was behind the graft charges filed against him.


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    1. As TESDA Chief, Mr. Villanueva should have not limit the agency’s capacity to help the people from the Visayas. Most of the TESDA vouchers were, I guess, prioritized to Metro Manila. How about those underprivileged yet deserving students from the countryside?