Tesda chief mulls party switch

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Joel Villanueva, the embattled chief of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) who is reportedly eyeing a Senate seat in next year’s elections, is now considering crossing over to other political parties, including the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

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Villanueva, said to be a close friend of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, on Monday said he is not closing his doors to the possibility of joining the senatorial slate of other political parties after he uncovered a plot to ease him out of the Cabinet and from the ruling party’s senatorial slate.

The maneuvers were reportedly masterminded by a faction within the Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts that is identified with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.

“Yes, I am open [joining other political parties],” Villanueva, a close friend of the President, said in a text message, adding that he remains an ally of the administration.

Villanueva earlier disclosed that he is “90 percent” sure he would run for the Senate in next year’s polls.

The Tesda chief said he will try his luck in next year’s polls only if his ratings in senatorial surveys continue to rise.

Villanueva, the youngest member of the Aquino Cabinet, had served for nine years as party-list representative of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) before he was appointed as Tesda chief in 2010.

Along with other lawmakers, he is facing graft charges in connection with the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

He said he could not fathom why he was included in the pork barrel case despite the absence of solid evidence against him.

“I am not mad or angry but I am really disappointed. Nagtataka lang ako sa dami ng ebidensya na hindi ako dapat isama, pinilit isama [I am just surprised that despite lack of evidence against me, they really labored to include me],” Villanueva noted.

“I really don’t know what is motivating the Department of Justice [DOJ] to file a case with no basis. Somehow I am relieved that finally I would know what’s really in it and that I can finally defend myself not in the context of allegegations from the DOJ,” the Tesda chief said.

Villanueva earlier denied involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Palace: Joel still an ally
Malacañang also on Monday said Tesda Director General Villanueva remains an ally of the Aquino administration despite his claims that some people within the LP are moving against him.

In a text message to reporters, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Villanueva will remain an effective ally of the administration amid the controversy.

“According to Sec. Villanueva, he was taken aback by the filing of a complaint against him by the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] as he was not a party to the alleged [pork barrel]transactions,” the Palace official added.

Reacting to The Manila Times report published also on Monday about Villanueva’s “disappointment” over how certain individuals identified with Roxas are treating him shabbily, Coloma maintained that the Tesda chief will not bolt the administration.

“Despite efforts by detractors to malign him, he remains committed to the continuation of President Aquino’s good governance platform,” he said.

In an interview with this paper last Sunday, Villanueva said he was disappointed by the machinations of the group that could also be behind his inclusion in the latest batch of former and active lawmakers charged in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

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  1. Sect. Joel has nothing to do with this scam, alam naman ng ibang tao na siya ay may takot sa Diyos kaya hindi siya makakagawa ng ganyang mga bagay…

  2. I will support the advocacies of Sec.Joel whether he belongs to other parties beside the LP.I thought before that LP was good,but now,because they knew that sec.joel excelled in the government and considered for PNOY to run as senator,the other LP members are now doing their best to get rid of sec.joel.

  3. na threaten na sila! hahahahahahaha! kasi sigurado na makakapasok si Sec. Joel sa Senado! Subok ang serbisyo sa madlang pipol! He maintained the high level of integrity, honestly and credibility! Marami na syang napatunayan at natulungan through TESDA program! Binuhay nya ang mga pangarap ng mga maliliit! Maraming nabigyan ng trabaho dahil sa kasipagan ng taong ito! This country needs more like you Sec. Joel! Mabuhay ka #Tesdaman! 100% ang support namin sa inyo! God will fight for you!

  4. I believe on his integrity. People always saw negative things then it will remain on them. But people didn’t saw what good things He did for the Filipinos. Many lives were prosper because of Tesda. Sec. Joel didn’t deserved this thing.

  5. Para sa akin hindi ako naniniwala na sangkot sa ganitong uri ng pagnanakaw si Sec. Joel ng TESDA kasi kung talagang siya ay nakickback ng ganyang kalaking halaga hindi niya mapapalawak ng ganyan ang ahensyang hawak niya dahil ang iisipin lang niya eh kung paano mkakapangurakot. Pangalawa, kung talagang may kasalanan siy sa tingin ko eh dapat nagtago na sya at hindi haharap sa atin ng buong tapang hindi katulad ng iba na pagkatapos malaman na nagnakaw sila eh nagtago na.. Saludo ako sa iyo Sec. Joel Villanueva.

  6. sa dami ng pwedeng pagkatiwalaan e kay secretary jol villanueva n ko kaysa s iba n wala nmng napatunayan at ginagawa kundi manira ng kapwa.

  7. kung may ayaw kay sec. joel mas marami p rin ang may gusto at naniniwala s kanya kaya GO sec. JOEL! alam namin na mabuti kang tao at malinis ang hangarin mo.

  8. wag tayo padala s paninira ng iba. Si secretary joel ay banta lang sa kanila kaya gusto nila na sirain at pabagsakin. pero ang katotohanan p rin ang mananaig. naniniwala ako sa kanya at s kakayahan nya. susuporta ko pra manalo sya pagtumakbo sya s pagkasenador kht saang partido pa sya!

  9. Sec Joel is a righteous man who cannot afford to trade riches for a good name. He honors and fears God and He passionately loves the country. Ganun talaga pag may ngsusucceed sa government, pinipilit hilain pababa. Praying for and supporting you sec Joel!!! God bless you. Truth and justice will and shall prevail!

  10. Regardless kung saan partido si Sec. Joel, the most important thing now is maging malinaw sa taumbayan that it is unfair na ma-include siya sa 3rd batch, considering all the valid arguments/documents he presented

    • Antayin na lang ang investigation sa Ombudsman at doon patunayan ni Joel kung pineke ang pirma nya. Tsaka pa lang natin malaman pare pareho ang totoo. At igalang kung anuman ang desisyon ng Ombudsman.

  11. Joel Villanueva is a good man! Kahit anu pang pambabatikos sa kanya bahala kayo basta para sa aken sya pa din ang susuportahan ko.

  12. only the righteous will remain!! hindi mananaig ang kasamaan lahat nang naninira sila mismo ang masisira! Sec Joel Villanueva is a pure man napaka linis na tao. Dahan dahan sa sinasabe againt him!

  13. Wow ha. How come you accuse si Mr. Joel Villanueva? Duh? You dont know him. ofcourse politics are politics. At ganun naman talaga sa buhay. Hihitakin mo pababa yung taong alam mong nakakangat sayo. Know Him first before speaking po sana.

  14. sige tuluyan niyong gawing sacrificial lamb si Villanueva. yung mga nakaka awa at desperadong miyembro ng LP nakakabwiset kayo, di niyo ba nakikita yang mga pinaggagawa ninyo. ilalaglag niyo xa kuno para lang masabi na maayos si Roxas. sige gamitin niyo lang xa. tingnan natin sino mananalo sa huli. TIngnan mo sabi ni Coloma, he remains an asset! sa totoo lang e isa xa sa mga dahilan bakit kahit paano ay maayos ang administrasyong Aquino. wala pa xa sa administrasyon ay maayos na sa pagttatrabaho si Villanueva kaya kung tutuusin ay kayong LP ang may utang na loob sa kanya, mga bungol kayo. magsama sama kayong mga trapo .

    mananalo si Villanueva kahit saang partido pa xa masama. Siya ang habulin ninyo!!
    Villanueva for Senator!!

  15. Sabi sa umbrella ng article: “Joel Villanueva, the embattled chief of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) who is reportedly eyeing a Senate seat in next year’s elections, is now considering crossing over to other political parties, including the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).” CONSIDERING palang di ba?? Di pa naman lumilipat e. Ang init agad ng dugo niyo sa tao. Tsaka alangan naman pa lang ipagsisiksikan niya ang sarili niya sa partidong ayaw sya isali. Di niya kailangang magpakawannabe noh.

  16. Bubuhayin at bubuhayin ni Delima ang Kaso para mawala ang pagiging mabango nitong si Sec.Joel napatunayan na na peke ang pirmA ipag pipilitan pa hahaha! Wala na ba kayong makitang iba, nga nmn ano pala makikita niyo eh wala namang ginawang masama itong si Joel, puro achievements ang TESDA, dami scholar na graduates na, dami nabago ang buhay dahil sa TESDA. ipagpatuloy lang ang tamang gawain, Kasama mo kame sa pag takbo mo. :) Mabuhay ka Joel Villanueva

    • Hindi naman sa TESDA ang complain kundi sa PORK BARREL SCAM noong sya ay Congressman pa lang.

      Iba usapan yung sa PDAF. Antayin na lang resulta sa desisyon ng Ombudsman at doon magkakaalaman. Doon ipagtanggol ni JOEL kung hindi nya ba talaga ginamit ang pera ng bayan.

  17. Kung nag-iisip yang si De Lima eh di sana hindi na niya sinampa yung complaint sa Ombudsman. Di ba kayang imbestigahan ng DOJ on its own? Besides, NBI has decided that the alleged signatures of Villanueva were fake.

    • Ang Ombudsman ang may jurisdiction para mag investigate at prosecute sa mga tiwaling public officer at employee.

  18. Bwiset kasi yang si De Lima. Kung nag-iisip siya, eh di sana hindi na niya sinampa yung complaint sa Ombudsman. Di ba kayang imbestigahan ng DOJ on its own? Besides, NBI has decided that the alleged signatures of Villanueva were fake.

  19. Kataka-taka talagang kinasuhan pa si Joel Villanueva eh NBI na nga mismo ang nagsabi na peke pirma nya. Dun sa isang “ebidensya” daw ng DOJ, BUHAY partylist ang nakalagay sa kanya. Eh hindi naman siya BUHAY.. Sa CIBAC siya!! Hay naku sana manalo siyang Senator sa 2016. Napaka ganda ng mga nagawa niya sa TESDA

  20. Be wary of this guy. Maglilipat bakod tapos baka pakawala lang den pala para kumuha ng mga impormasyon at strategy ng lilipatang partido. Ginamit pa ang relihiyon para makapasok sa politika. Yung isang kapatid daw neto na mayor sa Bulacan involved sa illegal gambling as exposed by Erwin Tulfo in the Manila Times.

    • Excuse me, Ms. Kathy. Joel is not using his religion to be in the politics. Nakita ko mismo kung paano sya mag-lead. Yun lang, I hope matauhan ka sa sinabi mo against him. Pakasaya ka ha. =)

  21. Sige lang Joel V., talagang wala kang mahihita sa LP. Lalabas din ang tunay na kulay ng partidong iyan!

    Basta’t kami ay saludo sa iyong mga accomplishment sa CIBAC at Tesda. 100% ang supporta namin sa iyo :-).

    We Vote for the TESDA Man!

    • Pagsampa ng kaso kay JOEL ay sinabi nya okay lang sa kanya para malaman talaga totoo. Pero now binabatikos nya pagsampa sa kanya. Walang isang salita. Walang integridad at prinsipyo. Kung saan sya makikinabang doon sya. Tatalon agad sa kabilang bakod. Yan ba susuporthan mo!

  22. Paanong maganda ang background eh kulto yan! Kung ako ang UNA di ko tatnggapin yan kasi ang kapal ng mukha! Di lag isasama ng LP tatawid na ng bakod? Walng prinsipyo, paano maganda ang background?

    • Gumagawa nga den ng sariling dynasty ang mga yan!Ginagamit April ang relihiyon para makapasok sa politika,

  23. This guy should not be accepted by any political party. Because he is being asked to answer anomalous transaction, he now threathen to move to another political party. Ganito sya ka-amateur, walang malalim na pag-iisip.

    UNA or any party for that matter should ask this Villanueva to clear his name first before accepting him as new member of poloticial party. Otherwise, you get a bunch of crooks being hunted by the law. You wil also be accused of tolerating corrupt officials.

    Think about this guy. He is not a man of integrity.

    Sayang, maganda sana ang background nya.