Sara Duterte accepts offer to be education secretary

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Sara Duterte gestures during a campaign rally in the, Philippines
Presumptive Vice President, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gestures during their last campaign rally known as "Miting De Avance" with presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in Paranaque city, Philippines. About 67 million registered Filipino voters will pick a new president on Monday, with Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, son and namesake of the ousted dictator leading pre-election surveys, and incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo, who leads the opposition, as his closest challenger. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday (May 12) has agreed to presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s offer to take over the Department of Education (DepEd) once they assume seats.

Sara Duterte aims to push for mandatory military service for adult Filipinos, and mandatory ROTC in schools and universities.

The vice-presidential race frontrunner and daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, said she was thankful for the "confidence" given to her by Marcos.

She said that prior to the campaign, she and Marcos discussed that they planned to appoint her as secretary for the Department of National Defense (DND), but was not pushed through.

"Before the campaign, we talked about the Department of National Defense. But seeing the way things are at the moment, I expect that people who want to see the new administration fail will fabricate intrigues about my loyalty and the DND position to break the UniTeam," Duterte-Carpio said in a statement.

Marcos and Duterte-Carpio reportedly met on Wednesday to discuss government positions. They decided that the VP frontrunner could work on producing skilled learners with the mindset to realize their "full potential as individuals."

As education chief, Duterte will be expected to address what has been called a deep-rooted and complex education crisis in the country.

In January, Duterte said that if she gets elected, she will push for mandatory military service for Filipinos aged 18 and up.

Meanwhile, rights groups and individuals have expressed concern about Duterte-Carpio’s presumptive plan to be DepEd secretary, saying that the frontrunner will only push "anti-student programs and policies and historical distortion."

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom.

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