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The signatories include former Education secretaries, former and current heads of schools, colleges, and universities.
A group of education leaders backed the candidacy of Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo and her running mate, vice presidential aspirant of Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan in the May 2022 elections.
In a joint statement, the undersigned said they made the decision “following scrutiny of the various candidates’ track record as servant leaders, their proposed plans for education, and, more importantly, their character as individuals.”
They noted that Robredo’s brand as Vice President “shines through best in times of crisis— one that can find solutions that are context-based, data-driven, and equity-oriented.
“Thus, circumspect of the challenges ahead, we believe that Robredo is the Education President our country needs to address this learning crisis and attain quality education for all", they added.
“We believe that Robredo is the ‘Education President’ our country needs to address this learning crisis and attain quality education for all,” the statement continued.
Among the signatories are Former Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson chairperson Patricia Licuanan, Former CHED chairperson Ester Garcia, Former CHED chairperson Angel Alcala, Former Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Brother Armin Luistro, Former DepEd secretary Dr. Fe Hidalgo, Former Technical Education and Skills Development director General Edicio dela Torre, Former University of the Philippines (UP) president Emmanuel Soriano, Ateneo de Manila University president Father Roberto Yap, Dela Salle University president (DLSU) Brother Bernard Oca, Adamson University president Father Marcelo Manimtim, University of Cebu president Augusto Go, Ateneo de Zamboanga president Father Karel San Juan, Xavier University president Father Mars Tan, Saint Louis University president Father Gilbert Sales, University of the Immaculate Concepcion president Sr. Marissa Viri, concurrent president of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP).
Previously, a groups of artists and catholic leaders also pledged support to Robredo and Pangilinan.