By Maya M. Padillo
DAPITAN CITY – Secretary Joel Villanueva yesterday said that if and when Mayor Duterte has decided to run for president in 2016, he would call him.
The director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced his intention to run in the Senate before Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) operators and members of the Mindanao TVET Associations in the 14th Human Resource and Skills Development Conference.
“Mahirap pa magde-sisyon kung sasamaakosa party niya (Duterte’s) kasihindi pa siya nag-a-announce at kung maga-announce nasiya, tata-wagankosyakaagad,” Villanueva said.
“Believe it or not he is my idol and I love him. We already talked before. In fact, when I was in Davao, I got to talk to him about his ideas on Federalism and I lauded his efforts,yung gusto nyang ma-attain. Napakataasngrespetokosakanya,” he said.
Villanueva said there’s no finality yet on his decision to run and that he has not yet decided what party he would be joining. He is presently supporting the presidential bid of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas.
“I stand by my word. Mahirapnamanpakisa-mahanyung slate na may ibadoonmamayatinginsaiyo ay criminal. Seguro after I made the decision of running and I will make that decision kungkaninotayosasama. But definitely for the record hindipoakotatakbo without the blessing of PNoy,” he said.
Villanueva said he believes there should be a techvoc (technical-vocational) champion not only in the House of the Representatives but also in the Senate so that the momentum for technical and vocational education continues.
“Kung walapotayongmakikitangkan-didatonamagdadalangTechVocsasenado, hindinapoakomagdada-lawangisip at akonamismoang mag-volun-taryo at akoangmagdadalanito,” he said.
TechVoc can improve the competitiveness of Filipinos and can attract more investors, he said. “It can really transform lives.”