MANILA (Mabuhay) – Outgoing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general Joel Villanueva said Monday that he will set aside his feelings against outgoing Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for the greater good.
“Feelings are feelings, nothing has changed. Yung nararamdaman, especially yung personal feelings, should not hinder yung gustong mangyari na makapaglikha pa ng maraming trabaho, makatulong sa magandang kinabukasan,” Villanueva told reporters in an interview at the Liberal Party headquarters in Quezon City.
“We can set aside [our differences] for the greater good,” he added.
De Lima led the filing of complaint against Villanueva and others in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.
Villanueva said that he expects greater things to happen after the LP announcement of its senatorial lineup.
Villanueva said he will focus on creating livelihood programs for Filipinos.
“Trabaho, edukasyon, serbisyo, dignidad, asenso, ito ang magigingg sentro ng aking adbokasiya,” he said.
He noted that he has nine years of experience in legislation and five years as Cabinet member.
“There is no such thing as perfect set up but at the end of the day, I know my calling and nandito tayo sa tuwid na daan na sinusunod ang kumpas ng lider na si PNoy,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview, former senator and food security czar Francis Pangilinan, said his advocacy would be on agriculture.
“Ang pinakamahihirap na tao ay nasa agrikultura. Kung gusto nating umunlad kinakailangang palakasin ang ekonomiya ng agrikultura para tumaas ang kita ng magsasaka,” he told reporters.
Pangilinan arrived at the LP headquarters together with his daughter and son.
He said he will use his previous experience as senator for 12 years and Cabinet secretary for a year and a half if ever he wins a seat.
“Maraming akong natutunan nitong nakaraang 12 taon bilang senador at isang taon at kalahati bilang Cabinet secretary. Gagamitin ko ang natutunan ko para tuloy pa rin ang tapat at malinis na panunungkulan,” he said.
Villanueva, De Lima, and Pangilinan are part of the LP senatorial slate for 2016. (MNS)