Imee should 'sincerely' resolve questions about academic background, says Pia

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Posted at May 21 2019 11:33 AM

MANILA - Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano believes that questions about the controversial educational background of fellow Senate bet Imee Marcos should be resolved.

"I've been a champion of education and I feel that should be dealt with as sincerely as possible because we are talking to the youth about the importance of education and we do have issues pa rin nung nabibili sa Recto," Cayetano said when asked about the issue during her interview on ANC's Headstart.

Marcos had been criticized during the campaign season for supposedly lying about her education credentials.

In February, the prestigious Princeton University denied that the then senatorial candidate graduated from the academic institution although she was enrolled in 1973. And while Marcos posted a photo of her allegedly graduating from the University of the Philippines College of Law, the state university stated that she only took courses and did not graduate from UP. 

"I do feel that issue should be resolved and dealt with candidly and not brushed aside," said Cayetano.

Cayetano, Marcos and Sen. Cynthia Villa are under the Nacionalista Party. All three are in the Magic 12 of the Senate race with Villar continuously leading the top rank.

Cayetano had previously served the Senate for two terms, from 2004 to 2016. She hopes to continue her advocacies as she is poised to make a Senate comeback.

Cayetano had chaired the committees on education, women and children, social justice and environment in the past. But if given the chance, she hopes to once again chair the committee on education.

"That was my battle cry during the campaign so I have a commitment also to make that happen," she said, adding that education is where she had passed the most number of laws.

With the shift to technology and investors coming in, Cayetano said there is a need to focus on the youth's readiness to face these challenges.

"Are they being prepared, and honestly there are gaps in their preparation. If I can, I'm not saying I'm the only one competent to do it, there are other senators who can, I'd really like to put myself in there and create those linkages," she said.