House Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza on Friday apologized to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, saying he did not mean to insult the presidential aspirant.
Lacson, in a Twitter post, said he accepts Atienza’s apology.
Atienza earlier asked Lacson to back out of the presidential race, after Atienza pitched the idea of a team-up between Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Lacson’s vice-presidential candidate Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.
Atienza said he “did not expect” Lacson’s reaction to the idea and that there was no insult intended to Lacson.
Atienza said presidential aspirants should join forces against Marcos Jr.
Lacson meanwhile said he seeks to update the basic education program offered to students in both public and private academic institutions.
He said this would improve the functional literacy rate of the youth, especially amid the Information Age that was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a six-page document prepared by his policy team, Lacson included much-needed reforms in the Philippine education curriculum among his priority programs for the education sector on top of his ‘Edukasyon Plus’ agenda.
Lacson listed four key areas of development that he believes the Department of Education (DepEd) needs to focus on under his possible administration, including values formation, digital media literacy, financial literacy, and gender development.
Lacson and the members of his policy team said their goal is to prepare future generations of Filipinos in confronting the increasing challenges of our time, so they could become better and more efficient leaders in their own right.
In many of his engagements with young people during his previous town hall meetings, Lacson also mentioned plans to get more students involved in taking agriculture-related courses by offering scholarship programs for them in state universities and colleges.