Lazatin hits ABE for using schools

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Friday, February 15, 2013


ANGELES CITY -- Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) has requested the Department of Education (DepEd) to investigate reports that the Partido Abe Kapampangan (PAK) of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is using public schools as venues for their political meetings and other events.
 
In a letter addressed to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, Lazatin revealed that he has received reports that PAK used the facilities of Pandan Elementary School, Sapalibutad Elementary School, and Northville Elementary School for their events, particularly their “bingo” games and formal political assemblies.

“Even if these events were done in good faith, it is still unbecoming for school administrators to allow their schools, especially public schools which are funded by taxpayers, to be used by political groups for their political agenda,” Lazatin said.
 
“Schools are the bastions of knowledge and they should remain fair and apolitical,” Lazatin said.
 
A copy of Lazatin’s letter was also sent to DepEd Regional Director Isabelita Borres and DepEd Angeles City Division Superintendent Luz Arriola.
 
Earlier, Lazatin appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to look into other reports that some leaders of PAK have been threatening the congressman’s supporters, who are beneficiaries of the national government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The beneficiaries said they will be removed from the 4Ps program list if they continue to support Lazatin.
 
The 4Ps is a program initiated by the National Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that seeks to improve the lives of poor Filipino families by investing in the health and education of poor households, especially children from ages zero to 14 years old.
 
In his letter to the president, Lazatin said the politicization of a program of the National Government, which benefits a lot of people, is “inexcuasable” and “appalling.”

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 16, 2013.

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