- DepEd secretary Leonor Briones reacted to the viral photos of teachers from Batangas who were on the rooftop to get a signal
- She called the teachers out and said the photos looked fake and staged
- Briones reminded teachers to advocate honesty
Education Secretary Leonor Briones lamented about the proliferation of what she described as “fake” photos following the opening of classes.
Briones pointed to the photos of teachers from the Sto. Niño National High School in Batangas City, who went to their rooftop holding their cellphones high as if looking for signal. She called out the teachers; describing their photos as staged and fake.
The education official said via a virtual conference on ONE News, “Then on the day of school itself, there are mga fake photos na lumabas, hindi naman sa inyo, na klarong naka-pose para galing sa chorus line, na sabay-sabay nagre-raise ng mga kamay, nagtitingin sa camera, fully made-up.”
Briones also called out how teachers looked well prepared while climbing the rooftop. “During my activist days, I climbed the EDSA shrine. Somebody was pulling me, alas dose ng tapat yun. Hindi ganyan ka buti ang itsura ko,” she said.
Briones also said it was impossible to have no internet connectivity in that area since there were big cell sites in that town. She said the teachers looked like part of a chorus line; straight from the popular play, “The Swan Lake” as they stretched their arms.
“And also in that town, ang daming cell sites. Ang daming malalaking cell sites. Kasi sabi walang ano, connectivity. Kung walang connectivity paano napadala ‘yong mga photos na ‘yon? At saka kitang-kita naman na parang chorus line,” she added.
Briones reiterated the importance of honesty in their profession.
She said, “I think we, in our profession advocate honesty and we look for honesty in the people of the government, or even to ordinary citizens, we also expect honesty within ourselves, di ba?”