Briones hits teachers who climbed on rooftop looking for signal

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Briones lamented the proliferation of what she described as "fake" photos aimed to put the efforts of the agency in a bad light following the opening of classes.

Briones hits teachers who climbed on rooftop looking for signal
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones described the viral photo as "parang chorus line" and stressed the importance of honesty.

Briones said the viral photos of a group of teachers atop their school's rooftop looking for internet signal were staged and fake. She was referring to the photos of teachers from the Sto. Niño National High School in Batangas City, who posed for photos to complain about the struggles they face as teachers.

The education official said, "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 the teachers looked good and well rehearsed for a pictorial. She recalled her experiences when she was still an activist and said there is no way she looked that good while climbing the EDSA Shrine.

"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.

"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?” she asked.

"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?"

The DepEd had earlier issued a warning against posting of staged and malicious posts concerning the agency and blended learning. They asked the public to be wary with the authenticity of the photos and the intent of the posts. The agency said they will not hesitate to take legal actions against those who spread misinformation.

“DepEd is keen to investigate these activities and exhaust legal remedies to ensure that only accurate information will only reach our stakeholders,” the Education department said.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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