TESDA chief condemns killing of teacher in GenSan

TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General
Joel Villanueva has  strongly condemned the killing of a teacher in General
Santos, calling  it an affront against the country's heroes of knowledge and

Villanueva also called on authorities to act with dispatch in
investigating the
incident to bring the perpetrators before the bar of justice.

"We condemn in the strong terms the killing of Marlon Oraes, a teacher at the
National School of Arts and Trade of TESDA. A genuine public servant, who has
devoted  his time to building the foundation of knowledge and values of. our
children, Oraes doesn't deserve this fate," Villanueva said.

Oraes, 40, was shot and killed last Monday by two men aboard a
motorcycle at the
Dona Soledad Subdivision in Labangal town, General Santos City. He was
rushed to
the St. Elizabeth Hospital but died due to the bullet wound he sustained at his

Oraes, who has been teaching for 17 years, had no enemies, according to his

"As a field worker before, I know the  job in TESDA requires a lot. I
the kind of affinity that  teachers are able to forge with their trainees.
There's no room for  being dispassionate about their job," Villanueva said.

"That's why I am saddened with the news, and every time I hear about the same
fate that befalls our teachers," he added.

Villanueva called on the police  looking into the incident to be thorough in
their work to hunt down the  perpetrators to bring justice to the family of

"Every day that passes without  justice to the family of Oraes can send chills
to our educators who may  think they are in the same perilous situation,"
Villanueva said.

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