Manila, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones uphold her use of a wheelchair whenever she travel via plane when she faced a panel of the Commission on Appointments (CA), saying the state of her knees has nothing to do with the state of her mind.
Briones said her physical wellness was one of the issues raised against her nomination.
“It’s true that I use a wheelchair whenever I travel by plane. But everybody I’m sure here agrees that there is no correlation between the state of my knees and the state of my (brains) as well as the capacity to analyze challenges whether these be related to education, to finance, to politics and the economy,” she told the CA’s committee on education, culture and sports.
She also pointed out that long before the declaration of human rights in 1948, no less than the wheelchair-bound Apolinario Mabini was designated to the Cabinet as Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
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Briones said Mabini served the nation for whatever is left of his life in a wheelchair.
“I’m sure and I’m confident that if at that time there was a Commission on Appointment, his appointment would have been approved readily wheelchair notwithstanding,” she said.
During the previous six months, Briones she made 13 local visits to disaster stricken areas and had taken all types of transportations like helicopters, jeepneys, and so on.
She said she also went to a meeting in Jakarta, and the APEC meeting of education misters in Peru.