MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. stated on Monday stated he didn’t end faculty to lift his eldest little one, following stories debunking a web based biography claiming that he graduated from the College of Santo Tomas (UST).
“Let me clear the air about my instructional background, given information stories that declare I’m an alumnus of the College of Santo Tomas or every other establishment of upper studying. That’s not true,” Laurel stated in an announcement on Monday.
“I by no means completed my training as a result of I turned a father at 19. I wanted to work to help my eldest little one. My father impressed upon me that my accountability as a father comes first.”
Laurel issued the assertion after The Varsitarian — the official scholar publication of UST – launched a report saying that he didn’t graduate and pursue undergraduate research on the college, in line with the Workplace of the Registrar.
“Like many, I dreamt of sporting a toga and receiving a diploma. However that wasn’t meant to be,” Laurel stated.
“The ocean turned my college, experiences in life taught me the worth of perseverance. My kids gave me the braveness and inspiration to get to the place I’m now.”
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appointed Laurel as head the Division of Agriculture chief final Nov. 3. Earlier than that, Laurel was president of Frabelle Fishing Corp., a fishing firm primarily based in Navotas.
Primarily based on earlier stories, he additionally held positions in Gravelle Shipyard Corp., Frabelle Properties Corp., Markham Assets Corp., Bacoor Seafront Growth Corp., and Bukidnon Hydro Vitality Corp.