De Lima pays tribule to ‘hero, idol’ educator Mylene Durante
‘If there is anyone who deserves to be called a hero and an idol, it is Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante,’
says Senator Leila de Lima, who also hails from Bicol
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday, October 13, paid tribute to fellow Bicolana Mylene Durante,
calling the slain teacher a “hero and idol” whose tragic death should not be in vain.
“If there is anyone who deserves to be called a ‘hero’ and an ‘idol,’ it is Teacher Mylene Veras-Durante,” De Lima said in a statement sent from her jail cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, De Lima.
Durante stabbed to death at the Oringon Elementary School in Barangay Oringon, Pio Duran, Albay, on October 9. Police said the teacher shielded two students who were with her when a knife-wielding assailant attacked them.
Chance at a bright future
“She’s a hero and someone to look up to, not because of the manner of her death, but because
of the choices she made in life. She chose to be a teacher, and a public school teacher at that, educating
our Bicolano youth that they may have a chance at a bright future,” De Lima said.
“She chose to continue to serve as a teacher to the students of Oringon Elementary School in Pio Duran in Albay, despite how far it is from her own home, family and own children. And in the moment of the ultimate test of humanity, she chose to protect and shield two of her students from an attacker, than flee and save herself,” she added.
De Lima said Durante’s death put the spotlight on “the hardships endure by teachers, especially young ones who the most prone to being sent far away from home.”
“She succeeded in drawing attention to what needs to improved in order to protect and promote the welfare of our educators,” the senator said.
De Lima said Durante would dependably in her brain. “I myself promise to do my best to ensure that her forfeit won’t be in vain. Changes should made,” she said.
Durante utilized the important’s office in her school as her dozing quarters since her house was 44 kilometers away. The 23-year-old mother of two allegedly just her family amid ends of the week.
The suspect in the killing of Durante – a 17-year-old review 12 understudy from another school – captured by the police on Wednesday.
The Department of Education-Bicol said that it will lead its very own reality discovering examination concerning the silly executing.