Bro. Armin Luistro, the president of De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila, has accepted President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s offer to become the Education secretary under his administration.
“After due consultation with various stakeholders in the Lasallian community, Bro. Armin Luistro has accepted the invitation of President-elect Aquino to be the Department of Education (DepEd) secretary,” the DLSU statement released Wednesday night read.
In accepting Aquino’s offer, Luistro — a member of the De La Salle Brothers in the Philippines — became the sixth member of Aquino’s official family.
Others who have accepted posts in the Aquino administration were lawyer Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. (executive secretary), lawyer Edwin Lacierda (presidential spokesperson), Corazon “Dinky” Soliman (Social Welfare and Development chief), and Teresita “Ding” Deles (presidential peace adviser).
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Leila de Lima has already admitted that she would be part of Aquino’s Cabinet but refused to say what position. Reports said she would be the next Justice secretary.
Ties with Aquino’s family
Luistro, along with other De La Salle Brothers, has close ties with the Aquino family especially to Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino. He even delivered a homily entitled “Cory, the Heart of a Saint” during her wake in the La Salle Greenhills Gymnasium in Mandaluyong City last August.
In accepting the DepEd post, Luistro will be replaced as DLSU president through a selection process to be done by the university’s board of trustees, according to the statement. “While Bro. Armin recognizes the challenges that this transition will pose, he is confident that the tradition of excellence and resilience so deeply embedded in the community will give rise to a stronger University, ever more committed to both Church and nation,” the statement said. Luistro studied from elementary to high school in De La Salle in Lipa City in Batangas, before taking up an undergraduate degree in philosophy and letters in DLSU Manila. The incoming DepEd secretary got his master’s degree in religious education in the same university.
Quote from Wikipedia: “In July 2005, Br. Armin joined the United Opposition in calling for the resignation of the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is also a prominent figure in the activities of the Black and White Movement, a group advocating the resignation, impeachment, or ouster of President Arroyo.”
Here is a sampling of Luistro’s political activism:
The following YouTube video provides an insight into the new DepEd’s thinking about the role of education: