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18 December 2016

To the editors:

The passage of the P8 billion allocation for tuition fee in the 2017 budget is a landmark move which originated from the Senate. There was never a claim that this amendment was because of our efforts, so we never “finally admitted” the contrary.

If you read the two statements we released, we lauded our colleagues for getting this passed and spoke about the need to pass the Free Tuition in SUCs Act which is under deliberation in the Committee on Education, which I chair.

There are currently six versions of this bill which we are consolidating and we hope to pass by early next year.

If passed, this will institutionalize yearly the allocation for free tuition fee for SUCs.

While there’s a lot of talk about credit grabbing, the truth is, there’s a lot of credit to go around.

Senators Legarda and Lacson for pushing for this. Senators Recto, Gatchalian, Escudero and Angara who share this advocacy. The Senators and Congressmen who passed the budget on time. And of course, President Duterte, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Education is a big issue, and much like the credit that can be shared by all, we all need to do our share to make the needed reforms in education happen.

Thank you for publishing this clarification.

Sen. Bam Aquino
Committee on Education

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