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Mahalin ang wikang atin: SC asked to retain Filipino subject in college

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The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked not to remove Filipino and the Philippine Constitution as core subjects in college.

A group of petitioners led by Tanggol Wika has filed a motion for reconsideration before the SC asking the high court to reverse the ruling which upheld the constitutionality of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Memorandum Order No. 20.

“When Filipino in the core curriculum of basic education — senior and junior high school, in particular — is put side-by-side with Filipino in the general education curriculum at the tertiary level, it can be seen that there are matters covered in the latter which are not covered in the former,” read the motion for reconsideration.

It lamented the high court’s ruling meant throwing Filipino “into the wastebasket if it would make courses optional in college.

“If it will become optional, fewer students would take it, and many schools will opt out of teaching Filipino altogether,” it pointed out.

In its ruling, the SC declared that “the K to 12 Law was validly enacted.”

With this, the SC also upheld related issuances and lifted its April 21, 2015 temporary restraining order against the CHEd memorandum order.

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