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Students joining protests won’t lose scholarships, says Duterte

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By Prince Golez

Mere membership of students attending public universities and colleges to organizations identified with the Left should not be a ground for scholarship revocation, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday.

Duterte made the remark in response to National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema’s statement urging Duterte to remove the government scholarships granted to “rebellious” students.

“Mere presence of one’s crime does not make you liable,” according to the President.

He also stressed that only those who conspire to overthrow the government will lose their scholarship.

“If you espouse to overthrow the government, then you are committing a crime of rebellion. Now you become a part or member of the other larger groups whether it is — it has a name or a whatever, a loose federation or a grouping — then you become a member of that organized group. And that would be rebellion,” said Duterte.

“And when the time comes, I will arrest all of them and they will lose everything that government has offered them,” he added.

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