Duterte: I’m fine with rallies but not with walkouts.


Ilocos Norte — Palace clarified on Saturday (February 3) that President Rodrigo Duterte has no problem with students clamoring and protesting against the administration as long as they don’t walkout or cut their classes that can result to dismissal, specially students in universities like the University of the Philippines as stated in Article 346 of the Revised UP Code.
“Sa UP (University of the Philippines), mayroon po kaming maximum absence rule, kapag ikaw absent ng 20 percent (In UP, we have maximum absence rule, wherein once you are absent by 20%), you are automatically dropped from the rolls,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Back in August 2017, Duterte signed a law that grants free tuition to students in state universities and colleges.

“Ang sinasabi lang ng Presidente, huwag naman natin sayangin iyong mga pera ng sambayanan na ginugol natin para sa free tuition ng lahat ng State Universities and Colleges (The President was only trying to point out to not waste the money of the filipinos that are being spent for the free tuition fee in all State Universities and Colleges),” Roque said.
“Ito kasi ang kauna-unahang taon na binabayaran natin ang tuition ng lahat ng States Universities at Colleges, hindi lang UP, (This is the first time that we are paying the tuition of all State Universities and Colleges, not only the UP)” Roque added.

Malacañang released its statement after Duterte warned students who walk out in their classes just to participate in rally, like what recently happened in February 1 that was participated by UP students, which was “the National Day of Walkout Against Tyranny and Dictatorship”.

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Source:  politics.com.ph

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