Senator Win Gatchalian dismissed speculations that the enactment of the free faculty schooling regulation is a quid professional quo forthe passage of President Duterte’s proposed tax reform package deal.
“Wala namang napag-usapan na may kapalit ito. Dahil itong batas na ito ay matagal nang napag-usapan, even before pumasok itong TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act),” the senator stated.
There have been talks that the President, when he met with senators in Malacanang final Tuesday night to debate amongst others the stated tax reform measure, was already making ready his veto message on the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act earlier than it was speculated to lapse into regulation Saturday (Aug. 5).
Sen. Sonny Angara who was amongst these within the assembly referred to as by the President, stated the free faculty schooling invoice was mentioned by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who’s the Senate schooling committee chair, with Duterte.
“He (Escudero) did not think the President should veto it. Hindi nagsasalita ang Presidente,” Angara stated final Wednesday.
Gatchalian stated that now that it has been signed into regulation, they need to now work on discovering the sources of fund for the stated regulation which can not less than require P15 billion for state universities and schools (SUCs) alone.
“Dapat mapag-usapan na kaagad kung saan kukunin ang pera at kung saang account ilalagay ito. So yung mga details na ito, may time pa naman tayo na pag-usapan dahil we have least five months before to go to end of the year. We have time to look for the budget,” he stated.
“I’m very confident (we will have funds) kasi malaki yung increase n gating budget for next year. I’m confident na hindi magiging problema ang mahahanap na pondo,” he stated.
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