Senator Risa Hontiveros has virtually given credit score to Sen. Bam Aquino for the passage into legislation of the free faculty tuition invoice, initially believed to be certain to be vetoed however was ultimately signed into legislation Friday by President Duterte.
“I salute Sen. Bam Aquino for leading the final charge to victory and ensuring the passage of this measure,” Hontiveros stated, referring to the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
Records of the Senate, nonetheless, confirmed that it was Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto who’s the principal creator of the invoice within the higher chamber, having been the “first to file” – which is the “rule” on authorship, within the current 17th Congress and the one senator to file the identical invoice within the earlier 16th Congress.
Aquino was the initially the principal sponsor being the chairman of the Senate committee on training however was changed by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero after former and 4 different social gathering mates within the Liberal Party (LP) have been booted out of the bulk bloc earlier this 12 months, together with Hontiveros.
Hontiveros, a co-author of Aquino in a single of the filed payments within the Senate, acknowledged the efforts of their colleagues as nicely for crossing social gathering strains in rallying behind its enactment into legislation.
She additionally lauded the Executive for signing the legislation forward of the 30-day interval given underneath the Constitution earlier than the invoice lapses into legislation on August 5.
“I eagerly await this measure’s full funding and successful implementation,” she stated.
“Kaisa ang hanay ng kabataang Pilipino, ipinagbubunyi ko ang pagsasabatas ng Free Higher Education Law. Ito ay tagumpay ng ating kabataan at ng bawat estudyante na magsisilbing daan sa mas magandang buhay sa bawat mag-aaral. Ito ay bunga ng matagal at matapang nilang laban para sa dekalidad at libreng edukasyon,” Hontiveros added.