Gathalian and Arroyo deserve the most credit, along with Duterte for the passage of the free tuition law

Amid President Rodrigo Duterte being lauded after signing the free education in public tertiary and vocational schools nationwide, Senator Bam Aquino was also bashed by many netizens for the credit-grabbing.


Political commentator and TV host Mike Acebedo Lopez said the credit for free tuition should belong to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senator Win Gatchalian for they are both the principal author of that law.

Lopez said that when Sen. Ralph Recto passed same house bill, it was only the copy write of Ganchalian's house bill.

He recounted during the 17th Congress where Bam Aquino was the chairman of education and joined the bandwagon of free education to state universities and colleges.

"So yeah, somehow Bam deserves some credit for maybe being inspired by Win to support it. But really Win Gatchalian and Gloria Arroyo deserve the most credit, along with President Duterte who did not veto the bill and signed it into law against the advice of his economic managers," Lopez said.

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I see the debate on whether or not Bam Aquino deserves credit for the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act still rages.

What I know is this. The most credit should be given to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was principal author of one of the house bills consolidated into the final version signed into law and Senator Win Gatchalian who was principal author of a version of the bill passed even in the previous Congress when he was still a congressman. At the time (16th Congress, October 2015 to be specific), it was only Sen. Ralph Recto (not Bam Aquino) who filed a counterpart bill in the Senate and it was basically a carbon copy of Win's house bill.

When Win was campaigning for senator, he continued to champion that as a platform even when it was shot down by CHED. Throughout the campaign for the 2016 election, he was the only one who was speaking about it and how it can be done. The idea eventually caught on.

Come opening of the current 17th Congress and that's when others jumped onto the wagon, including Bam Aquino who was chair of the Senate education committee. Bam filed a senate bill that was eventually consolidated with other versions into the final version signed into law making him co-author.

So yeah, somehow Bam deserves some credit for maybe being inspired by Win to support it. But really Win Gatchalian and Gloria Arroyo deserve the most credit, along with President Duterte who did not veto the bill and signed it into law against the advice of his economic managers.

What I'm saying is this, so much debate on Bam but no one cared to mention Win?

Netizens praised and thanked Lopez for the enlightenment of where the credits is due.

Miguel Ongpin
Right On! You Are Fast Becoming My Favorite Cebuano.

Ofelio Capuchino Credit grabber, aquino. They are good at that. Shameless.

Pearl Agetano Kudos to you mike,,very clear nman,bkt may umeepal yan c bam pagpag,,sarap dagukan,pwe!

Raolo Pocencio yes, i saw sen win's advertisements regarding his free education program.


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