Think about the free tuition: Duterte says he's good with rallies but not class walkouts

The Malacañang Palace clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte is fine with students holding protests against government, but not with them walking out of their classes for demonstrations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte does not want students from state universities doing walkouts as they could incur absences that may lead to their dismissal from the school.

Talking about the student protesters from the University of the Philippines, Roque emphasized that in the said university there is a maximum number of absences rule.

"Sa UP, mayroon po kaming maximum absence rule, kapag ikaw absent ng 20 percent, you are automatically dropped from the rolls," said Roque in a press briefing referring to the Article 346 of the Revised UP code.

The spokesperson said that Duterte does not want the students to put to waste the free tuition grant.

Last August 2017, Duterte signed law granting students from SUCs free tuition fee.

"Ito kasi ang kauna-unahang taon na binabayaran natin ang tuition fee ng lahat ng state universities at colleges hindi lang UP. Malinaw po ang sabi ni Presidente, ang tinututulan niya iyong walk out sa klase. Hindi po niya sinusupil ang karapatan ng malayang pananalita at saka karapatan ng peaceful assembly," Harry further stated.

The said statement came after Duterte threatened to kick out students who continue to participate in walk outs.

Earlier this month, the UP students had a National Day of Walkout Against Tyranny and Dictatorship.

Source: Politics