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Senate President Sotto Is Against The Supreme Court’s Decision To Remove Filipino And Literature From The Core Subjects

SOTTO – Senate President Vicente Sotto III disagrees with the Supreme Courts decision to exclude Filipino and Literature as the core subjects in college.

Previoiusly, the court issued a temporary restraining order on CHEd Memorandum Order No. 20, which removes Filipino and Literature as core subjects. However, after the SC declared the K-12 program constitutional last weekend, they automatically removed the temporary restraining order.

A group named Tanggol Wika ased the Supreme Court to reconsider the decision, saying that the two subjects must remain as core subjects, especially when it comes to lessons that must be learned in the highest level. The group convener feared that about 10,000 teachers of the two subjects will possibly lose their jobs due to the decision of the court.

Upon hearing the decision, Senate President Vicente Sotto III was against the decision. Thus, he made a statement, which was later tweeted by the Manila Bulletin.

The senate president implied that the said decision is against Article XIV Sec.6 of the Constitution, which says that the Government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as a language of instruction of the educational system.

He further noted that the youth has lacked the grasp of the Filipino language and by removing the subject from the core would deteriorate even further.

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