Youth leaders ask Duterte to scrap K-12

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2016 03:28 PM

Youth leaders led by Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon and incoming Rep. Sarah Elago present their welcome gift to presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday. RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Outgoing Kabataan Party-list Rep. Terry Ridon and incoming Rep. Sarah Elago on Tuesday unveiled their welcome gift to presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte: a painting depicting the Philippine student movement.

The painting was shown in a press conference at the Lower House. The artwork portrays a student leader holding a megaphone, with a student rally at the backdrop, and is emblazoned with the call "Education is a right. Fight for it."

The painting, made by artist Ivan Reverente, is a reproduction of one of the iconic covers of the University of the Philippines' (UP) student paper, the Philippine Collegian. Reverente served as Collegian Graphics Editor from 2005 to 2008.

During the press conference, the youth leaders also challenged Duterte to immediately stop the implementation of the K-12 program and also order a tuition increase moratorium for the incoming school year.

Elago, who is set to represent Kabataan Party-list in the 17th Congress, called on the presumptive president to hold a dialogue with youth leaders to discuss K-12 and tuition hikes.

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