MANILA- Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticized Thursday the exclusion of Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects in the government's K to 12 college curriculum.
Sotto said the move goes against the spirit of the Constitution since part of it states that “the Government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system.”
"The exclusion of Filipino as a core subject in college goes against the spirit of Article XIV Sec. 6 of the Constitution," the senator said.
The Supreme Court, in upholding the constitutionality of the K to 12 education program, also lifted the temporary restraining order which halted the exclusion of Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects in K to 12's college curriculum.
Filipino language advocates earlier said they would appeal the top court's ruling.
Sotto said he fears that the youth's grasp of the Filipino language would "deteriorate even further" following the high court's ruling.
"We can see these days among the youth the lack of grasp of the Filipino language and by removing this as a core subject in college or any other school level, I fear this would deteriorate even further," he said.
"The Filipino language is part of our identity as a people and as such we should strive to preserve and strengthen this at all times," he added. -with a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News