Palace advises IP schools to secure permit

TO AVOID any possible conflict and to make their operations as transparent as possible, Malacanang has advised three indigenous peoples (IP) schools to get permit to operate from the Department of Education (DEpEd).

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Paz Banaag made the appeal in the wake of an earlier threat by President Duterte that he would ‘bomb’ the schools if they are found to be a haven for some subversive elements.   

The schools that reportedly caught the President’s ire are Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (Alcadev); the Center for Lumad Advocacy and Services; and the Salugpongan Community Learning Center- which are believed to be under the influence and have become training grounds by some anti-government and left-leaning groups.

Banaag also stressed that Duterte does not intend to bomb the children or students of these schools but he was only referring to the structures.

Furthermore, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Restituto Padilla Jr. said that it is unlikely that Duterte will order them to bomb the schools.

“His pronouncement is just a strong message to the people behind these organizations operating illegal educational centers to comply with government regulations” he said.

 

 

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