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Duterte makes education free in state universities

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law making education free at all state universities in the Philippines, despite warnings from his economic advisers that the country cannot afford it, reports Agence France-Presse.

Duterte, who is known for his populist leanings, believes the long-term benefits of the measure outweigh the short-term budgetary challenges, Deputy Presidential Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. "Free tertiary education in state universities and colleges is a very strong pillar or cornerstone of the president's social development policy," he said.

The bill will spare all students at government-run colleges and universities from paying tuition and other fees, he said. Economic officials had warned Duterte not to approve the measure, which they argue will cost PHP100 billion (US$1.96 billion) a year and will mainly benefit wealthier students.
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