Manila Bulletin writer exposes how ignorant VP Sara Duterte’s critic re school uniforms not mandatory in public schools with amusing result

Vice President and concurrent DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte Carpio announced that school uniforms is not mandatory in public schools to avoid incurring costs the families of learners.

On Twitter, a certain Summer Santos has criticized VP and concurrent DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte Carpio’s who declared that school uniforms are mandatory in public schools in the school year 2022-2023 because as Santos said, the Vice President does not know that wearing school uniforms equalizes all students. Nobody’s self-esteem will be at risk if all public school students are in school uniforms. Santos lamented the wasted opportunity of making school uniforms mandatory and said the Vice President did not think about this very thoroughly when making the decision.

Meanwhile on Facebook, Manila Bulletin writer Krizette Laureta Chu had 10,000 or more netizens laughing at her reply post to Summer Santos’ tweet.

How? Chu spoke from the perspective of a mother telling her 5 children to make do with “asin” or salt to go with cooked rice because what matters most is they can buy self-esteem (school uniforms) especially how they have outgrown their school uniforms in the last 2 years. They will no longer fit to their self-esteem este school uniforms. In addition, the family will skip paying the electricity bill because they need to buy 2 pairs of self-esteem. This is to make sure that their self-esteem will not be destroyed.

Chu turned serious and slammed the critics of the Vice President. She said Santos’ argument just goes to show that Sara’s critics are clueless of the reality in public schools in the provinces or in small barangays. She said public schools in the provinces are not some kind of private schools where school children are competing for the bragging the rights who owns the most expensive gadgets hence requiring school uniforms is mandatory. In the provinces, all of them are children of poor parents.

You may now read Krizette Chu’s original FB post below.

“Mga anak, pasensya na, magdildil muna tayo ng asin ngayon. Importante kasi kayong 5 na magkakapatid na nag aaral sa public school mabili natin yung self esteem nyo kasi ang laki ng linaki nyo nitong nakaraang 2 taon. Hindi na kayo kasya sa dati niyong self esteem. Wala din munang bayad sa kuryente kasi kailangan ninyo ng tig dadalawang self esteem. Siguraduhin ninyo di masira yang self esteem nyo ha. Kasi baka di na kayo makapasok sa eskwelahan pag Wala kayong self esteem.”

KALOKA ANG MGA CRITICS NI SARA NO? HALATANG WALANG ALAM SA MGA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SA PROBINSIYA O SA MALILIIT NA BARANGAY. HOY MGA TEH HINDI ITO PRIVATE SCHOOL NA NAG IINGGITAN ANG MGA BATA NG MAMAHALING GAMIT KAYA KAILANGAN NG UNIFORM. SA PROBINSYA LAHAT SILA PARE PAREHONG ANAK MARALITA

Chu’s last sentence in the last paragraph that in the province, all children are poor elicited negative reactions from some netizens.

Chu was forced to jump in the comment section to explain further and make the last line in the FB post clearer to those who did not get her point.

Hindi ko sinabi na Pag taga probinsya automatic maralita. Kasi taga probinsya ako. Sabi ko Pag nasa probinsya ka at sa barangay public schools ka nag aaral, maralita ka. Kasi if May kaya ka your parents will send you to the nearest good private school. Kahit May kaya lang ha, kasi mura lang naman ang private sa probinsya. Hindi rich kid, May kaya kid.

Di din ako naniniwala na lahat ng ofw sa private schools ang anak, or Hindi sila naghihirap Pag ofw.

Yung mga mayayaman na ofw like mga big time engineers sa oil rig, they do send their kids to private schools.

Pero Pag mama mo Kahit ofw hirap din sa abroad, hirap ka din mag pa aral dito sa Philippines sa private.

Ang point, barangay public school kids and their parents have bigger things to worry about than uniforms.

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Source: Krizette Laureta Chu

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