At two-day Mindanao IP leaders’ congress in Davao City, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said before a crowd of lumad parents that the government is offering free education to all.
He said, “If you want your child to go to Ateneo or La Salle or my school, San Beda, go ahead. Whoever wants to do that, it’s free.”
Duterte added that lumad mothers can also learn new skills without having to worry about their small children. In Davao City, child minding centers can accommodate children while parents are out for work.
However, the president said that it is important for the lumad community to distance themselves from communist rebels, saying “Do not look for war, it has not given you anything at all.”