Fact check: Did Bongbong Marcos write a bill on free education?

Fact check: Did Bongbong Marcos write a bill on free education?

- Multiple social media posts claimed that former Senator Bongbong Marcos is the “original” author of the bill on free education

- The netizen accused Senator Bam Aquino of grabbing the credit from Marcos

- However, it has been reported that the claim is false

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Multiple Facebook posts made rounds online claiming that former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was the one who authored the “Free Higher Education Act for All”. However, KAMI learned that this claim is false.

In a report by GMA News, a Facebook post said that it was not Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV who authored the bill seeking for free higher education. Instead, it was Marcos, and Aquino just “grabbed” the “credit”.

“Para po sa kaalaman ng lahat, HINDI po si Bam Aquino ang author ng 'Free Higher Education For All Act' The original author of the BILL is Bongbong Marcos. SADYANG CREDIT GRABBER LANG TALAGA ITONG SI PAGPAG,” it said in the caption.

You may check the post here and here.

Fact check: Did Bongbong Marcos write a bill on free education?

Screenshot from Facebook
Source: Facebook

The bill was signed into law in August 2017 to provide free education for students in state colleges and universities.

However, as researched by a French news agency, Agence French-Presse (AFP), Marcos is not one of the bill’s authors.

The listed authors were Senators Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino IV, Sherwin Gatchalian, Kiko Pangilinan, Sonny Angara, and Loren Legarda. The co-authors were Senators Leila de Lima, Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The online copy of the bill can be checked here.

Fact check: Did Bongbong Marcos write a bill on free education?

Screenshot from Senate's official website
Source: Facebook

Fact check: Did Bongbong Marcos write a bill on free education?

Screenshot from Senate's official website
Source: Facebook

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According to the official website of Marcos, there was no bill regarding the free higher education that he filed. Visit this link to check the bills he has filed as a senator.

He also has a different list for the bills he filed and/or authored with regard to education when he was still a senator which you can visit here.

Born on September 13, 1957, Marcos is the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos and former first lady, Imelda Marcos. He first served as vice governor and governor of Ilocos Norte before he became a senator and then ran for the vice presidency.

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