CHED president challenges Rappler over claim against Robredo researcher

Higher Education Commission Chairman J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera questioned a tweet from the online news site Rappler on Sunday claiming that Antonio “Tony” Esquelador Jr., a man born without legs, had received a scholarship from the vice president’s office. Leni Robredo.

In a tweet dated May 6, Rappler shared photos of Esquelador, 30, with the Mayon volcano in the background and described him as “a scholar of the vice president for the past five years” in his post. legend.

Rappler said Esquelador Jr. of Barangay Puro, Legazpi City, traveled 5 kilometers to join the big May 6 Albay send-off for Robredo.

De Vera pointed out that Esquelador was actually a Higher Education Grant (TES) recipient under Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Higher Education (UAQTE) Act. .

RA 10931, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017, helps qualified disadvantaged students and those residing and studying in cities and towns without public universities to support their studies.

“‘Scholar of VP Robredo’?” “VP Scholar”? He has been a Philippine Government TES Fellow/Scholar since 2018 under the Universal Access to Quality Education Act (RA 10931),” De Vera posted on his official Facebook account.

He explained that CHED-Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) records show he is a TES scholar.

“All scholars in CHED programs are government scholars, not politicians’ scholars,” he added.

De Vera said Esquelador is only allowed by law to receive a scholarship or grant from a government agency.

“If he is indeed receiving a scholarship or grant from another government agency, he may lose his TES UAQTE,” he said.

The TES-1 covers tuition and other fees at private higher education institutions (HEIs), while the TES-2 covers education-related expenses and allowance for room and board. of a meal.

It also offers an additional grant worth PHP 30,000 to disabled recipients of TES, which is TES-3A category. (NAP)

Virginia C. Taylor