“Students are demonstrating against a ghost”, according to Senate majority leader Sotto, when asked to comment about the students protesting against the “budget cut” for universities. Read the full news article [here].
The statements in that article are a tad confusing so I tried to write a Filipino news version of it, but didn’t reach success. It seems my news writing skill is already rusting.
Let’s just do the Math. Shall we?
2010 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) budget
→ P19.592B — Actual fund received by SUCs
→P2.81B — Congressional insertions subject to conditional veto
(Subject to the new identification by congress of new revenue measures. Meaning, aaprubahan lang kung may additional revenues. Hindi ito na-irelease para sa 2010 dahil walang karagdagang revenue.)
2011 SUC budget
Students’ protest is based on this equation:
P21.725B (for 2011) < P22.402B (for 2010)
While in fact, based on what Senator Drilon explained,
the equation should be like this:
P21.725B > P19.592B
Let us heed the advice of Inquirer’s puppet Guyito:
“Pag-aralan mabuti! Baka mali ang Math nyo!”
(Some notes while reading the news about the alleged budget cut for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).