The official Facebook page of former vice president and now senatorial aspirant Jejomar Binay has posted a misleading claim that he made public education free during his term as Makati mayor. A provision for free public elementary education has been in place since the 1935 Constitution while the 1987 Constitution mandated free public high school education.

However, Binay’s claim in his Nov. 18 post that the Makati government has been giving free uniforms, textbooks, school supplies and school bags to public school students is true

The post reads:

Bilang punong lungsod ng Makati, ginawa nating libre ang pag-aaral sa elementarya at haiskul sa mga pampublikong paaralan sa lungsod (As Mayor of Makati, we made studying elementary and high school at public schools in the city free.)

Binay was appointed officer-in-charge of Makati by former president Corazon Aquino in 1986. In 1988, he was elected and served as mayor until 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010.

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