A claim circulating on Facebook that Vice President-elect Sara Duterte will ask Congress to add two more years to the K to 12 Program and include two years of mandatory military service without pay is fake news.

Facebook pages such as Samasa Kontra Mandarambong and Clinton Balud’s Tidbits posted the false claim in a quote card attributed to Duterte, which reads: 

“After my proclamation as Vice-President and immediate assumption as Secretary of the Department of Education, I will immediately asked (sic) the Congress to amend the K12 program to K14+ basic education program. ROTC will be again compulsary (sic) plus two years mandatory service in the AFP without salary. SA IKAKAUNLAD NG BAYAN, DISIPLINA NG KABATAAN ANG KAILANGAN.”

Christina Garcia-Frasco, Duterte’s spokesperson, denied that the incoming DepEd Secretary has issued a pronouncement involving amending the K to 12 educational program and making the ROTC and two years of military service mandatory for citizens.

“A quote card has been circulating in social media falsely attributing to Vice President-elect Sara Duterte remarks regarding a supposed proposal to amend the K to 12 program and the introduction of ROTC and mandatory service in the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines),” Frasco said in a statement released to reporters covering the Davao City Hall on June 2.

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