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× ‘Teachers buy chalk, cops get free bullets’

MANILA, Philippines --- "Why should teachers pay for chalk and bond paper out of their own pocket when police officers get bullets for free?" a Twitter user wrote in a viral post last week, quoting a public school teacher.

As though in response, Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a bill creating a "teaching supplies allowance" amounting to P10,000 per year for each of the country's 840…