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During the presidential debate, it can be remembered that the story of an elementary school girl was used as a case study. Her identity is now identified and her name is Jhessa Balbastro.

She also has a message for the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. She claims that she hopes that the incoming president will help her until she finishes her studies.

In the last Pilipinas Debate 2016, education was one of the topics. In the debate, Balbastro also narrated how she needs a banana leaf to write her answers for a spelling test because her family is poor to buy paper.

She even recalled, "Pinagtawanan lang po ako nila". Balbastro would also miss classes to look after her five younger siblings while their parents were at work.

Despite the challenges, Balbastro finished eighth in her grade five class. Moreover, in her first day of class in Bonotbonot Elementary School, Balbastro received school supplies, clothes and grocery items from Bantay Bata 163 Cebu and TV Patrol Central Visayas.

Source: ABS-CBN

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