No lower than University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion moved for the conferment of an honorary regulation degree on President Rodrigo Duterte throughout the UP Board of Regents’ assembly final April 5, based on a draft transcript of the proceedings obtained by ABS-CBN.
Based on the transcript, Concepcion wished Duterte to change into the speaker for UP Diliman’s graduation workout routines on June 25 “to honor a long standing tradition.”
“We have already sent the letter of invitation to the President but so far we have not yet received acceptance,” he mentioned.
Regardless of whether or not Duterte accepts the invitation to talk earlier than graduates of UP Diliman, Concepcion mentioned an honorary degree needs to be conferred on the President.
“The second one, it has been the tradition in the UP that we confer honorary doctorate degrees on Presidents, Senate Presidents, and Chief Justices of the Supreme Court. Yung whether or not he will attend the commencement exercises on June 25, I propose that we confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” he mentioned.
Concepcion seemingly implied that Duterte has already accepted the degree when he talked about it on the BOR assembly.
“If the President does not accept the invitation to be the commencement speaker on June 25, then maybe we can, and he accepts the honorary doctorate take note… We cannot announce that we have decided to confer on him an honorary doctorate until he accepted it but we can confer the honorary degree on him elsewhere like, maybe, in UP Mindanao,” he mentioned.
According to ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz, the identical draft transcript additionally confirmed that Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has been invited to talk on the College of Law’s graduation workout routines. He has additionally been thought-about because the conferee of the honorary degree.
Cruz mentioned UP has refused to authenticate the draft transcript obtained by ABS-CBN.
A abstract of the proceedings of the BOR’s assembly earlier attributed the proposal to confer a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa to Duterte to Senator Francis Escudero, a BOR member.
Escudero, nonetheless, denied he proposed the honorary degree however mentioned he didn’t object to it.
UP’s Secretary has revised the abstract to point it was not Escudero who proposed granting an honorary degree to Duterte however didn’t point out who was accountable for it.
Concepcion was mentioned to be Duterte’s option to change into the president of UP.
Duterte has declined the college’s provide for him to be the conferee of the honorary degree, saying it hasn’t been his coverage to simply accept awards.