President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

President Duterte on Wednesday put a fast finish to an issue that had arisen from information that the University of the Philippines would confer on him an honorary physician of legal guidelines diploma by “declining” the proposed award.

Speaking to reporters in Bohol province, Mr. Duterte stated it had all the time been his coverage to say no to awards.

“With due respect to the University of the Philippines, I do not accept, even when I was mayor,” he stated. “As a matter of personal and official policy, I do not accept awards. It’s not in my nature.”

Not ‘rejection’

Mr. Duterte refused to explain his determination to not settle for an award from UP as rejection. “To use the word ‘reject’ is not good. I simply ‘decline,’” he stated.

Earlier this yr, as he accepted a “Man of the Year” award from a Manila newspaper, Mr. Duterte talked about that he didn’t normally settle for awards and didn’t wish to be rewarded for issues he was paid to do.

UP Board of Regents chair Patricia Licuanan, who additionally heads the Commission on Higher Education, stated on Tuesday that UP would confer a physician of legal guidelines diploma, honoris causa, on Mr. Duterte in line with its custom of giving such honors to Philippine Presidents.

Licuanan stated Mr. Duterte had not but accepted the supply.


Just a plan

Student regent Raoul Manuel confirmed the data, however stated it remained “a plan at this point.”

The board mentioned the award throughout its assembly on April 5. It was determined that the award wouldn’t be introduced till Mr. Duterte had accepted the supply.

News of the award revolted the UP neighborhood, with college students, school and graduates protesting the plan and saying Mr. Duterte ought to as an alternative be known as to account for the hundreds of extrajudicial killings in his brutal battle on medicine.

Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te additionally protested the award, saying on Wednesday that the accolade shouldn’t be given to any individual who had “encouraged impunity and weakened the rule of law.”


Uproar anticipated

Te stated he was expressing his private view as a taxpayer, a graduate and former school member of UP.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella shrugged off the uproar.

“That’s to be expected,” he instructed a information briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday.

Abella spoke forward of Mr. Duterte’s announcement of his determination in Bohol.

Asked whether or not Mr. Duterte would settle for the award, Abella stated he noticed no motive for the President to reject it, although the President was not after such awards.

“It would be quite an honor to receive that, but it’s not something he’s angling for,” Abella stated.

He added that Mr. Duterte would proceed to work arduous even with out awards.

Just allegations

Commenting on the opposition from the UP neighborhood, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo stated there was no motive to oppose UP’s supply as a result of nothing had been confirmed towards Mr. Duterte.

“The allegations on human rights violations remain just that, allegations. The ground for the opposition therefore is baseless as it is misplaced,” Panelo stated. —WITH REPORTS FROM JHESSET ENANO AND MARLON RAMOS

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