(Eagle News Service) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday declined the University of the Philippines’ provide to confer upon him an honorary doctorate degree.
In an interview in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Duterte stated, “I simply declined.”
The President stated his resolution was consistent with his “personal and official policy” of not accepting such awards.
“With due respect sa UP, I don’t settle for, even after I was mayor. Hindi ako tumatanggap,” he stated.
On Tuesday, Commission on Higher Education Chair Patricia Licuanan stated that the highly effective UP Board of Regents had supplied to make the conferment as a part of the college’s custom.
News of the provide precipitated a stir amongst some, who stated that Duterte was undeserving of such an honor given the so-called extrajudicial killings throughout his administration.
But Duterte’s son, Paolo, lashed again at his father’s critics, saying the President “does not give a heck.”
“To the so-called learned individuals who frown upon the plan of (UP) to grant an honorary doctorate degree to the President, you can have that honorary degree, for all we care,” he stated.
He famous that his father “has always been a simple man, satisfied with what he has and (who) works hard to make a difference, not just for his family but for the Dabawenyos and now the Filipino nation.”
“My father’s OK being the President of the Republic of the Philippines…Being elected as the President of the Republic of the Philippines is already a recognition for my father,” he stated, as he thanked the BOR for “even considering (their) father” for the honor.