The University of the Philippines Diliman has chosen an alumnus and former professor as the recipient of the honorary degree initially meant for President Rodrigo Duterte.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno will likely be conferred with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa at UP Diliman’s 106th graduation workout routines on June 25.

The Doctor of Laws, honoris causa is UP’s highest educational rank and honor.

According to the Commission on Higher Education, the honorary degree is awarded to public servants and attorneys “who have contributed to international understanding, leadership and the rule of law.”

Diokno was a professor emeritus at the UPD School of Economics earlier than becoming a member of the Duterte administration.

The Board of Regents, UP’s highest coverage making physique, supplied to confer the honorary degree to Duterte in April however he turned it down after the uproar over his choice.

Duterte stated he has by no means been eager on receiving awards even when he was mayor of Davao City.