Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero didn’t push for the conferment of an honorary regulation degree on President Rodrigo Duterte in the course of the April 5 assembly of the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (UP BOR), the varsity’s secretary has admitted.

University Secretary Roberto Lara on Wednesday (April 19) issued an erratum concerning the minutes of the BOR’s assembly after its abstract confirmed that it was Escudero who moved for the conferment of a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, on sure people.

It was later revealed that Duterte was one of many deliberate recipients of the degree.

In his letter addressed to the BOR, Lara mentioned that after reviewing the taped document of the conferences, “it appears that Sen. Escudero did not make any mention to confer honorary degree (sic) upon certain proposed conferees, and the statement to that effect as appears in the summary is incorrect.”

Lara mentioned he takes full accountability for the error. He additionally apologized to Escudero.

The senator has issued a press release saying he didn’t transfer for the conferment of an honorary degree on Duterte.

However, he mentioned he didn’t oppose the movement when it was made in the course of the BOR assembly.

Duterte has declined UP’s provide for an honorary degree, saying he isn’t into accepting awards.