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    Revoke Aquino's UP honoris causa degree, says other UP students and alumni

    Following the protest of several University of the Philippines alumni and students against the plan of UP Administration to confer an honorary degree to President Rodrigo Duterte, other students also appealed to revoke the honorary award given to former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
    President Aquino speaking at 2011 UPD graduation. Shot by Ronin Bautista

    "I condemn the awarding of an honorary PhD degree to Benigno S. Aquino III, former President by UP. And I blame myself for not protesting such at the time of its conferment," stated De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras.

    Contreras is a graduate of BS Forestry from University of the Philippines Los Baños, class of 1982 and MS Forestry from the same, class 1985.

    Pertaining to Noynoy Aquino, Contreras said that it was an undeserved award for someone who was as undeserving to be President.

    "He had no sympathy for the people. He smiled during funerals. He chose to attend the opening of a car plant than to meet the fallen SAF 44. He presided over the biggest heist of public funds through DAP which had the effect of denying people development opportunities, which is a most hateful violation of human rights for it inflicted structural violence on the poor. He played video games while people suffered. He did not serve the people well," Contreras added.

    Former UP student Bubuy Balangue who took up Communication, majored in Film and Audio Visual Comm from the University of the Philippines in Diliman also appealed for the revocation of the honorary degree conferred to Aquino.

    "WE are LIKEWISE for the revocation of the honorary degree conferred on Benigno Simeon Aquino. The same person directly responsible for the catastrophic death rate AFTER Typhoon Yolanda due to sheer negligence and incompetence, the senseless deaths of the SAF 44 which he watched LIVE, as well as the mishandling of the Al Barka massacre of AFP troops. The revocation is also in recognition of the criminal response to starving farmers in Kidapawan and those that sought justice in Hacienda Luisita. All of which show a lack of respect for human life and dignity," said Bubuy.

    Meanwhile, Duterte's eldest son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte already released a statement on Wednesday in response to UP students and alumni opposing the honorary degree award to PRRD and he said:

    "Being elected as president is enough recognition. No other recognition or honorary degrees could eclipse that.. To the so-called learned individuals who frown upon the plan of the University of the Philippines to grant an honorary doctorate degree to the President, you can have that honorary degree for all we care."

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