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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    VM Paolo Duterte slams Duterte's UP critics: 'You can have that honorary degree for all we care'

    As some University of the Philippines students and alumni protest against the honorary doctorate degree offered by the Board of Regent's (BOR) to President Rodrigo Duterte, presidential son Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte speaks up.
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    Per the presidential son, their father has taught them the value of education. That is why they really strive hard to get a degree no matter what.

    "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," said Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

    He added, "Being elected as president is enough recognition. No other recognition or honorary degrees could eclipse that."

    "Our family though thank the UP Board of Regents for even considering our father. Pero ok na akong papa as being the President of the Republic of the Philippines," he further stated.

    READ THE FULL STATEMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL SON PAOLO DUTERTE ON UP's HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE FOR PRESIDENT DUTERTE:

    "Growing up, we were taught by our father of the value of education. That is why we really strive hard to get a degree no matter what.

    But aside from getting a degree, our father also inculcated in us that knowledge and wisdom must go hand in hand with the degree.

    Meaning, whatever level of education we achieve, the level of knowledge and wisdom we gain must also be at par or even higher.

    Given that and knowing my father, he does not give a heck with any "honorary degree" simply because he knows he did not work hard for such a degree.

    All throughout the years of his public life, President Rodrigo Duterte has always shied away from public recognitions.

    He has always been a simple man, satisfied with what he have and works hard to make a difference not just for his family but for the Dabawenyos and now the Filipino nation.

    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.


    Our family though thank the UP Board of Regents for even considering our father. Pero ok na akong papa as being the President of the Republic of the Philippines."

    Source: PTV
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