Rappler's fact-checking in 2015 reveals that claims by some politicians about their academic degrees were not totally accurate
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Even before Rodrigo Duterte made an issue out of Mar Roxas' allegedly non-existent degree, Rappler made a check with the University of Pennsylvania, which the Wharton School is part of
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His revised resumé shows he did not obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; only a 'special diploma' in Social Studies. What is confusing is the reference to a 'Graduate degree'.
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Asked about comments that a diploma is different from a degree, the senator says, 'Yeah, I got a diploma. What do you get when you graduate? You get a diploma'
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The senator says he got a 'diploma' in political science which is different from a degree. His name does not appear in the Oxford class lists which contain names of students awarded their degrees and qualified for honors.
(UPDATED) Our fact-checking shows he did not complete his courses in both universities, but he says in a statement, his educational records are accurate
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