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Duterte declines U.P. honorary degree

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, April 19, that he has declined the offer of the University of the Philippines to confer on him an honorary doctorate degree.

"I simply declined," he said during a chance interview in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on Wednesday, when asked about it.

The President emphasized his "personal" policy to not accept awards or recognition.

"With due respect sa (to) UP, I do not accept even when I was mayor. Hindi ako tumatanggap (I never accept). As a matter of personal and official policy, I do not accept [such] awards," he said. 

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, the President's eldest son, had anticipated his father's decision earlier on Wednesday, as the hashtag "#DuterteNotWorthy" trended on Twitter. (READ: Duterte doesn't 'give a heck' about honorary degrees – Paolo Duterte)

The news that the UP Board of Regents was planning to offer Duterte the honorary degree sparked outrage among netizens, particularly UP students and alumni.

The awarding of such honorary degrees to Philippine presidents is a tradition. The conferment usually takes place during the first year of the president. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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