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Di pala say ni Chiz: UP’s Secretary admits error in memo on giving Duterte an honorary degree

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Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero did not push for the conferment of an honorary law degree on President Rodrigo Duterte during the April 5 meeting of the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (UP BOR), the school’s secretary has admitted.

University Secretary Roberto Lara on Wednesday (April 19) issued an erratum regarding the minutes of the BOR’s meeting after its summary showed that it was Escudero who moved for the conferment of a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, on certain individuals.

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

In his letter addressed to the BOR, Lara said that after reviewing the taped record of the meetings, “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 said he takes full responsibility for the error. He also apologized to Escudero.

The senator has issued a statement saying he did not move for the conferment of an honorary degree on Duterte.

However, he said he did not oppose the motion when it was made during the BOR meeting.

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