Duterte content with presidency, doesn’t need UP honorary degree, according to son Paolo
President Duterte is a simple man and could not care less about public recognition including honorary degree from schools.
Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte gave this candid assessment of his father after some UP students and alumni of the University of the Philippines protested the planned conferment of honorary degree on President Duterte.
The young Duterte said his father is satisfied with being the country’s leader and does not need such unwanted recognition.
“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,” he said.
“Being elected as president is enough recognition. No other recognition or honorary degrees could eclipse that,” he said.
“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,” he said.
Duterte thanked the UP Board of Regents for considering the recognition for his father. ”Pero ok na akong papa as being the President of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.