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#Dutertenotworthy: UP community’s hashtag vs. honorary degree trends on Twitter

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Students and alumni of the University of the Philippines have protested a proposal by the Board of Regents to confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Several Iskos and Iskas have taken to cyberspace to voice out their opposition by using the hashtag #Dutertenotworthy to accompany their posts.

By 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the hashtag #Dutertenotworthy has become the top trending topic from the Philippines on Twitter.

On Facebook, members of the UP community posted status messages with the following format:

“I am [name], a graduate of [course in UP]. I am against the conferment of an Honorary Law doctorate by the UP Board of Regents to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“By giving honor to a man who challenges basic human decency, discourages public dissent, promotes a culture of impunity, and lauds extra-judicial killings, UP is taking a major step backward in upholding Honor and Excellence.

“#NoDegreeForDuterte #DuterteNotWorthy”

Commission on Higher Education chairperson Patricia Licuanan, who co-chairs the BOR, UP’s highest policy making body, has confirmed that there is an offer for Duterte to accept an honorary degree from the university.

However, she said there is no word yet if the President will accept it.

Licuanan said the conferment of an honorary degree is part of UP’s tradition, with more than a dozen Philippine presidents having received such a distinction.


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