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NYU dean says Harvard doesn’t care if Aika Robredo’s ma is VP: If she’s a scholar, she can study there

May 8, 2017 @ 11:42

A dean of a prestigious school in the United States has come to the defense of Vice President Leni Robredo’s daughter Aika amid online attacks aimed at making Harvard University reconsider its decision to admit her as a graduate student.

New York University Dean for Science Michael Purugganan said Harvard University accepts students solely based on merit.

“I am a dean of a major US university. Just in case you didn’t know, all graduate admissions at Harvard and Oxford are strictly on merit, and if you get admitted to graduate school on scholarship (like she did) you are automatically given free tuition plus a stipend that is about $30 K a year so that you can attend school,” he said in the comments thread of a Facebook post dated April 11 by a group known as We Are Collective Backup V2.

Purugganan suggested Harvard gives a stipend higher than the $30,000 awarded by NYU to its scholars since it is “10 times richer” than his school based on its endowment.

“And just in case you want to know, Harvard (or my university NYU) couldn’t care less about the parents – what we care about is the record of the student,” he said.

We Are Collective Backup V2 is reportedly the source of a smear campaign to stop Aika from studying at Harvard.

Its post last April was a “sample letter” for the Ivy League school to rethink its admission of the Vice President’s daughter into the Harvard Kennedy School as member of the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration.

Aika was named an Edward S. Mason Fellow for the class of 2018.

In the letter, the group said Aika’s mother cannot afford to pay for her studies since she only declared a net worth of $160,000 in her latest Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

“What worries us is that Mrs Robredo might be using ill-gotten funds sourced from drugs and illegal gambling and plundered from the Filipino people to finance Jessica Marie’s graduate studies,” the group said.

Robredo called the allegation unfair in a forum on May 6 not only because they were baseless, but because Aika was going to Harvard on a scholarship or on her own talents.

“You know, how much hatred iyong pinasok doon… you know the viciousness, nakapasok iyong mga bata without any help from me. Nakapasok tapos ipapa-recind mo lang. Kasi nakaw na yaman tsaka drugs iyong pinanggalingan nung ipapaaral sa anak ko,” the Vice President said.


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Laban lang, Aika: Robredo bares desperate, ‘vicious’ move to block daughter’s road to Harvard


Robredo’s proud mommy moment: Daughter Aika accepted to Harvard, Oxford


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  • niuginicebeer2009

    The question is who are behind this…who wrote and signed the letter……harvard will not accept letters coming from an anonymous source…

    • serglv

      These parasites whose names regularly appear on Duterte blogs like Mocha Uson, Antonio Contreras, Sass Rogando, Martin Andanar, et al who call themselves “We Are Collective,” are a bunch of immature idiots who belong to the 16 million Duterte hordes who think they are doing the country a favor by poisoning the country’s social media, TV, radio and the press.

      These parasitic individuals who never had it good in their lives have given their souls to the evil psycho from Davao and to the most corrupt family of the 20th century, the Marcoses, whose mission is to destroy political opponents like Robredo, De Lima, Trillanes and others.

      In the wake of what has transpired in elections in the US, the Philippines and lately in France, there is reason to believe that Duterte’s victory is somewhat suspicious and could possibly had a Russian connection and nobody even thought about it. There is a pattern emerging that I think Trillanes and others should pursue about this possibility because things are now becoming clear that Putin tried to influence the recent elections in France according to the newly elected French president.

  • gemini2011

    Thank you so much for the clarification. It’s just so frustrating that some people are really very happy to ruin other people’s reputation, even if in the process they display their own ineptness. I will pray for you Aika. God bless you and your family!

  • LZ

    Naman. Ba’t pati si Aika Robredo dinadamay? Better to be happy for other people’s success. Private and personal achievement ‘yan ng pamilya nila, not political.

  • Da Intsik

    Shouldn’t we stop all this mud-slinging? both sides keep throwing mud at each other not thinking about those who are in between.. this is unfair, this our philippines too.. right? I don’t really care who runs what as long as we see actual progress.. shouldn’t those people putting down the president and even the vice president be ashamed of themselves?

  • William Saunders


  • etokus

    To MochaU and her followers.


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