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Imee’s college degree issue won’t affect her Senate bid, says Mayor Sara

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

ANTIPOLO CITY – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is confident about the senatorial bid of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos despite the controversy generated by her alleged dubious college degrees.

In an ambush interview following Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) proclamation rally in Antipolo City, Mayor Duterte said Marcos is set to release a statement about her educational background.

“Yes, sabi niya maglalabas lang siya ng written official statement about the questions on her educational background,” said Duterte.

Duterte stressed that Marcos’ school records would not prevent her from seeking a Senate seat.

“Sinabi ko rin naman sa kanya na in any event whatever it is the law, our Constitution only requires for the President, Vice President and the Senators to be able to read and write,” said Duterte.

Under the 1987 Constitution, “No person shall be a Senator unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, and, on the day of the election, is at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter in the Region in which he shall be elected, and a resident thereof for a period of not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election.”

Mayor Duterte believes that Marcos “can do very good given her track record as governor.”

Last Thursday, Duterte said she will talk Marcos about her supposed law degrees from the University of the Philippines College of Law and Princeton University.

The prominent universities issued separate denials recently that the eldest daughter of the late former President and dictator Ferdinand Marcos had graduated from their institutions.

Marcos has been evading questions over the controversies surrounding her law degrees since the start of the campaign period.

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