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Palace: Lying about academic credentials a ‘fraud’

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By Prince Golez

A person who lies about his or her educational attainment commits “fraud,” Malacanang said.

“Eh di matatanggal siya sa trabaho o hindi siya ma-appoint, o hindi siya mahalal,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Thursday.

Panelo issued the statement in response to the remark of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio that honesty should not be an issue in this year’s elections.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, one of the senatorial candidates being endorsed by Duterte-Carpio’s “Hugpong ng Pagbabago,” is being accused of dishonesty amid her questionable school records.

Asked how crucial is honesty in choosing a candidate, the chief presidential legal counsel replied: “For every voter yun eh. Bakit may nahalal na hindi honest? Ibig sabihin, marami rin ang hindi kinukonsider ang honesty. So, depende sa voter yun.”

Panelo, meanwhile, advised the electorate to carefully select candidates to vote for in the May 13 elections.

“Kung masama ang track record, bakit mo naman bobotohin?” he asked.

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