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‘Pasang-awa’ Duterte slams ‘yellow’ fixation on Imee’s education: Summa nga utusan ko lang, bakit papahirapan ang buhay?

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President Rodrigo Duterte has come to the defense of ally senatorial bet Imee Marcos who has been outed for falsely claiming she was an honors graduate of University of the Philippines and an Ivy Leaguer at Princeton University.

Duterte believes that some sectors, he called them “yellow”, is making a big fuss about Marcos fudging her academic background – she claimed to be a cum laude graduate of UP College of Law and one of the first female graduates of Princeton both of which were false.

Duterte cited himself as an example of a student who slacked his way through college and law school with barely passing grades but still ending up top in his field.

“Imee is a… You know for whatever it is worth… Alam mo, talking about itong issue ng mga Marcos, ako, ‘yung mga yellow diyan, if you would like to know, I am a lawyer. Pumasa ako sa Bar. Seventy-five lang pero okay na,” said Duterte in his Albay speech.

“Hindi kagaya nung iba na mga 95, summa cum laude. Wala ako niyan. Kindergarten hanggang law school 75 lang ako,” he added.

He said his later mother, a teacher-supervisor, had pushed him to achieve high grades but he stood his ground. “Wala na, hindi ko na kailangan ‘yan. Seventy-five akyat ka na. Tama na. Kuntento ka na dapat,” he said.

He said he was proven right all along after he ended being the boss to acadamic standouts such as Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. “Iyan sila lahat nasa gobyerno puro bright. Halos lahat ‘yan mga honor students. Ako lang ang 75 diyan. Pero ako sabi ko okay na lang. Tutal itong mga 95 summa cum laude, utusan ko man lang ito. Bakit natin problemahin ang p***** i**** buhay?” he said.

“Summa cum laude nga, valedictorian, tapos sabihin ng ‘Hali ka. Iyon ayusin mo’. So huwag masyado pahirapan ‘yang mga konting inom-inom. P***** i**,” he added.

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