Students, alumni, and even faculty members from University of the Philippines (UP) have expressed their rage over the decision of the UP Board of Regents (BOR) to confer an honorary doctorate to President Rodrigo Duterte.
On Twitter, the hashtags #NoDegreeForDuterte and #DurterteNotWorthy, ranked highest on the trending topic list all through Tuesday until early Wednesday morning, April 19.
Netizens from UP criticized the proposed conferment saying that the President is not worthy to accept the degree and he must be held accountable for the deaths under the administration’s war on drugs.
Give honor where honor is due, and it certainly isn't for Duterte.
— Belle Ginez (@belleginez_) April 18, 2017
— MOTHER OF URAGONS (@Watdahel_Marcel) April 18, 2017
— sadness stan (@rosselle) April 18, 2017
We're taught in UP to reimagine institutions in order to end systemic oppression. Now we're honoring a murderer – anyare? #DuterteNotWorthy
— Yael Toribio (@rafaeltoribio) April 18, 2017
— Lakan (@immanuellakant) April 18, 2017
/Figuratively/, UP students would kill for a degree.
Apparently, Duterte can /literally/ kill (thousands) for one.#DuterteNotWorthy
— hime (@jeninna) April 18, 2017
The UP BOR is the highest policy-making body in the university. Its members are drawn from both the University, and the private and public sectors.
A summary of resolutions of the BOR at its 1,326th meeting held on April 5 said that the “Conferment of Doctor of Laws degrees, honoris causa, upon motion of Senator Escudero, seconded by Regents Farolan and Jimenez.”
Senator Regent Francis Escudero, Regent Frederick Mikhail Farolan, and Regent Angelo Jimenez are all Duterte appointees to the BOR.
Meanwhile, the UP Office of the Student Regent Raoul Danniel Manuel, released a statement also condemning the said conferment.
“The UP Office of the Student Regent condemns the plan of the UP Administration to confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. We must not turn a blind eye to the deeds of the current regime by giving it such recognition.
“Honors are not deserved by a president whose regime killed thousands of citizens and leaders of progressive groups under Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Kapayapaan. Honors must not be given to a president that declares all-out war against his people to quell their struggle for just and lasting peace, and reimposes death penalty to legitimize the killing of the poor.”
A protest is expected to happen on Wednesday, April 19, 4pm at the AS steps Palma Hall inside the UP Diliman campus.
Photo by Madel Crudo
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