UP Board of Regents plans on giving President Rodrigo Duterte honoris causa of law degree as a tradition of the university which is given to the President of the Philippines. It caused an uproar among the few sectors of the society including the Office of the Student Regent and the incoming head of the UP student council.
This is what President Rodrigo Duterte said of the honorary award:
“With due respect sa University of the Philippines, I do not accept even if I was mayor.
Hindi ako tumatanggap, as a matter of personal and official policy, I do not accept awards. Wala sa pagkatao ko. Hindi ko nire-reject. To use reject… I simply declined,” paliwanag ng Pangulo nang kapanayamin sa isyu matapos ang dinaluhang command conference sa lalawigan ng Bohol kahapon.
What can you say about the decision of the President to decline the award?
What can you say about how some UP students reaction to the honorary award?