QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an effort to recover from the embarassment resulting from the rejection by President Rodrigo Duterte of an Honorary Degree from the University of the Philippines, the Board of Regents today announced a substitute honoree for its 2017 Commencement Exercises. And it’s another president — former President NoyNoy Aquino.
It’s also another honorary degree for Aquino from U.P. Previously, the University conferred upon Aquino an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at its 100th General Commencement Exercises.
This year, following Duterte’s decision to decline the award and after protests from the smartest of students, faculty and alumni of U.P., the Board of Regents said that this time around, Aquino will be conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.
In making the announcement, U.P. said that this new honorary degree for Aquino is in recognition of his very impressive engineering feat while president, especially in building straight roads (Daang Matuwid), defying Engineering technology that relied on curved and winding roads.
“No other human being has perfected the art of straight roads,” the Regents said. “It is an accomplishment that the entire world can emulate. Aquino’s ingenuity is a source of great pride for the University and the Filipino people.”