Jillian Robredo, daughter of Vice President Leni Robredo, recently graduated with a double major in mathematics and economics from New York University, officially making her more academically achieved than presumptive president and dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
In contrast, Marcos Jr. “misrepresented” his academic achievement by saying that he graduated with a degree from the University of Oxford. This isn’t true, since he was awarded with a special diploma (completely different from a degree). He also did not finish his undergraduate studies.
It must be pointed out, however, in the words of two University of the Philippines (UP) researchers, that "the issue is not whether he has stellar academic credentials. The issue is his relationship with the truth.”
The vice president announced that she left the Philippines to attend her daughter’s graduation in New York.
“My daughters and I are leaving for New York today to attend Jillian’s graduation. We will be gone for a few days to just spend time with family and take a well-deserved rest before all of us restart the lives we have put on hold,” Leni Robredo said.
According to her, it was the first time the family has traveled since former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo died in 2012.
“This is the first time since my husband died in 2012 that we will be traveling again as a family with no work to take care of. We are sorry if we cannot accept the numerous requests for meet-ups. We will do that some other time in the future,” she said. “For now, we just need to spend as much time together.”
The presumptive president, meanwhile, was reportedly in Melbourne, Australia for what was perceived by some media outlets as a "secret trip". He visited to enroll his son Vincent to the University of Melbourne, and “to rest and recharge” before his term begins. Marcos’ presence was met with protests by Filipinos.
(UPDATE: The article originally said that she graduated in biomolecular science. While reports say that she entered the university for a biomolecular science program, she now finished with a double major on mathematics and economics.)
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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