MANILA – The University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) denied that businessman Antonio Tiu, the alleged dummy of Vice President Jejomar Binay, earned a doctorate degree from the college.
In a letter to the editor published by The Philippine Star, UP-NCPAG officer-in-charge Erwin Alampay said the college's records indicate that Tiu is not yet a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration.
The letter was in response to a one-page advertisement, titled ''So the truth may be known: An open letter to the Filipino people from Antonio 'Tony' Tiu'', which appeared on the October 21 issue of The Philippine Star.
Alampay noted that Tiu was admitted to the program in 2006 and was last enrolled in 2007. He said Tiu only completed 9 of the total 42 units required for the DPA degree.
''He therefore has not yet earned a degree from the University of the Phiilppines,'' Alampay said in the letter to the editor.
''In the spirit that the truth may indeed be known, we hope you could issue this clarification of the facts."
Tiu, the owner of the Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp., claims his firm owns the 145-hectare Batangas property that is being linked to the Binay family. Critics, however, believe he is being used by the vice-president to conceal the latter's allegedly unexplained wealth.
Tiu has promised to present documents that would prove his ownership of the sprawling estate, but senators probing the corruption allegations against Binay said the businessman's statements and documents have so far failed to debunk the claim that he is the vice-president's dummy.
The Binays have repeatedly denied owning the property, saying they only lease 9 hectares of the land. The vice-president believes that the ongoing Senate probe is only being used to hurt his chances of winning in the 2016 presidential elections.