Amid reports of dubious degree, Imee Marcos offers 'proof' of UP Law graduation

Jauhn Etienne Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 21 2019 06:45 PM

Senatorial candidate, Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos has posted supposed photos of her graduation at the University of the Philippines, amid rumors that she dubiously obtained her degree.

On Thursday night, Marcos, the daughter of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., posted photos of her supposed graduation at the UP College of Law.

The three photos posted on her official Facebook page said they were taken in 1983, at her "graduation from the University of the Philippines College of Law." 

"Gov. Imee Marcos attended her 1983 graduation from the University of the Philippines College of Law. The ceremonies were held at Meralco Theater where her parents -- former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos -- pinned her cum laude medal," it said.

This was in contrast with the report published by news website Rappler on February 6. 

The news report said that Marcos' claim that she graduated from the law school was "false" and quoted a university official who said "[t]here is no record of her graduation from UP nor any honors or academic distinctions received with the University Registrar's office."

The report used Marcos' own curriculum vitae during her time as a congresswoman, where it claimed she "graduated cum laude" from UP Law. 

This is not the first time Marcos found herself in a controversy involving her academic records. Her undergraduate studies at Princeton University was also questioned after a school spokesperson said Marcos was never awarded a degree by the Ivy League school.

But Marcos has stood by her records, saying she "remembers" graduating from Princeton.

"Pumasok ako sa Princeton at pagkaalam ko, nag-graduate ako," she said in an interview with News5.

In 2015, her brother Bongbong Marcos faced the same issue after he allegedly made false claims that he earned a degree from Oxford University. He only got a "special diploma."