Imee Marcos on criticism: 'Sanay na kami'

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 10 2019 01:39 PM

PROSPERIDAD - Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on Wednesday dodged questions anew on the criticism against her family and father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Marcos has been hounded by questions on her credibility after she was accused of churning out fake diplomas from prestigious universities here and abroad to boost her image.

Asked to react to those doubting her capabilities and qualifications in running for senator, Marcos told reporters: “Sanay na kami.” (We're used to it.)

Marcos, who is running for senator under the administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago, had claimed to have graduated from Princeton University and University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. 

However, the Ivy League school's independent student newspaper Daily Princetonian quoted Princeton Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss saying "records do not show that Ms. Marcos was awarded a degree." 

The Philippines’ premier state university also disclosed that Marcos had "no record of her graduation from UPD nor any honors or academic distinction received with the University Registrar's office."

Candidates from opposition slate Otso Diretso have criticized Marcos for supposedly lying about her educational records.

In a Facebook post on Feb. 20, Marcos shared photos of her supposed graduation at the UP College of Law held at the Meralco Theater. It said her parents, the late strongman and then First Lady Imelda Marcos, "pinned her cum laude medal." 

Marcos' academic record at UP drew questions following her unproven claim of earning a degree from the prestigious Princeton University with distinction.

In a December 2018 interview on DZMM radio, Marcos dodged the question, saying the issue was being thrown at her because it was the "election season" and that her "performance" record should speak for itself. 

During the press conference, Marcos also parried a question involving the Ateneo De Manila University's student council’s condemnation of the presence of her sister Irene during the launch of the campus' Arete Amphitheater.