President Duterte receives honorary doctorate from Moscow's top school

President Duterte conferred an honorary doctorate degree (honoris causa) by Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO) in Moscow / photo from GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University in Russia.

It is said that the President was supposed to receive the degree from the same institution during his visit in 2017, which he had to cut short and went back to the Philippines due to the terror attack in Marawi City.

This is the first honorary doctorate degree that President Duterte accepted since he assumed office in 2016.

"I have never accepted an honorary doctorate. I have never done anything for accolades. From my father I learned that public service is the greatest honor and its own reward," quoting what Duterte said from Teddy Locsin’s tweet

An honorary degree is being awarded often in recognition of one's life experiences. It is denoted by the letters "h.c.", which is an abbreviation for "honoris causa", meaning "for the sake of honor."

In 2017, the president refused the offer of the University of the Philippines (UP) to confer him the Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.

Source: Inquirer

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