Siblings Tricia and Aika Robredo, Ateneo and Harvard-educated respectively, have left many netizens scratching their heads for their ignorance that honorary degree recipients are not entitled to be called Dr. or Dra. but they disregard that rule and called their mother Leni Robredo “Dra” anyway in their Twitter banter.
Tricia is a dual degree holder in Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health.
Aika is Management Engineering degree holder and graduated with honors. She also received her Master’s degree from Harvard University.
International relations expert Sass Rogando Sasot shared the screenshot of Tricia and Aika’s head-scratching tweet and wrote the following caption below.
Misses Aika and Tricia Robredo, FYI sis, an “Honorary Degree,” which your mother has, is NOT equivalent to a PhD. So di sya Dr Leni Robredo, PhD.
Netizens jumped into the comment section to express their opinion on Ms. Sasot’s argument that Leni Robredo’s honorary degree does not entitle their mother to be called “Dr.” because she is not a PhD holder.
“honoris causa” signify that the degree is honorary, not earned. When addressing a person who has received an honorary degree from another university, it is not correct to use the term “doctor” nor should the title be used in correspondence, biographical sketches, introductions, or on place cards, commented one netizen.
Another netizen chimed in:
From google …Honorary degree recipients are properly addressed as “doctor” in correspondence from the university that awarded the honorary degree and in conversation on that campus. But honorary degree recipients should not refer to themselves as “doctor,” nor should they use the title on business cards or in correspondence.
To which another replied:
An honorary PhD or doctorate is not an earned educational qualification. In one’s CV, it should be listed as an award or recognition. Even to use “Dr” as a prefix is also not a good practice for an honorary PhD degree holder, though a lot of recipients, like big Chinese businessmen, like to do it.
Meanwhile, some netizens can’t help but throw in a couple of witty remarks to take a swipe at the Robredos.
Kung ano ang puno ganun din ang bunga…#Lamnyona
The apple does not fall far from the tree.
It runs in the family. Even Harvard education can not help
Iisa ang karakas nila lahat! “Spartan Mentality” hehehe (mas makapal mas matibay)