Recently, former VP Atty. Leni Robredo was interviewed and the highlight of the said interview was her response when asked about her thoughts on the so-called “trolls” calling her “lutang”, “Madumb” and “bobo”.
According to the former VP, when trolls kept calling her “Madumb”, Ateneo gave her an honorary degree. Do you think Ateneo will give someone who is “lutang” and “bobo” a degree? Robredo asked. “I don’t think so.” Robredo answered her own question.
“And now, it is not just Ateneo but also Harvard.” “Not to sound like bragging but I feel this is God’s answer to trolls.” Robredo said in an emphatic tone.
Meanwhile on Facebook, Atty. Ahmed Paglinawan aka agp just burst Leni Robredo’s bubble.
How? Atty. Ahmed countered that being an honorary degree recipient does not necessarily mean she is awarded because of intelligence and academic excellence. He said Atty. Leni Robredo’s line of thinking Ateneo gave her a honorary degree because she is intelligent is wrong.
Atty. Ahmed said the Latin word honoris causa literally means “just for the sake of honor” not because the honoree is excellent in academics.
Atty. Ahmed said he knew people who never set foot in school but being granted honorary degrees. They were honored not for their “intelligence” but for some other reason that honorary community deemed valuable to society as a whole.
Atty. Ahmed added that when the honorary degree recipient made their acceptance speech, they never once intimated that they think they were smart because of the said honor.
You may now read Atty. Ahmed’s original FB post.
I was just about ready to cut this woman some slack. But here she is again.
Does she realize that by saying this, she just affirmed what people really think of her?
Honoris Causa is latin for “just for the sake of the honor”. It clearly does not explicitly or implicitly mean the honoree is excellent in academics. I’ve seen people who’ve never spent a day in school being granted honorary degrees. They were honored not for their “intelligence” but for some other thing they’ve done that the honoring community decided was valuable to it.
And in their ensuing speeches, they never once intimated that they think they were smart because of the said honor.
Which is to say, this woman is…
Ay letse, yawa ning iringa, gikaon akong sud-an!!!! Yawaaaa!