Aug 3, 2021 @ 14:30
Needs help: Netizens react to fake UP Manila student duping her HS alma mater
Netizens are alarmed about the mental state of Kathleen Joy Poblete, a student from Cavite who faked her credentials to make it appear that she was a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines Manila.
She faked the signatures of academic officials, invented a special award for a supposed Political Science graduate, and claimed that a College of Law has been set up in the UP Manila campus. She was eventually invited by her high school to be its commencement speaker based on these falsities.
THE BATTLE OF UP LAW CREDENTIALS
imee marcos (UP Diliman campus) vs. Kathleen Joy Poblete (UP Manila campus) pic.twitter.com/hMBiDVHjCm
— BKVP (@BriansAndBeauty) August 2, 2021
Pinoys were appalled online, but many saw this stunt as a huge cry for help.
Oh hala huhu so you personally know her Sebby? 🥺 Baka kasi she needs psychiatric help na little did she know 😩
— gumiho ♡ (@parcon_mvp) August 2, 2021
you know what? UP Manila should offer free psychiatric services to kathleen poblete https://t.co/mMW0GhlWaE
— Baby (@Bebe_bh0i) August 2, 2021
The Kathleen Joy Poblete thing is disturbing me though. To commit to such a big lie is NOT normal. Hope she gets professional help
— kæ ⎕ (@ifyouseekkae) August 2, 2021
Tweet ko lang na posible may mental illness si Kathleen Joy Poblete, so yeah. don’t make fun of her siguro? Idk
— Jesi제시じぇし (@jesieyo) August 2, 2021
Others defended her from bashers despite the lies, but some said it was well-deserved.
ganda lang ng kathleen poblete issue cuz it reflects the 🌻UP community🌻 more than her. u guys tweet about #FreeEducation but you immediately gatekeep ur lil degree and ur lil alma mater the moment we get a real life example of how elitist the meritocracy of UP education is
— ^~%°.-.,#•*..^~’.•°+.,’ (@cuik0o) August 2, 2021
This is so wrong on so many levels.
1) Let’s not stray away for the facts – Kathleen Joy Poblete is being called out because she forged her academic credentials. That is falsification of public documents.
2) As a Sangguniang Kabataan kagawad, she is a government official!
— Mark Pere Madrona (@FilipinoScribe) August 2, 2021