Aug 2, 2021 @ 18:10

Walang College of Law sa UP Manila! Graduation speaker under fire for claiming to be summa cum laude graduate, law student

A speaker at the commencement exercises of a high school in Cavite has been exposed as a fraud after she claimed to be a bemedalled student and graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP).

UP Manila’s Political Science Program on Monday (August 2) denied any links to Kathleen Joy Poblete, who was invited as a guest speaker for the graduation ceremony of Ramona S. Tirona Memorial High School in Dasmarinas.

According to UP, Poblete claimed to be a summa cum laude graduate of UP Manila’s Political Science Program and a recipient of the Juris Doctor’s Award and Best in Research Award. She also presented herself as a student of the UP Manila College of Law.

UP, however, said there was no record of Poblete ever attending the university. The College of Law is also located in the Diliman campus, not Manila.

“There has only been one Summa Cum laude from the UP Manila Political Science Program—Ms. Georgina Mia B. Gato—who graduated in 2019. We do not have any Juris Doctor’s Award or Best in Research Award,” the university said.

UP said it is already investigating the matter and is coordinating with all institutions involved.

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