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Rappler Report: Sen. Ralph Recto Did Not Complete His Two Postgraduate Studies

An investigative report by Rappler revealed that Senator Ralph Recto has no Master’s degree as indicated in his bio-data on the Senate website.

When asked to comment on Rappler’s findings, Recto apologized for the errors claiming he did not verify his bio-data. According to Recto, he was still a congressman (1992-2001) the last time he checked his bio-data. Recto asked his staff to make the necessary corrections.

Based on Recto’s claim, it was his first time to check his bio-data after serving as a Senator for 11 years.

“I plead guilty and I take full responsibility. There was no intention to misrepresent. I’m sorry,” Recto told Rappler.

In Recto’s bio-data on the Senate website, it was indicated that he attained a Master’s degree in Strategic Business Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific in 1994 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1991.

After conducting a fact-check on Recto’s educational background, Rappler discovered that the Senator did not finish both his postgraduate studies.

PHOTO CREDIT: Rappler
PHOTO CREDIT: Rappler

According to UP Diliman’s registrar, Recto, who was working towards the degree of Masters in Public Administration, earned a total of 36 academic units. He was enrolled “from the First Semester 1990-1991 until the First Semester 1991-1992.”

On the other hand, Recto earned a Certificate in Business Economics or CBE from the University of Asia and the Pacific after finishing an 11-month course. UA&P corporate communications office head Chichi Fajardo Robles revealed that Recto wanted to proceed “MA in business economics [also part of the SBEP] by writing a thesis.” Unfortunately, Recto was not able to complete the requirement.

Moreover, Rappler’s findings showed that Recto received a degree in BS Commerce from the College of St Benilde in 1989. In his bio-data, it was indicated that Recto received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from De la Salle University in 1987.

Unless someone files a complaint, the Senate ethics committee will not investigate ethical violations such as making false claims.


Featured image credits to Inquirer. 

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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