UST breaks rules for Chief Justice Renato Corona

Editor’s note: Updated entry is here: Online world discusses UST-Corona versus Vitug-Rappler.

Marites Dañguilan Vitug wrote for rappler:

It turns out that UST may have broken its rules in granting Corona a
doctorate in civil law and qualifying him for honors, apparently to
favor the country’s top judge. (Read: requirements for getting a UST
post-graduate degree <http://graduateschool.ust.edu.ph/degreq_v2.htm> )

UST rules

First, UST requires a dissertation. Dissertation writing takes all of 15
units spread out in four courses.

Second, only students who complete their doctorate degrees in five years
are qualified to graduate with honors: “A student who has overstayed
beyond the residency limit…will also be disqualified to graduate with
honors.”

Corona does not have a dissertation. Neither did he fulfill the
five-year residency requirement.

This unusual practice may set a precedent in UST and send a wrong signal
to students that rank and influence trump academic rigor.

According to Vitug, UST did not comment.   If true, what can we expect from a Chief Justice that breaks rules?  And if true, what kind of university does something like that?  And a Catholic one at that.

Cocoy Dayao

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