'Wharton graduate' Roxas threatens to slap Duterte

Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas, said to be a graduate of Wharton School, threatened to slap his rival candidate, Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte.

"Kung hindi totoo ang Wharton degree ko, sampalin mo ako. Hindi ako iiwas o iilag. Pero kung totoo 'yung Wharton degree ko, sasampalin kita [If my Wharton degree is false, slap me. I will not elude or evade. But if it's true, I will slap you]," the former interior secretary responded when told that Duterte said his economics degree in the University of Pennsylvania was "a myth."

"You claim to have graduated from Wharton School of Economics. That is a myth. You did not graduate sa Wharton School of Economics, Mr. Roxas. Wala doon sa listahan na ikaw ay nakakumpleto ka ng four years o five years [it's not been listed that you completed four or five years]," Duterte said in a forum.

According to GMA News, Wharton School has confirmed to its research department that Roxas is one of its alumni. It said Roxas graduated with an economics degree from Wharton in 1979, based on the records of the University of Pennsylvania registrar.

However, an article published on the Thinking Pinoy website stated that "Roxas attended Wharton from September 1976 to May 1979, which is only equal to 2 years and 8 months."

The term "Wharton graduate" customarily refers to Wharton MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree holders while Wharton's Bachelor's degree holders are customarily referred to as "UPenn graduates," the writer noted.

"Roxas' highest educational attainment is a Bachelor's degree from Wharton-UPenn," according to the article. Hence, the argument that Roxas has no postgraduate degrees and cannot be called a "Wharton graduate" is valid.