Imee Marcos: I'm not running on my academics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said she is not banking on her academic background in seeking a Senate seat, after several reports debunked her claims that she graduated from different educational institutions, including the University of the Philippines and Princeton University.

"Let's put it to rest na [now.] I am not running on my academics, in any case, I'm running on my performance," Marcos told CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday. "I'm really running on my record in public service. I started very young sa [in] Kabataang Barangay. And then proceeded on and on to all the other positions that I took."

Marcos said she has grown tired of the repeated queries about her claims on her educational background, which has been disproven by Princeton University, the University of the Philippines (UP), Santa Catalina School in California, and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

It has been reported that Princeton, UP and Santa Catalina had no records of the Ilocos Norte governor graduating from these institutions. Meanwhile, AIM has denied that it has ever offered the program that Marcos said she took there.

All of her supposed educational attainments were listed in her curriculum vitae posted on the website of the House of Representatives when she was Ilocos Norte representative.

Despite overwhelming evidence debunking her claims, Marcos still believes she graduated from these educational institutions.

"Ang sabi nila [They said] (UP College of Law), hindi [no.] Hindi ko na maintindihan. I would probably send someone and see. It does not really concern me, it's so long ago," she said.

She also claimed that only the media is concerned about her degrees.

"The people are not very concerned. They're much more interested in prices of goods. If I can bring rice down to the price that they can afford, if I can actually provide jobs, if I can actually provide opportunities and I have new ideas for anti-terrorism and war, I think they're much more interested in that than in all these stories that keep circulating," Marcos said.

Opposition senatorial candidates has hit Marcos about her false claims on her educational background, saying that she lacks the honesty to run for public office.

In response, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, chair of the regional Hugpong ng Pagbabago party which backed Marcos' Senate bid, said that honesty is not an issue.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, a supporter of the Marcos family, said candidates or government officials lying about their educational records is fraud.

Should Marcos snag a seat in the Senate, she said she would want to focus on labor, reviewing value added tax and anti-terror laws, revisiting the cheap medicine act, agricultural enhancement, and overseas Filipino workers.