Tañada admits passing Bar exams on third try, hits candidate who fakes credentials

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Posted at Mar 01 2019 04:38 PM

MANILA - Opposition senatorial bet Erin Tañada on Friday admitted that it took him 3 tries before passing the Bar examinations, saying candidates should not lie about their background. 

"Hindi po ako nahihiya na kumuha ako ng Bar exams ng 3 beses bago ako pumasa," Tañada said in a sortie in Bulacan in reference to the tough licensure test for aspiring lawyers.

(I am not ashamed that it took me three tries to pass the Bar exams.)

"Ewan ko po bakit 'yung isang kandidato sa kabila ayaw aminin na hindi siya nakapagtapos sa Princeton," he said.

(I don't know why the candidate on the other side won't admit that she did not graduate from Princeton.)

Tañada did not name the candidate but his statement was a clear reference to administration senatorial candidate Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, who has been under fire for supposedly faking her credentials.

The Ilocos Norte governor earlier claimed that she graduated with honors from the prestigious Princeton University with a degree in religion and politics. The Ivy League school denied her claim.

"Our records do not show that Ms. Marcos was awarded a degree," Princeton Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss told the Daily Princetonian.

The University of the Philippines has also denied Marcos' claim that she finished a law degree with honors in 1983.