A Twitter user posted an altered photo falsely claiming that former vice president Leni Robredo received a certification from Guinness World Records for having the most number of honorary degrees.

CLAIM: Former vice president Leni Robredo has the most number of honorary doctorates in the world.

A Twitter user falsely claimed on Wednesday, June 28, that former vice president Leni Robredo received a certification from Guinness World Records for being awarded the most number of honorary degrees.

The  tweet featured an altered photo of Robredo holding the supposed framed certificate from Guinness, which states “Most Honoris Causa received (sic), exceeding the record of 311.” The document was said to have been issued on the same day the tweet was posted.

The tweet was captioned “Ay world record si mama.” (Mother has the world record.)

The tweet has been viewed more than 5,000 times.

The late Catholic priest Rev. Theodore “Ted” Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, holds the official record for the most honorary doctorates received by an individual.

Since the first conferment of his honorary doctorate in 1954, Fr. Hesburgh has received 150 honorary degrees from different colleges and universities.

Robredo has received five honorary degrees, not 311.

In the Philippines, other political figures have received more honorary doctorates than Robredo. Here are some of them:

The manipulated photo posted by the Twitter user came from a post on Robredo’s Facebook page on June 26, 2019.

In the original photo, she was holding a framed star map showing what the sky looked like on her wedding day with her late husband, Jesse Robredo. Xander Lauren Cipriano


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