MANILA, Philippines – When Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr said he earned a “diploma in political science” from Oxford University, brushing off a Rappler report that he did not complete a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), he failed to get two things right.
First, he misremembered the name of the diploma he acquired. It was a “special diploma in social studies,” not political science.The spokesperson for the University of Oxford, Clare Woodcock, said in an e-mail:
‘We can confirm that a Ferdinand Marcos matriculated at the University of Oxford in 1975 to read for a BA in Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics. According to our records, he did not complete his degree, but was awarded a Special Diploma in Social Studies in 1978.’