Mark Joseph Solis could lose UP degree over stolen photos

In this case, will they take back the degrees of other thieves as well? reports that according to UP National College of Public Administration and Governance Dean Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, "Mark Joseph Solis, the University of the Philippines graduate student who used other people’s photographs in several contests, could lose his degree."


However, Villamejor-Mendoza also recommended counselling as an option. "Nung nagkausap, kami, he was thinner, mukhang depressed (when we talked, he was thinner and looked depressed)," she revealed.


For the record, Solis used other people’s photos and passed them off as his own in the following contests:

  • Calidad Humana Smiles For The World
  • Mulat Maninipat Photojournalism Contest of the Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP
  • Photo Contest of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration
  • Photo Competition of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
  • Papworth Trust 2011
  • VinylPlus Sustainable Thinking Platform photo contest (2010-2011)
  • SoliWater and Life photo contest of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (2013)


The reported added: "It was also discovered that Solis failed to settle his tuition and has sought an authorization for delayed payment. Solis had graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from UP. He enrolled and attended UP Graduate School last semester. ABS-CBN News tried to get a statement from Solis, but did not receive any reply."


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