Duterte’s rhetorical style is ‘mabenta’ among Filipinos, says expert

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2019   •   3377

MANILA, Philippines – An expert said he was impressed with the manner in which President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his policies to the people in his fourth state of the nation address (SONA).

Dr. Dennis Coronacion, Chairman of UST’s Department of Political Science believes that the President’s rhetorical style was able to connect him to the Filipino people.

“Kasi kung aalalahanin natin ang sinabi niya sa SONA, napaka-simple ng kanyang mga salita, (If you recall what he was saying in his SONA, his words were very simple),” he observed.

“Even the humor, mabenta sa mga Pilipino except meron mga negative reaction doon sa kanyang mga sexist na mga jokes na hindi na nawawala sa ating pangulo, (Filipinos accept even his humor except that negative reactions come when he speaks of sexist jokes which are inevitable with our President),” he added.

Dr. Coronacion also noted how the President directly addressed the Filipino people in his speech.

“I have met the enemy face-to-face and sadly, the enemy is “us.” We are our own tormentors — addressing the Filipino people — we are our own demons,” the President said in his SONA in July 22.

Dr. Coronacion said it was the first time that he heard the President speaking from a moral point of view or from a moral stand point without excluding himself from the problems.

Prof. Coronacion explained that among the points the Filipinos lauded in the President’s SONA were his proposed reforms that would ease the public’s burden such as streamlining government services particularly the process of license applications as well as his drive against corruption.

These were among the President’s major agenda in his SONA that he directed to the Filipinos.

“Kayo rin kasi sinasabi ko na sa inyo, (I blame you for [corruption] and I am telling you this), be assertive,” the President said.

“Kapag kayo o ikaw hiningian (If someone asked you to pay) more than the required payment by government at humingi pa sa iyo (and asked for more), I’ve been telling you mag-eskandalo kayo sa opisina (start a commotion in the office). Make a scene. Sampalin mo kasi aabot rin sa akin iyan, (Slap him/her if you can because eventually that will be reported to me),” he added.

This statement, Dr. Coronacion said, and the President’s style of repeating his point made his speech more effective.

“Halimbawa, tapos na niyang sabihin  noong una parte ng kanyang speech, uulitin na naman niya noong kalagitnaan at bago na naman siya magtapos inulit na naman niya. Sabi niya improvement of government services,” he observed.

(For example, he mentioned something at the beginning of his speech. Then he would repeat it midway through. Before he ends, he would again mention his point like improvement of government services.)

Prof. Coronacion said the President has maintained his rhetorical style that he has been practicing since he was mayor of Davao City, the same style that earned him high performance ratings until today.

However, Prof. Coronacion said he disagrees with President Duterte in terms of his foreign policy especially his stand on the West Philippine Sea issue.

He believes that it would be better to include other claimant nations in resolving conflicts in the disputed territories.

“Like Indonesia, kapag nakikita nilang binu-bully sila they fight back. Pero pag ini-invite silang makipag-diplomatic talks, pinapayagan nila,” he explained.

(Like Indonesia. If they feel being bullied, they fight back. But if they are invited to diplomatic talks, they send representatives.)

Dr. Coronacion said the question now is how President Duterte will be able to accomplish all his plans given only three years before his term ends.

The President is expected to step down from office in 2022 when the Philippines will elect its 17th President.

By that time, Dr. Coronacion said, President Duterte’s allies will also be busy with their respective campaign initiatives. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

DILG to discuss with LGUs, PNP parameters of Duterte’s new order to arrest mask violators

Marje Pelayo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (May 5) ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest people who are not wearing their face mask properly in public.

President Duterte made the order during his pre-recorded address after noting that some people mindlessly don a face mask just so they can comply with the protocol.

“Itong mask, ‘yung iba, for compliance lang. Naglalagay ng mask pero nakalabas ‘yung ilong. I-detain mo tapos imbestigahan mo siya kung bakit ganoon ang behavior,“ he told the PNP adding that he has to be strict to curb COVID-19 transmission.

“Kapag hindi ko higpitan, walang mangyayari. Iyan nga, for compliance lang kayo,” he added.

In an interview following Duterte’s announcement, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they still have to discuss the new directive with the PNP.

“I think the President was serious. We will have to sit down with the Philippine National Police [..] to determine the parameters of the presidential directive. And we have to reconcile this with the various ordinances that were issued by the LGUs,” Malaya noted.

“I must emphasize that what people are violating here are local ordinances that were issued by the local sanggunian. We will take a look on how we can implement this directive of the President,” he added.

As for the quarantine violations, Malaya stressed that the IATF resolution is implemented through ordinances passed by the local government units. The penalty for a specific violation would depend on each LGU.

“So we may have to talk with the LGUs and of course the Philippine National Police,” Malaya said.

Malaya emphasized that it is the responsibility of the local chief executives and barangay officials to implement all minimum health standards in their respective jurisdictions.

Duterte on retaking West Philippine Sea: ‘I never promised the people I would’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte recalled his conversation with President Xi Jinping regarding the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

According to Duterte he asked the communist leader to just let Filipinos fish in the West Philippine Sea.

“I told China, it’s yours according to you, I’ve heard several times. But you also have heard of the fact that people are hungry. Ang Pilipino ay gutom (Filipinos are hungry) and you are not oblivious to that fact. So kindly just allow our fishermen to fish in peace,” he said.

The President said he is ready to talk with China should conflict arise over the disputed territory.

“There’s no reason for trouble. If there is one brewing, you call our attention and we can talk immediately to solve the problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive said he never made a campaign promise to retake the WPS.

“I never, never in my campaign as president, promised the people that I would retake the West Philippine Sea. I did not promise that I would pressure China,” he said. “I never mentioned about China and the Philippines in my campaign because that was a very serious matter.”

But President Duterte stressed that he is ready to fight for the country’s sovereignty and he will not order a retreat of Philippine vessels patrolling in the area.

Reacting to Duterte’s statement, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio reminded the former of  his statement during the presidential campaign about riding on a jetski to Scarborough Shoal and hoisting the Philippine flag there.

He also said Duterte had issued a statement fully supporting the arbitration case against China.

Thus, Carpio said, President Duterte cannot say that he never mentioned the West Philippine Sea issue or he would be admitting that he was fooling millions of Filipinos which, the former justice said, is tantamount to “grand estafa”.

“President Duterte cannot now say that he never discussed or mentioned the West Philippine Sea issue when he was campaigning for President. Otherwise, he would be admitting that he was fooling the Filipino people big time. There is a term for that–grand estafa or grand larceny. Making a false promise to get 16 million votes,” Carpio said.

For Senator Panfilo Lacson, it is necessary to revisit the Philippines’ diplomatic relations with China.

“Maybe a review of the country’s diplomatic relations is timely and called for. All the diplomatic protests that the Secretary of Foreign Affairs filed have been ignored as if nothing was filed at all. The continued incursions and bullying finally got his goat,” he said. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

PACC creates task force to conduct lifestyle checks on gov’t personnel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In line with the national government’s intensified efforts to fight corruption in the country, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has created Task Force on Lifestyle Check.

PACC Chairman Greco Belgica said the task force will focus on officials who are always reported to be involved in anomalies but there are no documents or evidence that can prove such allegations.

Belgica said through lifestyle checks, the agency will be able to determine inconsistencies in their wealth or if there are any undeclared properties.

Ganyan po ang korapsyon, talagang tagong-tago iyan (That’s how corruption works, it is very discreet). However, by looking at their bank accounts, their properties, their SALN [Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth]—kung ang kanilang gastos at ari-arian ay hindi commensurate sa kanilang kinikita sila po ay pwedeng kasuhan (and if their expenses and properties do not commensurate with their income, they can be held accountable),he said.

The PACC is also coordinating with local authorities and other government agencies in validating reports of anomalies or corruption in various government agencies around the country.

Belgica reminds government officials and personnel to declare their properties with honesty. He reiterated that unexplained wealth is a violation of the law.

“Living beyond your means that you cannot explain and yet you are spending like a billionaire, millionaire that is highly questionable,” he said. AAC

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