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

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2019   •   1368

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

Duterte says he ordered dismissal of 3 cops in body camera extortion case

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (November 20) said that he ordered the dismissal of three police officers involved in the body camera extortion case.

The three police officers were allegedly involved in extorting around P5 million from a bidder of body cameras.

“In the police, I—the three majors were working on a body camera and they were arguing because maybe of—because of money. What else? Because of corruption. And so I said, ‘Fire them, dismiss them,'” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa identified the police officers as Police Major Emerson Sales, Police Major Rholly Caraggayan and Police Major Angel Beros. 

Gamboa also said that he will sign the dismissal papers by Monday (November 25).—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte orders ban on vapes, EO to follow

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a ban on sale, importation and use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vapes.

Furthermore, the Chief Executive ordered law enforcement agencies to arrest anyone who would be caught vaping in all public places across the country.

The President is convinced that vaping poses more harm to people than smoking ordinary cigarettes.

“Vaping is also dangerous and I am banning it, and if you are smoking now, you will be arrested,” he announced during the press briefing on Tuesday (November 19) in Malacañang.

“I am banning the importation. Customs, you listen to it. I’m banning it altogether,” he added.

The President said he will issue an executive order to formalize his directive.

The Chief Executive’s announcement came after a recent report of the first e-cigarette vaping-associated lung injury (e-VALI) in the country.

“I have that urgent power to do it, so I’m ordering it,” he said.

“The EO will follow. I’m banning it because it’s contrary to public safety,” the President concluded. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte defends controversial SEA Games cauldron

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte defended the controversial stadium cauldron for the 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games) happening from November 30 to December 11.

The issue stemmed from Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon questioning the amount spent for the cauldron which allegedly has reached P50 million during the Senate deliberation on the proposed 2020 budget of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

Drilon said such a huge amount could be used to construct school rooms.

The Chief Executive said, the price was reasonable because it included the honorarium for national artist Bobby Mañosa who designed the monument.

“Itong si Mañosa was commissioned to create iyong nakitang kaldero ngayon (what you see now as the cauldron). It is the product of the mind,” the President said.

Based on report, the design alone costs P4.48 million while the foundation costs P13.5 million.

The labor and construction, meanwhile, costs P32 million.

“You cannot estimate how much nalugi ka (your loss) because it is the rendition of the mind of the creator. Kung iyan ang singil niya, huwag mong bilhin kung ayaw mo (If that’s his price, don’t buy it if you don’t like it),” Duterte said. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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