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

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2019   •   2288

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

Commission on Women clarifies Chairperson Bucoy resigned not fired

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 9, 2020

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Chairperson Rhodora Bucoy.

The PCW clarified Bucoy tendered her resignation on July 7, which is yet to be transmitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“As of this writing, we have yet to receive any appointment papers of a new Chairperson from the Office of the President,” the post reads.

The Commission also reiterated they did not release any media advisory on the said replacement as well as the resignation of three other commissioners. AAC

Economic, infra clusters to hold pre-2020 SONA forum this week

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte government’s economic development and infrastructure Cabinet clusters are set to present the administration’s plans for recovery and resilience in the face of the coronavirus-induced headwinds this year at the first pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) forum to be held this week.

The Department of Finance (DOF) said that the forum titled, “Regaining Momentum, Accelerating Recovery in a Post COVID-19 World,” will be held virtually on July 8.

Hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and Office of the Cabinet Secretary, the forum will be streamed live on the Facebook pages of the Radio Television Malacañang, and other government agencies.

Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino II said this year’s pre-SONA forum will be different as the audience will be “purely virtual,” due to limitations on mass gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We do hope that our citizens will be able to tune in as the country’s top decision makers discuss our path to a quick and strong recovery from this crisis,” he said.

In the forum, the DOF said that top economic and infrastructure officials are also expected to report on the state of the Philippine economy, as well as the government’s ongoing efforts to leverage on its strong fundamentals in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar will present performance updates and priority plans, respectively, on the economic and infrastructure fronts.

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua will speak on the Philippine Economic Recovery Program.

“The audience can expect Secretary Dominguez to delve deeper into the challenges we’re facing right now, the accomplishments in the previous year that we can build on, and the legislative proposals that the economic team submitted for Congress to consider,” Lambino said.

Meanwhile, updates on the monetary, external, and financial sectors will be discussed by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno.

Pre-SONA forums are held annually to discuss in greater detail the achievements of the government in the previous year and the priorities of the Cabinet cluster heads in the run-up to the President’s SONA on July 27.

NBI warns against proliferation of cybercrimes amid ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   April 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Scammers are increasingly active these days especially with everyone practically living in cyberspace due to lockdowns in different parts of the world.

In the Philippines, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has warned the public of the rise in cybercrime as the national government’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) limits movement outside of residence.

With almost all services migrating online, scammers are taking advantage of online platforms to pursue their schemes.

Such is the problem of Jodel Merjudio who operates an online travel agency.

Merjudio reported to UNTV’s Serbisyong Bayanihan that some scammers created an impostor account of his enterprise’s Facebook page.

It only came to his knowledge when one of his clients told him about an alleged representative of his travel agency who transacted and asked money from that client on his behalf.

Part of the scammer’s modus operandi is to block the clueless victims from its fake page once payment is received.

The victims are then led to Merjudio’s official page to follow up on transactions that the latter had no knowledge of.

“Ang nangyayari, iyong kliyente pag nag-search sila sa Facebook, dalawa ang lalabas na agency. So kami ang nako-contact nila kasi naka-block na sila doon sa scammer page,” Merjudio said.

Jodel said he initially reported the incident to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 4A Cybercrime Division.

To assist Jodel, Kuya Daniel Razon contacted Atty.Victor Lorenzo of the NBI’s Cybercrime Division who agreed with Jodel’s initial move of reporting the incident to proper authorities.

The official promised to help Jodel in identifying the perpetrators behind the impostor account and to eventually resolve the case.

“Kunin nila ang mga contact details [ng kliyente] at kung makipag-ugnayan sila sa amin ay iyon kasi ang hihingiin namin (Get the contact details [of the client] so when you come to us, those are the details that we would be asking],” Lorenzo said.

Kokontakin namin sila para malaman kung ano ba ang mode of payment? Paano ang money ay transmitted? Bank to bank? Kasi ang best lead natin kung sino ang nag-create ng fake account ng travel agency (We will ask them what the mode of payment was; how the money was transmitted; and was it bank to bank? Our best lead would be the creator of the travel agency’s fake account),” he added.

Atty. Lorenzo said incidents of online travel agency scams have already dwindled for some time but since the country is under lockdown, scammers have again started to become active online. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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