MUST READ: Bold president, bold words: Lost in interpretation
Columnist Leandro DD Coronel posed a challenge to the spokespeople of President Rodrigo Duterte: just let him be and let his words define him.
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Coronel named Duterte as the only chief executive who continually baffles the public and his people, often with confusing and contradictory statements during press conferences and speeches. He also put Duterte side by side with Trump, stating that the latter may also give reckless remarks and often controversial statements but their stark difference is that Trump stands by his words—and he doesn’t curse.
“Duterte takes pride in his margin of victory of some six million votes over Mar Roxas in last year’s election,” he said.
“He has taken it as a full mandate to do as he pleases.”
Coronel said this is probably the reason why Duterte isn’t even a little bit unnerved by the gravity of his statements such as endorsing the killing of drug addicts and badmouthing world leaders.
“The cursing comes from the same hubris that emanates from the mandate that he perceives to have received from the voters. Doesn’t he realize that he only got a plurality of 16 million votes out of a total votes cast of some 52 million? That is only 38 percent of the total votes, meaning 62 percent, or 36 million people, didn’t vote for him,” Coronel explained.
He said those numbers should give Duterte a pause, but the opposite was what happened.
“The president says something, say about him imposing martial law, and his spokespeople scramble to say this isn’t really so.”
He added that there have already been close to 7,000 Filipinos killed since Duterte waged war on drugs, and with his bold words, he has encouraged people, especially the police force, to kill—the drug pushers, drug users.
“Why not let his word stand?” Coronel asked.
“After all he’s a macho guy and he can handle the flak. Just let him be himself.”
Source: Manila Bulletin
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