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{DISCLAIMER: The following piece is written by Atty. Bruce Rivera}


History is replete with stories about the eccentricities of heads of states and former Presidents. How Napoleon would put his hand inside his vest to make him look tall. How a king of the Holy Roman Empire who adored Wagner he built a castle for him was rumored to be gay. The stories of Emilio Aguinaldo’s maneuvering to become President. The midnight appointments of Elpidio Quirino. The rumored mahjong sessions by President Cory and how she liked appointing mestizos to her Cabinet positions. Even stories of geriatric politicians kissing younger women inappropriately but getting away with it because of their age. Recently, the detours and tantrums of the outgoing President just to buy a gun or play video games are running the rumor mill. When PNoy failed to welcome the Fallen 44, it was not headline news. It had to be pointed out by his detractors. When PNoy said, “I do not go to wakes of people I do not know” thereby justifying his absence in the wake of Jennifer Laude, it was just a news banner. Again, detractors had to point it out.

I am just amazed at how nitty-gritty media is when they are covering Duterte. Every statement reported, most of the time misreported or even magnified. In the recent press conference of President Duterte, I was genuinely interested what matter of national importance was discussed therein. However, true to form, headlines talked more about the “catcalling” of a reporter like it was the most important national issue or disaster.

Sexual harassment. Demeaning to women. Low regard for women and press practioners. Rude behaviour for a head of state. Every negative thing one can muster to write. And major news stations have already silenced the known pro-Duterte news reporters and sent the attack dogs. Yes, we get it. You do not like him. And I do not care if you hate, loathe, despise or abhor President Duterte.

What bothers me is the culture of nitpicking you seem to have developed after his victory. Wala kayong pinalampas. Lahat ng sasabihin niya, may mali kayong nakikita. Wala man lang honeymoon period. Hindi pa nakaupo, may petition na ang mestizang panot na tanggalin na si Tatay kahit hindi pa nga naka-oath.

In Davao City, I used to watch his program where he directly talks to his constituents and he is still the same irreverent, corny, green-minded, curse-prone individual we know him to be. Yes, he makes unpleasant statements, bad jokes, sexist remarks and we already know that. Alam na natin yan. Hindi na bago yan.

Chances are, may mas malala siyang nasabi in the past. But I can honestly tell you, Bisaya is a sexually-oriented language. We can easily come up with several words for sex. Kayat. Iyot. Habal. Kasta. Jerjer. Didirt. Remedyo. And most of our expressions pertain to sex. So, you will be hearing a President who speaks in a dialect that when given its Tagalog equivalence will scare the heavens out of the refined and the finesse.

And I am appalled that people who bring the news will rather talk about the mischievous words rather than things that really matter. Yes, Mariz was perhaps humiliated or demeaned. President Duterte made another blunder of words. But to make a mountain out of a moldhill is something else.

Sino ba sa atin ang hindi napagnasahan sa daan? Kung may itsura ka or sexy ka, malaki ang tsansa na mapapansin ka. Kung hindi ka napapansin at napagnanasahan, mas malaki ang problema mo kasi pangit ka.
We are sexual beings to respond to beauty, appeal, charisma or charm. Men, women and anybody in between are always objectified at some point. At hwag kayong hypocrito na ayaw niyo na may pumansin sa inyo. Kaya nga tayo nag-aayos para hangaan ng tao. It only becomes offensive kung ayaw natin ang nagcatcall. Aminin niyo yan.

Pag si Alden kininditan ka sabay whistle, hindi ka matutunaw sa kilig? Pero kung pangit ang gumawa nun, harassment na. The point is, to those who do not like Pres. Duterte, lahat ng gagawin niya, may makikita kayong mali. Admittedly, kahit lakad ni PNoy may nakikita akong di ko gusto kasi ayaw ko sa kanya. But I do not point that out every chance I get.

Ayaw niyo sa kanya. You want him to fail. Hahanapan niyo ng butas. At malamang may butas kayong mahahanap kasi walang taong perfect, mga plastic lang.

But 16 million voters voted for him. If your mission in life ay maghanap ng butas to destroy him and prove us wrong, then what is the point of an election. Hatiin na lang natin ang Pilipinas kung ganun kayo mag-isip.

{Source: Bruce Villafuerte Rivera}


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  1. Sofia Jean Palma

    How can you even like a person like that?


    Tama ka sir Atty.Bruce Rivera

  3. This is not about I do not like him, but he is a Machiavellian sod and what the people really want from him is to tone down his temperamental behaviour.

    He is now the leader of the country and he must at least learn to compromise and render his foul-mouthed rants. It is not nice seeing/hearing the leader of the country by saying F* words all the times.

    What may be a simple gesture to the person involved might be offensive to the end-receiver, but it doesn’t justify being a foul-mouthed ranter and be disgusted for the whole world to see, most particularly, if you are the leader of the country.

    This is not a question of him just being himself. As the president newly elect must learn how to control his emotions and think cognitively before he opens his mouth. Whatever he does, he must think not about himself, but the country itself. He is now the representative of the well-being this country, showing a little manner won’t hurt his whole being.

    The 14 million people or so voted for him because they saw something from him that they believe will definitely change their lives and the country per se. He must remember that his new position is entirely different from being a mayor of a certain place. It is now bigger, wider and with the people from different background and the diverse regions they come from, “meeting halfway” must take into consideration.

    • Absolutely right! He is the incoming president of the Philippines not Davao City. As a professional and educated person I can’t accept the way he talks. This does not mean that I want him or his administration to fail.
      For the Duterte supporters, continue to support your mayor but don’t follow blindly. We have to preserve our freedom of speech, our dignity and the law. We have the right to criticize him for his faul mouth and for swearing.

  4. Bernardo Reyes

    pareho kayo ng presidente mo, YOU BOTH HAVE TWISTED MINDS!

    nasanay kayo sa davao na minumura kayo, PERO HINDI LAHAT NG PILIPINO KAYA NIYANG MURAHIN!


  5. Kaka Duran

    Did it not even come into your mind why, in spite of being foul mouthed, 16,601,997 Filipinos still chose him as their next president? People don’t and will not care if he will continue to hurl expletives every time that he will open his mouth, as long as he will do his job as president and that is to deliver this country from the bandage of poverty, so much corruption, criminality and drugs!

  6. I do agree hundred per cent. If we have to choose a perfect candidate, I’m sorry to say, wala kang ma kikita na qualified. For so many years ang naka upo puro corrupt at mga big kang naging mga billionaire. Etong bago na president elect marami ng record ng accomplishments. So, if there is anything na Hindi natin gusto Sa kanya as a person, we just have to pray for him that he will be the person that God will use to transform our country. So, instead of declaring his floss, we, as Filipino should see him through with our prayers. That’s all I can say. Ma buhay ang Pilipinas!!!

  7. Why he won the presidential race??? Kay maoy PAGBOOT SA GINOO. kay ang Ginoo wala magtan aw sa iyang mga FLAWS hinuon nagsalig nga kining tawhana (mayor duterte) maoy makatabang sa mga dinaugdaug, (sa tanang matang sa pang daugdaug). Kay nakabalo ang Ginoo unsa ug kinsa siya. Di ba? Kaya tama ka atty. Rivera. Ang mga tao nga sama ani nila nga pirmi ra bad ang makita kay mayor/president duterte mga DAUT ug utok. Good luck na lang nila!

  8. Let’s give him a chance to prove his sincerity to change our country for the better, and let’s pray that the Almighty Father thru His son Jesus will give him the sound mind and judgment. .

  9. God, I so LIKE this commotion! LIKE in a sense that we see people who become victims of their emotions and beliefs, yet these are all directed for a certain purpose. I’m not trying to look and feel smart here, but theoretically, there is a cultural misunderstanding going on as to how the rest of the Filipinos perceived Duterte in his entire packaging. Technically, we can’t blame the rest of the nation if they did not/ought not to see how different the person is. Because probably, we are programmed at listening to “ear friendly” statements from our past leaders. Well, if such positive and negative opinions have to clash in order to arrive at a certain level of maturity and mutual respect, then so be it. But be reminded that we are still at the “Storming Stage” of every Change Process. At some point, we will settle down, we will all sit down, as we all unite for the common good of our brothers and sisters alike. A step higher, we must take, and let all hatreds be–our thing of the past.

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