June 27, 2016


By Arturo P. Garcia


On thing I learned in my years of as reporting and writing for the last 45 years is to write the news as they happened and how the personalities said what they said.

I never gave politicians especially incoming Presidents any benefit of the doubt. Or what the media says “the honey moon period”

One writer quipped, “ I am not married to him anyways. Why should I give him a honeymoon.” I think she is right.

For the incoming President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte, I think he does not need any honeymoon period with the press.

In the first place, after being elected and giving press interviews for hours in the wee hours of the morning, he antagonized the media and accused them by twisting his words . Visibly angry, he banned media interviews to the consternation of many media people.

By the words of one of his trusted advisers, “ No interviews, No mistakes.”

But who can blame Duterte but himself and his big mouth. Like any Filipino people he loved to give statements but loved also to deny them, modify them and re-interpret it depending on how he loved to say it with added expletives.

Being in the media, we are used to these politicians. Even during the campaign Duterte has been doing that. And the media who wanted scoop, loved to twist it, add or reinterpret it to make it more sensational. The sensentionalist media and Duterte loved each other.

Even the left and some in the progressive sector is equally guilty in building up the Duterte myth. Especially with the peace process, they are even saying “he is the first left president” and “socialist” or revolutionary at that.

If we will make a list of Dutertespeak, it can equal to Joseph Estrada’s Erapspeak that made money.

But whatever happened to the aphorism of one of our heroes, Emilio Jacinto, the “Brains of the Katipunan”; “ Sa taong may hiya, ang Salita ay gawa” ( “To real man, the word is his bond”)

Well, politics is like that. Let us just hope that Duterte proves his detractors wrong and made good of all the promises he made.

Or else, he will gain the wrath of the Filipino people when the day of reckoning comes.

Leaders are not judge by the words they made, but he actions they take.



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