President Rodrigo Duterte has been the talk of the town in the current 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Vientiane, Laos over his recent remarks about the United States President Barack Obama.
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This has brought mixed reactions to Filipinos. However, Dr. Clarita Carlos, a political analyst and political science professor of University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, believes that it’s time to accept Duterte for who he is.
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Speaking on a radio channel DZMM, she said:
Let us stop apologizing (for Duterte). Tapusin na natin 'yun. Kasi may mga reading between the lines. Don't read between the lines. This person just declares things the way he sees it.She added that at the age of President Duterte – being 71 – it is impossible for him to change his style.
Carlos then called Duterte as “iconoclast”
Lahat ng mga sinasanto natin ay ginigiba niya. 'Yan ang ibig sabihin ng iconoclast. And he's 71 years old. If we're thinking that there's a likelihood that he will change, he will not.She insisted that the U.S embassy should learn the style and nuances of Duterte’s language.
"Let's pay attention to the nuance of his language, and in fact that's what I advice an officer from the U.S. Embassy who came to see me last week, na sabi ko, alam niyo, dapat mag-empleyo kayo ng isang linguist, an expert in language, so you can interpret the cadence, the rhythm, the meanings, the nuances of the word. Hindi 'yung ano eh, literal na kinukuha mo," she explained. "What we're simply saying, whether it is in Tagalog, Visayan or whatever language, 'yung sinasabi niya kay Obama, if I were to say it as a social historian, there would be basis, isn't it? May basis naman talaga 'yung pag-massacre sa Moro, except that right now, if he were more prudent, because he's now president of the republic, it may not be politically correct," Carlos added. "Ang political leaders dati, dalawa 'yung audience niya, 'yung domestic audience at meron siyang international audience. But because now of the rapidity of technology, wala na talagang domestic audience. The audience, really, is the rest of the world. And because they don't know the context of all this, and hindi nila naiintindihan 'yung lengwahe," Carlos explained.Carlos believes that this is the high time to accept Duterte for who he is and the language that he speaks so that his statements will never be taken out of context.
"We'll have this president for the next 2,000 days and let's just accept him for what he is and let's just hope he will be more prudent in his articulations now that he is the president of the republic."
Source: ABS-CBN News