MIDTERM MEASURE OF PRESIDENTIAL PERFORMANCE
The startling phenomenon of the absent president stands out more for the fact that it is among the underreported aspects of this presidency. His henchmen are quick to cite his age and the backbreaking demands of the office, requiring him to “rest” every now and then, asking the media to respect his need for personal time and his privacy.
Covering an event one day, I sat in bleachers next to an experienced journalist from an international agency. He told me of his days as a reporter in the ‘80s who had to dictate his multi-sourced scoop in a phone booth to a stenographer for the news desk while praying he wouldn’t run out of coins.
“Today, journalists are actually stenographers,” he told me. “No thanks to the internet and social media, they stop at ‘he said, she said,’ press send and pack up for the day.”
Duterte in Absentia
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