FLIP-FLOPS ARE favored footwear in the Philippines. No one really cares much anymore that people wear them to church or to restaurants.
Flip-flops as a policy style
Everything that a president says can be interpreted as policy. But Mr. Duterte does not seem to care that he has on too many occasions spoken
A statement uttered on impulse has been taken back quite quickly, sometimes within 24 hours, as his decision to quit the UN was withdrawn the following day. He made a colorful boast during his campaign, saying he
The president can change his mind. He can take a well-considered stand and explain a policy shift. But on serious matters, the thoughtless flip-flop is out of place. He can think out
Should we try to figure out what’s on his mind?
Then Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the press should use their creative imagination to understand what the president means. But an advice from the present official says: Do not take him literally, but you must take him seriously.
Clearly, Mr. Duterte does not have the gift of language, with which to express nuanced positions. So, he would rather shock and offend, express anger,
But it is a serious problem. And it becomes “
I’M POOR, NO I’M NOT.
IT’S ONLY A JOKE
SPRATLY’S IS OURS
WILL NOT SIGN THE PACT
*Photos from Inquirer/Raffy Lerma, Presidential Communications Operations Office’s website.
With research by Ana Catalina Paje