The re-education of Rodrigo Duterte

They say it takes a village to raise a child. In Davao City Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s case, it might take an entire nation to help him watch his tongue. Since announcing his candidacy, 70-year old Duterte has been experiencing a public berating, probably for the first time in his life, for his remarks that some consider offensive. It’s been entertaining, to say the least. While it is good to know that there are still Filipinos who value decency in Philippine society, we also need to remember not to overreact lest we get distracted from the more important issues plaguing the nation.

Hopefully it is not too late for Rody Duterte to learn tact and diplomacy before he becomes president.
Hopefully it is not too late for Rody Duterte to learn tact and diplomacy before he becomes president.
Thanks to social media, Filipinos from all walks of life are able to express their views about current issues. In the case of Duterte’s “foul” mouth, for example, not all who are offended by his swearing, “sexist” and “misogynist” remarks come from the country club set, and not all who defend him come from people who live in the gutter where Duterte proudly claims to have come from. This incident showcases our society’s many contradictions.

Indeed, a robust exchange of ideas is one of the keys to a healthy democracy. More Filipinos are now exposed to alternative views other than what they get from mainstream media and the Sunday homily. That is a good sign that there is a chance our society can reach maturity one day.

Even septuagenarians like Duterte can learn from Netizens. He could be the Philippines’ Eliza Doolittle – someone who can be taught civility and diplomacy. It’s not too late. It may be hard to teach old dogs new tricks but if Duterte wants to win the Presidency, he needs to listen to his critics and try to appeal to their emotion. His latest gaffe has certainly outraged a lot of Filipinos and the only way to win them back is to apologize without reservation.

Did Duterte trivialize rape? Was he promoting rape? Did he disrespect the victim? Here is the full text of his recent statements that got him in trouble, translated in English:

All the women were raped so during the first assault, because they retreated, the bodies they used as a cover, one of them was the corpse of the Australian woman layminister. Tsk, this is a problem. When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped. I looked at her face, son of a bitch, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a bitch, what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.

The mayor should have been first. Did he mean something else with that line or should we take it at face value? Duterte said he uttered those statements in 1989 at the height of the hostage crisis in Davao’s jail. According to Duterte, he was angry after seeing the body of the victim and then proceeded to kill the rapists. What does that tell us? It should tell us that he was angry at the rapists, right? But how do we reconcile what he said about feeling sorry for not being the first in line to rape the victim?  Perhaps he did mean something else but since he was talking in Tagalog, which is not his native language, it may have all been lost in translation.

During a press conference, Duterte did not offer any explanation for his statement though. He did clarify that his remarks weren’t meant as a joke. Frankly, I was more disgusted with the audience who laughed at a no-laughing matter subject. They have a sick sense of humor. The audience needs their own public berating. Their behavior says a lot about Philippine society in general — that women are still regarded as people of lower status.

After watching several videos of Duterte speak, I noticed that his tone is the same whether he is serious or joking. He has this permanent look on his face that reminds you of The Dude – a no worries kind of guy. He wasn’t even worried about losing voters. That attitude is a bit worrisome. It could mean that the public has to accept him for who he is — warts and all — and that winning could give him immunity from public backlash if he wins the Presidency.

The public needs to be clear to Duterte before the election that crassness will not be tolerated from the President. If Duterte wants the job, he needs to learn to compromise and act with a little bit of consideration for others’ feelings. After all, if he becomes President, he will have to deal with a lot of foreign dignitaries and cannot afford to keep offending them with rude remarks. The best way to avoid this is to just stick to business and stop attempting to be funny. The country is already in deep shit, we don’t have time for laughs.

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Rody Duterte
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To all my hypocritical critics out there:

“Yeah? Well…that’s just, uh, your opinion, man.”

=)

marius
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>> After watching several videos of Duterte speak, I noticed that his tone is the same whether he is serious or joking. If you think the “psychopath” or “sociopath” remarks that several commentators have thrown out there are over-the-top, try watching interviews (if you have the stomach for such things) with convicted murderers who have scored high on the PCL-R. This is precisely what they do. It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is: their tone and affect remains the same. Duterte’s upbringing “in the gutter” has produced exactly what you would expect. If the Philippine nation believes that its… Read more »
herdevillips
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Since his followers/supporters claims he is a hero in the said incident and that he led the attack, and have been constantly saying that we should know the details/background of what happened, then let’s indulge them and look at the available details. Mayor Duterte said that “When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped.” One media outlet in 1989 noted however, that, “One of the officers leading the attack, Major Nonito Serrano, spotted the Australian woman, grabbed her and ran back to the shelter of an adjoining administration building. Though wounded himself, he placed her in a Red Cross… Read more »
Felipe
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What does that tell us? It should tell us that he was angry at the rapists, right? But how do we reconcile what he said about feeling sorry for not being the first in line to rape the victim?

(emphasis mine)
This does not necessarily mean “first in line to ‘rape‘..”, but may also simply mean “first be sexually intimate” with an attractive woman, as I grew-up in the PI where I’ve heard so many similar macho-utterances like “sana ako na-una diyan” (roughly, “I wish I’ve been the first”(?)) in situations other than rape.

Felipe
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*”first .. to be sexually intimate”

gab
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That is actually how i took the line to be

Trip Latski
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This does not necessarily mean “first in line to ‘rape‘..”, but may also simply mean “first be sexually intimate” with an attractive woman, as I grew-up in the PI where I’ve heard so many similar macho-utterances like “sana ako na-una diyan” (roughly, “I wish I’ve been the first”(?)) in situations other than rape.

Still, it’s weird if you think about it… How can he feel sexually aroused from a corpse and think about sex under those extremely distressing circumstances? I know he’s a womanizer and all, but does his libido have no off switch???

Kin
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If anything, it’s just further proof that he’s just a thug masquerading as a vigilante hero.

ren car
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do you honestly believe that Duterte was aroused when he saw the woman’s corpse? Really? when pepsi paloma died I said “sayang, ang ganda pa naman nya. Sana naiyot ko sya.” I did not fantasize having sex with a dead corpse, and I was not aroused when I said it.

See the difference or you are just not capable of reading between the lines, or you have no idea what figure of speech is?

Trip Latski
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do you honestly believe that Duterte was aroused when he saw the woman’s corpse? Really? when pepsi paloma died I said “sayang, ang ganda pa naman nya. Sana naiyot ko sya.” I did not fantasize having sex with a dead corpse, and I was not aroused when I said it. Still, the figure of speech used was/is sick and weird and seemed out of place at that time in 1989 and on that stage in the rally… Were you there face to face with Pepsi Paloma’s cold corpse when you said, “Sana naiyot mo sya”? See the difference? All Hail… Read more »
543Hyden007Toro9999.99
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543Hyden007Toro9999.99

Duterte’s remark was simply insensitive and outrageous. Being brutally frank and making fun of a tragedy, is despicable.

We apologize for the family of the late Jackie Hamil. Some of us are very thankful, for the good deeds, she had done to our country. We are thankful for them. We appreciate them.

ren car
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First of all, Duterte did not rape Jackie Hammil. Second, Duterte had her rapist killed. If I were Jackie’s dad, I would be grateful to Duterte because he ended that rapists life and the fking scum will never get the chance to rape another woman or go free. I would not be offended by what Duterte had said. What he said was stupid and I know too well that he never raped, nor wanted to rape Jackie. Every single one of us have said things in the past that we did not mean. I judge a people by their actions,… Read more »
Mhong
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Agree

encarnacion
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this coming elections will restore the Philippine democracy and not kill it cuz it’s been killed since 1986.

Roy Rogers
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All great leaders/CEOs (or tyrants if you want) have psychopathological aspects in them that made them effective in their positions.

OKTHANKSBYE.

Camara
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The person of his Character is someone who doesn’t take crap from his constituents, that’s why he always says Philippines is not ready for his kind of leadership
He demands change, if we want change and good governance we should be pro active citizens. We are the one’s who should mold our leaders.

EddieA
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If that were true, then the past presidents should have been molded by us by now but I don’t see them changing their habits.

Camara
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Naked emperor did not know he is naked because everyone is busy patronizing and idolizing him.

eric buff
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Alright, let’s vote for the lesser EVIL then. Go for Binay?

98Hyden007Toro9999.99
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98Hyden007Toro9999.99

Binay or Duterte?

It is a choice between two evils: a rapacious crook and an insensitive loudmouth…who do you prefer?

HIS GOD-GIVEN MOUTH IS BALASUBAS!
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HIS GOD-GIVEN MOUTH IS BALASUBAS!

None of the above or Miriam! If she can’t continue, then the VP takes over! One is more Presidentiable than Duterte!

ren car
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Duterte’s mouth is a pile of garbage – no question about that but I can see why millions of ppl support him – because the ppl believe that the rest of the candidates are either inexperienced (Poe), corrupt (Binay), Roxas ( a weakling and the same old incompetent shit). Inam not including Defensor as I do not think she is still running. In my opinion, Ppl do not mind Duterte’s foul language because they believe he is the only candidate who can really make a change and he is not in the pocket of any politicians, oligarchs, or special interest… Read more »
Kin
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“We are a nation of womanizers”

Then don’t advertise yourselves as the “only Christian country in Asia” then. Your vices run counter to your suppposed Christian values.

ren car
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WTF?!! Where did that come from?!? I, or anyone here, did not advertise the the Philippines is the only Christian nation in asia! Whose ass did you pull that from?!? Do not talk from your ass – you would look like one. There are good christians who lives a christian way of life, and there are christians in name only. The same holds true. for jewish, muslims, hindus, sikhs, taoist, etc. The miltitant fundamentalist terrorist call themseves muslims. It is a fact that the Philippines is the only Christian country is asia but no one ever claimed the All filipinos… Read more »
Ricardo C. Gaspar, MD
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Ricardo C. Gaspar, MD

You have the best argument/reply of them all, I guess… thanks for the truth you posted in this article of Ms Ilda… Am impress of you both…

Sick_Amore
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The video is dated 1989 alright but it gives us a glimpse that there are a lot of Dutertards in the making. Duterte is not yet President but people are already serving as his apologists for his wrongs.

nagtatanong_lang
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who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? not i…i pay my taxes right, not i…i obey traffic rules…not i, i use the zebra lines to cross the street, not i…i obey the law….i am not afraid of the big bad wolf…

Sick_Amore
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I hate to see Duterte having similarities with PNoy -> having blind supporters a.k.a. Dutertards, always think he’s right, won’t listen to constructive criticism, won’t apologize for failure or mistakes. Here, for example, you have found the perfect leader. We are the very mirror of the leader we choose, right? So if the leader has flaws and the supporter have the same flaws and neither of them is willing to change, what will change then?

M A D B O Y
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It is the fact that he is different from PNoy that some of us would be convinced to come to his defense. PNoy was someone who absolutely did nothing good prior to his becoming president, Duterte has praises about his about his results and how modern he made his city. Stuff like that. And PNoy was seriously taking advantage of the corruption allegations against GMA and made a slogan about anti-corruption, someone who does not have any experience fighting corruption and was a former political ally of GMA turning against her because it is popular. I hated his guts. Not… Read more »
Trip Latski
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But if this is all just a front to get to the office, then I guess its time to migrate.

I hope you’re wrong about this coz he’s going to win… If it turns out that he’s not the leader his followers make him out to be, then the country will be in more deep shit for we will all have a womanizing pervert, cursing old man, gun-toting vigilante, and socialist dictator for president…

Earthshakes
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the curse of the living: making choices.

damn if you do, damn if you don’t. right?

you can run with your tail between the balls. you can hide or be invisible. look! you are still alive. now, make the choice. 🙂

ren car
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Trip laski. I find your comment hilariously ignorant to the core. Gun Toting vigilante? Who gives a rat’s ass when the man shot, or have his posse killed criminal elements? Do you have any proof he killed innocent people? Say your sister is being raped, would you rather have the rapists arrested and tried? What if the rapist is influencial and he gets away with it? Would you like that? I am talking about being caught in the act of raping soneone, or a clear cut case of rape. I do not have a problem with any law enforcer who… Read more »
Trip Latski
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Trip laski. I find your comment hilariously ignorant to the core. Well, that’s your opinion, but I will fight for your right to say it! 🙂 Gun Toting vigilante? Who gives a rat’s ass when the man shot, or have his posse killed criminal elements? Do you have any proof he killed innocent people? Some people gives a rat’s ass, especially families of innocent ones… Human Rights Watch has investigated a number of cases where the victims were unintended targets —“victims of mistaken identity, unfortunate bystanders, and relatives and friends of the apparent target.” According to the data gathered, there… Read more »
zaxx
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Duterte’s “apology” video itself was quite confusing. He said sorry to the Filipino people, but he will not apologize to a specific group, or for narrating the bare fact that he said what he said 30 years ago. Well incoherent as it is, at least we heard the magic word “sorry”. For some people, that’s all that really matters. This is a big contrast to the incumbent – where the hardest thing to say is “sorry”. No sorry for the dead Chinese tourists. Erap who went to HK to apologize has more balls to meet the victims. An apologizing president… Read more »
JimDiGriz
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Apologizing to the Filipino people already includes all, does it not? So why on top of everything apologize to a specific group?

Trip Latski
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Apologizing to the Filipino people already includes all, does it not? So why on top of everything apologize to a specific group?

If he can give a lousy apology to the Filipino people including all, then why is it a problem for him to give another lousy apology to a specific group?? So confusing…

MidwayHaven
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We already HAD an apologizing president. If I remember correctly, it was in 2007 when the president said “I Am Sorry” live on national TV.

Walter P. Komarnicki
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even if one believes that an off-the-cuff remark was OK because it got a response, an apology would not detract from the speaker, but a lack of one just might.
then again, on the other hand, how many of the other presidential worthies has ever apologized for anything? maybe they also need the practice?

armando astudillo
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Right from the very start, Duterte has enchanted the people with his gutter, bastos language, and for as long as Rodrigo Duterte is himself, the people will continue to like him….Sawang-sawa na kasi ang tao sa mga malilinis, disente, magagalang, mayayaman, mga prim and proper — KUNO!

Talokalo
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The reason why Digong always seems to get into trouble with his words is that he talks to his audience the same way he would talk to his friends.

Let’s be honest here. We all talk shit when we’re with friends and there’s no taboo topic or politically correct opinion when all of you are just there to talk shit and pass away the time. I doubt everyone’s conversations with their friends is on a topic of great importance.

ren car
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Let’s be honest here? Lol. u r being facetious, right? Many Filipinos put themselves on a pedestal, and many are quick to criticize or condemn the actions of others while they themselves are guilty of. Political correctness in our country is getting out of hand. Every group is offended by jokes. Some ppl even consider jokes as bullying which is pretty fucking pathetic if you ask me.

Talokalo
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Which is my point. The hypocrisy of the Filipino because as I mentioned in my previous post, these same people who criticize him talk about the same type of shit amongst their friends. The only difference is that 1) they’re not in the public eye 2) it wasn’t captured on camera.

I have to agree with you on PC. It’s the new thought control. Welcome to 1984.

ren car
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The Philippines is the hypocrisy capital capital of the world. Politicians, celebrities, and regular citizens on social media invoke God and morality all the time yet they themselves are immoral. Duterte is a breath of fresh air. He is not afraid or embarassed to tell like it is, and he do not hide under the cloak of pseudo-morality unlike the self-righteous hypocrites. Filipinos want honesty from their leaders – they want the truth but they cannot handle the truth. They prefer leaders or prominent people of white washing the issues. Most importantly, Duterte do nit say things that people would… Read more »
Talokalo
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That is why I am voting for the man.

ren car
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talokalo: Duterte is the worst presidential candidate except for all the others. I also dare the ones who said that the ppl
who support duterte are bobotantes. They better make sure they have the cerebral abilities to say an idiotic and ignorant shit like that.

Talokalo
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The bobotante remark gets old. The definition of bobotante is person who does not vote the same way you do.

We all have reasons on who we vote for but at the end of the day, these are all judgement calls. I will vote for Duterte but to those who don’t want to, I doubt I can do anything to change their minds.

ren cat
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The ones who call people bobotantes are the real stupid fucks, lol. I would like to introduce them to kettle 🙂

Talokalo
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Yes they are. To some people, they are the bobotantes.

armando astudillo
Guest

Gabriela, please do not be a FEMINIST. Ano ba ang ginawa ninyo para e-educate rin ang mga babae para maging mabuting maybahay sa asawa nila? Gumawa ba kayo ng free skills training at cash capital para sa mga babaeng bayaran para makapagsimula sila ng bagong buhay? Ano ba ang ginawa ninyo kay Maria Teresa Carlson (asawa ni Cong Farinas na nagpakamatay)? Kinopkop ninyo siya pero lumabas na tinuruan lang pala ninyo siya kung ano ang sasabihin tungkol sa personal na problema niya sa kanyang asawa. Sa bandang huli, kayo Gabriela na tuloy ang binuweltahan niya. Pakipaliwanag po….

HIS GOD-GIVEN MOUTH IS BALASUBAS!
Guest
HIS GOD-GIVEN MOUTH IS BALASUBAS!

Should we berate the laughing audience while some comments in here and in some other posts are suggesting that we excuse and try to be more understanding of the secretly grinning with lust mayor? Well, that says a lot about our sensibilities! Ramon Bautista must be shaking his head!

ren car
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actually, there is no excuse for what duterte had said about the rape victom. Ppl do not support him for being politically incorrect or brash. All presidential candidates have flaws and that is a fact. The only difference is that Duterte do not hide his flaws and that is appealing to his supporters. He does not wear the cloak of a decent person. He is what he is, and at least you know whst you are getting. Of all the candidates, he is the only one who is so passionate about the extermination of the criminal elements. The others just… Read more »
Jorge Barba
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Hi Ilda, He’s not foolhardy so I think he will adjust and learn.

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