Why did Isabelle Duterte have a photoshoot in Malacanang Palace? Because she can.

Isabelle Duterte, granddaughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has been receiving a lot flak lately for a photoshoot she had in Malacanang. Why, key “thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition ask, should Duterte’s granddaughter be allowed to use Malacanang as the setting for her pictorial? Simple. Because she can.

Circuses like these are the reason why the Philippine Opposition suffer from a crisis of relevance. Because of a lack of intellectual chops to criticise the Duterte government at a level of discourse where issues of true national consequence are tackled, they are quickest when it comes to swarming around easy targets — like Isabelle Duterte.

What is the Opposition’s problem with these photos? There really is no reason other than that it offends partisan sensibilities. One particularly highlighted shot was her pose in a certain room where a certain document was signed that, today, serves as the key conceptual pillar of the Opposition’s demagoguery.

But here’s the thing. Isabelle Duterte can pose for photos anywhere in Malacanang. She can even pose right on top of the desk where former President Ferdinand Marcos signed the declaration of Martial Law in 1972. As far as she is concerned, Martial Law Crybabies can kiss her ass. Drawing from the famous line uttered by former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the aftermath of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster, she may as well say, “You are Aquinos, we are Dutertes. We now live in Malacanang. Next time, make sure you win the election.”

The Opposition should really ditch the Yellowtards. In much the same way that, to a hammer, everything looks like a nail, to Yellowtards, every girl in a gown looks like Imelda Marcos. That sort of intellectual cancer that afflicts the collective intellect of this discredited bloc within the Opposition seems to be at the root of why the Opposition continue to fail to propose alternative pathways that ordinary Filipinos can relate with.

The caption sounds dramatic but, ultimately means nothing as far as ordinary Filipinos are concerned.
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Indeed, of what direct relevance is Isabelle Duterte’s debut outfit and where photos of her in it were posed to the lot of ordinary Filipinos who simply want to find decent livelihoods, live out their lives safe from crime, and pursue simple pleasures in the times between those important tasks? To the Chi-Chi Yellowtards who pontificate about the “unfairness” in Isabelle’s privilege to pose for photos in Malacanang, what is “important” does not really mean much to average Filipinos.

Leaders of the Opposition should realise that they are being led by their Yellowtard noisemakers down paths that disconnect rather than connect their parties to ordinary Filipinos’ more immediate and more down-to-earth concerns. No wonder they lost the 2016 elections and no wonder Congress remains collectively behind key initiatives of the Duterte government, like the war on drugs and extension of martial law in Mindanao — because these are things that ordinary Filipinos can relate with and, are issues that can convert votes. Mere high-horsed abstractions such as the moronic meanings Yellowtards put on the colour of Isabelle Duterte’s dress, quite simply, don’t matter as far as aspirations of true national consequence go and as far as what ordinary Filipinos deem are important in their scheme of things.


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Robert Haighton

As far as I remember I cant remember seeing a pic of a dutch prime minister’s granddaughter or daughter (for that matter) shot in his office. So maybe it did happen but I dont think it ever did happen. Do I care if it happens? No. I just dont see the added value to show/publish such a pic. I, personally find it strange to take my own daughter (or granddaughter) to my working place and make a pic of that. It just seems strange and odd to do. Thats all.

It’s not just a workplace it is the official residence of the Philippines President and his FAMILY. Isabel should be living there but the Dutertes opted to stay where they still pay their electricity, water usage etc. Photoshoot for this girl’s birthday hurt so much?! WHY?! Oh you said about your workplace? Do you really still want to compare? I think if you ask permission from your bosses, write a letter of request submit it to the HR and wait for further instructions, your daughter can have a photoshoot in the office wjere you work, that, if your place of… Read more »
Random citizen
I have no comment regarding a government official’s relative doing things like this, but from a regular office worker’s perspective… If the office venue is good for a photo shoot, then why not? As long as it does not disrupt your coworkers’ routine, then it should be fine (with granted permission from HR of course). I can think of a few reasons why you may opt to shoot at the office: First would be a good promotional publicity for working in that office. It’s likely that the office will strike a deal with the photo shooters. Perhaps your office has… Read more »

Your Washington Beloved America have Media sprawling when in and out to chronicle the lifestyles of the Obamas. ARE YOU BEING FUNNY? or SENILE?


I don’t understand why these YellowTards are against the Duterte’s grandaughter posing in Malacanang Palace. Is the place sacred to the YellowTards ?

Remember how Kris Aquino, who has a “tulo’ and a lot of “kuto”, used government resources, at her will, during the term of Noynoy Aquino.

The picture is beautiful. The girl is pretty. The color background is nice. What are these morons being alarmed about ?


It’s no biggee. Let her use the room. It sits there unused most of the time.


They’ll continue attacking persons instead of arguments and results, that will surely continue to win them votes for the next election.


Quoting Jonathan Pier, “Any argument isn’t won by hurling labels and insults.”

It’s sad that these pricks don’t get it.


A virtuous woman is not moved by big names and flamboyance, but only men of profound wisdom and integrity move her.