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How to deal with Duterte’s painful presscons (Part 1)
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Even my Duterte-loving friends and supporters have given up trying to watch Duterte presscons on TV.
“Why did you even watch?” Grace asked me earlier.
“Cause Patrice and I were stuck in traffic for three hours, so we watched CNN on livestream.”
How do I put this? Ang sakit sa bangs.

Duterte press con

It’s so painful to watch Duterte in a presscon because he is unfiltered and comes across as uneducated.
I can’t deal with Freddie Aguilar songs anymore. But I have to stress how much I want Duterte to succeed and prove all of his haters wrong, that he can do good and bring about change despite being brutish and rough around the edges (to put it lightly).

I’d like to share something our friend Mavis sent to our What’s App group, written by Emanuel A Soriano Jr. on Facebook:

Emmanuel Soriano

To My Anti-Duterte Family and Friends
I’ve noticed there is much angst, anxiety and animosity going around because of certain behavior and speech of President-elect Digong.
Let me offer 3 P’s to help you deal with this in the next 6 years:

(1) Peace of mind.
There’s a nice saying that goes something like, “When you go beyond yourself, you will find peace of mind.”
I do believe that deep in his heart, Digong has the heart for the poor.
I suggest that we just go beyond ourselves and our sensitivities and just look deep into his heart knowing that he means well especially for the downtrodden. Despite his rough and unpolished ways, there is much proof to show that Digong has a soft spot for the poor and the masses.

(2) Pardon his French.
Digong is 71 years old. By the time his term ends, he’ll be 77. He will not change his ways. If fact, it’s his ways that made him win. So why change?
Instead, I suggest we have an accepting attitude but never forgetting to encourage the younger generation on better ways to behave and speak. Ironically, we will discover that it’s in acceptance of what we don’t expect and of what is beyond our control where we will find inner peace. As the good book says, “Be still and know that I am God.” He is in control of everything. So why worry?

(3) Pray for him.
In the words of Mar, “Digong, I wish you success. Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating sambayanan at ng ating bansa.”
Let’s sincerely pray and wish Digong all the success. Because indeed his success is the success of the entire nation.
I do believe that Digong wants to succeed, especially for the sake of the poor and powerless. Who doesn’t want that? I believe that the charitable thing to do is to bombard the heavens with prayers for Digong, not only for his own sake, but for the sake of all.
Wishing you all peace, love and hope.
Thanks and blessings.

(Have an appointment with Belo. To be continued)

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breebree

The catcalling was really blown out of proportion. It wasn’t intended for sexual purposes or conveyed rudely to get attention. I t was a playful banter . I watched the video—Duterte could not find where Umali was while she was asking questions. So when Umali said, “Dito po sir”, Duterte found her among the crowd, and responded” Nagapapansin ka ba sa akin?” , then he whistled trying to imitate somebody who wants to get the attention of a girl, and then he sang “Malayo ang tingin…” to describe why he did not find her in the crowd. Duterte , before… Read more »

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Flor

I just don’t understand some select few ” burgis” people can’t just accept that 15-16 MILLION, people voted for this man. Let him do his job. I am so sick and tired of hearing people say I wish him success, like Mar , who I know talks on both sides of his mouth. In true Digong words “STOP IT”, just stop it. If you think you can do a better job then run in the next election. Give the 15-16 million people credit, that voted for him to be the president. People who did not vote for DUTERTE will nit… Read more »

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Right As Rein

What about the effects of what he’s saying/doing? Isn’t he accountable to those? Although, I do want him/Philippines to succeed – it does’nt mean magbubulag bulagan, mag bibingi bingihan at mag tatangahan ako regarding the situation and how wrong this is. That is the suggestion above 1. Believe in him blindly 2. Accept everything he does 3. Feel fear because he has the whole country hostage Wrongs should be pointed out and this is worth criticizing. I do not want to bring him down but I will also not just shut up and pray. Thank you Chuvaness for being self… Read more »

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J P

Yes, it’s very cringeworthy but it’s also this lack of political correctness that perhaps is needed for the country to fully take on its biggest problems. The fact that he has put birth control at the top of his agenda is so crucial. He isn’t afraid to call out and disregard the Catholic Church (which I find so courageous). It’s time that someone doesn’t pander to archaic beliefs perpetuated by the church (anti gay and birth control). The Filipinos in general are a very sensitive people and real problems are often not addressed because there is a lack of honesty… Read more »

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Patty Santos

Just an honest, innocent question – so how did you find the catcalling/wolfwhistling incident? Do you find that acceptable?

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CVS Reply:

not an issue for me. I’ll blog for you later

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breebree Reply:

Read my comment above. And also watch the whole video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyk52Ta_qxQ&sns=fb

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breebree

Read my comment above. And also watch the whole video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyk52Ta_qxQ&sns=fb

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MK

my friends and I are supporters and we still have a heart attack every time he goes live 🙂 it’s like having friends over at home and your dad is in a bad mood and he is lecturing all of you on the dinner table 😛 when you have time, search in youtube ‘gikan sa masa, para sa masa’. When he was mayor he had a no holds barred weekly program as well. Whatever he is saying now, it is not new. But since he’s on a national (even international) stage, everything is magnified. It is true he has to… Read more »

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oso

the 3Ps make good sense but it would help if Duterte wasn’t so arrogant and full of himself. squatter na kung squatter (apologies to squatters) sya but that doesnt mean he should pour salt on people’s wounds. if he’s caught making a mistake he should just ignore the resulting brickbats. Like Noynoy (hahaha cant believe I said that) Really, isn’t that common sense? no he chooses to insult people instead and say things like “dont f*ck with me”. he may have a heart for the poor pero saksakan ng yabang ampf. if he keeps this up it won’t be LP’s… Read more »

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Cheya Cunanan

Thank you for this. I think it is an intelligent effort to quell the fears of people who get disappointed every time they hear him speak. I really did open this link and read through it with an open mind. I was nodding, in fact, as I read through it and thinking.. “baka nga naman”. However, right after I read each point, there was a nagginng thought in my head that counters the “solution” presented… On the first point, he said to go beyond myself. He mentioned that D has a heart for the poor and the masses. Bt the… Read more »

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“I suggest that we just go beyond ourselves and our sensitivities and just look deep into his heart knowing that he means well especially for the downtrodden. Despite his rough and unpolished ways, there is much proof to show that Digong has a soft spot for the poor and the masses.”

Yes.

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MK Reply:

YES 🙂

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janglegirl Reply:

More nationalistic than the guy with the yellow pin.

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MK

YES 🙂

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janglegirl

More nationalistic than the guy with the yellow pin.

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I love this article. Very helpful indeed 🙂

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