Editorial: Death threat and parental guidance

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Friday, February 7, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was consistent on being straightforward and feisty during his appearance at the Senate for the committee hearing on rice smuggling last February 3.

Every word that came out from his mouth created history, especially when he publicly declared threat to kill suspected rice smuggler David Bangayan should he tried to smuggle goods in Davao City.

Duterte is known for his stance against law violators. It has been said over and over again.

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Hence, the public, not to mention Dabawenyos, are already accustomed with his threat against criminals, drug dealers, drug abusers, and rice smugglers, the latest. It has made him more prominent aside from his good governance.

Nonetheless, Senator Grace Poe, former chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), on Tuesday cautioned Duterte about the negative effects of his hard-hitting remarks, reminding him that "kids might be listening.:

She was quoted as saying, "I think he (Duterte) said it out of emotion and disgust and his frustration."

"But let's also remember that kids might be listening and they don't comprehend the whole story. Perhaps, they'll think it's OK to do so," she said.

The MTRCB flashes a television-rating video before any local program is being rolled on TV. It classifies a program as General patronage or suitable for all ages (G), Parental Guidance or Patnubay at Gabay (PG), and Strong Parental Guidance or Striktong Patnubay at Gabay (SPG).

The words that Duterte uttered against Bangayan were aired live noon of February 3, Monday. The children at this very hour might be having their lunch in school or at home with their parents.

Poe was right. However, parents should also be reminded not to stop from guiding their children, especially while watching TV. Duterte's statement on TV might have a negative effect on children, but let us also not forget that kids, nowadays, spend more time on the internet, the most abused medium.

Poe made a responsible reminder to Duterte. Parents, on the other hand, should also learn from that context. Children may learn negative behavior patterns and values from many other experiences as well as TV programs, thus, parental guidance is needed to help kids sort out these influences and develop the ability to make sound decisions on their own.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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