Friday, February 22, 2019

Palace tells public: Accept Duterte as he is

THE public should learn to accept President Rodrigo Duterte, who has a "very unique" personality, a Palace official said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella believed that despite Duterte's tirades against his opponents, he could manage well the country's problems and its relations to the international community.

Abella then said that the President should be taken "as [he] is," when asked if the people have to take him for what he is.

"He (Duterte) knows how to handle these things and so I'd like to leave it to him. He's a person after his own heart and he knows how to handle the situation," Abella told a press conference.

The presidential spokesperson's statement came a day after Duterte's allies had asked him to talk less to avoid issuing acrid remarks.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had said that the President should apologize, while Majority Leader Rodulfo Farinas told Duterte to avoid talking until he learns how to adjust.

Duterte has drawn flak for his unrelenting rants to the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union, following their disapproval on the administration's deadly war on narcotics trade.

The President has also earned the ire of the Jews community for likening the killings of drug personalities in the country to the massacre of about six million Jews under the German Nazi regime.

Despite this, Abella said Duterte had been able "to chart an aesthetic course towards progress."

"It seems that he's been able to chart a course for the nation, which the World Bank described as really strong quite and quite impressive, in spite of all the noise [of Duterte]," Abella said.

Asked if the President would not heed his allies’ advice, Abella said, "It's not that we will not follow… We are just saying that there is a very unique president, very unique person."

Citing a quote, Abella said Duterte needed not to change his style unless the situation changes.

"You know, John Kenneth Galbraith says, 'When the situation changes, he will change his mind and he will change his attitude,'" the presidential spokesperson said. (Sunnex)
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