By: Elena Grace Flores
There’s always a bad potato among the good ones. But the Duterte myth is contrary to the belief that his supporters are unruly bastard and bitches. Capable only of below the belt personal attacks. The experiment overnight showed that when properly explained, the negative subject is neutralized. They give reasons without the “F” word. Most argue from the start but could be very supportive in the end for unity’s sake. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s plea to respect the media and Senator Leila De Lima will have great chance of success.
The President’s Plea
The President through Martin Andanar urges his supporters to respect the media. This goes to Senator Leila de Lima as well. It is not good he said that Filipinos are hurting each other via social media. It is also unfair to our very own senator to be treated badly.
Senate as Co-equal Branch
The Palace recognizes that the senate is a co-equal branch of the executive office. They have the rights to conduct their own investigations on the alleged extra judicial killings.
Common Class Visayan Character
The president may be guilty of tough-talking. Saying one thing but meant another. But this is his strategy to confuse people. When confused, true colors can come out. Then he would know the sincere ones from the rest. People in Davao are very used to this kind of character. As Visayans tend to say bad words when showing closeness or fondness to others.
Social Media Reputation Management
It might not be appropriate to have a bad mouth as President, but Filipinos are forgiving. We just have to “educate” foreigners and international entities with Duterte’s culture. For Example, Duterte said; De Lima is only not screwing her driver but the country as well! This may sound humorous to most Filipinos – but mind you, it’s perversion in many cultures overseas. So. it’s up to us to help censor as an online reputation management effort.
The President is aware that he has crossed the line in terms of civilized public speaking. He is trying to change but it will not happen overnight. This is why he needs the help of his supporters not to escalate anymore his wrong language. It is evident that after bashing like Obama, the UN and the EU – social media supporters immediately promote them. Media on the other hand, cannot be blamed because it’s their job to document what really happened.
It is already common knowledge that most Filipinos are not fond of reading the whole story. They immediately react at a sight of an intimidating title. This is experienced in a Political Group at Facebook named Freedom Society – which is composed mainly of Duterte supporters. Here, they even asked the media to stop destabilizing the country. Personal attacks do happen but when the purpose is disclosed, most of them understand. So, reputation management for the president by his own supporters is very possible.
There were at least two who wanted a friendly discussion through the Messenger. I was privileged to have the chance to pick each others’ brains. In a very diplomatic way, of course. As for this one bad potato, he was too proud not to follow the president’s request. No wonder, he did not have a face on his profile!
Reference: Freedom Society at Facebook