By: Elena Grace Flores
News-worthy actions are really rare these days so please allow me to show to you the actual whistling and singing; Malayo ang tingin to Mariz Umali when she asked what the President would do to cabinet secretaries who are non performing in let’s say 6 months?
This Youtube video was uploaded by Jim Bongz.
I know that some would disagree but as an international writer with provincial origin, the President is just acting as he is. The whistling is what men do along the neighborhood when appreciating a beauty – and the singing is what we call “harana” to woe a lady. No doubt, Mariz is a beauty and witty at that – and Duterte is a macho Filipino man who never hides his imperfections – that’s why more than 16 million registered voters love him. As for me, it’s far from ridiculing someone (I would be pleased) – in fact, it’s indeed a “fun” press conference setting. By the way, President Rodrigo Duterte answered after Mariz insisted that her question be answered (Good job): I choose my people well – their job is “chicken” for them given their capabilities.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Self-made journalists are tough and ready for extremes when they cover a story. They do not expect special treatments and often subject to improper attitudes. Mariz Umali’s response to President Rodrigo’s whistling when she asked a question should be enough. Yeah, it might not be expected from a President but very normal reaction from a Rodrigo Duterte. People knew that – that’s why he got more than 16 million votes.
Journalists knew that there’s no news-worthy incidents when they become news themselves. Even Raffy Tima’s Tweet – became news, just acting as husband to her wife. However, there’s another scenario here that shows a rotten society. People love gossips so don’t be surprised if there’s really money in tabloids.
So when the media gets corrupted, it’s also the fault of the public. There will be no supply if there’s no demand. They only deliver what you want, if they need more money. So, to stop media propaganda, refrain from defamation. Boycott Trillanes-like accusations in the news until proven guilty by the proper court. After all in spite of our freedom of speech, in a democratic society we also have to respect the rule of law!