- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t need to be a role model for the kids
- Roque also said that many Filipinos know who they voted at the past elections therefore they accept the president for who he is
The Department of Education earlier suggested for teachers to incorporate more focus for lessons regarding good manners and right conduct of the students in a review of the K-12 program.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers explained that doing it would be a challenge under the current administration, especially under President Rodrigo Duterte, who is known for his cursing and vulgar statements.
When asked if it would be fine for children to look up to the president as their role model, the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque answered that they cannot say that it’ll be the case but all they know is the parents are there for their children.
“Sa tingin ko po ang mga magulang talaga ang dapat nagtuturo ng tamang conduct.”
The spokesperson defended the president’s manners, saying that he is just showing his true self and that he is genuine, which is a trait that is endured by the Filipinos.
“Ang Presidente hindi plastic. Tumakbo siya ganyan na siya. Ang sinabi niya, ‘huwag niyo ako asahan magbago,
Tingin ko alam ng lipunan kung sino ang hinalal nilang presidente. Tanggap nila ang Presidente for who he is.”
Last August 2017, Senator Grace Poe commented on Duterte’s cursing habit, saying that “Style niya ‘yan pero siyempre ‘pag ikaw ay pinapakinggan ng mga bata eh gagayahin,”