- Experts say that President Rodrigo Duterte should lessen his cursing as it creates a negative effect on the youth
- President Duterte is widely known to include curse words and strong statements in his speeches
President Rodrigo Duterte is known to be the one who doesn’t hold back when it comes to his language. Whether it’s bluntness or cursing, he will not think twice about saying it to express himself.
Last June 18, experts called out the president on his cursing as it affects the youth. They said that the chief executive should be more mindful of how he conducts himself.
Former president of St. Scholastica’s College, Sister Mary John Mananzan, was asked at the Tapatan sa Aristocrat forum if Duterte’s cursing does affect students.
Manzan answered yes and said that “In fact, because he is President, he should not speak like that. Masyadong (malaki) ang impluwensya.”
Mananzan also commented on Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo’s comment that Duterte’s controversial kiss with an overseas Filipino worker in South Korea was like kissing a grandchild.
She asked, “Have you ever seen a grandfather that kisses lips to lips?”
Universidad de Manila Dean of Engineering Elmer Pineda stated that because of the president’s constant insults and cursing, such behavior is now being normalized.
“Malaking epekto ‘yung mga nakikita ng mga bata sa tri-media. Ito ‘yung television, social media, internet, at iba pa. Parang normal-normal na ‘yung mga bagay bagay na ‘yon pero kami sa academe, we try to explain to them na hindi siya normal,”
On the other hand, representative of the Alliance for Concerned Teachers party – France Castro – that teachers must step in and teach their students the right way to treat other people.
“Although nakakita yan ng mga bagay sa paligid, ang mag-ano (correct) diyan ay ‘yung mga teacher. Turuan nila ng mga anak paano tignan ang mga tao,”
Asuncion Azcuna, outgoing Dean of Arts and Sciences at St Scholastica’s College ended with the questions “The point is, do you really have to talk that way? Is that how you deal with every single person?”