Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Senior Analyst to all DDS: Idealizing him as a 'father of the nation' is an unhealthy fantasy for you and for all of us.



The Philippines was caught off guard when President Rodrigo Duterte recently joke about using marijuana as medicine to heal. The Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said recently that the president was in favor of “controlled” and “regulated use of marijuana for medical purposes” as they look into legalizing its consumption.
Kevin Mandrilla and President Rodrigo Duterte / Composite photos from Facebook Inquirer

President Duterte also said in a speech that he took marijuana to stay awake for his hectic schedule. After this speech was made, it was then clarified that the president was just joking.

Amidst cries from the public, Panelo said that “the president is entitled to a joke”.

This, of course, did not sit well with the opposition and anti-Dutertes.

President carries the weight of the flag

Senior analyst and University of the Philippines (UP) graduate Kevin Mandrilla was not amused with the President’s “joke” and he decided to let his thoughts be heard on Facebook.

One of the things that Mandrilla mentioned in his post is how there is a certain level of proper decorum expected of the head of state.
Kevin Mandrilla / Photo from his Twitter account

There are things that you just don't say in public. If you can't make that joke in the workplace as an ordinary employee, then chances are the President of the Republic shouldn't be making that joke either,” he said in his post.

Mandrilla said that as our nation’s leader, the president carries that whole country and should not be behaving like that.

President is an influence

More than being a head of state, Mandrilla said that the president’s character is something that other people may emulate.

He says that millions of Duterte supporters even call him “tatay”, and It is ironic, he says because the behavior of the president is someone who lacks discipline, and in effect, are leading to his followers not having any discipline as well.

Mockery of those who died in drug war

Another thing that Mandrilla mentions is that the President’s joke is an insult to those who have died in his war on drugs.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from Al Jazeera

He says that the issue of drugs has become something that is extremely lethal to ordinary people if caught with it.

Ending his post, Mandirlla shares how it is only right that the people call the president out for his unbecoming behavior. He even says that the Filipinos do not owe the president anything.

"There's nothing fatherly about drunken-like incoherence and terrible behavior. Idealizing him as a 'father of the nation' is an unhealthy fantasy for you and for all of us," he said.

Read his full post here:

“There are things that you just don't say in public. If you can't make that joke in the workplace as an ordinary employee, then chances are the President of the Republic shouldn't be making that joke either.

We don't carry the full weight of our flag on our shoulders but HE DOES in every waking hour and everywhere he goes. Proper decorum is the least of what is expected of him as a head of state. What's worse is that he made a joke about an issue that his own administration made lethal for ordinary people.

This is beyond what one finds offensive or not. This is also not just about our idea of hiya or decency. This has now become about a President who can't be made accountable for his actions thanks to a democracy bent out of shape.

He does because he can, because there are no immediate consequences and because time and again he has seen millions of his supporters become willing accomplices to his serial misdemeanor. He's okay and happy with an army of apologists, so why bother?

There are twin ironies here. Firstly, there's the audacity of the DDS to call him 'tatay.' Secondly, their crowd are mostly the type who would nominate the lack of discipline as the root cause of our big problems.

*Stretching my neck*

There's nothing fatherly about drunken-like incoherence and terrible behavior. Idealizing him as a 'father of the nation' is an unhealthy fantasy for you and for all of us.

Finally, maybe before any of the DDS or the President himself taunt us with the gauntlet of discipline, it would do you good to check if you haven't pissed yourselves with hypocrisy. If Duterte is the man you associate with discipline then we are in much deeper trouble than currently thought.

You don't owe him anything. Call him out when it's clear that you have to. If you have to stay on that side then at least set some boundaries for your own sake. Don't risk everything. He's not worth it.”