Political analyst on Duterte's marijuana remark: "Tingnan niyo yung ginagawa at wag 'yung salita" - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Political analyst on Duterte's marijuana remark: "Tingnan niyo yung ginagawa at wag 'yung salita"

In an interview on GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali on Tuesday, Political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple said that words of President Rodrigo Duterte should be taken with a grain of salt.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple  and President Rodrigo Duterte / Composite photos from Filipino.cri and Inquirer

His statements came after the recent controversial joke of the President about using marijuana.

Place in context the statements

"Payo ko sa lahat, tingnan niyo yung ginagawa at wag 'yung salita," Casiple said.

He also advised the media to place in context the President's statements.

"Unconventional, pwede nating sabihin, pero lalo na sa mga mamamahayag, sa ating mga nasa media eh cautious kayo dapat sa mga ganyan. Tingnan niyo muna 'yung susunod na statement o kaya 'yung lohika ng kanyang mga sinasabi," he added.

Casiple claimed that the president only uses jests as a "feedback mechanism" among his wide audience.
Political analyst Ramon Casiple / Photo from ANC

"Maggagawa siya ng ganyang mga statement and then tinitingnan niya kung sino magre-react," he said.

Remove the concept of an ideal president

Asked if Duterte's controversial quips befit his position, Casiple said the public should remove their own concept of an ideal president.

"Kung may ideya kayo kung ano dapat ang presidente, alisin niyo na sa minds niyo [dahil] hindi kayo ang presidente. Kumbaga you have an idea of how a president should behave, this one is not behaving that way, eh wala tayong magagawa dyan, you really have to read him," he said.

On Monday, during the conferment of awards on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) National Organizing Council officials and personnel, Duterte said he uses marijuana to keep up with the grueling schedules in meetings with other heads of states.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from The Philippine Star

Duterte’s remarks

"It's a killing activity. And I think … my age, ako, hindi masiyado, kasi nagma-marijuana ako eh para magising [me, not much because I use marijuana to keep awake]," he said.

Duterte later clarified in a chance interview with reporters that he was only joking about using marijuana.

I want to shake the tree. Boring ‘pag wala. Alam mo naman nagpapatawa talaga ako,” Duterte said.

It was a joke of course. It was a joke but nobody can stop me from just doing my style minsan sabi niyo misogynist ako biro ako ng ganun that’s my style, it’s too late to change if I want to joke I will joke. Kung maniwala kayo g*** kayo,” he added.