A political analyst from the University of the Philippines Diliman said that the people should stop reading between the lines of President Rodrigo’s statements as well as to stop putting words into his mouth.

Stop apologizing for Duterte, says political analyst
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In an interview in DZMM, Dr. Clarita Carlos from the Department of Political Science in Diliman said that it is about time for people to accept the President for the way he is.

"Let us stop apologizing (for Duterte). Tapusin na natin 'yun. Kasi may mga reading between the lines. Don't read between the lines. This person just declares things the way he sees it," she said, claiming that Duterte is too old to change his habits.

Carlos coined theman an “iconoclast”

"Lahat ng mga sinasanto natin ay ginigiba niya. 'Yan ang ibig sabihin ng iconoclast. And he's 71 years old. If we're thinking that there's a likelihood that he will change, he will not," she said.

Carlos advised the U.S embassy t hire a linguist to understand the nuances of Duterte’s language.

Let's pay attention to the nuance of his language, and in fact that's what I advice an officer from the U.S. 

Embassy who came to see me last week, na sabi ko, alam niyo, dapat mag-empleyo kayo ng isang linguist, an expert in language, so you can interpret the cadence, the rhythm, the meanings, the nuances of the word. Hindi 'yung ano eh, literal na kinukuha mo," Carlos said.

"What we're simply saying, whether it is in Tagalog, Visayan or whatever language, 'yung sinasabi niya kay Obama, if I were to say it as a social historian, there would be basis, isn't it? May basis naman talaga 'yung pag-massacre sa Moro, except that right now, if he were more prudent, because he's now president of the republic, it may not be politically correct," she added.

For an international audience who do not speak his language, it is easy to misinterpret Duterte.

"Ang political leaders dati, dalawa 'yung audience niya, 'yung domestic audience at meron siyang international audience. But because now of the rapidity of technology, wala na talagang domestic audience. 

The audience, really, is the rest of the world. And because they don't know the context of all this, and hindi nila naiintindihan 'yung lengwahe,"

Despite this, Carlos said she hopes the president will be more mindful of his words in the future.

"We'll have this president for the next 2,000 days and let's just accept him for what he is and let's just hope he will be more prudent in his articulations now that he is the president of the republic." She said. MJM

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