Sen. Richard Gordon calls out the president for swearing
His advice? "Be a statesman."
(SPOT.ph) Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon, chairman of the Senate justice committee, has something to say about President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks that usually end up peppered with expletives and threats. During the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, Gordon said the president has an image to keep and a nation to be held responsible for, ABS-CBN reported.
“The President has a duty to be a statesman. He must not be heard saying bad words,” he said. Gordon added that it was Duterte who was creating his own problems with his manner of speaking, which usually attracts a lot of negative press. “Maingay ang Pangulo, sobrang ingay ng Pangulo. Tama lang na ipakita niya na galit siya sa droga pero huwag na siyang mag-ingay na ‘I will kill you,’ Hindi tama 'yan,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Inquirer noted that Gordon has said the Tourism slogan should now be changed to "Welcome PI" or "Wow PI" to reflect Duterte’s expletive-filled statements. Gordon is credited for popularizing the slogan "Wow Philippines" during his term as Tourism secretary from 2001 to 2004.
Aside from Gordon, Sen. Panfilo Lacson has also expressed confusion over the president’s contradicting statements. Lacson said the president should make pronouncements that are straight to the point to avoid possible misinterpretation especially since Duterte has caught the attention of the international media.