Palace wants public to use "creative imagination"

Duterte's statements have caused a PR nightmare.


( Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella asked the public not to take President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial statements literally.


During a press briefing on Wednesday, October 5, he cited the president’s recent remarks on ending the country’s ties with the United States. “Let's try to use our creative imagination. Wag tayo masyadong literal,” he said. Abella explained that Duterte’s initial statements about certain issues become emotional and would first need interpretation from his spokespersons to be properly understood by the public.


On Tuesday, October 4, Duterte told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” during a speaking engagement. This did not sit well with some government officials including Sen. Dick Gordon and Sen. Panfilo Lacson who said the move was unnecessary.


Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo called on the president to be more careful with his words, especially when dealing with leaders of other nations.

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