Quotes of the Year: 10 Unforgettable Statements That Defined 2017

Andanar, Sotto, and more highlights.

 

(SPOT.ph) Now that 2017—a complicated year to say the least—has come to a close, it’s time to look back at what public officials and celebrities have said on national television, interviews, and press conferences. There were a lot of Senate probes and investigations on things we never thought we’d hear about, such as police allegedly murdering people, bloggers spreading fake news, and the dengue vaccine scare. There were also people who surprised us, took the high road, and imparted words of wisdom. Hopefully, we’ll learn a thing or two from these and make 2018 a bit better.

 

"Kung sila sa EU ganoon sila, tayo naman dito, maayos na mga Pilipino, tayo may breeding. Bahala sila sa buhay nila, mag-iyot na lang sila." — Sec. Martin Andanar's retort to European Union officials critical of Duterte. Iyot is a Visayan word for sex.

Really classy, huh?

 

"Even Jesus Christ nga na-sentensyahan ng kamatayan dahil ang government nag-i-impose talaga ng death penalty..." — Sen. Manny Pacquiao on the death penalty being allowed by the Bible

Are you sure?

 

"My first tweet as Jake." — Jake Zyrus (formerly known as Charice Pempengco) came out as a transgender man in June

It's about more than changing one's name.

 

"Hindi biro 'yon a, 'yong depression." — Maine Mendoza's bold response to Joey De Leon's remark on depression being "gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao"

AlDub is woke AF.

 

"In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag doon ay na-ano lang." — Sen. Tito Sotto cross-examining Judy Taguiwalo during her confirmation hearing on May 3

His Sotto-isms merit a whole article (or two).

 

"I have the right to...against self-discri...ano, against self-incrimination." — Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson refusing to answer when asked about the issue of fairness during the Senate hearing on fake news in October

The whole session was a refresher course on responsible journalism (and dictionary definitions).

 

"Why would you judge a child?" — Bimby Aquino on people questioning his sexual orientation

This 10-year-old definitely makes more sense than most of us.

 

"Take no prisoners. Just kill them." — President Rodrigo Duterte during his second State of the Nation Address

The president instructed soldiers in Marawi to “shoot them in the heart and head” if they have to fight the Mautes because, otherwise, “they will be detained in Marawi. Wala tayong presuhan.”

 

"This is a Martial Law na may puso." — Rep. Danilo Suarez supporting the decision of the House of Congress to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until December 31, 2018

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Mark Lapid is shookt.

 

"Hindi ko na rin ipagsisiksikan ang sarili ko, ako naman ang desire na tumulong ay parating nariyan pero mahirap naman na hindi ka pinagkakatiwalaan." — Vice President Leni Robredo on her resignation from the cabinet

We could almost hear the line, "You can't sit with us."

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