For all his cursing and colorful statements, Senate minority leader Ralph Recto said the nation should learn by now how to read President Duterte’s pronouncements and his antics during his public appearances.
Recto urged the public to learn to discern when the President is serious or not.
“When there is divergence of thought, we plod on. As both Batangueños and Bisayas would say: Kalma lang,” he said.
“The best coping mechanism is not to let his curses get in the way of studying the causes he is fighting for,” Recto said.
“Makulay ang kanyang pananalita. May halong pangungutya. Yung pang-aasar ay parte ng kanyang stagecraft. Hiwalay ito sa state policies he is pursuing,” he added.
But just the same, Recto is advising Duterte and other public officials to “finesse” the way they communicate.
“Words can move a nation, incite people, disturb the peace, and make the political temperature rise,” he said.
“So people wielding large bullhorns should exercise caution in what they say,” he said.
The disagreements among branches of government the must be welcomed as a healthy feature of democracy.
“And it must be resolved in a manner that crystallizes the issues and does not muddle them, in a manner that brings light, not heat to the discussion,” Recto said.
“We can best serve the people by mutually strengthening the democratic institutions, and not by one branch threatening to subvert the other,” he said.