In last Sona, Duterte tries not to say bad words; spews out at least 4
MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte could be observed making an effort not to spew out bad words, as he is known to do in public.
During the course of his speech, which spanned for about two hours and 45 minutes, Duterte could be observed suddenly dropping his voice volume to almost whisper when he was speaking harshly.
In at least four instances, Duterte failed to curb his expletive use.
In a rant against communist rebels, Duterte spat out a barely audible expletive.
“Sa totoo lang, itong komunista, college pa ako. Hanggang ngayon ang mga…sige pa rin,” he said.
When talking about corrupt cops, he also used a foul word.
“There are people charged with corruption and even going to prison for just maybe not telling the truth in their assets and liabilities, nakukulong. Eh p***.. Itong mga pulis who are doing their things, their drugs, there were the distributor of drugs,” he said.
He also let out two expletives when recounting watching TV and watching Filipinos standing in line for vaccination despite the heavy rains.
“So nanood ako sa report […] I was listening to the TV, at nakita ko ‘yong mga tao nakapila malakas ang ulan, sabi ko, p*ta — doon sa breakfast table nagmura ako, pero dito good boy man ako kasi may mga religious dyan — I just called on the National Task Force Against COVID-19 to see to it that this happens, I mean the protection,” he said.
“You know sabihin ko sa inyo, ‘wag kayong mag-presidente, wala talaga, sabihin ko, maliit ang sweldo, wala ka, if you’re not there really for the, ma-corrupt ka dyan, it will make you a billionaire overnight. But kung magtrabaho ka lang ng ganito, ako presidente, gusto ko lumabas hoy mga p*tang *na niyo, bakit ganito ‘to?” he added.
In his previous Sona speeches, particularly in 2016 and 2018, Duterte avoided using curse words.
His most expletive-filled Sona was in 2017, which had 27 curse words, while his 2019 Sona had seven bad words, and his 2020 Sona had four bad words.
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