It’s an old saying – “message to mouth, engage brain first.” It is a maxim that most politicians are adept at practicing. Occasionally, even the most adept come a cropper.
Does it matter? I think it does. Not because it displays a lack of political nous but because I believe it gives us an insight into the ‘real’ person who commits the faux pas, or utters les mots mal.
There are Presidential elections going on in the Philippines right now. As a foreigner living here, I have tried so hard to keep my counsel for two reasons. One, I know nothing of the politics here and two, it’s nothing to do with me.
It’s nothing to do with me but I sincerely hope this wonderful nation full of wonderful people makes a wise choice. The leading candidate appears to be the Mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte.
I make no claims to know if he would make a good President. He recently caused a furore when commenting on the multiple rape and murder of an Australian woman.
He is quoted as saying –
All the women were raped so during the first assault, because they retreated, the bodies they used as a cover, one of them was the corpse of the Australian woman layminister. Tsk, this is a problem. When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped. I looked at her face, son of a bitch, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a bitch, what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.
The “mayor” he is referring to is himself.
He finally apologized for the remark on Tuesday, saying “sometimes my mouth can get the better of me.”
I don’t know about you, but I find this remark tasteless in the extreme. The media have labelled it a “joke.” But isn’t a joke supposed to be funny?
Maybe it does give an insight into the man? Maybe it shows his real feelings? Or perhaps it shows a lack of intelligence?
I hope the voters choose wisely.
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