MANILA, Philippines — Chief presidential legal counsel Sal Panelo issued a reminder to all netizens to refrain from immediately reacting to controversial statements made by any cabinet member of the Duterte administration; saying that comments, specifically negative at that, should be held back for at least 24 hours, until further clarifications are issued.
“Hindi porke sinabi ni Gen. Bato na sunugin nyo yung bahay ng mga drug lords, eh gagawin nyo na agad,” said Panelo. “Alam mo naman gaano kadalas mag joke ang mga tao ni Pangulo.“
Panelo urged netizens to wait at least 24 hours before giving in to their impulse and posting snarky comments.
“Please wait until we have issued any clarifications regarding comments made 23 hours earlier,” he explained. “Kasi if not, kayo ang mag-mumukhang tanga.”
Panelo was surprised that people believed that the president was serious about his threat of pulling out of the United Nations (UN).
“Kung hindi kayo makaantay ng bente kwatro oras, eh busisiin nyo nalang yung paraan ng pagkasabi, kasi madalas po ay may telltale signs na nagbibiro lang ang isang tao,” he added.
These telltale signs according to Panelo ranges from rape comments, arson instructions, murderous prodding and other heinous and violent terms that are often used in jokes. Netizens should no longer rely on winks, smirks or laugh tracks to differentiate an honest, straight-faced comment, from that of a joke or comment made for dramatic effect.
Also, the time the statement was made should also be a factor. “If the rest of the country is sleeping, and the president is still talking, alam na.“
“Ang mga pinoy naman matatalino yan, hindi sila basta-basta naniniwala or sumusunod sa nababasa or naririnig nila,” Panelo added. “Alam nila na ang dapat lang nilang paniwalaan ay ang mga papuri tungkol sa ating mahal na presidente. Lahat ng paninira ay pawang gawa ng bayarin na media.”
He went on to add that if rape jokes and inciting murder are common humor topics that is the trademark of this administration; misogynistic comments and allegations written on a piece of paper should, in contrast, be taken very very seriously.
“Dahil nagiisa lang po ang babaeng mataba sa buong mundo na naka salamin at may sex video, at hindi basta-bastang pwedeng magdrowing sa isang papel ang sinuman at tawagin itong matrix.“