IT’S parents’ responsibility to teach their children the right values, Malacañang said in answer to critics who say President Rodrigo Duterte’s crude language and misogynistic behavior are a bad example for the youth.
Asked in a press briefing if Malacañang thinks it’s okay for young Filipinos to adopt the President’s conduct, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “Well, hindi naman po natin sinasabi ‘yun, pero nandiyan po ang mga magulang (Well, we aren’t saying that, but the parents are there).”
“Sa tingin ko po, ang mga magulang talaga ang dapat na nagtuturo ng tamang conduct. Ako po, pagdating sa pagpapalaki sa mga anak ko, wala akong inaasahan sa mga guro. Ako po mismo nagbibigay ng values formation diyan,” he added.
Roque was asked for comment after leaders of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said it has become a challenge to teach children proper manners in a time when the government’s leaders, including the President, use foul language in public speeches.
Former St. Scholastica’s College president Sister Mary John Mananzan had also said that Duterte, as chief executive, should change the way he speaks for the good of the Filipino youth.
Roque, when told about the ACT leaders’ sentiments, belittled the group.
“Left-leaning group po ‘yang ACT at magtapatan na tayo, maliit lang naman ang constituency ng ACT. Sa tingin ko po hindi ‘yan pananaw ng karamihan ng ating mga guro,” said Duterte’s spokesman.
He said that most Filipinos already “accept” Duterte’s propensity to use cusswords and hurl insults at his critics.
“Alam naman ng lipunan kung sino’ng hinalal nilang presidente so tanggap po nila ang Presidente for who he is,” said Roque.