The president has failed to follow his own advice, making false claims, flip-flops and misleading…
Former Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella once said President Rodrigo Duterte “speaks rather forcefully” but has good intentions. (VERA FILES YEARENDER: Explaining the president: He says, they say)
Current spokesperson Harry Roque, echoing the words of another Palace official, said Duterte’s words should be taken “seriously but not literally.” (A year under Duterte: Explaining the president)
Watch this video to see how else both made sense of the president’s controversial pronouncements.