VERA FILES FACT CHECK YEARENDER: Explaining the president’s gaffes in 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte’s loose lips again courted him trouble in 2018. But his two loyal spokespersons — Harry Roque and Salvador Panelo — were swift in defending what many had assailed as sexist remarks on women, unpatriotic comments on Philippine-China relations, and a disturbing reveal on marijuana use. Again and again and again, they would rebrand Duterte’s gaffes as presidential jokes. Watch the video.

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