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The real meaning of “Duterte” as opposed to ‘tanga Maynila”

August 23, 2019 - Friday 4:08 AM by Jimmy Laking

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“The intention of the destabilizer is obviously to spite and to ridicule President Duterte in social media considering that his entries are reflective of Manila-based media commentaries that you may or you may not take seriously.”

 

Perhaps courtesy of a Manila-based destabilizer, the Urban Dictionary unveiled an entry defining the word “Duterte” in negative if not derogatory terms.

The Urban Dictionary is that crowdsourced online dictionary for slang words and phrases churned out in San Francisco, California.

Its underlying motto “Define Your World” implies anything goes and one may take its entries any which way. It appeals mostly to those who have it somewhere in the brain or to those who had been straddling the fence unmindful of the changes around them. 

Based on its entry “Duterte" as a verb was defined as "to scam, trick, con, or use unscrupulous means to an end; to betray." As an adjective, it was defined as deceptive, sly, fake, corrupt, crooked; treacherous; of low quality." As a noun, it was defined as "a scam, sham, or rip-off; a traitor."

Malacañang, through spokesperson Salvador Panelo, said Duterte in fact means: incorruptible, honest, transparent and all good things. “Duterte to us means honest, incorruptible, politically-willed person, courageous, selfless, honest, transparent, and all good things to come—and other synonymous terms,” Panelo said.

The intention of the destabilizer is obviously to spite and to ridicule President Duterte in social media considering that his entries are reflective of Manila-based media commentaries that you may or you may not take seriously. I think that is the problem of having been a “tanga-Maynila” for so long (as opposed to a smart probinsiyano) one is no longer capable of looking further up ahead, or of realizing that the sun has also been shining every which way you go in the “Perlas kong Sinilangan.”

Judging by what the Social Weather Station has been getting from the ground in real time, Duterte as a word can mean high approval rating. The latest poll said 80 percent of Filipinos are happy with President Duterte’s performance, 12 percent saying they were dissatisfied, and 9 percent undecided. This is Duterte’s highest approval ratings ever, much probably to the chagrin of Manila-based opinion writers and their patrons.

So aside from “smart probinsyano,” the most accurate definition of the word Duterte in its generic sense means “political will.”

And much to the astonishment of “Pilipinas kong Mahal,” this has rubbed off on several Local Government Unit executives, among them Mayor Sara, Mayor Isko (Yorme of Maynila), and General Benjie (Mayor of Baguio City) as witness the changes they are implementing in their respective cities.

How much more if a Duterte-like administration assumes after Apo Digong steps out from office more than two years from now?

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Federalism advocate Florencio “Chito” Gavino is riled by the claim of DILG Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya that the document packaged by the Constitutional Commission was a product of consultation.

How can that be, he asked, when federalism advocates in Davao City were never consulted? He asked if this is not a case of the so-called “intellectual arrogance.”

I proposed to delete the word “intellectual” to put it more in perspective. I also think this also jibed with what “tanga-Maynila” meant all along.

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