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Raising the young on swear words

05:04 AM October 30, 2017

Ever since our beloved President Duterte started cursing at his critics when he assumed office a year ago, I was worried that his habit would influence our younger generation to speak the same way.

But I did not anticipate that Duterte-speak would also infect Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. I was flabbergasted when I read this headline in the Inquirer: “They’re noisy because they can’t have enough sex — Andanar to EU critics” (Inquirer.net, 10/25/17).

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Andanar was speaking to overseas Filipino workers in the United Kingdom.

What has sex got to do with being critical? For the life of me, I cannot see the connection. Unless Andanar was just trying to imitate his boss in making his audience laugh, even if some of them were uneasy. And then he said afterwards — just like his boss — that he was just joking. My advice to Andanar: Stop it. This style does not fit you. There is only one Rodrigo Duterte.

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This is one of my concerns with the way the President speaks, now being imitated and popularized by his chief communicator. His liberal use of “p*tang ina” which translates into “ s.o.b,” might be imitated by the younger generation. When I was a young boy a long time ago, my lola would make us eat small hot peppers (sili) every time she heard us saying anything close to a swear word.

Today, with our President speaking like that, what authority would our lolo and lola have to tell their grandchildren to speak nicely? I challenge our mass communication researchers to do research in this area. How is our President and his language influencing the way our younger generation speak? Are we raising a new generation of youth who swear and curse as a matter of course? Heaven forbid!

CRISPIN C. MASLOG

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