We already know the popular phrase used by President Rodrigo Duterte in expressing his anger or annoyance against a number of Filipinos whom he loathe with all his might.
Almost always it is directed at personalities involved in illegal drugs which Duterte has been waging war against for almost three months now.
Often times also the people that gets the receiving end of his diatribe are politicians, businessmen, media practitioners, human rights advocates and last but not least are the members of the Catholic Church hierarchy.
By now we are all used to hearing Duterte utter the ‘putang ina’ expression of disgust any where he goes and in every speech he makes whether in formal meetings, spontaneous gatherings, addressing military personnel, or what not.
Duterte’s talks may not seem complete, funny, educational and factual without the inclusion or inclusions of his favorite interjection of ‘putang ina’ which he normally ascribe to people here and there and everywhere.
When Duterte is referring to American government officials or any migrant to the US who are already American citizens like, UN’s Ban Ki-Moon, who seem to question his words and deeds in running the country, what he does is simply translate his most often used Tagalog curse to English and the phrase sounds even more profane now like, ‘son-of-a-bitch or son-of-a-whore!
The question now is do they deserve to be called this?
Well, why not?
If the Americans don’t know who we really are and don’t have any idea of what the Filipinos have gone through and they start meddling in the affairs of the state thinking that they are much more developed and progressive country and pretend they are more knowledgeable than us and therefore has the right to pontificate over our inadequacies as if they are holier-than-thou, then they should start learning more about us and start showing respect and treating us equally. Like what Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said during his speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, the Filipinos cannot forever be the little brown brothers of the Americans.
Divine Providence has destined for Duterte to become the president for he is about the only hope that the Filipinos have for this country to turn around and finally take off and the only person who can stand up against any powers that be to tell them that he is not a puppet of anybody for he is the president of a sovereign country and that he is not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people.
Now the European Union (EU) seems to be getting the goat of Duterte as well for the same reasons that he has been bad-mouthing the Americans.
“EU, you pretended to be imbued with humanity. Ngayon, maraming migrants namamatay diyan sa dagat. (Now many migrants are dying at sea.) You have stopped helping your fellow human beings. They are there dying tapos magturo kayo sa akin na pumatay ng criminal (then you point to me because I kill criminals)?” he said.
Duterte said he has lost respect for the EU.
I have the feeling that one of this days Duterte will rephrase his expression of anger, disgust and annoyance and curse the hypocrite high ranking members of the EU with a Spanish sounding translation that exclaims emphatically , saying, ‘EU de puta’ ( from ‘hijo de puta’, which is a Spanish translation for ‘son-of-a-bitch’).