‘Helpless’ Duterte should let experts talk about COVID & just comfort the nation - David

‘Helpless’ Duterte should let experts talk about COVID & just comfort the nation - David




University of the Philippines professor and husband of Winnie Monsod has a simple advise to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as regards his public address with respect to the government’s policies and programs as regards battling the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid-19.



“It is the first time I have heard President Duterte sound helpless before a problem. He confessed to getting up at three in the morning, staring at the dark void before him,” said David in his Inquirer column.


It was his last week’s public address where the President admitted that funds might be a problem in the long run as the country is battling Covid-19, now that the middle class and the small business owners are also demanding support from the government.

UP Professor Randy David
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“I can only imagine how difficult it must be for Mr. Duterte to moderate his default rhetorical swagger. I could see him struggling to contain the virus of narcissism and arrogance that seems to prod him to pontificate on every issue that fancies him,” said David.

He advises Duterte to let the experts talk as regards the coronavirus and he steps back and just comfort the nation in this crisis.


“This is a man who obviously thinks a president must know everything. If I were in his place, I would say only a few heartfelt words, if at all — and mainly to comfort the nation. I would confine myself to speaking about the fundamental uncertainty that faces all of humanity at this time, the fear that strikes deep in the heart of every person, and the hope and inspiration we must draw from the countless examples of generosity, compassion, selflessness, and creativity,” he said. “I would then quickly step aside, and let those with adequate knowledge explain the situation and the road ahead, and clearly tell us what we must do to overcome the complex challenges we face,” he added.



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