• Mayor Rody Duterte’s children apologize for his “street thug” manners
• The mayor’s daughter, Inday Sara, said it was unfortunate that her father does not have the manners of a royalty
• Inday Sara and elder brother Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte say their father is very capable of becoming president
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the Partido Demakratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) proclaimed presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, is known for his propensity in using strong language in his many speaking engagements, and his audience loved him for it.
However, many were turned off with his use of profane language during the PDP-Laban’s proclamation of his candidacy on Monday, November 30, wherein he supposedly “cursed” Pope Francis while criticizing the government for mishandling the traffic management during the pontiff’s visit in Manila last January that caused him (Duterte) to be stuck in traffic for five hours.
The mayor’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, more popularly known as Inday Sara, and her elder brother Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte apologized for their father’s “street thug” manners.
Inday Sara, a former mayor of Davao City, and Paolo said it was unfortunate that their father does not have the manners of a royalty.
“I perfectly understand where you are coming from. I apologize for his behavior. Rest assured, he is intelligent enough for the highest position, unfortunately, he does not have the finesse of Lady Diana. In essence, he is a lawyer with the manners of a street thug,” Inday Sara posted on Instagram as a response to her followers urging her to advice Mayor Duterte to protect his image.
While he apologized for his father’s lack of finesse like a royalty, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte defended his father by saying he is “very capable of becoming a president.” The vice mayor said in a Facebook post that the political mudslinging has begun. He expects that the whole Duterte family will be dragged into the political arena.
An article written by Christine O. Avendaño that was published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 2, 2015 said Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, apologized in behalf of the political party to anyone offended by Mayor Duterte’s profanities. He said he urged the mayor to cut down on his cursing.
“He is not what he is without the expletive, but a hundred of it can be damaging,” Pimentel said.