8 Pairs of Statements
from Officials in This
the Duality of Man
By Tim Henares
We know that over the course of time, people are allowed to change their minds. And that is not a self-contradiction, so much as an opportunity to rethink an opinion.
Unfortunately, some other statements are anything but that. Because sometimes, when you contradict a previous statement you’ve made, it isn’t because you’ve had a genuine change of heart.
We leave it up to you if the following 8 are examples of the former or the latter.
The good presidential spokesperson is crusading for sovereignty – until he’s not.
“These construction are happening in the face of China’s snub of the arbitral proceedings which precisely impugns China’s legal rights to do so. Clearly, China’s conduct is not only illegal as prohibited use of force, but is also contemptous of the proceedings,” – on China’s building of structures in disputed waters in 2014
“We are not attributing any bad faith to China,” – On China naming five features in disputed waters in 2018
Our PCOO USEC Lorraine Badoy shows off her kinder nature to everyone – except some people. Therefore, not everyone. Just ask Aika and Jillian Robredo.
“Blogging has taught me to be compassionate, decent, and fair.” – to Sen. Pacquiao, 30 Jan, 2018, when called out for spreading “fake news” about the Senator.
“If there is anything at all that the unmasking of the hideous creatures behind the poison anonymous blogs teaches us, it is this: YOU GET THE FACE YOU DESERVE.” – to Jover Laurio, aka Pinoy Ako Blog, 13 Oct, 2017, showing off that compassion, decency, and fairness she “learned” from blogging.
The PCOO head, on hiring nobody but the best and brightest to run his tight ship.
“It’ll take a lot of work, technical, tao, culture. We are also hiring the best & brightest people in the industry, at hindi corrupt,” – to DZMM Teleradyo, on his plan to bring government media “back to its glory days.”
“We have already sent a memo to PNA to explain in writing why they should not be held liable for any administrative charges. We will take appropriate action against liable PNA officials and/or staff, if they are found to commit negligence in carrying out their duties and responsibilities,” – in a statement on the “best & brightest” people from PNA posting Chinese propaganda on their official website.
Alan Peter Cayetano
Our DFA secretary, on how close we are to being Singapore in terms of public safety.
“The Philippines is becoming more like Singapore in terms of being able to walk the streets at anytime at night,” – in a privilege speech, on public safety, 19 September, 2016.
“We sincerely believe that we are a little bit safer, but we’re still far from being Singapore or Japan as far as safety is concerned,” – in an interview on public safety, 08 September, 2017.