Duterte: Don't call me 'His Excellency'


Posted at Jul 21 2016 10:34 AM | Updated as of Jul 21 2016 11:10 AM

President Rodrigo R. Duterte downplays humors that he will be replacing Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay. Duterte made the announcement on July 19, 2016 at the Malacañan Palace. Toto Lozano, Malacanang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte wants to do away with the formal 'His Excellency' title in all official communications.

In a memorandum signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last July 15th, he said the President shall now be addressed in all official communications, events, or materials as "President Rodrigo Roa Duterte" only.

Likewise, all members of the Cabinet shall be addressed in all official communications submitted to the Office of the President as "Secretary" only, also disregarding the term "Honorable".

"However, all government agencies and offices, in their discretion, may still use the term 'Honorable' in addressing their respective heads of offices in their internal communications and documents," Medialdea stated.

This is not the first time that Duterte made changes to what is already deemed as norm in politics, thus trying to stay true to his slogan that "Change is Coming".

Recently, the Presidential Communications released a photo showing Duterte waiting in line for his turn at the buffet table during a Sunday fellowship dinner at Malacanang.

Duterte also wants to get rid of the red carpet show during the State of the Nation Address by requesting guests to come in their business attire only instead of extravagant gowns and suits seen in previous SONAs.

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He also wants his government officials to take the economy flight and not business class and to avoid special treatment.