Comelec takes Duterte's lead, scraps 'honorable' title

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 26 2016 04:28 PM

MANILA – Taking the lead of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has decided to scrap the use of the ''honorable'' title to refer to the poll body's officials.

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista said on Twitter that the Comelec's full bench unanimously approved his proposal to drop the use of the ''Honorable'' title for the whole organization.

''In 2014 I said that ...at the end of the day, our 'honorables' should never forget that honor, like respect, is not entitled but earned," Bautista said.

While some loathe him for his uncouth ways, Duterte has earned admiration for preferring a simple lifestyle, sometimes breaking protocol and traditions much to the surprise and delight of observers.

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

READ: Duterte: Don't call me 'His Excellency'

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.