Poe: Duterte's cursing may influence children

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2017 01:15 AM | Updated as of Aug 04 2017 04:51 AM

Senator Grace Poe on Thursday said she understands that cursing is part of the President’s “style,” but this may influence children to do the same.

The statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte cursed at former President Benigno Aquino III for criticizing his war on drugs. 

"Alam naman ninyo na hindi. Tatanungin pa ninyo ako? Style niya ‘yan pero siyempre ‘pag ikaw ay pinapakinggan ng mga bata eh gagayahin,” Poe told reporters after the Senate committee hearing on transport network vehicle services.

“Sang-ayon ba tayo dun? Basta alam na ninyo kung anong tama at mali. Paalala lang, SPG,” she added, referring to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board rating.

Duterte on Wednesday lashed out at his predecessor, calling him “g*go” (a fool), after Aquino questioned the effectiveness of the current administration's campaign against drugs.

“Sabi ni PNoy (Aquino), parang walang nangyari. Sige, pumasok ka sa droga, PNoy. Pag 'di kita pinutulan ng ulo, buang ka. Anong walang nangyari? G*go ka,” Duterte said in a speech at the 113th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Aquino on Tuesday said his administration did not launch an all-out war, referring to Duterte's war on drugs, but was able to reduce the number of illegal drug users. 

"Ang sasabihin ko lang, nung kami 1.8 million; tapos sa isang taon nito na may all-out na kampanya laban sa drugs, 1.8 million pa rin ang sinasabi ng survey at survey na nila 'yan. Parang wala yatang nangyari," he told reporters in an ambush interview.

Edwin Lacierda, Aquino’s former spokesman, came to the former President’s defense and said “cursing never elevates public discourse.”

“To call PNoy g*go is not a reflection on PNoy’s argument. It is a reflection of your uncouthness,” Lacierda tweeted. --With reports from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News 

--With reports from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News