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Is Taglish the only language Leni Robredo can speak?

December 6, 2016
by benign0
Can anyone actually imagine “vice president” Leni Robredo sitting in front of another head of state discussing serious matters of global consequence?
It becomes even harder to imagine after watching her speak in yet another one of her pabebe tirades before her adoring minions in the media. Check out this video of her carrying on about the sore boot mark President Rodrigo Duterte planted on her rear end last weekend.
Taglish pa more, Leni Robredo!
One wonders how her chi-chi fans from the Ateneo can even stand hearing her speak without getting their Manglapusian sensibilities offended. Robredo may get away with her colegiala accent but, if one is able to look past that, it is evident she simply cannot stitch a full English sentence together.
Now that shortcoming simply cannot pass the Ateneo standard of excellence in the communication arts, folks. Then again, are Ateneans willing to overlook that and embrace the pedestrian manner of speaking Robredo seems to be comfy with?
There are bigger questions that this last small question raise. Put aside for a moment the electoral fraud allegations that put into question her legitimate claim to the office of the Vice President. Robredo being “vice president” (for now) is just a heartbeat away from the Philippine presidency. Imagine for a moment what it would be like having a president that talks the way she does — perpetually like a schoolgirl making sumbong to her titas in ABS-CBN while making tusok-tusok the fishballs. I don’t think Vladimir Putin would be impressed.
More important than her language skills is the question of whether or not she actually possesses the chops to elevate her discourse. It is difficult to find evidence that she could actually step back from her petty telegenic dramas and talk about the big issues from a plane of thinking a bit higher than the couple of notches above Kris Aquino-speak her level of discourse is currently situated.
And still we wonder why the Philippines currently suffers from a particularly sticky form of intellectual bankruptcy.
Right there before us in “vice president” Leni Robredo is the encapsulation of the root of this acute collective intellectual deficit that crushes any hope that the Philippines will be a world-class country in the near- to mid-term future.

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