Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fondness for swearing has not put off supporters. Photo: EPA-EFE

Duterte and his crew of foul-mouthed Philippine officials: the new normal?

  • The firebrand leader’s penchant for making lewd, controversial remarks has resulted in copycat behaviour by his officials
  • But Duterte’s crassness has been welcomed by some Filipinos, who admire him for speaking his mind
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fondness for swearing has not put off supporters. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.