Oscar Jr Serquiña1, Gene Segarra Navera2, Alwin Aguirre3, Charles Erize Ladia4
1The University Of Melbourne, Australia, 2National University of Singapore, Singapore, 3The University of the Philippines, Philippines, 4The University of the Philippines, Philippines
Chair: Oscar Jr Serquiña
No other president in Philippine politics has garnered much notorious attention because of his oral performance than Rodrigo Duterte. The 16th president of the Southeast Asian republic is known to many not only for his bloody “War on Drugs” but also his so-called “War of Words.” Duterte’s violent relationship with language has manifested in the way he instructed Barack Obama “to go to hell,” degraded the European Union as a “stupid organization,” called the Pope “gay,” and demeaned God as “stupid.” He has further caught attention for his misogynistic denigration of women. Calling out these curses and sexual outbursts, mainstream media have tagged Duterte as “foul-mouthed” while critics have called him “unpresidential.”
This panel spotlights different aspects of Duterte’s subjectivity and performance as a speaking subject to evolve frameworks that can assist in our understanding of political performances of orality and its relationship to culture and society. How does Duterte expose a different production, circulation, and reception of oral performance in the 21st century? How does he change not only the political but also the linguistic, acoustic, and communicative landscape of the country? And finally, how might we understand the contents and discontents of Duterte’s verbal hygiene within Philippine political modernity?