Statement of Sen. Pangilinan on Pres. Duterte Apology For Chief Justice Sereno

August 14, 2016

Justice Sereno
We welcome President Duterte’s public apology for his “harsh words” meant for Chief Justice Sereno. It shows that he is willing to admit when he is wrong and this is laudable.

We appeal to the President to exercise greater restraint and to choose his words carefully when he speaks out on various matters now that he is President of the entire nation and no longer just the Mayor of Davao City.

As President of our nation, he represents all 100 plus million Filipinos both here and abroad, including myself, my wife, and my children. Thus every time he speaks in public, depending on what he says and how he says it, all of us Filipinos can be affected either positively or negatively.

Tayo’y natutuwa sa public apology ni Pangulong Duterte ukol sa kanyang “harsh words” para kay Chief Justice Sereno. Ito’y nagpapakita na siya ay handang umamin ng kamalian. Ito’y kapuri-puri.

Tayo’y umaapela sa Pangulo na maging mas mapagpigil at mapili sa mga salitang binibitawan ukol sa iba’t ibang bagay ngayong siya na ang Pangulo ng buong bansa at hindi na Mayor ng Davao City lamang.

Bilang pangulo ng buong bayan, siya ang kumakatawan sa higit na 100 milyong Filipino dito at sa buong mundo, kasama na kami ng aking asawa at anak. Kaya tuwing siya’y nagsasalita sa publiko, depende sa kanyang sasabihin at paano niya ito sinasabi, nakaka-apekto sa ating lahat na Filipino, positive man o negatibo.

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