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Don’t judge by color: PNoy urges Duterte supporters to listen to critics’ message— whether they’re ‘dilawan’ or not

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Former president Benigno Aquino III has urged President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters to listen to the message of critics first before outrightly branding them as “dilawan.”

In a rare public appearance Thursday (September 21), Aquino said Duterte’s supporters must consider if what critics say have substance.

“Dapat bago tignan nila ‘yung kulay, dapat tignan nila kung may saysay ba ‘yung sinasabi. Meron bang dahilan para umalma sa mga patayan na nangyayari?” Aquino told reporters at the sidelines of the “Mass for Justice” held at the the University of the Philippines Diliman.

“Dilawan” is the derogatory term for administration critics who are automatically believed to be allied with Aquino and his supporters. It came from the Liberal Party’s signature yellow color.

Joining Aquino at the mass were fellow LP stalwarts like Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Bam Aquino.

If the sizeable crowd at activities marking the 45th anniversary of martial law were any indication, Aquino believes Filipinos “from different ages” are becoming concerned about the country.

“There seems to be less of a need now to awaken than what it was before,” he said.