Mga walang ‘L’: Duterte explains why Cebuanos are the laziest
President Rodrigo Duterte’s family originally came from Cebu as part of the politiko clan, the Duranos, before his father decided to move to Davao a few years after the war.
So it’s not surprising why Duterte is familiar with the stereotypical Cebuano, including the idiosyncrasies of his or her dialect.
In a speech during an agriculture forum Thursday, Duterte said gave a brief and spot lecture on how to spot a Cebuano.
“Malaman mo kasi ang Pilipino by the way he responds to you. Gusto mo ng Bisaya, sabihin mo, ‘Meron kang dala na ano?’ Ang Cebuano, which is actually Sugbuanon. ‘Yan ang tribe ng tatay ko. Sabi, ‘Wa’,” Duterte said.
“If you’re talking to Bohol and Cebu, ‘Wala’.‘Pag dumating ka sa Waray, ‘May pera ka?’ ‘Waray. Waray pera’. It’s the L, ‘yung L pati R,” he added.
He jokingly attributed the Cebuano’s lack of alphabets or abbreviation of words to their laziness.
“Itong Cebuano, palibhasa tamad ang mga yawa, pati sa pagsalita, Tanggalin mo ‘yang L, wala na ‘yang L. Basta may L, wala ‘yan. ‘Yan ang Cebuano,” he said.
Previously, Duterte also pointed out that Cebuano soldiers were lazy and only wanted to drink palm wine.
“May mga ibang Bisaya, eh kahit Cebunao, bahala nang mayabang. Hindi pa ako nakakita ng sundalong tamad, ay may apply ka, huwag mong tanggapin, Gusto lang niyan uminom ng tuba,” he said.
Duterte ended his Cebuano dig with play on the Cebuano having a common term for house and a girl.
“It would depend on what’s the conversation about. ‘Yung balay is bay. ‘Pagka babae, bay pa rin. ‘So marami bang bay dito?’ ‘Oo, maghintay ka lang pag madilim na. ‘Pag gabi sila mag-wakwak,” said Duterte.