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Jojo Binay slams bullies, hotheads in government: Coarse, outrageous rhetoric part of positioning for 2022 polls

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The country is losing its civility in the past three years as bullies and hotheads have emerged in government.

Former Vice President Jojo Binay issued the statement after expressing dismay with the coarse rhetoric by some government leaders as well as the partisan division of the country.

“In the past, bullies and hotheads in government were more the exception. Their coarse demeanor and language stood out. Today, they seem to have grown exponentially,” he said in his recent Manila
Bulletin column.

“When media provides regular and even prominent space for coarse language from our leaders, such behavior becomes normal and acceptable over time. The dignity and decorum associated with high office becomes a casualty,” he said.

Binay observed that the crude language and behavior by some public officials could be seen as positioning or framing for the next elections.

“The intent is to gain forward momentum for the 2022 polls, to create a demand for a national leadership cut from the same cloth as the current one. This would explain the outrageous statements and bizarre behavior of some national personalities,” he said.

He also said the country has become divided along partisan lines while values are being debased.

“Coarseness in language and behavior seems to have afflicted the populace, or a portion of the populace,” he said.

“Pardon me if I keep repeating myself, but the past three years maywell be considered as the years we began losing our civility, both in public discourse and even our private conduct. Do we want our children and grandchildren to live in a country of bullies and hotheads? That is our moral challenge,” he added.

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