The ‘late’ president? Netizens invent new timezone to adjust with Duterte

Sofia Virtudes

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The ‘late’ president? Netizens invent new timezone to adjust with Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte's pre-recorded address, which was supposed to air at 4 pm, is broadcast 7 hours past the original schedule

MANILA, Philippines – Punctuality is certainly not the President’s strongest suit.

On late Monday night, March 30, President Rodrigo Duterte’s pre-recorded address – supposed to air at 4 pm – was broadcast as live much later at around 11 pm, 7 hours past the original schedule.

This drew out frustration from many netizens who were expecting the President to address urgent concerns: the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act that grants Duterte “special” powers, the coronavirus situation in the country, and, essentially what everyone has been waiting for – a concrete plan to address the public health crisis.

Netizens expressed their dismay via memes, taking a jab at Duterte’s growing reputation as the “late” president. The hashtag #DuterteStandardTime trended Monday night, just as his public address aired.

Check out some of the most amusing tweets and memes so far:

Maybe, just maybe, the “spirit of the glass” could work.

Time is a social construct.

Who doesn’t love a good siesta?

Late-night talk show host in the making.

Blink the lights once if yes, blink twice if no.

Faith in forever restored.

This was not the first time this happened. Last March 20, Malacañang aired Duterte’s pre-recorded address midnight, past 1 am. And how could we forget – Duterte ran about an hour late for his 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA), the most awaited public address of the nation’s leader?

A Twitter user reminded everyone not to normalize Duterte’s (lack of) “sense of urgency” as the country battles a pandemic. 

Here’s more because we can’t get enough:

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Sofia Virtudes

Sofia Virtudes is a former digital communications specialist for Rappler.