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:
Pls pray for The Late President Rodrigo Roa Duterte— please stay home (@veryfrances) March 30, 2020
Maybe, just maybe, the “spirit of the glass” could work.
Mahal na Pangulo kung narito ka man, pakigalaw ang baso.— Ted Pylon (@TedPylon) March 30, 2020
Time is a social construct.
Who doesn’t love a good siesta?
Late-night talk show host in the making.
Pick the best answer from the following:— Keft Sobredo (@KeftQuiet) March 30, 2020
A. Late Night Talk with Tatay Digs
B. Tonight with Tatay Digs
C. Walang Tulugan with Tatay Digs
D. Duterte After Dark#DuterteStandardTime
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.
Duterte Standard Time is not laughable at all. Two things: (1) He really doesn’t have any sense of urgency at the height of this pandemic, and (2) He does not give a fuck to this nation. Bec if he does, he will respect all of our time.— Maliya Vizcarra (@iamyuelle) March 30, 2020
Here’s more because we can’t get enough:#DuterteStandardTime – Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom
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