- President Duterte has issued several statements that rendered his PR team either at a loss for words or with differing explanations as to what the President really meant
- Senator Panfilo Lacson aired his concerns over such acts and urged the PR team to speak in one voice
- The Senator said that “lying closest to the truth” should be the norm when doing damage control
In light of the flip-flopping of the statements of the President’s communications team and Duterte himself, Senator Panfilo Lacson urged them, along with the President’s advisers, to learn “the art of lying closest to the truth.”
It’s clear that the Senator is worried about the Chief Executive’s statements, and the sloppy manner by which the PR team has been trying to explain, clarify, interpret, deny and affirm what Duterte says.
“When doing damage control, they should learn the art of lying closest to the truth,” said Senator Lacson on Wednesday morning.
A mixture of news reports often confronts the Filipino people because the PR team of President Duterte is divided in the interpretation of their boss’ words.
More often than not, the communications team does damage control, trying to soften the blow that many Filipinos are bracing themselves for right after the President issues a statement.
Lacson said that people who speak on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte must do so “in one tone and language.”
“Since President Duterte is apparently averse to unsolicited advice even from his closest cabinet members, they should learn to anticipate the current developing issues and be able to slip thru the special assistant a simple, informative executive brief on a regular basis,” Lacson emphasized.
The events that have transpired for the past weeks had put the President’s PR team in a very difficult situation.
A series of explanations and clarifications were made by the team after Indonesia press reported on the statements made by Duterte to Indonesian President Joko Widodo concerning the status of Mary Jane Veloso, the death row convict in Indonesia.
President Duterte's spokespersons also needed to clarify the President’s statements regarding the necessity for US troops to pull out of Mindanao.
With the many times that the presidential PR team clarified or explained the statements of the President, Lacson’s appeal may just be very timely.