Ateneo dean calls out Duterte, Robredo for having 'very loud echo chambers'

Ateneo dean calls out Duterte, Robredo for having 'very loud echo chambers'

- Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña says President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo both need to listen to their compatriots

- He said both leaders need to hear "people with good intentions that point out both positive and negative things"

- He urged both leaders to let go of this filter and allow "legitimate and much needed feedback" pass through the bubble filter in their offices

The dean of Ateneo School of Government and former Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs and Attached Agencies at Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Antonio La Viña says that President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo both need to listen to their compatriots for feedback.

In a Facebook post made by the teacher-lawyer-turned human rights advocate on Thursday, January 5, he reminisced about his last interview for the year 2016, with Kara David of GMA network.

Photos taken during the interview were uploaded by the dean, but his lengthy caption was something else.

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In his post, he acknowledged the need to shut off critics as a natural response. However, he decried the bubble filter in Duterte and Robredo's office, which cuts them off from the critics.

According to La Viña, both leaders need to hear "people with good intentions that point out both positive and negative things."

He said that the 'echo chambers' in the offices of the top leaders of the country, which prevent anyone from questioning and examining the ideologies, plans, and actions of both Duterte and Robredo, were 'very loud' that it disables even the legitimate feedback.

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He concluded the post by urging the President and the Vice President of the Philippines to 'listen' to the voice of these 'people with good intentions' and allow "legitimate and much needed feedback" pass through the bubble filter in their offices.

His post reads,

"My last interview for 2016 was with Kara David of GMA 7. I talked about the very loud echo chambers of both President Duterte and VP Robredo stopping them from getting legitimate and much needed feedback. Part of the reason why is that the critics of both can be very shrill and hysterical and thus shutting off has become the normal response. But there are people with good intentions that point out both positive and negative things. It would do Duterte and Robredo well to listen to those voices."

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