Comelec poised to adopt President Duterte’s directive dropping “His Excellency in addressing him

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to adopt the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte dropping the words “His Excellency” when addressing him, and doing away with the word “honorable” in directing poll body officials.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said that he would ask the Commission en banc to drop the “honorable” in addressing the highest officials of the poll body.

“I will propose to the en banc that we also adopt that memorandum circular of the President, so that we will not anymore be called ‘honorable,’” he said in an interview.

Bautista added, “We have volumes of documents in the Comelec, indicating ‘the honorable commissioner,’ ‘the honorable chairman.’ We will remove that. I want to copy whatever is in the memorandum circular. I think that is right.”

While admitting that he is not a follower of titles, the poll body chief explained that the main reason why he wanted to adopt the order was to show the public that they were equal and no one was superior.

“Because again, I guess, was gusto natin ipadama na, kumbaga tayo naman ay pantay-pantay lamang at wala naman talagang, I don’t see myself as a real superior, we’re all working for government and we’re all working together as a team. So I am not a big fan of titles,” he said.

Bautista noted that he would include it in the agenda of the en banc.

Asked on how he wants the public to address him, he said, “Chairman, and man ang end, kung ano lang, hoy.”

On Thursday, the President issued a directive asking officials to refrain from addressing him as “His Excellency” in all official communications.

According to the memorandum signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, that “the President shall be addressed in all official communications, events or materials as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte only, and without the term His Excellency.” PNA/