The photo of President Duterte kissing the ground at the blast site in Jolo, Sulu has been met with ridicule by critics, dismissing it as a political gimmick or branding.
In a Facebook post with the title “PROSTRATION”, radio host Mark Lopez explained the meaning of PRRD’s gesture.
But before Lopez proceeded, he gave the Muslim name of such gesture.
‘In Jolo yesterday, President Rody Duterte made that gesture known to Muslims as Sujood or Sujud or Pagtitirapa.’
Lopez went on to explain the universal significance of bowing one’s head completely and allowing the forehead to touch the ground.
‘This is an act of prostration where one bows down completely with the forehead touching the ground, signifying utmost humility, respect and reverence, and acknowledging the power and greatness of a more supreme being.’
Next, Lopez remarked that what PRRD did was telling the victims of the blast that he will not stop until justice is served.
‘What PRRD did was to humble himself before those soldiers and innocents who died because of that cruel terrorist bombing, and conveying that powerful message that he will do everything to give them justice they deserve.’
Moreover, Lopez said the gesture of PRRD was also gesture to show his real respect to the community.
‘It is also an act of genuine respect to the community, and telling them that he is their public servant.’
Lopez defended the President from critics who said that the act was a publicity stunt.
‘He did the act spontaneously, because that is the hallmark of a true leader with authentic malasakit.’
Lopez kind of expected critics to attack PRRD’s gesture.
‘Of course, it will be expected that the yellow-red-oligarch-elitists-wokininams will try to dismiss or downplay this as a publicity stunt.’
Lopez laughed at critics for calling the PRRD’s act of prostration as a gimmick.
‘Seriously? You go to a war-torn, dangerous and besieged territory just to create publicity?’
Lopez accused the critics of being in a state of denial that such act took place in that part of Mindanao.
‘You mean you are in denial that a cowardly act of terrorism took place in that area, which took the lives of soldiers and innocents, and severely maimed and injured others while also destroying property and livelihood?’
Lopez remarked that this act of violence compelled a 75-year old President to risk his life and limb and his entourage, just to assure the family of the victims that the government isn’t giving an inch to the perpetrators.
‘And it is because of this bombing which compelled our 75-year old President to go there and risk his own life, and that of his entourage, because he needs to personally assure the community and the family of the victims that his government is not backing down and will go after the perpetrators.’
And above all, Lopez said PRRD’s personal visit to Jolo Sulu was a huge morale booster to the troops.
‘Most important of all, he went there to personally emphatize, grieve, and assure his troops that he is there with the all-out support of government.’
Lopez argued that you can’t fake this when there is too much at stake.
‘You don’t do this just for the sake of propaganda, when there is too much at stake.’
Lopez said this is real courage as it gets. ‘This is an authentic act of courage.’
‘You do this because you really care,’ Lopez added.
‘And that my dear fellow Filipinos, is our President,’ Lopez wrote with great sense of pride with PRRD.
(photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go)
Source: Mark Lopez