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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

GMA's Legitimacy

After reading Tita Cory's Statement on the Council of State, I have just one question:

If GMA's legitimacy is in doubt, why do we continue to address her as President?

In the spirit of being consistent with the belief that the last presidential election was stolen, should we not desist on calling her Madame President and just term her Mrs. Arroyo or just plain GMA? Calling her by those names would not be in the least disrespectful but at the same time, mindful of the fact that no legitimacy is conferred upon her despite heading this present government.

Calling her Madame President only adds to the confusion and apathy of the middle class. If we want truth to prevail, stop calling her President.


Blogger mlq3 said...

Proper English usage is Madam President, Madame is a Marcos affectation.

I distinguish the person from the office, the office is always entitled to respect; while she holds the office, legally or not, she remains head of state and so should be addressed as such.

For the same reason I try to refrain from using "Erap," both when he was president and since.

2:04 AM  
Anonymous dawin said...


Thanks for clarifying the usage of Madam.

Granted that the office of the president must be accorded respect, calling her president indubitably legitimizes her tenure.

Psychologically, I would like to believe, though without empirical basis, that denying her the right to be called President reinforces her illegitimate occupation of the office and compel the people to be outraged.

Conversely, persisting in calling her President somehow lulls the people into accepting her many tortured justifications of her legitimacy.

Shouldn't we respect the Office of the President by precisely not calling her Madam President?

Wait a minute, your last paragraph is puzzling, if you do not use Erap out of respect for the office, how about Erap as a term of endearment? :-)

2:33 AM  
Anonymous desune said...

Capital idea.
Let's agree to settle on one,
let's say the 'Mrs Arroyo' one.

We can agree to respect the Office, but Mrs. Arroyo clearly did not and still does not.

12:08 AM  
Blogger goddess_of_the_chase said...

"If GMA's legitimacy is in doubt, why do we continue to address her as President?"

She should continue to be addressed as President as long as the doubt on her legitimacy remains a doubt. She is presumed legitimate until the contrary is proven in a competent court.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Den Salvacion said...

Being educated individuals here, would we call the president Mrs. Arroyo or GMA just in case we had the chance meeting her in person? That would be very impolite and disrespectful? It'll also be a display of arrogance.

Those that envy and hate her could sourgrape all they want. But, even in the world almanac, it's Gloria Arroyo's name written there as the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

5:04 PM  

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