President Duterte drops use of ‘His Excellency’

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all his Cabinet members and heads of presidency departments and agencies to refrain from addressing him as “His Excellency” in all official communications.

The stated order was contained within a memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on July 15. “As a point of policy, ....the President shall be addressed in all of the official communications, events or components as ‘PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE’ only, and without the definition of ‘His Excellency’,” the memorandum study.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the directive was "in maintaining regarding his populist Presidential style." "He encourages much less 'ceremonial' communications," Abella mentioned.

All members on the Cabinet shall also be referred to as the “Secretary,” and with no the word “Honorable” in all official communications. The memorandum covers “government-owned and -controlled corporations, as well as other instrumentalities in the government.”

Nonetheless, all government agencies and offices, upon their discretion might nevertheless use the term “Honorable” in addressing their respective heads on their internal communications


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