By the Numbers: Duterte cursed nine times during State of the Nation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017.
File photo: Noel Celis/AFP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017. File photo: Noel Celis/AFP

When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office a year ago, he made it clear he had no intention of giving up his cursing habit. He has, of course, been more than true to his word, and yesterday’s State of the National Address was no exception, with the president dropping a total of nine profanities during the course of the two-hour speech.

READ: FULL TEXT: Duterte’s 2nd State of the Nation Address

His favorite Filipino curse phrase remains “putang ina” (or “son of a bitch” in English). He said it a total of seven times.

While putang ina literally means “son of a bitch”, it’s used in a way that makes it more or less interchangeable with “screw you” or “f*** you.”

He used the Visayan curse word yawa, or “devil”, one time during the speech when cursing at miners.

He also said gunggong, a Filipino word for idiot, once during the speech.

Each instance can be found in a transcription of the 12,503 word speech sent to the media late last night from the Presidential Communications and Operations Office.

While isolating President Duterte’s profane outbursts is an admittedly fun exercise, running his speech through a text analyzer that breaks down the frequency of words and phrases used also provides a handy tool for analyzing his focus.

For instance (and unsurprisingly), Duterte used the word “drug” — and its plural “drugs” – a total of eight times. The speech emphasized that there would be no slowdown in his campaign against drugs in his upcoming second year of office.

READ: Duterte reiterates ‘unrelenting’ drug war to continue

Also mentioned eight times were the words “human rights.” Each time, the term was referenced derisively, with Duterte continuing to repeat his position that human rights should not be allowed to get in the way of his brutal campaign against drugs.

“With so many killings as brutal and as cruel as what happened, if you add human rights and due process, you stink and your mouth smells,” he said. “If you want to criticize, criticize, condemn the act, stop there. But do not give the excuse or do not make it trivial by saying ‘human rights’ as [if] this word will protect you.”

His most frequently used three-word phrase was “I do not,” uttering it a total of 13 times during the speech.

“I do not intend to loosen the leash in the campaign or lose the fight against illegal drugs,” he said about the drug campaign.

“I do not believe that this gift was given to us to be merely viewed or appreciated, but to be extracted from the earth and utilized to make life worth living,” he said when speaking about mining natural resources.

“Because ako, I do not intent to go beyond my term,” he said of fears martial law would be used to extend his term.

Here are more speech patterns from yesterday’s SONA for your own parsing pleasure:

Some top phrases containing 5 words (without punctuation marks) Occurrences
human rights and due process 3
as a matter of fact 3
i do not intend to 2
ang magbabagsak ng lowest bid 2
the fight against illegal drugs 2
given the fact that mindanao 2
i am not inclined to 2
is time for us to 2
a way to do it 2
it s not about our 2
the government owned and controlled 2
and the members of the 2
government owned and controlled corporations 2
ito ang deal ko sa 2
and i do not want 2
this is the way how 2
the west philippine sea issue 2
that is why i say 2
it is time for us 2


Some top phrases containing 4 words (without punctuation marks) Occurrences
a time to be 5
we will not be 4
that is why i 4
of the tax reform 4
and the members of 4
the implementation of the 4
fight against illegal drugs 3
i don t know 3
rights and due process 3
way to do it 3
human rights and due 3
a matter of fact 3
as a matter of 3
owned and controlled corporations 2
times in the past 2
do not intend to 2
speaking in slang tone 2
the members of the 2
talk about human rights 2
am not inclined to 2
not be able to 2
iyang tro na iyan 2
services to our people 2
a change that is 2
is the way how 2
not for me to 2
i am directing the 2
government owned and controlled 2
an american to say 2
for the people s 2


Some top phrases containing 3 words (without punctuation marks) Occurrences
i do not 13
and i will 9
there is a 8
i have to 7
a time to 7
that is why 7
a matter of 7
it s not 7
i don t 6
will not be 6
in the philippines 6
i am not 6
you have to 6
and they are 5
to the people 5
we have to 5
the people s 5
that s the 5
of the tax 5
time to be 5
it is not 5
we will not 5
implementation of the 5
we need to 4
to do it 4
for the people 4
the tax reform 4
is why i 4
when i was 4
those who are 4


Some top phrases containing 2 words (without punctuation marks) Occurrences
of the 70
in the 63
i will 37
do not 37
and the 35
to the 34
i am 29
it is 28
it s 28
have to 26
and i 26
for the 26
to be 24
we have 22
they are 22
that is 21
we are 21
i have 19
there is 18
the people 17
sabi ko 16
of our 16
if you 16
you are 16
will not 16
is a 15
na lang 15
will be 14
we will 14
i was 14


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