PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte singing a duet with Asia’s Queen of Song Pilita Corrales and then joking that he did so on the “order of the commander-in-chief of the United States of America” Donald Trump brought the house down in the gala dinner he hosted to kick off the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and related summits Sunday night.
It was a great icebreaker and showed the jovial side of President Duterte whose sense of humor nonetheless belies the seriousness by which he tackles his mandate to bring about prosperity to the country while defeating the multi-headed monster that is the menace of illegal drugs.
The ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners like US President Trump looked resplendent in their Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana gown, and with the ASEAN Summit delegates being so dressed as they partook of the mainly Filipino cuisine served, the Philippine hosting of the summit got off on the right foot.
Probably the only sour note thus far in the ASEAN Summit is that incident in which former beauty queen Maria Isabel Lopez intentionally drove into the ASEAN lane and then boasted about it by posting a video that has since gone viral on Facebook.
Lopez has apologized but even her apology lacked sincerity and remorse with her excuse that she’s but human and that other motorists also followed her contemptuous action of driving into the ASEAN lane.
With Lopez’s arrogant admission on that FB post that she herself removed the traffic cones to be able to use the ASEAN lane, the original and the graver sin belongs to her. We cannot have drivers like Lopez endangering other motorists and people on the streets with her arrogance and her being “pasaway.”
Suspension of Lopez’s driver’s license would be too light a punishment. She should be banned from ever driving a vehicle on Philippine streets.