Etiquette consultants might frown on the means President Rodrigo Duterte leaves a button of his barong open even throughout formal events, however he’s on no account the one Chief Executive responsible of the style fake pas.
At the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ change of command ceremony Thursday (October 26), Duterte revealed that he bought the habit of leaving half of his barong unbuttoned from former President Fidel Ramos.
In his speech, Duterte stated Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and now-retired AFP Chief General Eduardo Año needed to button up his barong every time they meet at official occasions as a result of he doesn’t like doing so himself.
“Every time I get out from the vehicle, I’m met by — I’m always met by the Secretary of National Defense and the Chief of Staff. He would stop me right there at the door of the car and he’d button up my barong because I usually do not wear the — the last button. It suffocates me,” he stated.
“And they would say, ‘Ibaba mo na lang ‘yung fold mo sa barong.’ And, it’s not my fault. I got it from a former president, Fidel V. Ramos. He was the one who started the fashion, actually,” he stated, drawing laughter from the viewers.
Aside from leaving half of his barong unbuttoned, Duterte can also be recognized to roll up its sleeves when he feels prefer it.