You all know that DU 30 called Cesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia, “Idiot.”  The editorial of today’s Inquirer ends with the paragraph: As is President Duterte’s wont, he reacted to the mirror of criticism dismissively, and reflexively used the language of insult he favors in public forums. “That idiot.”

With the clever choice of a punctuation mark – a period instead of a comma – the Inquirer has called somebody powerful an idiot without drawing adverse consequence, unless the idiot’s men are sharp enough to have caught the trick shot.  

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