President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered to refrain from addressing him as ‘His Excellency’ and the cabinet secretaries as ‘Honorable’ in all official communications.
In a memorandum dated July 15 — addressed to all departments, bureaus, cabinet members and heads of government agencies — the directive order from President Duterte states:
As a matter of policy, the President has instructed the following:
1. That the President shall be addressed in all official communications, events or materials as “PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE” only, and without the term “His Excellency”, and
2. All members of the Cabinet shall be addressed in all official communications submitted to the Office of the President as “Secretary” only, and without the term “Honorable”.
However, all government agencies and offices, in their discretion, may use the term “Honorable” in addressing their respective heads of offices in their internal communication and documents.
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