Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Duterte son follows in his father's footsteps: gives One-Finger Salute to journalists

Councilor Paul Duterte, son of now acting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, flashed the bird at journalists who sought his reaction to his daddy's position on his sister Davao City Mayor Sara's punching court sheriff Abe Andres as he took steps to execute a court order to demolish illegally built structures in Barangay Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Suliman, Agdao. This is a son mirroring a father. The elder Duterte, the other day, also gave journalists the finger when asked to comment on the same matter.
"Nia pa oh (Here's more)," he said.

He immediately walked away after flashing the dirty finger.

The Finger is identified as the digitus impudicus (impudent finger) in Ancient Roman writings and reference is made to using the finger in ancient Greek comedy to insult another person. The widespread usage of the finger in many cultures is likely due to the geographical influence of the Roman Empire and Greco-Roman civilization. Another possible origin of this gesture can be found in the first-century Mediterranean world, where extending the digitus impudicus was one of many methods used to divert the ever-present threat of the evil eye offence.

The gesture may also be referred to as the highway salute, the Bronx salute, the one-finger salute, the bird (as in giving, flipping, or flying the bird), flipping off someone, or (in Canada) the Trudeau salute.

[NB: Some parts of this article are lifted from the Wikipedia article Finger (gesture) in a way compliant with the Wikipedia CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported License terms.]

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