Project description

President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his lengthy, spontaneous, off-the-cuff speeches. He tends to repeat certain words, themes, and curses.We checked 302 transcripts of his prepared and extemporaneous speeches during his first year in office to see his favorite words/phrases and themes.

What makes this project innovative?

This was the first attempt, if not among the first ones, to find patterns in Duterte's speeches. It's a known fact that he regularly curses and repeatedly mentions his campaigns against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption in his presidential speeches. But the actual extent of these patterns have not yet been explored.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

This story most likely wouldn't change the President's style in delivering speeches nor prevent him from cursing on the podium. But at the very least, these patterns exhibit his aspirations and his frustrations, his thoughts and his plans, especially when Filipinos listen to his every word and abide by his policies.

Source and methodology

We collected all the available transcripts of President Duterte's speeches from government websites. For transcripts that were missing, our interns transcribed videos of these speeches.We used word counter tools, then ran all transcripts through a word processing software for the top words and phrases.We published the full methodology in this blog post:

Technologies Used

We used and Microsoft Word's native word count tool to determine the lengths of his speeches. We then ran all transcripts through the CasualConc software for the top words and phrases.Web app Wordle was used for the word cloud, while DataWrapper was used for the graphs.


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