There is a saying in French, l’habit ne fait pas le moine, which roughly means a habit does not make you a monk. When Malacanang released a picture of President Duterte shabbily wearing a camouflage uniform, netizens were aghast and some closet military with Twitter accounts lambasted the president for disrespecting the military uniform and unbecoming of a commander-in-chief.
The president may be comfortable in the camouflage worn like a street thug – in ‘plunging neckline’, rolled-up sleeves and rubber shoes with polka dot socks – but it demeans the military who put premium in their uniforms. He deserves demerits or even 50 push-ups if he were a cadet. Comparing with the other ASEAN leaders, they look ‘matikas’ in their camouflage attire.
Yes, if you are a monk, you should wear the habit (with poise)!