Say what: Quotable quotes of 2017

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED December 28, 2017 01:41 pm
Illustration by Mark Renacido/ Inside Manila

(Inside Manila) Year in and year out, the country’s icons never failed to deliver the most “quotable” and hilarious statements that make each year's headlines. Of course, 2017 is no exception. Here are the 10 most recognized remarks that made 2017 another year to remember.

Wow Mali

In one of his many tirades against television network ABS-CBN, President Rodrigo Duterte mistakenly referred to Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez, ABS-CBN Corp. Chairman, as “Gabby Concepcion,” the actor.

The Wow Mali Master

Known for his witty and funny punchlines, veteran comedian Joey De Leon also made his own buzz this year when he addressed depression during GMA’s longest running noontime show “Eat Bulaga.”

Not Sotto-copied this time

Another fixture in the yearly compilation of uproarious statements, the honorable Senator Tito Sotto took the social media spotlight May 2017 when he belittled then-Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo for being a single parent.

You have the right to remain silent

Sexy dancer-turned-Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson also had her fair share of the spotlight this year, of course. During a senate hearing on fake news on October 4, Senator Bam Aquino forced the PCOO Asec. to invoke her rights against self… discrimination?

The ever protective Cabinet Secretary

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar had a unique description for European organizations critical of President Duterte.

The Hugot of the Year

Vice President Leni Robredo started 2017 as the first official to resign from Duterte’s Cabinet. She resigned as housing chief after receiving orders, thru text message, from Malacañang for her to stop attending Cabinet meetings.  

Right in the face

In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim among the audience, Duterte asked the US to return the Balangiga bells—the “war booty” of the Filipino-American War in 1901.  


The ever-tough talking President Duterte was never submissive to his critics, especially Senator Antonio Trillanes who has been accusing him of ill-gotten wealth since Day 1. So when he has the chance, he would say things like that.


And whenever Sen. Trillanes also has the chance, he would throw things like this:

Parental Guidance

This year’s buzzer beating statement came from Kris Aquino’s son, Bimby, who has been on the receiving ends of questions online regarding his  sexual preference.



Pssst, kuya! Anti-Catcalling Bill is Now Approved

After more than a year of hearings and readings, the Senate had finally approved the bill seeking to penalize catcalling and other forms of public or harassment.