By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday echoed United States President Donald Trump's sentiments against the "dishonest" press.
"Kaya huwag kayong masyadong maniwala iyang mga media-media. Huwag kang maniwala diyan. Sabi nga ni Trump eh dishonest," he said during a summit at the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Quezon City.
"Kita n'yo naman noong eleksyon. Kita mo naman iyong binuhos ng TV," he added, referring to how the media reported the accusation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that Duterte had undeclared P211 million in bank deposits.
Trump on Tuesday accused the media of refusing to report on the attacks by the Islamist militants in Europe.
Duterte's statement came after he met with his staunch social media supporters in Malacañang on Tuesday. These supporters have been criticizing the mainstream media on how they cover his activities and pronouncements.
At the start of the transition period for his then incoming administration, Duterte in June 2016 decided to boycott the media after he drew flak for saying most journalists were killed because they were corrupt.
He was also criticized for catcalling GMA News reporter Mariz Umali during a press conference in his hometown of Davao City.
Duterte held his first press conference with Malacañang reporters in August 2016.