PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against two media companies is not an attack on press freedom but a reaction to their biased coverage, the Palace said Thursday evening.
“The President’s remarks on ABS-CBN... and Philippine Daily Inquirer is a complaint against unfairness and are not attacks against Philippine journalism,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“The President himself agreed with the adversarial… role of media as [a] check and balance against government abuses and venalities,” said Abella.
“However, it is unfortunate that these two media outfits tend to project the President as a caricature of a berserk strongman over a failed state,” said Abella.
“The President’s statement is a call for media to be more fair and unbiased; after all, nations succeed when all sectors maintain objectivity and fairness as they collaborate in nation building,” Abella added.
After administering the oath of office to the new officers of the Philippine Councilors’ League on Thursday, Duterte lashed out at the two media companies, calling their journalists walang-hiya (shameless) over their stories about him and his administration.
“Alam mo ang Inquirer kahapon, talagang bull s--- ang p----- ina niya, basura talaga ’yan pati ’yung eleksyon na ganyan. The poor will be killed. Tignan mo mag-slant. Ewan ko ba but someday—hindi ko tinatakot but someday ’yung karma dadating ’yan,” Duterte said.
(You know the Inquirer yesterday, it’s really bull s---- those sons of bitches, it’s garbage. Look at the way they slanted [my comments] to say the poor will be killed. I don’t know—and I’m not threatening them, but someday, karma will catch up with them.)
“Talagang mga walang-hiya ang p-----inang journalista na ‘yan. Sabihin ko sa inyo talagang walang-hiya pati ‘yung ABS-CBN,” he added.