Duterte criticizes ABS-CBN and Inquirer over 'slanted' reporting

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, March 30, 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte teed off on the media on Thursday during the oath-talking of the new officers of the Philippine Councilors’ League in Malacañang, calling out two of the major news organizations in the country, ABS-CBN and Philippine Daily Inquirer, for their "slanted" reporting.

“Inquirer, mga bullshit kayo, pati ‘yang ABS-CBN, basura ‘yang inano ninyo. Dapat may magsabi sa inyo ngayon, mga putang-ina ninyo, sinobrahan niyo ang kalokohan ninyo,” he said, complaining about the newspaper's reporting on his brutal war on drugs.

“What I’m saying is, they are the ones saying I am killing the poor. Yesterday’s Inquirer was really bullshit, son of a bitch. It’s really garbage. Even during the elections," he said.

Mr. Duterte also lashed out at ABS-CBN over its reporting on his alleged hidden wealth. "And this ABS-CBN. Because if I have the money, son of the bitch. I am here in the government now and you can request, son of a bitch, there at Central Bank, tell them to get a statement," he said, adding a challenge that "if there is really P200 million in my account, I will resign tomorrow."

In a statement, the Inquirer said that it "takes exception to President Duterte’s remarks that the newspaper has been unfair in its coverage of him and his administration."

"Since its founding in 1985, the Inquirer has upheld the highest standards of excellence in journalism. Even as we’ve courageously pursued the truth in our coverage, we’ve endeavored to get the administration’s side of any controversy," the statement reads.

(Read Inquirer's full statement here)

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, for its part, released a scathing statement criticizing Mr. Duterte's pronouncements, saying that it "was not only unwarranted, it was absolutely twisted."

"Mawalang-galang subali’t napakalinaw na kayo po, at hindi sila, ang bastos. It was a brazen abuse of your immense power as chief executive of this land and only shows how little, if any, appreciation you have of democracy and governance. It is a mindset of the petty tyrant who mistakenly believes public office is an entitlement that allows you to flaunt the laws of the land that both grant you power and ensure the checks that prevent you from abusing that power," the group said.

NUJP also said that they aren't expecting any apology from the president and that his threats "cannot and will not prevent us, the community of independent Filipino journalists, from fulfilling our duty to inform the people as best we can of what is happening to our country, whether you agree with what we report or not."

(Read NUJP's full statement here)

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