Duterte hits media for sensationalism, bias
DAVAO CITY—Leading presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday morning hit the media for sensationalism and for being biased.
During his interview at the late-night show of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, Duterte cited the importance of truthful reporting and lamented how some media units picked-up “garbage” news thrown at him without verifying.
“It was really wrong for them to adapt, it’s not even a yellow journalism, it’s [garbage]. They could have checked, they could have checked. That is the moral responsibility of publishers of newspapers. You have to check. Do not print garbage that are given to you for the sake of sensationalism,” Duterte said.
He also hit a television network for supposedly slanting its news against him and even allowing the airing of a negative television ad against him.
“I don’t know why they have to do it na ganun (that way). They would not complete your story, ‘pag ganun (if it’s like that), i-cut tapos yung ipalabas [di kumpleto], di naman niya sabihin na I was relating to something (they cut it and they released it incompletely, they don’t even say whether I was relating to something),” Duterte said.
“They might pretend to take the moral stand but they don’t,” he added.
The tough-talking mayor said some media groups “pretend to be the moral torch of the country.”
Asked about the state of press freedom during his administration, he said “it will be expanded.”
But he aired his lamentations on some members of the media.
“My lamentation is that some people are abusive of their right. Para bang wala nang limit sa kanila (it’s as if they have to limitations) to destroy just because it is election time. Kung gusto nila ganun okay lang yun (If they want it that way, then that’s okay) but I would like to remind them that it is not good,” Duterte said. CDG/rga
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