President Duterte dares online news sites to prove allegations against government

UNTV News   •   January 18, 2018   •   3937

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has defended himself against accusations that his administration is restricting the freedom of the press after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to revoke the registration of the online news site, Rappler.

“Wala akong pakialam diyan. I mean, you have been throwing trash and s*** all along but pinabayaan ko. Pag nasilip kayo na meron pala kayong…but of the matter is, sabihin naman ninyong harassment. Kalokohan. Kung kami ang magmura, masama. Kung kayo ang gumawa ng kalokohan ninyo, okay kayo,” he said.

(I don’t care about that. I mean, you have been throwing trash and s*** all along but I let it go. When you are investigated and they find something…but of the matter is, you then start calling it harassment. That’s foolishness. When we cuss, we’re the bad guys. But when it’s you who’s misbehaving, it’s fine.)

The Chief Executive insisted that he had no hand in the decision of the SEC, noting that many of those who participated in the voting of the ruling are not his appointees.

The President also slammed media organizations that oligarchs and elites allegedly use to destroy the image of the government.

President Duterte also named Rappler and the broadsheet Inquirer in his speech.

He also warned of filing charges against owners of media outlets whom he accused of violating the Constitution.

“So it’s not a question of press freedom. It’s a question of abuse and protection by the elite of this country who hold the power. It’s about time that kayong mga mayaman, p***** i** huminto kayo kaka-abuso ninyo. Ginagamit ninyo ang media. Tingnan ninyo, one of these days, I’ll file a plunder case. ‘Pag finile ko plunder case, you will go to jail without a bail. Yung inyong mga reporter, they will be allowed to criticize us. But you go to jail for your crime or crimes,” Duterte said.

(So it’s not a question of press freedom. It’s a question of abuse and protection by the elite of this country who hold the power. It’s about time that the rich elites, **** stop your abuse. You are using the media…one of these days, I’ll file a plunder case. When I file the plunder case, you will go to jail without a bail. . . your reporters, they will be allowed to criticize us. But you go to jail for your crime or crimes.)

He also challenged Rappler to prove the allegations in one of its reports about Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

In the said news item, Rappler reported that Go meddled in the acquisition of two warships of the Philippine Navy worth P15.5 billion.

The Chief Executive defended his assistant secretary and called Rappler a fake news outlet.

“Alam mo, hindi ako mag-yabang pero bilyonaryo ‘to [Go], sa totoo lang. Punta kayong Davao, tanungin niyo kung sino ‘yan. Itong mga ganito…it seems to appear na intervening because of what? Money? The things that you are telling here never happened,” said Duterte addressing Rappler.

(I will not boast, but this one [Go] is a billionaire. Go to Davao City and ask who he is. It seems to appear that he was intervening. Because of what? Money? The things that you are telling here never happened.)

The President promised to fire Go if Rappler can prove his purported meddling.

“Let me know tomorrow and I will fire him if he did intervene, even for one word,” Duterte said.

In a statement, Go also denied the allegations reported by the online news site. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

Palace opposes Urban Dictionary definition of ‘Duterte’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019

The Malacañang refuted the Urban Dictionary for defining ‘Duterte’ as ‘to scam, trick, or con.

During a press briefing on Tuesday (Aug 20), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo will seek to counter the definition on the website.

“‘Duterte’ to us means honest, incorruptible, politically-willed person, courageous, selfless, honest, transparent and all good things…and other synonymous terms,” Panelo said.

The definition was uploaded by an unknown internet user one month ago. Urban Dictionary is crowd-sourced online dictionary for slang words and phrases.

Panelo suspects, the uploader might be a member of anti-Duterte groups.—AAC

Palace: Duterte in good health, went motorcycle-riding over the weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

File: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday assured that President Rodrigo Duterte is in good health despite being out of the public eye for more than a week now.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement amid concerns on Duterte’s health and absence in the past week.

He added that Duterte even went for a motorcycle ride in Davao City over the weekend.

“In fact, he shared to me yesterday, sabi nya, ‘Alam mo ba na I went out sa motorsiklo?’ Nag motorsiklo daw siya sa subdivision niya. Hindi ko na alam kung kahapon yun o the day before,” he said.

“It only shows na kung nakaka-motor siya, he’s in good health,” he added.

Duterte was last seen in public on August 9 when he attended a police event in Camp Crame in Quezon City.  

Panelo said that when not attending any public engagement, the chief executive deals with paperwork and private meetings.

“Ang sabi niya, marami siyang trabaho na mga papeles, binabasa niya isa-isa. Hindi siya makapirma ng hindi niya thoroughly reading these papers,” Panelo said.

“At the same time, meron siyang mga private meetings and courtesy call,” he added.

The president’s health has been a recurring issue given his age.

At 74, Duterte is the oldest to be elected Philippine president in history.

He previously revealed he was suffering from Barret’s esophagus or medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, as well as perpetual pain due to a spine injury and constipation. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte won’t interfere in Cardema-Guanzon row – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

File: President Rodrigo Duterte (PCOO)

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere with the row between Duterte Youth Party-list nominee Ronald Cardema and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Rowena Guanzon.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardema and Guanzon’s feud is between the two of them.

He added that the president will not meddle in the issue as he respects the independence of Comelec and other constitutional bodies.

“The case between Mr. Cardema and Commissioner Guanzon, I think it’s between the two of them,” he said.

“Moreover, the President respects the independence of any constitutional body. The President has not and will not interfere on any function of the Commission as well as other constitutional bodies,” he added.

Guanzon has been vocal about her opposition to Cardema’s nomination as the Duterte Youth Party-list representative and accused the latter as the one behind the threats against her.

Cardema, in turn, accused Guanzon of extortion, which she denied.

The Commissioner also dared the former to file an impeachment case against her.

READ: Comelec 1st division cancels Cardema’s nomination as Duterte Youth party rep

The feud between the two follows the decision of the poll body’s first division to cancel Cardema’s nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth party because the law states that youth representatives must be from 25 to 30 years old.

Instead of having word war, Panelo advised Cardema to file an appropriate complaint against Guanzon to settle the issue. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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