FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte wants to open People’s Television Network or PTV 4 to the public.
During the inauguration of the station’s Cordillera hub in Baguio City last Saturday, the President said that he is ready to provide an airtime for ordinary citizens to voice out their grievances to the government.
These include the rebel group New People’s Army and groups that hold protests.
“So I would urge all, kayong mga kababayan ko (my countrymen). There’s no need for you to demonstrate and snarl traffic along the way because I urge you to come here, explain to the management, and you have a valid grievance or reason, we will… I would tell you, give them the time.” the President said.
Even the Moro rebels in Mindanao will be given the chance to express their grievances in public through the government station.
“‘If you think that you have to communicate to the whole of the Philippines for what you are aspiring for, your nationalism, we understand that; that you have been deprived of your lands, we understand that; that there has been historical injustice, we understand that; and the fact that you were there when Magellan was sailing just about the first day of his voyage here, alam namin ‘yan, (we know that)” he said.
The President emphasized that he does not intend to use the TV station as his personal public relations agency.
However, the President said government officials who face issues and criticisms may use the TV station to defend themselves and explain their side.
“Maybe if you want to issue a statement in connection with the… what you do, especially if you are about to be criticized or being criticized or having been criticized and you want to answer, I said a fair chance, the right to be heard. Remember that”, said President Duterte.
According to the chief executive, the TV station is run using the people’s money so it must only be used for the welfare of the Filipino people. — Grace Doctolero | UNTV News and Rescue