Manila, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has on Wednesday urged members of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas “to report to the truth, even if it would end up destroying me.”
“Report to the public because you owe it to the republic to inform them. I’m just asking you to simply [report] the truth. If the truth will destroy me, so be it,” Duterte, speaking alternately in Tagalog and English, told newly-elected officers and Board of Trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).
“Don’t think twice even if the truth will destroy me. That’s the price of being in public service,” the President added.
At the same time the Chief Executive also warned the media
that his government would not tolerate “any abuse” of the freedom of the press.
“While our Constitution upholds freedom of the press, the function of broadcast is a privilege granted by government. It is imbued with the best interest of the nation and our people. And we will not tolerate any abuse of that privilege,” the President said.
Duterte is currently on the warpath with network giant ABS-CBN which he vowed to put out of business owing to its failure to air his presidential campaign advertisements in 2016.
Congressional franchise of the Lopez-owned media company expires on March 30, 2020 and has already filed at least 10 network franchise renewal bills.
On Monday (10 February 2020) the Office of the Solicitor General filed a quo warranto petition with the Supreme Court asking the high tribunal to forfeit the legislative franchises of ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiary, ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc.
Palace Spokesman Sal Panelo maintains Duterte’s issue with ABS-CBN has nothing to do with freedom of the press or expression and so with OSG’s petition. (IAMIGO/sovereignph.com)