‘Report the truth even if it destroys me’ , Duterte tells media

‘Report the truth even if it destroys me’ , Duterte tells media

The President of the Republic of the Philippines has just given his marching orders to the Philippine media to report the truth even if it would entail destroying himself.

He said this amidst the issue of the Solicitor General filing the petition of a quo warranto proceeding in the Supreme Court (SC) and the critics calling this act, leading to the path of authoritarianism.

“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 partly in Filipino,before newly-elected officers and Board of Trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

President Duterte administering the oath of  the oath-taking of newly elected officers and board of trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Feb. 12, 2020.
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“Don’t think twice even if the truth will destroy me. That’s the price of being in public service,” he added.

Duterte, however, warned 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,” he said.

Critics have been branding Duterte as a vindictive leader who is on a warpath to every media entity that would be critical to his administration, most especially to the way his anti-illegal drugs policy is being carried out.

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