Duterte appeals to supporters not to threaten journalists

• President Duterte appealed to supporters to stop threatening journalists
• The President made the appeal following NUJP’s call to probe social media attacks on two female members of the media
• The NUJP said freelance journalist Gretchen Malalad and Al Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan-Caudron were threatened online

President Rodrigo Duterte said he appreciated their support, but appealed to his ardent supporters to refrain from threatening journalists.

In a speech delivered at the Philippine National Police Regiuon 10 headquarters in Cagayan De Oro, the President said he was told that some of his supporters threatened members of the media.

“I was told of several threats,” the President said.

He then asked his supporters to stop the threats.

“I appreciate very much your support and maybe your… how would I say it… enthusiasm to back me up. You are correct, I am doing nothing wrong, but of course we should also not threaten people kasi hindi na sila makapagsulat ng totoo (because they will not be able to write the truth),” Duterte said Thursday, September 22.

President Duterte’s appeal to his supporters came after the National Union of Journalists (NUJP) in the Philippines urged the Presidential Communications Office to probe the social media attacks on two female media practitioners.

As mentioned in an article by Davao Today, the NUJP said the attacks on freelance journalist Gretchen Malalad and Al-Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan-Caudron “have gone beyond legitimate criticism of their professional output to outright threats on their persons.”

Malalad, according to Davao Today, earned the ire of social media users after Time Magazine Asia edition published an article about President Duterte’s War on Drugs. Malalad was accused to have shared information to the foreign journalist who wrote the article for Time Magazine.

Alindogan-Caudron, on the other hand, received online threats after sharing her opinion on Duterte’s call to wipe out the Abu Sayyaf Group.