- President told media he is not angry with them
- He said they can criticize him if he does wrong since it’s also their job
- He pointed out media has its own role in the country’s destiny
MANILA, Philippines – No hard feelings after all.
Despite their tumultuous relationship, President Rodrigo Duterte said he harbors no ill-will towards the media and even encourages members of the press to take him to task if he ever goes astray since it’s their job.
“Do not hesitate to attack me, criticize me if I do wrong in my job. It is your duty to your country, as I have my duty to the people to serve you,” GMA News quoted him as saying.
The president reiterated he is not angry at the media and is even willing to give them the benefit of the doubt with their line of questioning.
“I am not at liberty to be angry at anybody. It is your sworn duty to ask questions. It is also my obligation to my people for the money spent in this trip and for all the things that cost the Filipino, I have to make an official report. Wala akong galit sa inyo [I have no anger against you],” he said. “If it’s just a mere shortfall of talent, hayaan mo na [let it be], I would like to presume that you did it without malice.”
At the same time, the president reminded the media that they have their own role in fulfilling the country’s destiny — and that is to provide real and accurate news.
“Pero [But], with an accurate and true representation of what’s going on, I said saludo ako [I salute you]. The freedom of the people to be informed and a media that is there to find true and accurate information. You portray history. Kaya ako istrikto [That’s why I’m strict],” he said.