Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte took office as the country’s top official, he already has this love-hate (but mostly hate) relationship with the mainstream media, and just recently, the President once again lambasts the country’s major TV networks.
In a press briefing at the Provincial Capitol Guest House in Isabela, Duterte encouraged the public to just send their donations for Typhoon Ompong victims to government institutions or Red Cross instead of giving it to the major TV stations.
“I will not mention it but yung mga prominent TV network, I’m giving you a testimony, personal. Ang sabi, mag-donate kayo, used clothes ganun, sa kanila then they’ll give you a bank account number where you can deposit your donation. You’re better off giving it to government or to the military and let them distribute it direct,” Duterte said.
The President revealed that he personally witnessed how some TV station staff would sort the donation and take whatever they can utilize for their personal use.
“Because I have a TV program, nakikita ko yung matatanda diyan sa opisina, they were sorting out the things that were usable or are usable for them,” the President said.
“Maniwala kayo sa akin as your president, I’m giving you what I saw and what I have learned,” he added.
Although the President did not mention any TV network name and we know for a fact that the two major TV stations in the country run their own foundation to help disaster victims, netizens could not help but conclude that he is actually referring to ABS-CBN since Duterte has a weekly program entitled “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” back when he was still a Mayor in Davao City, and this show is being handled by ABS-CBN’s local station in his hometown.
The President also did not deny the fact that the public has the tendency to be suspicious of the government especially during disaster relief efforts, but he argued that majority of government staff is sincerely doing their job.
“Hindi naman mapilit ang perception ng tao sa amin. But most of the officials who have sworn their duty to the people, nandiyan ‘yan nagta-trabaho,” he said.
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