Nabiktima ng fake news? Palace refuses to admit Duterte misled by reports on EU politikos’ visit
Malacañang doesn’t believe President Rodrigo Duterte fell for fake news about the European Union’s (EU) supposed threat to expel the Philippines from the United Nations, but asked the media to report information correctly.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Friday (October 13) said Duterte’s tirade against the EU– which culminated in a threat for EU ambassadors to leave the country– was a “lesson for us for the need for critical reporting and — and reading of the news.”
Abella, however, insisted that Duterte only reacted as any leader wouldd when national sovereignty is violated.
“So, we call upon the — also for the media to heed his request too for correct reportage,” he said.
Asked if Duterte lashed out at the EU because he was misled by certain reports, Abella said: “It’s not a question of being misinformed.”
“Basically, he was reacting to what he was reading, okay. He was reacting to what he was reading and… So it’s not a question of being misinformed,” he said.
Barely two hours after Duterte threatened to cut ties with EU countries, Abella issued a statement saying his tirade was a response to the remarks made by a seven-member delegation from the Progressive Alliance (PA).
The group, he said, “has falsely portrayed itself as an EU mission.”
A delegation from PA and the Party of European Socialists (PES) visited the Philippines recently to call on the government to stop drug-related killings.
In a statement, the PES said “there must be consequences in the Philippines’ inclusion in the special trading instrument of the EU known as GSP+ (generalised scheme of preferences)” if the government fails to uphold human rights standards.
Abella said Duterte was “aware of the nuances” and will elaborate on his statements about the EU in other venues.