Duterte calls Western-backed media ‘paid hacks, hyenas’: Victim daw sila? May ruling na, ayaw pang tanggapin! May awards pa!
President Rodrigo Duterte went on a fresh rant against foreign-funded organizations led by Rappler amid allegations that they are plotting to oust him from power.
In an interview in Davao City, Duterte called the foreign-back media outfits as “paid hacks” and “hyenas.”
“They themselves know that they are dishing lies. They proclaim to the world with protestations that they are the victims of…eh nandiyan sila of their own making,” said Duterte.
“We do not control them. We have not organized any… Sa kanila ‘yan. And yet when the ruling is there, ayaw nilang tanggapin,” he added.
“Then the idiots of the Western world start to give you the — and even people who are in jail facing criminal charges, trial, may mga awards na. This is a crazy world and let it remain there. I’d rather that we allow the Western to muddle up everything. Because in the end, it is the Western world that’s going to suffer,” he said.
Duterte was alluding to the case of Rappler whose corporate registration was revoked by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for violating the total ban on foreign ownership of media (eBay founder Pierre Omidyar injected $1.5 million to Rappler). Rappler is also facing tax evasion and cyberlibel.
Rappler has painted itself, through Western media, as the victim in these cases claiming that it was being harassed for its adverse reports on Duterte extrajudicial killings.
According to blogger RJ “Thinking Pinoy” Nieto, side from Rappler (P7.2 million), other media firms that obtained funds from the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy, created by former President Ronald Reagan as a front for the Central Intelligence Agency, are Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (P12.4 million); Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (P17.8 million); and Vera Files (P10.1 million).