President Rodrigo Duterte is no longer keen on granting interviews to the media after his family was dragged into the illegal drug trade because of “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series.
Duterte shared his distrust to the Philippine media in an interview with Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City Saturday (June 8).
“Hindi ko talaga — hindi na ako nagpapa-interview ha. Choosy ako, choosy. I don’t — I don’t especially. I have lost completely — I have lost completely trust in the Philippine media,” he said.
Duterte did not hide his displeasure over the media’s role in reporting about the “Ang Totoong Narco List.”
“After all the trash that you have read, all of you. Pati ‘yung anak mo, drug lord,” he said.
A number of media organizations and journalists have been accused of conspiring with the creators of the video series in a bid to destabilize the government. Among the entities named were VERA Files President Ellen Tordesillas, Rappler, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
While Duterte is averse to talking to the media, he told Quiboloy that he can appear as a guest on the latter’s “Give Us This Day” show as often as possible.
“Yes. You can reserve,” he told Quiboloy when asked if he would be regular guest on the show.