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Medialdea blames media: Bad manner, timing of question caused Duterte’s Obama tirade

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s big time gaffe with United States (US) counterpart Barack Obama wouldn’t have occurred if not for the media, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea insinuated Wednesday, September 7.

Medialdea, in a DZMM interview, told broadcaster and former vice president Noli de Castro that he did not yet have first hand information on the cancellation and reported rescheduling of the meeting between Duterte and Obama.

“Wala pa akong first hand info,” he said.

It can be recalled that Duterte launched an angry rant against Obama during a press briefing Monday wherein he warned the American leader not to question him on the spate of drug-related killings in the Philippines.

Duterte even threatened to curse Obama at the ASEAN Summit in Laos, the original site of their bilateral meeting, if the latter insisted.

But Medialdea defended Duterte’s behavior, saying that it was triggered by a case of bad timing and manner of questioning by a journalist.

“We should also understand, ako ho, sa aking personal na pananaw, nailabas niya yun, all niyo…ang tanong ho nung…the manner the question was posted,” he said in the radio interview.

“Pangalawa po, yung pagkakataon na tinanong, napakalapit po ng proximity na ang constituents mo eh na-massacre sa isang lugar. And then ganun pa dating ng tanong, eh mag-iiba talaga ang decorum ninyo,” Medialdea said.

Last Friday, an improvised explosive device (IED) attack at a night market in Davao City left 14 people dead, including women and children. The blast also injured over 60 people.

Duterte served as Davao City mayor for two decades before winning then Palace seat last May.

Tough-talking “Digong” hasn’t been the friendliest with media; at one point, he boycotted reporters for two months out of his disgust for their news “spins”.

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