President Rodrigo Duterte said he always makes sure to tell the truth to Filipinos because he does not believe in giving bullshit just to make people happy.
Duterte made this statement amid a flurry of fake news being spread during the 30-day, Luzon-wide lockdown.
“We are not obliged. I do not have the duty to lie to you. Bakit ako magsinungaling? Kung ganun ang sitwasyon, sabihin ko sa inyo, ‘yan. Eh anong magawa ko?,” said Duterte in a late night speech Friday night.
“Wala akong obligasyon na magsinungaling sa inyo, wala. Bakit ko papahirapan ang sarili ko? Magtanong ako sa inyo. Just to lie to you to make you happy?” he added.
Duterte suggested that they should tune in to the government-owned TV station which provides regular updates on government efforts and the COVID situation regularly from top government officials themselves.
“Dito lang kayo sa… PTV-4 ba talaga ‘to? Dito lang kayo makinig ng totoo,” said Duterte.
” govern properly and right. If it makes you happy, then you smile. If not, you criticize me. Walang pigil, social media, lahat kayo,” he added.