Kiko defends ABS-CBN, Inquirer: Duterte di ka na mayor, umasta kang pangulo!
Rodrigo Duterte is not used to getting criticized by the media when he was still the mayor of Davao City but it’s a different ballgame now that he’s the Chief Executive.
“Iba ang usapan kapag buong bansa na ang ginagalawan nya,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said Friday (Mar. 31), reacting to the latest rant of Duterte where he blasted some media entities he claimed to be biased against him, the Catholic Church and the European Union.
“Our individual freedoms and our democracy are better to be served by a free and critical press. It is part of our democracy for presidents to be at the receiving end of a critical press,” the senator and president of the Liberal Party (LP) said.
Pangilinan further noted that Duterte’s complaint is nothing new as some of Duterte’s predecessors have had their share of squaring off with the press.
“All of these presidents have since left Malacanang but the press is still very much around,” he said.
During Thursday’s speech in Malacanang, the President lashed out at Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN, both of which he said are owned by oligarchs and with alleged vested interests, saying that they have never been fair to him and his administration.
“You know that the Inquirer and ABS-CBN, you have never been fair. I know that you are supposed to be antagonistic but what they do is garbage reporting, you scums,” Duterte said.