MANILA, Sept 6 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told the police to bring the media along on operations amid growing questions about the administration’s drug war.
“I suggest to the police to bring hordes of media in their operations. Dadalhin mo lahat ng media. Sige, maglinya kayo diyan. Tignan ninyo at we will try to make an arrest and see what develops,” he told reporters after attending Metrobank’s 55th anniversary celebration.
Duterte said that the police should also try to make the media believe in their side of the story, too.
“O kayo ang mabaril, eh ‘di, ayaw pa kaya ninyong maniwala na walang mga baril ‘yan. Hala sige. Next time, I’m ordering. Now, this is an order: Bring the media at paunahin mo sila so that they can get the story from the beginning to the end,” he said.
“Kasi kung papasukin lang at tapos na ang barilan, sabi naman niyo, ‘Ah, tinapunan lang ‘yan ng baril diyan.’ Kaya dapat, sabay kayo sa pulis. Now, sabihin niyo, ‘Bakit kami?’ Ah, journalism. Bravery under–in the interest of the truth,” he added.
“Why don’t you try to experience the work of a police? One… One swallow makes a summer? Two killings makes it a policy of the Republic of the Philippines? Bakit kami magpatay ng inosente?” Duterte continued.
The President was echoing his earlier reaction to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ statement that there is a policy tolerating killings in the war on drugs.
“Do you think two killings, even if it’s illegal, would make a policy? Dalawang patay. Palagay na natin pinatay, murder,” he said.
“I ask Hontiveros: Is that already a policy? Is that a baseline of a policy? Napakabobo naman niya,” he added. (MNS)