Originally published on the NUJP website on 30 March 2017
[Statement] NUJP to Duterte: Mawalang-galang subali’t napakalinaw na kayo po, at hindi sila, ang bastos (We beg your pardon, but it is clear that it is not the media, but you, who is rude).
Mr. Duterte, your mouth is getting the better of you!
Your incoherent and foul-mouthed rant against two of the country’s major media outfits – the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN – was not only unwarranted, it was absolutely twisted.
Mawalang-galang subali’t napakalinaw na kayo po, at hindi sila, ang bastos. It was a brazen abuse of your immense power as chief executive of this land and only shows how little, if any, appreciation you have of democracy and governance. It is a mindset of the petty tyrant who mistakenly believes public office is an entitlement that allows you to flout the laws of the land that both grant you power and ensure the checks that prevent you from abusing that power.
No, Sir, we have learned enough to know that to ask you for an apology or to even come to your senses is an exercise in futility. But one thing we can assure you of, Sir, your curses and your threats cannot and will not prevent us, the community of independent Filipino journalists, from fulfilling our duty to inform the people as best we can of what is happening to our country, whether you agree with what we report or not.
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