‘It’s better not to have interviews. There will be no criticism, no wrong statements, no nothing,’ says the Philippines’ incoming president
DAVAO, Philippines – He’s known for being changeable when making “final” declarations, however it appears President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is not kidding when he said he would stop giving press conferences and would “boycott” the media.
“Wala. Apologies, ha? Talagang ano ako, boycott talaga,” Duterte said in a video posted by TV5 reporter France Noguera early Monday morning, June 6. (No. I’m sorry. I’m going to boycott.)
At the point when asked until when the boycott would stand, Duterte said: “Until the end of my term.”
Prior, Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher Go had told media that there would be no more press briefings with the a incoming president so errors would be minimized (“para walang mali”).
Duterte reverberated that notion in the TV5 journalist’s meeting.
“’Pag interview, maraming mali, marami namang criticism, so better [if there’s] no interview, no criticism, no wrong statement, no nothing,” he said, when asked why he made a decision to stop engagements with the press.
(At the point when there’s a meeting, there are a great deal of oversights, a ton of feedback, so it’s better not to have interviews. There will be no feedback, no wrong proclamations, no nothing.)
Earlier Go said that announcements and releases would be made through state-possessed PTV.
Duterte, who has been mayor of Davao City for almost 3 decades, is known for his good rapport with Davao-based writers. Yet, recent press conferences with both medias from the Philippines and abroad, Duterte made announcement that bought controversy.
He was condemned by local and international media groups after he was questioned about the media killings in the Philippines, one of the most unsafe country for journalists.
“Most of those killed, to be frank, have done something. You won’t be killed if you don’t do anything wrong…. That can’t be just freedom of speech. The Constitution can no longer help you if you disrespect a person,” the mayor said.
Duterte later on clarified his statement, classifying media into “3 classifications”: the honest reporters who in some cases get killed in the line of profession, those with personal interest and the corrupt “vultures.”
In the same press conference – the first that was held after he was proclaimed president – Duterte was caught on camera whistling GMA journalist Mariz Umali. Duterte was additionally reprimanded for his demonstration yet he later defended himself, insisting that there was nothing “sexual” behind his whistle.
He later lashed out against media who called boycott of his press conferences. It was Paris-based journalists without boarders who put forth the statement.
Duterte, through Go once more, declared he would “boycott” media if journalists declined to boycott him.
The long-time Davao City chairman is set to take his vow as president on June 30.