The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte over his recent tirade against two major local media outlets.
In a statement, NUJP said Duterte’s mouth was getting the better of him after he publicly said media were biased, “bastos” and full of bullshit.
“Your incoherent and foulmouthed rant against two of the country’s major media was not only unwarranted, it was absolutely twisted. Mawalang-galang subali’t napakalinaw na kayo po, at hindi sila, ang bastos,” they said.
The NUJP also said that Duterte exhibited an abuse of power as the leader of the country with his actions that show how little he values our democracy.
“It is a mindset of the petty tyrant who mistakenly believes public office is an entitlement that allows you to flaunt the laws of the land that both grant you power and ensure the checks that prevent you from abusing that power,” they added.
According to the NUJP, they weren’t expecting an apology from Duterte based on previous incidents involving the President. Still, they said that as journalists, they will continue to do their duty of informing the public with the truth whether Duterte likes it or not.
The NUJP’s statement comes after the President called out the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN during a public speaking engagement for alleged unfair reportage.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer for its part said in their own statement that they’ve always pursued the truth while giving voice to both sides in their reports.