Duterte: I don’t belong to the elite

Published March 21, 2019, 8:40 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte claimed that the media is painting him in a bad light because they never really wanted him to become president because he does not belong to the elite.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

In a PDP-Laban proclamation rally in Marikina City Wednesday, the President said he is intentionally saying controversial remarks because he knew the media would be reporting about it.

“Eh ako naman, pinapatulan ko, I mean purposely nagpu-putang ina ako (Me, I just go with it. I mean, I purposely curse),” he said.

“Para lalong magsulat, bigyan ko sila ng trabaho (It’s also so they will keep on writing. I am giving them something to write about) because in the end, she will fight against herself. Gano’n ‘yan (That’s how it is),” he added.

According to Duterte, the media is also writing about his controversial remarks because they did not really want him to become president.

“Yung malisya nila, kasi ayaw ninyo ako maging presidente. Kasi kayong mga mayaman, may mga newspaper, mga UP graduates kayo, ‘yong mga commentator, sila ang may ari (You are writing like that because you didn’t really want me to be president. Because the rich ones own newspapers, there are those who are UP graduates, the commentators, they own these organizations),” he said.

“Because I do not belong to any of the ruling elite in this country… I am not your president, manigas na kayo, para sa tao kayo, kasi ang tao ang nagboto sa akin (and you live with that. I am for the people because they are the ones who elected me),” he added.

President Duterte has had several brushes with the media since 2016. He has openly criticized three media organizations and even threatened to block the renewal of franchise of one of them.

In January last year, Duterte advised journalists to criticize his administration with moderation and to be forgiving when writing about government officials.

“Do it with moderation and do not use words that tend to cast aspersion on the character,” he had said.

Despite his several brushes with the media, Duterte claimed that he is a friend of journalists.

“I am not your enemy. Your quest for truth, that’s your business, not mine,” he said December 2017. “At the end of the day, it’s not my property.”

“I want to be friends with you forever,” he added.

Duterte also acknowledged that the relationship between the media and the government, particularly him, will always be adversarial.

“Don’t worry about our relations, it’s always adversarial. Your truth is not my truth and everybody’s truth. Nothing satisfies the truth for the truth always hungers for more,” he said.

“Wala naman tayong galit [sa inyo] (I do not have anything against you). We do not fight with each other. I do not hate anybody here or else I will not be inviting you to my place,” he added. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)