There was no mistake in Duterte's statement on media killings – Panelo

There was no mistake in Duterte's statement on media killings – Panelo

After President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s statement on media killings caused public rage, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, says that he sees nothing wrong with it.

“For one I did not think there was a mistake on what he said last night I was there in the exchange so nakita ko rin na walang mali sa sinabi niya lang yung personal knowledge niya of the case at saka yung logic na not because you’re a journalist e pinatay ka na,” Panelo told the media.

(For one, I did not think there was a mistake on what he said last night. I was there in the exchange so I saw that there was nothing wrong with that he said. He just blurted out his personal knowledge of the case and the logic that it is not just because you are a journalist that you will be killed.)

There was no mistake in Duterte's statement on media killings – Panelo

“Ang nakikita ko kay President-elect Duterte he doesn’t need to be pointed out that he has committed a mistake. He discerns himself and when he realizes that his statement has been taken out of context, he explains it or, for instance, he was misquoted, he clarifies it. If he thinks that his playful statements have been made to be very serious ones, he tells us,” he added.

(What I can see with President-elect Duterte is that he does not need to be pointed out that he has committed a mistake. He discerns himself and when he realizes that his statement has been taken out of context, he explains it or, for instance, he was misquoted, he clarifies it. If he thinks that his playful statements have been made to be very serious ones, he tells us.)

Panelo also emphasized that the incoming president was taken out of context because there was a heated exchange between Duterte and the reporter. He clarified that Duterte meant that anyone who commits a crime will be killed regardless of profession, especially if there is corruption involved.

“Kapag ang media takes side may problema na dapat kayo nu’n, mayroong masasaktan lalo na kung naglaro ka pa meaning tumanggap ka pa [ng bribe],” Panelo said.

(If the media (personnel) takes side, there is a problem. Someone will get hurt, especially if you also played around, meaning you accepted bribe.)

“If you are discerning it up, kung titignan ninyo ang kanyang body language, ‘yun talaga ang ibig niyang sabihin. Siguro dahil sa mainit na palitan ng usapan between him and the one asking question parang nawawala yung context ng kanyang sinasabi,” he said.

(If you are discerning it up, if you observe his body language, that is what he meant. Maybe it was taken out of context because of the heated exchange between him and the one asking the question.)

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