The Journalism Department of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman is urging President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte to retract his controversial remarks on media killings in the country.
“The Journalism Department of the University of the Philippines strongly denounces the statement of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on the killings of journalists in the country. His statement is a condonation of the cold-blooded murders of journalists and media practitioners,” a joint statement from students and faculty members of UP Journalism said.
The statement was a response to Duterte who said that most members of the media who were killed in the country were corrupt journalists paid to choose a side, get personal, and attack others.
The president-elect also suggested that most of the slain journalists in the Philippines deserved to be assassinated for their supposed corruption.
“We call on Duterte to retract his statement that many journalists are killed because they are corrupt or unethical,” it added. The UP students and faculty members also described the president-elect’s statements as “unwarranted, unjust, and irresponsible.”
The UP journalism department also used their joint statement to clarify to Duterte that most journalists in the country are being targeted for assassination because they expose people’s hidden crimes and corrupt practices.
As for Duterte’s supporters who say that the president-elect has once again been misinterpreted by the media and the public, the journalism department of UP has this to say: “His words were plain enough for all audiences to understand.”
Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) chairman Herman Basbano also disagreed with Duterte’s analysis of the media killings in the country, saying that most media members are honest and faithful to their duties as journalists.
According to statistics from the Committee to Protect Journalists based in New York, the Philippines is the world’s second-deadliest country for journalists.
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