Davao Del Norte Representative and incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that there is nothing offensive with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s statement justifying the killing of corrupt journalists.
When Alzarez watched the video clip of Duterte, he said that the incoming president made no declaration that it is okay to kill journalists who are engaged in corruption.
“(There was) no (such) declaration. Napanood ko yung clip. Mukhang wala siyang sinabing ganun,” said the incoming congressman.
(I do not think that he said anything like that.)
“Ang narinig kong sinabi niya, maaaring yun yung rason pero hindi lang yun ang rason,” Alvarez said.
(What I heard him say is that corruption is just one of the possible reasons why journalists are killed, but it is not the only and sole reason for the killings.)
When asked if the Davao City mayor should humbly say sorry for what he said and the outrage it caused, Alvarez said that he did not have to.
“Sorry? Wala naman ano. Parang statement lang. (It’s) nothing personal. More of an observation, naging komento lang ,” explained Alvarez, secretary-general of Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), under which party Duterte ran for the presidency.
(It was nothing, it was just like a statement. It’s nothing personal, more of an observation. It was a mere comment.)
Earlier, Duterte’s spokesman, Salvador Panelo, says that he sees nothing wrong with the statement.
“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.