President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s executive assistant Christoper Go announced on Friday night that there would be no more press conference for the meantime in order to eradicate errors.
"Sa ngayon walang presscon para walang mali," said Go.
(In the meantime, there will be no more press conferences so there would be no mistakes.)
On Thursday night, the incoming president demanded Manila reporters to never come back to his city. Today, he has decided to make his official statements, announcements, and interviews through state-owned television station PTV-4.
"Iko-course through niya through state-owned stations 'yung press releases, 'yung mga interviews," Goadded.
(His press releases and interviews will be coursed by Duterte’s team through state-owned stations.)
Because of his recent press conferences, Duterte is being grilled by Filipinos for his statement that journalists are being murdered because they have done something wrong or they are corrupt. Several allies of the mayor defended him by saying that his pronouncement was taken out of context and that he was merely expressing his views.
Several media groups, however, condemned the incoming president and said that nothing can justify the killings of journalists even if in reality, some of them are really corrupt.
It did not stop there. The Davao City mayor was also caught catcalling GMA-7 reporter Mariz Umali in one of his aired presscon. However, he said that whistling is not a form of sexual harassment albeit the fact that it is considered as such under the Women’s Code, an ordinance in his very own Davao City.
Amidst all these, the president-elect vows on Thursday that he is to change and undergo a metamorphosis once he takes his oath of office as the president of the country on June 30 after winning by a landslide during the May 9 National Elections.
In a press conference, Duterte said that he enjoyed being rude as his days are already numbered.
“I am not yet president. Maya maya, maghintay kayo. I’m really a rude person. I’m enjoying my last time as a rude person,” Duterte said.
(I am not yet president. I will be soon, just wait I am really a rude person. I am enjoying my last time as a rude person.)