Christopher “Bong” Go, executive assistant and one of the closest aid of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte, announced on Saturday that the president-elect is to boycott the media.
"Kung ayaw n'yo daw mag-boycott sa kanya, s'ya daw mag-boycott sa inyo," Bong Go said in a text message.
(If you do not want to boycott him, he says, he will be the one to boycott you.)
"(Anyway), mayor pa naman siya and si PNoy ang pres(idente)," Bong Go added.
(Anyway, he is still a mayor and PNoy (President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino) is still the president.
On Friday, Go announced that there would be no more press conferences 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," Go added.
(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.
The Davao City mayor was also caught catcalling GMA-7 reporter Mariz Umali in one of his aired press conferences. 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.
Duterte will take his presidential seat in the Palace on June 30.