Senators Franklin Drilon, Vicente Sotto III, and Juan Edgardo Angara recently gave their opinion about the supposed spat between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the media.
Senate President Franklin Drilon has expressed his optimism on Wednesday about Duterte and the media mending their strained relationship with each other for the sake of democracy.
During the weekend, Duterte announced that he would no longer give the media any interview until the end of his six-year presidential term.
“May interview, maraming mali (There are many mistakes I could make during an interview). Marami na namang criticism (There will be plenty of criticisms again), so no interview, no criticism, no wrong statement, no nothing. Shut up. Ayoko na talaga (I really do not want any more),” Duterte said.
The supposed rift between the president-elect and the media intensified after Duterte said that majority of the journalists killed in the country deserved to be assassinated for being corrupt.
Duterte responded to the criticisms from both local and international communities that he was again misinterpreted and misunderstood by the media.
Meanwhile, Senator Sotto said that there was nothing new about Duterte’s plan not to give interviews since past presidents usually used their spokespersons to talk to the media.
Senator Angara also believes that it would be better for Duterte to stop granting interviews and holding press conferences.
"Maybe that’s better para maka focus na sa trabaho as president (so that he can focus on his job as the president). Mahirap din kung maubos ang oras sa prescon (It would be difficult if he wasted his time holding a presscon)," Sen. Angara explained.