Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the running mate of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during the recently concluded election, said that the response of the United Nations (UN) on the statement of Duterte is based on premature information.
“The reaction of the UN is premature and lacks information,” Senator Cayetano said in a chance interview.
“This is completely false… They did not get the way the president-elect speaks,” he added, pertaining to what he calls as ‘cultural disconnect’ between the iron-fisted mayor and the westerners.
“If they had the interpreter, if they had local counterparts here explain to them, this is the way our president talks, this is how we meant, their statement should have been ‘we agree with the president, journalism should not be a refuge or place for extortionists but there should always be no justification for killing anyone," he said.
Cayetano stressed that Duterte is ready to protect the country and its people, including journalists.
“This issue is being magnified to make it appear that we have a monster president when we have a president who hates crime but loves his people and he will fight even for journalists,” he said.
Senator Cayetano said that the information that the UN have received was based from secondary information and such is not that reliable.
“What happened was he said and she said, he said, he said. The UN will then be told, sir, Duterte said it’s okay to kill (journalists). But that’s not what he said,” the senator said.
Cayetano also warned the UN not to jump into conclusions.
“You know it’s time for professional organizations, professional diplomats to step in and take away this disconnect. This is no longer miscommunication and misinformation. We’re jumping into conclusion,” Cayetano said.
“The UN should clarify its statement because they misunderstood,” he added.
Christoper Go, executive assistant of Duterte, announced earlier that there would be no more press conferences for the meantime in order to eradicate errors.
"Iko-course through niya through state-owned stations 'yung press releases, 'yung mga interviews," Go said.