- President Rodrigo Duterte condemned the media for reporting story angles that have negative impact on his war on drugs
- Duterte said that the the media only choose stories that appeal to them
- He defended his administration's war on drugs and said that the police only kill those who resist
President Rodrigo Duterte accused the media of reporting stories that they only want to broadcast as he has become a subject of criticism due to his administration's bloody war against drugs.
According to Duterte, the media only chooses stories they want to broadcast and trim videos to certain angles that shows negative portrayal of the administration and its drug war.
Despite criticisms, the president commanded the police to proceed with their jobs and set aside negative comments, mentioning how the media can tell their own stories and interpret those on their own.
The president added that if a certain angle is not what the media would want to broadcast, then cameras would be shut down and would fond a different story.
He then mentioned that it all roots to money and sensationalism. He said that not only in politics does such practice apply but also in media.
He explained that this was also his reason why he do not want to see high-profile convict Jaybee Sebastian, saying the the media would put a different meaning to it. He said that if ever he visits Sebastian, the media might just think that the convict and the government are friends and referred to it as "foolish".
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He further emphasized that the police are only to kill if their lives were at risk. According to him, the police are instructed to place the criminals under custody and to bring them to court, explaining that they cannot do such if they resist and fight it out.
He then said that the cameras only record policemen in the act of killing.