The Malacanang Press Corps slammed Malacanang’s Presidential Communications Office Chief Martin Andanar over his accusation that media misreported President Duterte’s statement about Martial Law.
In a one page joint statement issued Wednesday January 18, 2017, the Palace media said they take exception on Andanar’s accusation that they are misreporting President Duterte’s statement about Martial Law.
MPC also said there’s no way that media will misreport on the matter because they are merely paraphrasing or translating some of his the president’s remarks.
Andanar in a statement last Sunday January 15, 2017 was on attack mode saying media has misreported President Duterte’s Martial Law statements. He called media reports as irresponsible journalism and that such headlines only sow panic and confusion.
“Such headlines sow panic and confusion to many. We consider this kind of reportage as the height of journalistic irresponsibility,” he said.
But MPC is quick to point out that they are just reporting from what the President has said.
“A review of the President’s speech last Saturday in Davao City would reveal that the media merely paraphrased or translated some of his remarks,” they wrote.
They also encouraged Andanar and his staff to read the news reports in its entirety and not just the headlines. They also shared how disturbing it is for Palace official to constantly put the blame on media whenever the President creates controversy or drew flak from his statements
In the end they hoped that “such behavior is not an attempt to discredit or undermine the media, which plays a crucial role in keeping our democracy healthy and checking those in power, and supplant them with information sources that would push for an agenda that is less than noble than the truth.”
Here’s the complete statement from Malacanang Press Corps regarding Sec. Martin Andanar’s media blaming game.
We take exception to the statement of Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar accusing the media of “misreporting” President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement about Martial Law.
A review of the President’s speech last Saturday in Davao City would reveal that the media merely paraphrased or translated some of his remarks.
In particular, we are referring to following lines:
“You know I have to protect the Filipino people. It’s my duty. I tell you now, if I have to declare Martial Law, I will declare it. Not about invasion, insurrection, not about danger. I will declare Martial Law to preserve my nation, period.”
“Wala akong pakialam diyan sa Supreme Court or — because the thing, the right to preserve one’s life and my nation, my country transcends everything else even the limitation. Kung gusto ko at it will deteriorate into something really virulent, I will declare Martial Law if I wanted to. Walang makapigil sa akin.”
“They say, ‘Why are you declaring Martial Law?’ ‘Because I have to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land.’ That’s why I said, ‘Do not go into that thing because I will kill you.’ That’s what I said in Davao, eh di namatay na talaga. Anak ka ng…Sinabi ko sa’yo, do not tinker with this, it’s a very dangerous thing.”
The media have no obligation to please or satisfy their sources because their loyalty is to the citizens, those who will be affected by the actions of people who are far more powerful than them.
We encourage the good secretary and his officials to read the entire news stories, not just the heads or titles, to get a better picture of the media’s coverage of the President.
We are disturbed and appalled by the propensity of the officials of this administration to blame the media whenever the inflammatory statements of the president stir controversy or draw flak.
This trend should stop as it would not contribute to the elevation of the level of public discourse.
We hope that such behavior is not an attempt to discredit or undermine the media, which plays a crucial role in keeping our democracy healthy and checking those in power, and supplant them with information sources that would push for an agenda that is less than noble than the truth.