By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte was not angry to the United Nations experts who condemned his recent statement that he excused killings of corrupt journalists.His lawyer Salvador Panelo issued a statement saying; Special Rapporteur on summary executions Cristof Heyns and Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye seems to have the “wrong premise” – as partially correct reports twisted Duterte’s comments. “Go home and get some sleep. You are overworked and sound beat”; said the sympathetic President.
Then clarified;”I never said that killing journalists is justified because they are involved in corruption. What I said is that you don’t have to be a journalist to be the subject of an assassination.”
He stressed out that the “noble vocation of journalism does not apply to extortionists and criminals” that allegedly take sides, accept bribes and “renege on their commitments.”
“By chance, do they know the rule on fair play and the right to be heard? It seems to me you are more adept at fumigation, sometimes aka (also known as) as foul or idiocy,” Duterte said. This statement only applies if the two UN envoys really critisized the President that way since the interviews were not seen on video. It is clear that interpretations given to the two were not accurate or else there won’t be any negative reaction, so their statements can be spiced up by the covering media also since they already lost their credibility and lose their presidential priviledge due to inaccurate reporting.