Misleading headlines by Anti-Du30 administration publications created a major stir in Japan when they were picked up by a foreign media. This deserved attention after Bongbong Marcos discloses his theory that there are groups who are trying hard to destabilize the government. Can they be a part of it? Here are some facts.
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Reuters Highlights Du30’s Alleged Inaction
Reuters is an international news agency with headquarters in London, United Kingdom. It stresses that President Rodrigo Du30’s spokesman said that the presidential palace has no action regarding the Comfort Women statue. Tokyo objects on it. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano announces a day after this statement that a panel looks into Japan’s request for it.
Misleading News Titles
Misleading Headlines defeat its own contents. Most Japanese people are not happy with what they read after the Philippine visit of Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communication Minister, Seiko Noda last January 9 – when the President only explains to Noda that in the country’s democratic Constitution, he cannot stop the freedom of expression of these war victims or their families. However, this is not a national policy.
Clarification on the Issue
Du30 nor the DFA Department did not give the permit to build the statue in the first place. The last thing he wants is to cause conflict with the country’s relationship with Japan. The Filipino leader just emphasizes that he alone cannot impose anything on the group following the rule of law. Since it affects foreign relations, the DFA Secretary’s intervention is necessary. There may be some truth to Marcos’ speculation on destabilization if these media intended to portray the Filipino leader as someone who doesn’t value Japan’s friendship to bring in further chaos to his administration. Otherwise, just a mere case of bad taste or unpatriotic sentiments.