By: Elena Grace Flores
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte has repeated many times that he did not endorse killings of journalists. He said; “I do not condone nor tolerate killing of journalists regardless of the motive of the killers or the reason for their killing,” Duterte said. “My duty as President is to uphold and enforce the law and I will pursue and prosecute these killers to the hilt in accordance with law, and I will be — as I have been — protective of the rights of journalists, and for that matter of any citizen, of the Republic.”
UN’s Ban Ki-moon’s statement was delivered during the recent U.N. Correspondents Association Directory Reception – addressing the inaccurate media reports on Duterte’s controversial remarks that signified allegedly his endorsing the killing of corrupt journalists. He said; “I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killing, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms. Such comments are of particular concern in light of ongoing impunity for serious cases of violence against journalists in the Philippines”.
Duterte’s actual phrase that goes; “corrupt journalists can’t be excempted from being assasinated just because they are journalists” is the reality of life based on the golden rule. If media people use their power to discredit others, the wrong deeds can go back to them to the verge of losing their lives. Ban should be disturbed with peace processes in other countries and not in the Philippines.