AFTER less than a year in office, we have witnessed how President Rodrigo Duterte has been inconsistent in what he says, and what he means and does after speaking.

His consistency is his being inconsistent.

His “interpreters” have to turn on the Malacañang microphones to interpret his words.

Often, insulting the intelligence of the people.

In view of the above Duterte realities, we have made it a policy, that effective this issue, we will not publish any utterances from the mouth of President Duterte.

Interpretations by his spokesperson are included in this policy.

We will publish what Mr. Duterte did after his words.

In so doing, we will be fair and factual to our readers.

We don’t want to keep reporting on something said today and change it a week or two weeks later.   

We believe this decision will help maintain and preserve the editorial integrity of this 45-year-old newspaper.

We invite other newspapers reporting about President Duterte to do the same.


Editorial on New York Times editorial

The 165-year-old New York Times (NYT), one, if not the most influential and respected newspapers in the world, came out with a harsh editorial on March 24 enumerating the supposed wrong doings of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and demanded that the PH president be made accountable.

(FR has made a similar demand in an earlier editorial.)

Leading the list was the worldwide-condemned extrajudicial killings of close to 8,000 poor Filipinos, by police or vigilantes under the Duterte anti-drugs campaign since inception in July 2016.

The NYT also made mention of Mr. Duterte’s behavior, bad words, suppression of dissent by putting his fiercest critic in prison, impeachment case filed against him in Congress, lowering to 9 the age of criminal prosecution.

The Times called on the United Nations to create an independent group that will investigate Mr. Duterte’s actuations.

It also cited the possibility of the International Criminal Court conducting an investigation since the EJKs are classified earlier as crimes against humanity.

At this stage, President Duterte is virtually pushed against the wall.

He is viewed globally as having stretched the power of the presidency in an irresponsible way and, therefore, should be made accountable.
He is also seen as having skirted the rule of law in some cases.

We know that a person who is pushed against the wall either gives in or fights back.

What will Mr. Duterte do?

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