Duterte and the media - updates

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154 attacks, threats vs journalists since Duterte took office – media groups

Dec 11, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network says at least 15 journalists have been killed under the Duterte administration

Jiggy Manicad: Duterte's attacks vs media just his 'style'

Feb 05, 2019 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) Is President Duterte good or bad for press freedom in the Philippines? 'He is like a challenge because we have to stay within our ethics of reporting,' says senatorial bet Jiggy Manicad.

Former TV broadcaster Jiggy Manicad files his certificate of candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] A new weapon against press freedom in the Philippines

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Rappler is doing its job – and that’s why it has become a favorite target of the Duterte government

 HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa posts bail for tax evasion charges at the Pasig Regional Trial Court on December 3, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines down 6 spots in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 26, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'The dynamism of the media [in the Philippines] has also been checked by the emergence of a leader who wants to show he is all powerful,' says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders

HRW: Barring access to Malacañang can lead to 'broader assault' on media

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organizations whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record' Human Rights Watch Asia Division's Carlos Conde says

[OPINION | Newspoint] The elephant in the room

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Indeed, how can Duterte's hand be overlooked in the Rappler affair — it's the elephant in the room!

Duterte to media: Criticize 'with moderation'

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

'Lahat akin 'yan,' adds President Rodrigo Duterte to describe media companies he has not yet publicly attacked

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) 2018 Kick Off: Game On! All in For Nation Building at the Manila Hotel in Manila on January 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte denies hand in SEC ruling vs Rappler

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:11 PM

'The President found it unfair for Maria Ressa to claim violation of freedom of the press,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Duterte spares time for a one-on-one interview with various media outlets in Malacañang Palace on December 29. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Malacañang: Rappler can exhaust legal remedies vs SEC decision

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) While the Palace respects the SEC decision, Rappler can contest the decision until it becomes final and executory, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Freedom of expression 'under siege' in PH, say human rights groups

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:15 PM

'The government has the obligation to foster an enabling environment for freedom of expression by taking measures to promote media and digital literacy'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What I learned from being featured by the Duterte online machine

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:09 PM

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When Duterte dines with media

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte may publicly threaten media companies but he also invites their reporters to dinner

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte explains that a law barring the hero's burial for the dictators should have been passed and enacted as he comments on the Supreme Court ruling that allowed the the burial of Former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani during an interview in a gathering members of the media at the Malacañang Park on November 15, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Lies about foreign ownership a form of harassment - Rappler

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:56 AM

We don’t mind being criticized; we just ask that it be honest and factual

[Newspoint] Allocating press freedom

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:28 PM

The more the press becomes intimidated the more Duterte tries to intimidate it It’s simply the nature of the man as certified to clinically and as now revealed spectacularly in his presidency

Duterte says online defenders, trolls hired only during campaign

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls the University of Oxford which released a study about social media manipulation a school for the stupid people

President Rodrigo Duterte praises the efforts of the Overseas Filipino Workers at while encouraging them to be more proactive in the fight against corruption in his speech during the gathering with the Filipino community at the Lusail Sports Arena, Lusail, Qatar on April 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Duterte claims Rappler 'fully owned by Americans'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) In his second SONA, the President goes off script and resurrects an old issue against Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who have continued to serve the country in his speech during the PAF's 70th Anniversary celebration at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on July 4, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aquino cites 'deafening' silence of media under Duterte

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Why is it that media during our watch complained about the flimsiest and tiniest things and it seems to be a little quiet these days? former president Benigno Aquino III says

SILENCE. Former president Benigno Aquino III cites the media's 'deafening' silence under President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo byJay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 - 11:43 AM

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Duterte to block renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will file a complaint with Congress against the network giant for 'swindling'

TIRADE VS MEDIA. President Duterte intends to block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN which he accuses of 'swindling.' Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 31, 2017

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:45 AM

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Palace crafting 'social media policy' for bloggers

Feb 20, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The policy will allow bloggers to be recognized as legitimate sources of information and provide a system of accreditation says the Presidential Communications Operations Office

'SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY.' Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar is paving the way for bloggers to be seen as 'legitimate sources of information.' File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

LA Times editor: Story proposals from PH 'an automatic yes'

Feb 07, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Pulitzer winning journalist Kim Murphy says they have never been as interested in the Philippines now as in the time of dictator Ferdinand Marcos

COVERING DUTERTE. LA Times assistant managing editor Kim Murphy (center) explains the huge American interest in President Rodrigo Duterte, in a discussion alongside LA Times managing editor Marc Duvoisin (right) and assistant editor Steve Padilla (left). Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Palace media slam Andanar over 'misreporting' tirade

Jan 18, 2017 - 5:13 PM

UPDATED We are disturbed 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 says the Malacañang Press Corps

OUTSPOKEN PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte grants an ambush interview at the Palace Reception Hall. Malacañang file photo

#LeniLeaks: Speculations based on fragmented emails

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This is a product of a wild and active imagination It s adding a plus plus when there s nothing there says policy expert Tony La Viña

INCRIMINATING EMAILS? The internet explodes into a frenzy over supposed leaked emails from the Office of the Vice President containing negative messages about President Rodrigo Duterte.

The curious case of the Mocha Uson blog

Nov 05, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Its main message is that President Duterte can do no wrong This kind of citizen defense of a president is not desirable because it promotes personalistic instead of rational political discourse

Advice for comrade Duterte from the Great Beyond

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Were Idi Amin alive today he would probably send this note to President Duterte

Change has come!

Sep 12, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Mainstream media face challenges in today’s polarized environment

Duterte to media: It is your sworn duty to ask questions

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:00 AM

I am not at liberty to be angry at anybody It is your sworn duty to ask questions Wala akong galit sa inyo the President says

President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos for the ASEAN Summit on September 6.. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

How media groups wrote about Duterte’s rant vs Obama

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Journalists used to covering Duterte know he has a tendency to talk about different topics one after the other leaving journalists or the public to determine what he meant by certain statements

CONTROVERSIAL PRESSCON. President Duterte takes questions from the media before departing for Laos on September 5, 2016. Photo from PPD

Duterte opens up on presidency, SONA at media dinner

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:32 AM

President Duterte invites journalists who covered him during the campaign to a private dinner in Malacañang Park after his SONA

LONG DAY. President Duterte entertains some journalists in Bahay Pangarap after a long SONA day. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

President and press have 'common duty' to Filipinos – media groups

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:27 AM

In a pooled editorial over 20 media groups cite the importance of media s role as the people s private eye in the public arena considering the country s history under a dictatorship and its journey back into a democracy

NEW PRESIDENT. Duterte in "Malacañang of the South", DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Media not allowed in Duterte inauguration venue – organizer

Jun 20, 2016 - 8:20 PM

So far the plan is for all media outlets to rely on the feed of state run RTVM and monitor the event from another building in the Malacañang compound

COVERING DUTERTE. President-elect speaks to the crowd gathered for a Thanksgiving Party in Crocodile Park on June 4, 2016 in Davao City. Rappler Screengrab

Duterte and the media, from the perspective of a student journalist

Jun 14, 2016 - 3:26 PM

The way Duterte handled the grilling of the journalists only heightened the public’s general distrust of their watchdogs His words make a neutral party look like his biased predators And where does it leave students like me?

Duterte camp to UN: He 'will never condone’ killings

Jun 11, 2016 - 8:24 AM

‘He does not condone the killing of journalists nor any citizen for that matter regardless of its purpose ’ incoming presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo says

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Jun 08, 2016 - 8:38 PM

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Aquino on Duterte's win: 'Very masterful way of campaigning'

Jun 08, 2016 - 2:31 PM

They really mounted that better campaigning – that was the right tone right messaging right time says the outgoing Philippine president

Rappler Talk with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III at the Music Room of teh Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 7, 2016

Duterte to media: You won't boycott me? I'll boycott you

Jun 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Known for his good rapport with Davao based journalists Duterte has been in hot water over statements made in press conferences with international and national media

Duterte in 'Malacañang of the South', DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte on media killings: 'What can I do?'

Jun 03, 2016 - 10:29 AM

The president elect is dismissive and vague about how he intends to address the alarming rate of media killings in the Philippines

DUTERTE AND MEDIA. Duterte holds a media briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse at DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler