Si PNoy noon pinrotektahan ng media, pero nung si Duterte na...
Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte has been the big headline on various international and local media upon his curse words during the 49th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
The media were quick to report that the cursed words were intended to the United States President Barrack Obama.
This has led to the cancellation of their meeting.
On a viral post of Atty. Bruce Villanueva on Facebook, he compared how local media handled the coverage for former President Noynoy Aquino and to now President Duterte.
He started with:
HE IS OUR PRESIDENT.He then pointed out the incident of Duterte in the ASEAN summit.
Let me lay down the scenario. Early in PNoy's term, there was a potential international shame when a picture was taken of PNoy smiling in front of the hijacked bus in Luneta. Later, police operations caused the death of many HK tourists who were held hostage in that bus. Local media tried to suppress the release of the picture because it will cause not only the humiliation of PNoy but it was a national humiliation. Sadly, HK media released it. HK later on demanded PNoy to say sorry. HE DID NOT APOLOGIZE.Why?He said that what the police did was an act of state and considered correct based on international law because we are a sovereign state. We should not explain to HK the correctness of our police operations even if it resulted in the death of their citizens. Par in parem non habit imperium. HK got angry punished us with a visa requirement for PH official red passport. Erap had to apologize for Manila. Issue ba yun sa local media? No. We barely heard of it. It was suppressed. Because PNoy is our President that time. Kahihiyan niya, kahihiyan natin. This was an actual demand by HK to apologize which PNoy said NO on video.
Mayor Duterte answered a hypothetical question and not even an actual question that Obama asked. He answered in his usual irreverent self with the unfortunate use of profanities. It was not an actual answer to an actual question. But a hypothetical question which if asked would be improper for a head of state to ask another because that is a purely domestic issue na wala siyang pakialam.
And instead of protecting the President, our local media made it such a big deal prompting Obama to cancel meetings. Only in the Philippines where nationalism is a liability.Villanueva was deeply saddened on the local media on how they framed the story of Duterte. He was disappointed by not ‘protecting’ the President against the shame he could face.
Meanwhile, President Duterte has expressed regret with his remarks that led to the cancellation of the meeting and was moved to a better date.
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