Raffy Alunan: Journalists Who Reported Duterte's Insult to Obama Should be Punished


Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan wants all journalists who reported about Pres. Rody Dutertes' alleged insult to Pres. Obama be punished by the national government for putting the country's diplomatic relations with the US at risk.



In the official Facebook post of losing senatorial candidate Raffy Alunan he stated that reporters who claimed that Pres. Duterte maligned Pres. Obama in his speech before leaving for the ASEAN Summit in Laos "should be singled out and sanctioned for malice and placing the country's diplomatic relations with the U.S. at risk."

According to Alunan these kind of journalists are like "saboteurs working under the influence that ought to be blacklisted."

Pres. Rody Duterte caught the attentions of international media during his pre-departure speech that he does not owe Obama any explanation on human rights issues since the Philippines is no longer a US colony.

The Philippine President was quoted as saying "The Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States," he said. The statement did not sit well with the media who were insulted with Duterte's statement against them. The headlines was not the President's statement but the expletive he uttered towards the media and not on Pres. Obama.

Raffy Alunan said on social media that reporters who went overboard in describing Duterte's tirade deserved to be punished so they will learn "unforgettable life lessons," which will hopefully prompt them to change their behavior.

The former Interior Secretary added further that Freedom of Press is not tantamount to havin the freedom to destroy, likely referring to the Philippines' scarred image as a result of Duterte's remarks against Pres. Obama.

Alunan also offered an unsolicited advice to senior bureacrats: "First rule, never get baited. Instead be the master baiter."


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