Sec. Cayetano Slams BBC's Unfair Report About the Philippines, Urges to Present Accurate & Balanced Views (Video)

Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano of the Department of Foreign Affairs wrote an Open Letter slamming one of the world's most trusted media outlets, BBC for their malicious reporting about the Philippines, as he urged the agency to present accurate and balanced views of the country.



In an Open Letter released through the official Facebook Page of Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, he called out the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for its alleged unfair depiction of Democracy in the Philippines. BBC aired on Saturday, September 29 2018 a documentary "Our World - Philippines: Democracy in Danger?," showing a one-sided presentation of various issues about the Philippines under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.



According to Sec. Cayetano, the BBC documentary amounts to nithing more than anti-Duterte propaganda, more worthy of tabloid journalism and gossip than the venerable institution that we thought BBC was.

The BBC episode misleads viewers about Pres. Duterte's anti-illegal drug strategy, which is actually making Philippine society safer, healthier, and more prosperous for the Filipino people. It fails to mention that the strategy is a diversified and community-based approach that includes enforcement, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

Here's the Open Letter of Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano:

OPEN LETTER TO BBC OVER ITS UNFAIR DEPICTION OF DEMOCRACY IN THE PHILIPPINES

The documentary that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired on Saturday, 29 September 2018 in Our World—Philippines: Democracy in Danger?—amounts to nothing more than anti-Duterte propaganda, more worthy of tabloid journalism and gossip than the venerable institution that we thought BBC was.



The episode misleads viewers about President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s anti-illegal drug strategy, which is actually making Philippine society safer, healthier, and more prosperous for the Filipino people. It fails to mention that the strategy is a diversified and community-based approach that includes enforcement, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

The episode also makes little mention of the sheer magnitude of the drug problem in the Philippines, the enormous damage to millions of families caused by addiction, and the fact that police are under strict orders to follow the law in the conduct of our campaign against illegal drugs. The episode did not take into consideration the actions taken by the Duterte Administration against police officers and other government personnel involved in the illegal drug trade.

If BBC did its homework, it would have known that as of 31 August 2018, we have arrested 576 government workers, including elected officials and uniformed personnel while another 498 are being investigated for drug-related cases. We have also dismissed 105 uniformed personnel for drug-related offenses. More importantly, from 1 July 2016 to August 31, 2018, we have dismantled a total of 235 drug dens and clandestine laboratories; seized P24.12 billion worth of illegal drugs and drug-related items; and cleared 8,444 barangays or villages of illegal drugs.

The report further paints a one-sided picture of Senator Leila de Lima, Senator Antonio Trillanes, and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. It overlooks the fact that all three have been given and continue to be given their day in court. The rule of law has been upheld in all three cases. They are not, as the report unfairly alleges, victims of any crackdown on the political opposition. The report also failed to mention the obvious: all three remain free to criticize the Duterte Administration.



Finally, the report falsely claims that the media in the Philippines is being persecuted. Freedom of the press is important to the health of any democracy. Those who read our newspapers, watch our television programs, listen to our radio broadcasts, take part in dialogue through social media, and read online publications (including Rappler, which like other media outlets, can freely publish and criticize the policies of the Duterte Administration) can observe that the press is anything but inhibited in the Philippines.

The episode also completely ignores the fact that President Duterte continues to enjoy the trust and suppport of the Filipino people. We are taking control of our economic future, making our society safer and healthier, and advancing the interests of Filipinos abroad.

Filipinos know this and this is why seven out of 10 Filipinos trust President Duterte and three out of four approve his performance, according to the latest Pulse Asia poll released on 25 September. A Social Weather Station (SWS) survey released on 29 September also saw President Duterte’s satisfaction rating go up to 70 percent. Another SWS survey that was also released last month showed that 78 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte Administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

In the interest of fair and objective reporting, therefore, we urge the BBC to present an accurate and balanced view of issues about the Philippines in the future so that its audience can make its own assessment of the health of our democracy.



More importantly, we believe that by doing so BBC will be able to regain the trust of its audience in its journalistic professionalism and repair the damage it has inflicted on the Philippines and the Filipino people as a result of this one-sided documentary.

Watch the Documentary of BBC About the Philippines:



Source: Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano FB Page

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