On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted the top media agencies of the country, ABS-CBN and Philippine Daily Inquirer while speaking at the the Philippine Councilors' League officers oath taking in Malacañang Place.
He lashed out the two media companies which he said were corrupt and similar to garbage.
“Inquirer, you’ve never been fair. I know it’s supposed to be antagonistic, but fair? Mga bastos kayo, pati ABS-CBN,” Duterte said.
He said the reporting of the journalists in the agencies were unfair, and that they were fond of twisting his words.
Inquirer quickly reacted to Duterte's remarks. In a statement, Inquirer executive editor Jose Ma. Nolasco stressed that the paper, ever since its founding in 1985, had always aimed at “accuracy, faireness and balance in its reporting.”
Below is the full statement of the Inquirer on Duterte’s remarks:
The Philippine Daily Inquirer takes exception to President Duterte’s remarks that the newspaper has been unfair in its coverage of him and his administration.
Since its founding in 1985, the Inquirer has upheld the highest standards of excellence in journalism. Even as we’ve courageously pursued the truth in our coverage, we’ve endeavored to get the administration’s side of any controversy.
In fact, the Inquirer Opinion runs ‘’View from the Palace” every week, where Cabinet officials expound on and explain administration policy – and even the personality of the President himself.
The Inquirer’s wide readership and hundreds of awards, prizes and citations from prestigious organizations here and abroad attest to its adherence to accuracy, fairness and balance in its reporting.
JOSE Ma. NOLASCO
As of press time, ABS-CBN has not issued any response yet.