Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon has come to the media’s defense after Communications Secretary Martin Andanar slammed them for “misreporting” President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks on the imposition of martial law.
Drilon said the reports released by the media were “devoid of any interpretation” since they only discussed what the Duterte said.
“The reports were based on the President’s speech and the statements were quoted verbatim. We should not blame the press for reporting what the President said,” the senator said in a statement.
Instead of criticizing the media, the Senate leader advised the President’s communications team to be more cautious in having Duterte discuss such issue in public.
A clarification from the Palace, Drilon said, would have been unnecessary if prudence was exercised in the first place.
“The truth is, mere talk of martial law is enough to send chills to the spine of any Filipino. Therefore, it is something that should not be taken lightly,” he said.
“We call on the administration to exercise prudence in making public statements that are very disturbing and could create undue fear and tension in the country,” Drilon added.
In his speech before businessmen Saturday (Jan. 14), Duterte said no one– not even the Supreme Court– could stop him from declaring Martial Law if he has to.
Andanar, however, said the media “misreported” the President’s remark.
“Such headlines sow panic and confusion to many,” he said in a statement issued Sunday (Jan. 15).
“We consider this kind of reportage as the height of journalistic irresponsibility,” Andanar added.
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