MALACAÑANG said yesterday that several individuals, including politicians, had funded a US publication, The New York Times (NYT), to carry out a “demolition job” on President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella alleged that the 165-year-old publication appears to be part of a “well funded campaign” for the oust-Duterte plot.
“The newspaper tries to stir global outrage in a nation that welcomes its newfound peace and order. One can only conclude that certain personalities and politicians have mounted a well funded campaign utilizing hack writers and their ilk in their bid to oust PRRD (Duterte),” Abella said in a statement.
The NYT last week published three pieces about Duterte: a feature on his rise to the presidency; an editorial urging the international community to hold him accountable for the “slaughter” of suspected criminals amid his war on drugs; and a video documentary highlighting vigilante killings in the Philippines.
Abella said the publication’s profile on Duterte depicts his rise to power under “the context of violence” while the editorial mouthed “unsubstantiated claims.”
“NYT’s very obvious demolition work flies in the face of the very high approval of PPRD enjoys,” Abella added.
“The newspaper tries to stir global outrage in a nation that welcomes its newfound peace and order,” he said.
The Presidential spokesperson said such pieces can lead to the conclusion “that certain personalities and politicians have mounted a well funded campaign utilizing hack writers and their ilk in their bid to oust PRRD.”
“However, the Administration will not be deterred in fulfilling its promise of building a progressive and inclusive nation free from drugs, crimes and corruption,” he said.
An ally of Duterte earlier accused the New York Times of attempting to “destabilize” the Duterte government with its profile. “Becoming Duterte” is about the former Davao City mayor’s early life and rise to power.
Abella called it a “hack job” that “cynically and unfairly” portrayed Duterte as calling for violence and mass murder.