MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday has reminded the media, was well as the government-run Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to uphold the truth and never engage the public through “sensationalized news and overpublicized political propaganda”
“To my fellow workers in government, especially those who form part of the Communications Office, I enjoin you to remain committed to your duty of upholding the truth at all times,” said Duterte during the launching of the newly-renovated press briefing room at Malacañang.
“Never exaggerate, never misinterpret [and] never agitate as you communicate our platform of governance. In other words, do not be arrogant,” the President said.
Duterte’s remarks came at the heels of the proliferation of the so-called “fake news” on social media which the Senate has launched an investigation into.
At the same time, Duterte also called on the mainstream media to shun politically-motivated propaganda and to remain committed to the truth.
“In the same vein, I call on our friends from the media to also remain committed to the truth at all times. Never, never lie because we are not up to it anyway,” said Duterte.
“Never confuse your search for answers with the need to engage the public through sensationalized news and over-publicized political propaganda,” he added.
Duterte also reminded the media that there are truths that cannot be divulged, simply because it is the truth that has to wait for the appropriate time to be revealed.
Last week, several personalities, including PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger RJ ‘Thinking Pinoy’ Nieto attended the Senate hearing as resource person.
Both have been lambasting the mainstream media for spreading lies, while at the same time were also accused by the media of sharing ‘fake news’ on their popular websites and social media pages.