- The President hit back at Rappler for publishing an article accusing Bong Go of meddling in the purchase of military equipment
- Duterte called Rappler a ‘fake news’ outlet
- He also denied intervening in the affairs of the AFP
MANILA, Philippines – In an apparent retort to a recently published article accusing Special Assistant to the President Bong Go of meddling in the purchase of a military equipment, President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Rappler for supposedly peddling ‘fake news’.
Duterte’s tirade came just after Malacañang Palace denied it had a hand in the closure order issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Rappler.
“Para sa kaalaman ninyo [For your information], you can [stop] your suspicious mind from roaming somewhere else. But since you are a fake news outlet then I am not surprised that your articles are also fake,” Duterte said on Tuesday; referring to the embattled online news outlet.
The President appeared incensed over the article insinuating that Go tried to intervene in the acquisition of warships for the Philippine Navy in a contract worth P15.5-B. The story was both headlined by Rappler and Inquirer.
“Your articles are rife with innuendos and pregnant with falsity. We don’t intervene with the affairs of the Armed Forces,” Duterte said.
The President added Rappler has gone overboard by continuously trying to throw ‘garbage’ at the government and the least he can do is to explain.
He also maintained the SEC’s closure order against Rappler is not political; pointing out he only had but one appointee in the commission.
“The issue is not press freedom, but the abuse of the elite and those in power,” he added.