Live and unfiltered: Media groups demand unedited speeches of Duterte

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after administering the oath to the newly elected local government officials and party-list representatives during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on June 25, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

“How can people continue to trust the government’s pronouncements when the president’s very own words are manipulated and then twisted by those who speak on his behalf?”

This was a line from the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism’s statement published on Friday demanding transparency in speeches of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Recent reports have claimed that the Malacañang has been editing out portion of the president’s statements, which was revealed by the release of an audio recording from his address in Jolo, Sulu delivered to troops.

Nine media groups and 51 journalists have signed this statement demanding the live broadcasting of Duterte’s speeches sans the editing of Philippine Communications Operations Office. In addition, they also asked for an explanation of why such “manipulation” is needed.

The President mentioned broadcast network and Lopez family-owned ABS-CBN while also saying that he dismantled an oligarchy. However, the part about ABS-CBN was not aired.

The speech came shortly after ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise renewal was rejected by the House of Representatives.

DICT: Cyberattacks to intensify in 2024

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Spread the loveMANILA – Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Uy warned that cyberattacks will become more frequent and more