The country’s President-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, told reporters on Thursday he offered “no apologies for his fierce criticism of the country’s media”, insisting most journalists are nothing more than “Vultures.”
On Wednesday, international and local media groups cried foul, denouncing Dutrete for saying “journalists would be killed because they are corrupt”, He went on to say: “You are not exempted from assassination if you are a son of a bitch.”
The Philippines is considered to be one of the top most dangerous countries in the world for the killing of journalists – since 1986 over 175 journalists have been killed.
“No apologies, no nothing,” Duterte told reporters on Thursday. “I am just telling you the terrain. No apologies. Bullshit.”
But the underlying divide between those in the media and a president-elect who has yet to take office, gives light to those who said he won’t make it six years before being impeached or worse.