Already reeling from the changes it has had to make due to the President-elect’s unorthodox style with dealing with the media, the members of the fourth estate got another broadside from Duterte when he called them out for the rampant corruption within their ranks.
Asked about the spate of media killings that has been the bane of all Presidents from even before Marcos, Duterte turned the tables by saying that many of the killings are the result of media getting paid to take sides in various disputes. Though a prevalent practice, particularly among broadcasters in community radio stations, this topic has long been a taboo for media practitioners.
“Do not expect that all journalists are clean. Marami dyan binabayaran. There is corruption on (the media’s) side,” declared Duterte, adding that “Freedom of expression won’t save you. The Constitution cannot help you kapag binaboy mo ang isang tao.”
By exposing their dirty little secret, expect traditional media outlets to once again be on the warpath against the President-elect. Paid hacks, yellow journalists, and holier-than-thou editors and columnists will have a field day hurling their venom in a vain attempt to bring him down to their level.
In this war, Duterte will once again call on his social media warriors to carry his standard into battle. Just like in the just concluded campaign where his millions of Facebook and Twitter warriors unflinchingly brought the fight to even the biggest media networks in the country, they are once again expected to take the cudgels for their idol.