President Rodrigo Duterte’s scheduled meeting with United States President Barrack Obama was cancelled after the latter was insulted by the former’s statement regarding the possibility of the meeting.

PH media so profit-oriented, it twists own president’s words
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When asked what he would say if Obama brings up the subject about the extrajudicial killings in his campaign against illegal drugs, Duterte replied:

“You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions or put*ng ina mumurahin talaga kita diyan sa forum”

The news outlets must have celebrated upon hearing the curse word “Putang ina” from the President’s mouth for minutes later, the headlines were screaming Duterte addressing it directly to the US President.

How hungry are the news media outlets to have feasted on and twisted a statement to take it far from the context that it was tackling? (Not to mention it came from a man who was representing their own country)

After the statement reached international headlines, Obama cancelled his talk with Duterte.

An article by American journalist Nizza Gueco clarified what the president really said, after hiring a native Tagalog speaker.

“As a clarification, Duterte is referring to reporters who are not respectful and are throwing questions at him that are not on topic” the article read.

“Put*ngina” is an expression like, say, “Shit,” or “Crap” are. When “Putangina is followed by “Mo,” that is what makes it become offensive. That is when it becomes “You are a son of a bitch.”

There is a frustration among the public with the way journalism and media as a whole works in the country at the present. It is hard to justify how these “journalists” twist stories to make headlines that would sell.

Has journalism reached a new low?

While the media, just like any business runs on profit, it should be the responsibility of the journalists to write news that is truthful, without sacrificing ethics.

Duterte’s administration did in fact bring changes. While some are good, there are also those that are hair-raisingly bad.

Was the president wrong to have cursed? Maybe. But was he cursing at the president of one of the world’s most powerful nations? No. 

The headlines as well as the heads behind them have got it all wrong. MJM

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