President Duterte’s Press Conference May 31, 2016

Transcript of Conversation from 00:55:40 to 1:01:36 (Journalist Killings):

Reporter: Sir, what is your…what is your policy on the journalist killings…that the Aquino government failed to act…the journalist killings?

[couldn’t understand this part] ba ako? Alam mo iha, ganon yan e. Kung papatayin ka talaga papatayin ka. There is no way to know that the next victim would be a journalist. Sa karamihan, prangka-prangka, may nagawa yan. Kasi hindi ka naman talaga papatayin diyan kung wala kang ginawa e. Yung mga expose or bad words against us, wala yan. Ako I’ve been mayor… Pero karamihan niyan may, alam mo na, nabigyan na, tapos, especially if you want to take sides. Nabayaran mo na tapos you play. Yan ang karamihan na namamatay. Or tumatanggap na sa mga sugarol, tapos binabaril. You really want the truth, yun ang truth.

There is still corruption in…sa inyong side. Marami yan. Hindi lang ang binibigyan niyan, hindi lang ang pulis. Yung si Pala, binibigyan yan, kokolekta harap-harapan sasabihin kumolekta kami tapos sa kabila, babanatan mo. Yun, that is the best example of bakit namamatay itong mga journalists. Kaya ang prangka-prangka, yan sa iyo. Karamihan ganun. Kasi kung journalist ka lang na tama, walang gagalaw sa iyo especially if it is the truth but you cannot hide the truth. Pero yung ganun. Ang example natin dito, taga rito ka man, iyong si Pala. I do not diminish his memory, but he was a rotten son of a bitch. He deserves it. E ganon e.

Reporter: Is that an excuse to kill him, may…um…president, I mean, just because a journalist is corrupt or whatever is that an excuse…

Well, that is the reason. You are asking why? That is the reason. Now sinabi mo hindi dapat, you have to debate with the killer, not me because I’m a bit…of course, I know who killed him, kasi binastos niya yung tao e. Alam nila, ni…itong Hans Aliño nasaan? Nandito yan kanina. O, alam ni Aliño yan kung sino. Aliño, si Tina Junsay, because they were there when, nung umiyak yung tao…si…yung…basta yung…yung isa, tapos yung isa pa…Dengdeng…all ABS-CBN. Nandoon yun sila nung umiyak yung tao kasi binastos.

Reporter: Sino ang binastos?

O, huwag ka na. Huwag mo nang salihin yan.

Reporter: Mayor, your reason was…

Kasi nagtatanong kayo kung bakit pinapatay…you seem to offer…huwag mong…do not make it appear na itong…they are clean. Well, most of you are clean. But do not ever expect, that etong mga journalists are all clean. Kaya namamatay yan, karamihan niyan, sinasabi ko, nabayaran na. They take sides, o sobrahan nila ang atake. Getting into a personal…hindi lahat ng tao nakakapag…kaming mga politiko okay yan. Praktisado kami. Pero may mga tao, you go private, tapos hiyain mo, labi na (lalo na) yung anak babuyin mo, papatayin ka talaga. Ganon, e hiningi mo e. Ganon yan. It’s not because you’re a journalist na ikaw, na you’re exempted from assassination.

Ang premise mo kasi, journalist siya, bakit patayin siya? It’s all wrong.

Reporter: But sir, it has a bearing to the freedom of expression…

That’s not something…you violate…yung freedom of expression will…cannot help you if you have done something wrong to the guy. Wag mo…yung freedom of…do not…do not believe so much…you swallow it hook, line and sinker. Alam mo marami dyan na binabayaran pati writers. Alam mo yan. Alam mo kung sino mga writers dito nagproprotekta sa Davao, diyan sa Diwalwal. You know who they are. Ikaw, alam mo man, bakit hindi mo i-expose?

Just because you are a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch. Sakitan mo yung tao…Ako…paano ako…ako praktisado. Hanap ka ng sundalo, sabihin mo ang asawa mo, kaliwete na ganon…diba patay ka…subukan mo. Hindi na madala ng free speech yan, iha. The constitution can no longer help you pag binaboy mo ang isang tao.

Kaya sabi ko…the classic was…si Pala…nandoon yan sila, marami…tago-tago ra ba.

Another reporter: Besides, Mr. President, the freedom of the press is not absolute. Jun Pala was a good friend of mine. It was during the time he was with DXOW, I was with SBN, DXSS channel 7. I already told him that he has exceeded his being a journ…I’m not trying to defend you, Mr. President, because we are very happy that no less than the son of Davao is the president of the Philippines…so let us not consider the incident of Jun Pala to be a matter that should disturb the thinking of the president.

Wala yun…because I know…sabi ko I could point to you the people who were there that night when the guy cried, because, you know, he took the name of the father in vain. E binaboy niya…sabi niya…[couldn’t understand this part], kalimutan mo na yan. Ganon talaga yang taong yan. E ako nga sabi ko, araw-araw.

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