“BETTER stop your publishing.”
That was the message of President Rodrigo Duterte to American-based newspaper New York Times (NYT) for repeatedly criticizing him and in particular, his deadly campaign to stamp out narcotics trade.
The President hit the NYT for launching series of tirades against his war on illegal drugs while it does not concentrate on the internal problems in the United States (US).
"Well, it's about time that their publication also must stop. American[s], you're playing like the morals of you. You didn't even realize that you invaded a country in thy name of drugs," Duterte told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei at the Palace.
"New York Times, a** h***. A** h***. You cannot even criticize your own mistake. [You are] invading a country, making up excuses before the world that is not true, then you have the gall to say stop. You better stop your publishing,” he added.
Duterte was referring to the latest opinion article by the NYT, saying that he is “a man who must be stopped.”
On Tuesday, the NYT cited that there was “more than enough evidence” that would prove Duterte is the one accountable to the rampant killings in the country.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella came to Duterte's defense and said that the Chief Executive merely wants to end the drug proliferation that took many Filipinos as "hostages."
Abella also countered that it was the illegal drugs that "are killing the people in the country and around the world."
In March, the NYT published a series of investigative works against Duterte, prompting the Palace to speculate that his critics are funding its "hack writers" to damage his reputation and eventually remove him from office. (SunStar Philippines)