Seares: Handling the story about Duterte’s threat to declare revolutionary government, suspend habeas corpus

KEEPING in mind the information the news consumer needs:

[1] Check out or wait for the second-day clarification or explanation from the president or his communicators: Was he serious? Was it a joke or an exaggeration? How many times did he make a similar threat before?

[2] Explain the process. Could the president legally do what he threatened to do? What would be the consequences to the democratic system if he’d do it?

[3] What risks would the nation and the community take if those moves were made? Assess public response and examine motive of the leader. Did one senator’s comment set off the threat, or was it the release of a video “expose” on drugs or the PCIJ report on the wealth of the first family?

How/why news stories will be useful. Analyses will help shape an informed public opinion.


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