President-elect Rodrigo Duterte dared the members of media to boycott him and his activities during a press conference held in Davao on Thursday.
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“I do not want publicity, you know that. It would be good if you disappear… Mag-boycott na kayo,” Duterte said.
“As a matter of fact, make this trip your last in Davao City. I do not care if there is nobody covering me,” he added.
Addressing Manila-based reporters, “Huwag kayong pumunta. Make it a first in the history of this Republic. Do not cover me… PTV-4 nalang kayo makinig. I am asking you guys do not ever ever come back.”
“I am telling the networks. Do not come here. I do not need you. I will just go around and tell the people that this is the program of government and you would know it,” he added.
“As a matter of fact, I’m challenging you guys. Kill journalism. Stop journalism in the country. If you’re worth your salt, you should accept the challenge. Pagka hindi, mababa na ang tingin ko sa inyo. Para kayong takot,” he ended.
You may also watch President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s full interview here.
Watch the video courtesy of ABS-CBN “Bandila” below.
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