Duterte’s spokesman: Stop bashing journalists

The camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday called on supporters of the pacesetting presidential candidate to stop bullying journalists, who they perceive to be biased against the PDP-Laban standard bearer.

Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman, made the appeal on Facebook after pro-Duterte netizens bashed ABS-CBN News anchor Karen Davila online.
Davila was one of the moderators of the last leg of the Pilipinas Debates 2016 that the Comelec held in partnership with the network on Sunday.

“In behalf of Mayor Duterte, we reiterate such call and appeal to our social media supporters to stop bashing and even threatening journalists as well as all who express views different from ours,” Laviña said.

Duterte supporters have accused Davila of being biased against the Davao City mayor during the debate. In a tweet, Davila posted a photo with a beaming Duterte and said: “Mayor Duterte is the leading presidential candidate. He can handle the toughest questions.

According to Laviña, Duterte found out about the online rage against Davila on Monday.
“The mayor takes no offense against Ms Davila. She was not at all biased. Every journalist worth her or his salt should ask probing and challenging questions. Duterte never got offended during the debate,” Duterte said.

“That’s what free speech and democracy is all about as Duterte kept on explaining to us,” she added.
Laviña, nonetheless, asked Duterte’s supporters online to be vigilant against those who pretend to be among their ranks, but who actually try to put Duterte in a bad light by trolling other candidates and even journalists.

Source: GMA news, ABS CBN News
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