President Rodrigo Duterte continues to be the talk of the town not just locally but internationally. Despite apologizing about his "Hitler quip", his recent call for US and EU to withdraw their aid in the Philippines is still making waves. The alleged extrajudicial killing are still a favorite topic among international news cycles despite the hearings conducted by the senate to investigate.
This may be the reason why a French local newspaper called him a President Killer in one of their headlines. The Liberation has a 4-page long article entitled "Rodrigo Duterte Le president serial killer" or "Rodrigo Duterte, the serial killer president" when translated in English.
Many senators have a lot to say about how the newspaper portrayed the Duterte. Senate President Koko Pimentel stated:
"That's unfair because did they conduct any in-depth investigative work before they came up with their conclusion? Sana gano'n gawin sa ibang bansa. They should follow the Philippine media – before we make unfair headlines, we have investigated."
"For a French newpaper to label our President as serial killer, ang tanong ko what's their basis? May pinapunta ba sila [na] investigative reporter dito or they just got it from the internet? I don't know what made the editor jump to that hasty conclusion. A serial killing president, what is his evidence?"
"That's beyond our control. I would not lose sleep over the coverage of the president in foreign media, that's beyond our control. Iba po standards nila doon, kultura nila,"
Pimentel was also surprised as to how foreigners can be so informed of the PH's current events and said: "Actually, 'yan na nga ang issue. There is Resolution No. 9 here to investigate who is or maybe responsible in the unexplained killings. Eh inunahan na tayo ng isang newspaper, I don't know why they are more knowledgeable about happenings in the Philippines than Filipinos themselves. Siguro, I don't know, maybe the paper needed to sell some issues?"
On the other hand, Tito Sotto, Senate Majority Leader, said: "Hindi nakakaintindi ng English. Hindi lahat ng Pranses na diyaryo nakakaintindi ng Ingles,"
Seantor Panfilo Lacson also reacted regarding the issue saying:
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