Does the firing of the genteel Sec. Ernie Abella with a combative Harry Roque signals a change in how Duterte deals with reporters both local and foreign?
Well, if retired broadcaster Jay Sonza is to be believed, it appears PRRD just dropped the Mr. Nice Guy persona to reporters, especially those who asks stupid and hypothetical questions that often times twist his statements, putting the President in a bad light in the public’s eyes repeatedly in the past.
In a Facebook post, Sonza gave the public the visual of a different PRRD answering stupid questions from GMA News reporter Vonne Aquino.
Sonza, apparently elated of what he saw, was all praises of PRRD for giving local reporters an important lesson today – don’t ask the President to explain presidential prerogative.
Read the post below.
Am glad he listens.
did you watch how the president now answered questions from reporters? If you did not, you just missed the new PRRD in treating not so stupid questions from malacanang scribes.
Reporter (Von Aquino-hindi ko alam kong anong media outfit siya galing): Mr. President, could tell us or explain to us why Usec. Ernie Abella was replace?
PRES. DUTERTE: i DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MY DECISION TO YOU.
Reporter Von Aquino:Could tell us why you choose Cong. Harry Roque to replace Usec Abella?
PRES. DUTERTE: I DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU WHY I CHOSE HIM.
Reporter Von Aquino: Would you tell us what would be next assignment of Mr. Abella in your administration?
PRES. DUTERTE: YOU WOULD KNOW IT WHEN HE IS THERE?
Parang tanga lang kasi itong babaeng reporter. Rule of thumb in journalism. Common sense. You do not ask the president to explain his presidential prerogative. Bobong reporter lang ang gumagawa ng ganoon.
Akala nyo uubra pa iyong sabong journalism type or line of questioning gaya ng dati. Tapos isesensationalize ninyo. Ngayon eh di nganga ang lola von.
Datirati kasi kapag tinatanong siya ng impertinenteng tanong, dahil sa kanyang kabaitan, eh sinasagot niya kahit naiinis na siya sa tanong. Tuloy, kapag hindi niya nasabi ng medyo maganda-ganda, iba ang inirereport sa dyaryo, radyo at telebisyon.
Ngayon, papaano isusulat ng reporter iyong istorya niya. Wala kayong masasalsal na istorya ngayon. May balak pa kayong pagsabungin si Abella at Roque. Kaso ibang Rody Duterte na ang humaharap sa inyo.
Bravo Mr. President. That’s the way to do it. Pak ganern!
Salamat bai naminaw ka sa tambag sa imong higala.