Palace: NY Times report on Duterte a ‘hack job’

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Malacañang on Wednesday slammed the New York Times (NYT) for releasing its “cynical and unfair” report about the life of President Rodrigo Duterte and his beginnings as mayor of Davao City.

In a statement, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said it seemed “well-heeled clients with shady motives” paid the New York Times to publish an in-depth article against the President.

“One would expect more from the New York Times. Their article, ‘Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman,’ sounds like a well-paid hack job for well-heeled clients with shady motives,” Abella said.

“One gets the feeling NYT is not interested in presenting the whole truth, only that with which they can bully those who attempt an independent foreign policy,” he added.


The article published on Tuesday narrated the life of Duterte as a young man and Davao City mayor before he became the Philippines’ most powerful.

“President Rodrigo Duterte relishes the image of killer-savior. He boasts of killing criminals with his own hand. On occasion, he calls for mass murder,” the lead of the piece, written by Richard Paddock, reads.

According to the article, Duterte’s psychological assessment in 1988 showed he had “narcissistic personality disorder” and a “pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights.”

“Violence in the house, violence in the school, and violence in the neighborhood… That is why he [Duterte] is always angry. Because if you have pain, when you are young, you are angry all the time,” it read, quoting the President’s brother, Emmanuel Duterte.

The New York Times said Duterte may have helped people in need when he was the mayor of Davao City but since he assumed the presidency and waged war on drugs, “he has already surpassed the death toll of President Ferdinand Marcos, whose forces killed about 3,300 political opponents and activists during his harsh 20-year rule.”

The Palace official, however, downplayed the report and emphasized that Duterte “does not engage in western liberal niceties to promote his agenda, to rebuild a nation with compromised internal structures.”

“NYT cynically and unfairly narrates the President’s rise to power in the context of violence,” Abella said, noting that the New York Times also “deliberately” failed to mention Duterte’s accomplishments during his stint as mayor in Davao City.

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  1. jaime lagapa alviola on

    What “Reign of Terror inflicted upon the Filipino people” are you talking about, Mariano Patalinjug? Why are the majority of senators and congressmen allied with President Duterte? Why is President Duterte enjoying 80% to 90% popularity among the Pinoys until now?

  2. Here is proof of the globalists anti-nationalist agenda, the reason patriots like Duterte are being targeted. David Rockefeller, one of the global elite leaders died last Monday March 19, 2017 at the age of 101, he was one of the most richest evil elitist on earth.

    He once explained how the NY Times & Times Magazine are tools of the globalist elite – read a portion of transcript from a 1991 Bilderberg group meeting in Baden, Germany, proving how deluded Rockefeller’s views truly were. Bill Clinton also attended this meeting, I’m sure along with many other members of the elite class. Rockefeller stated:

    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march toward a world government. . . . The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

    In essence what he is saying is that media is their secret tool and they the elite and not elected national leaders are going to control the world completely like kings.

    • By the way elites created the United Nations the land for the headquarters was donated by Rockefeller, there’s another connection.

  3. Listen to the 91% of Filipinos (according to latest available surveys) who overwhelmingly approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s actions and policies since taking office. Learn how to respect their choice and do not meddle in the affairs of other countries. Mind you own nation’s business.

  4. The vast majority of Filipinos love President Rodrigo Duterte. Latest surveys show that he enjoys an all-time high approval rating of 91 percent from Filipinos. Enough of meddling from foreign media like the NYT. Mind your own business in the US.

  5. MARIANO PATALINJUG on

    Yonkers, New York
    22 March 2017

    Like so-called President Donald Trump, Little Tyrant Rodrigo Duterte is quick to criticize what a world-famed newspaper like the New York Times reports about him as untrue.

    Both presidents are allergic to the Truth, and both are oblivious of the wise saying that “the truth shall set you free.”

    Both have despotic tendencies, but Duterte has so far beaten Trump with the REIGN OF TERROR he has inflicted on the Filipino people since June 30 last year, while Trump so far has limited himself to deporting illegal immigrants and giving bent to his racist impulses by issuing two travel bans against Muslims which, by the way,
    the Courts have struck down 5 times already. Both are immoral: Duterte boasts of having two wives and three paramous. Trump is a sexual predator who routinely fondles women’s breasts and sticks his middle finger into what they have down there.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com