Reuters report only confirms existence of an oust-Duterte conspiracy


LIKE the New York Times and other media organizations before it, the usually reliable Reuters international news agency appears to have been hooked by the propaganda line of the political opposition which seeks to bring down the government of President Rodrigo Duterte by discrediting its ongoing war on illegal drugs.

It levels charges that have already been made in sensational fashion by others. It has no new story to tell, let alone an authentic one. Although Reuters bills its piece as a special report; it is, in fact, a report on a report by someone anonymous.

Founded in 1851 and headquartered in London, Reuters is one of the three most prestigious news agencies in the world, together with the US-based Associated Press and the Paris-based Agence France Presse. With a staff of 2,500 journalists and 600 photojournalists working in about 200 locations worldwide, the agency has earned a reputation for assuring reliability, accuracy and speed in reporting international news and developments.

Thus, we in the Times have found it surprising, even incredible, to find Reuters presenting a special report on the drug war in the Philippines, but without making any effort to verify its serious allegations or to produce any evidence.

Reuters released its report on Tuesday, April 18, along with this headline: “Special Report: Police describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte’s drug war.”

Basing its report entirely on the claims and allegations of two supposed police insiders, Reuters leveled highly serious allegations against the Philippine government and the national police. The allegations are so provocative and are offered with no substantiation, we wonder why there is controversy and so much concern over it.

Summarizing the allegations would be tantamount to dignifying them. We believe that the task of supporting this story should squarely lie in the hands of Reuters, its informers, and the political opposition, which evidently set up the connections that led to the report.

To charge that the Philippine police are committing the drug killings themselves, and that they are doing it for money, is very serious, indeed. This is why it must be substantiated or retracted. To pretend that it is all for a good cause is hypocritical, and contrary to the canons of good journalism as we know it.

Reuters says that one of its two informants, a police intelligence officer. has authored an unpublished 26-page report on the conduct of the drug war in an effort to organize opposition to President Duterte’s campaign. It cited a title for the report (“The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines”), but it kept the author anonymous.

The agency also reported that the document has been shared with leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines and with the government-funded Commission on Human Rights.

If the Reuters report has accomplished anything at all, it is possibly to confirm that the existence of an oust- Duterte in the country. It is to betray the involvement of certain groups (the Catholic Church and the Commission on Human Rights, among others) in certain activities.

Significantly, Reuters declared that it could not confirm the report’s accusations against individuals. Consequently, the agency refrained from publishing the full document. It published only the first page.

We think publishing the special report without confirmation is irresponsible. For Philippine media to publish or broadcast the report is to lend credence to a barefaced assault on our government and our police forces. This is a lie until proven otherwise.

When Senator Panfilo Lacson dismisses it as mere “gossip,” he is correct.


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  1. Thank you for being a voice of reason! Whatever prestige Reuters had before has eroded over the years and this is one of the lowest of lows of journalism.

    Regarding the report, perhaps it is the same author as Lascanas’ fake diary?

  2. President Duterte, I advise that you file a lawsuit here in US against these newspaper of international circulation purposely to teach them a lesson that they should exercise journalism in its true sense.

  3. The Philippine opposition group should not be praised for their stand on EJK. Their real objective is to remove the president in whatever means so they can get back to power and to return to their usual ways of governace which is corruption. The one way they can do this since they have no public support, maybe 5%, is to use international support, who are not really aware of the actual facts, to defame and destroy the president, via EJK exaggerated and false data to achieve their objectives. The international people should not be kowtowed into believing these. Don’t be fooled and be used by greedy elements who have no real intentions to help and uplift the status of the Filipino people.

  4. Adolfo Tarlit on

    It is very convenient for crooked journalists to cite “confidential sources” when all they have is sleaze concocted by black propagandists handed to them in an envelope full of cash. Reuters, New York Times, Time Magazine, the Filipino people will not be fooled anymore by your fake news. Your greed is well known and it is demonstrated again and again every time you publish fake news that you are unable to prove. Stop meddling in our country. You are the same ones who published that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq even though there was none. Your fake news were only used to justify US invasion and for some filthy rich Americans to capture of the oil business there.

  5. How do you know they don’t have confirmation?

    They need only confirm the story — they don’t have to tell YOU where the confirmation came from. Nor do they need to unmask anonymous sources (you’re a news organization, surely you understand the concept of anonymous sources), just because you refuse to believe the findings.

  6. charles river on

    Thousands of deaths under investigation with still no investigation results. Duterte promising pardons and promotions to cops accused of murder even before trials could begin. These gave rise to a valid suspicion that Duterte is somehow behind the murders. But his immunity from suit and the fact that the police and other investigating agencies are under him are amajor hindrances to coming up with any official findings of his involvement. The most that can be done at the moment is to document facts which is what news agencies like Reuters are doing currently as should be their duty to do so. As a long-time news reader, I find nothing wrong with fact-finding reports. If these are inaccurate, the government should present its own official findings based on what it has done officially so far relating to these deaths.

    • Sarah Musker on

      The government in fact should sue Reuters for unsubstantiated allegation. I can quite believe when newspapers just simply print something printed by someone else. Common now a days by newsreporters who are not really after the truth but after the money they are paid to do it. Regardless of the truth. If that is true let them file a case against Duterte. They can’t becuase it is only through the grap vine that they get it. Whateve happened to presumed innocent until proven guilty? Or is this a trial by publicity?

  7. This Reuters and Times plus New York Times they sabotaging the philippines government by using the fake new and the mainstream media to outs the president.. You need to research if this is true or not, you destroying our country to telling lies to our neighboring country. Those politicians in my country specially the Liberal Party their using dirty games. My country is really changing as of now, give the new government a chance to proved that they can give the poor a food, jobs and shelter, more peaceful now, less drug addicts and less crimes.

  8. Illegal Drug business is huge.. once you wage war on it .. tons of money will be unleashed to destroy you or even kill you .. they (Drug Syndicates) can buy anything and anyone, including media. So whose side are you?

    • Sarah Musker on

      Just because it coming from Reuters does not mean it is automatically authentic. Reuters may be but the people within Reuters are not incorruptible.

  9. Reuters…what a shame! You tarnished your image by believing the Yellows….you cannot fool the filipinos anymore!

    • You seriously believe that Reuters, a world spanning news network that’s worth billions, can easily be influenced by some backwater country’s opposition?

      You are seriously overestimating the importance of the Philippines in the world stage.

      Seriously deluded, you Duterte supporters are.

  10. No wonder, the financers of the yellow mob exploited famous media organizations such as the NYT and Reuters, because they were expecting it would be believable to the Filipino nation if the articles against Du30 were published by these media outlets. However, to their detriment, it was obvious that NYT and Reuters, allowed themselves to be fooled since they did not even attempt to investigate their sources. Most of all, they underestimated the intelligence of the Filipino people. The consistently high popularity and trust ratings of Du30 is proof enough that the majority Filipinos do not believe these demolition jobs perpetrated by the yellow mob. “The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing”.

  11. big $$$$$ must be on the roll!!!

    goes to prove that there is a conspiracy by the moneyed international drug syndicates, et al. et al. et al. to really discredit OUR President– therefore ruining the foundation of our our democracy–our votes.

    this propaganda is murdering the choice of the citizens of the Republic of the Philippines–

    as we read these papers, we are allowing our minds to be shaped by the destroyers of our democracy, undermining our votes for their selfish ends! thats the greater tragedy

    if we cherish our choice, our sovereignty–even our own individual sovereignty, our individual freedom to think for ourselves, we boycott not even give a glimpse to these papers

  12. Domingo T Arong on

    Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a Cebuano-speaking president of the Republic — 59 years (that’s over half a century) after another Cebuano-speaking lawyer Carlos Polestico Garcia of Talibon, Bohol was elected to served the presidency (1957-1961).

    Hence, Reuters and the “oust-Duterte” group should be forewarned that the electorate — particularly the Cebuano-speaking — would prefer to see President Duterte complete his constitutional 6-year term of office he was elected to serve; otherwise …

  13. Even journalists have to present proof of what they claim in in their stories. The people cannot just accept what is published in newspapers as gospel truth. It is about time the law on libel was strengthened and force the purveyors of news to present evidence of what they write or be held accountable under the law.