Media, spin doctors told: Uphold truth

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told members of the media to remain committed to the truth, and said he hoped the truth would soon surface about the allegations being raised against him and his family.

“I call on our friends from the media to also remain committed to the truth at all times. Never, never lie because we are not up to it anyway,” the President said in his speech at the newly renovated press briefing room in Malacañang.

He also told the members of the fourth estate to guard against vested political interests, which might compromise their search for the truth.

“Never confuse your search for answers with the need to engage the public through sensationalized news and overpublicized political propaganda,” Duterte added.

The President also reminded government communicators to “uphold the truth at all times.”

“Never exaggerate, never misinterpret [and] never agitate as you communicate our platform of governance. In other words, do not be arrogant,” he told an audience that also included Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella and Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson.

The President, who is facing a barrage of criticism concerning the true state of his supposed wealth, said that he is confident that the truth will come out “at the appropriate time.”

“God sees the truth but waits. So ganon lang [that’s how it is],” he added.

In the same speech, the President underscored the government’s commitment to uphold the media’s role in an ever-changing democracy.

“After all, it is through these halls that the press and the government engage to be able to present to our people the real state of our nation,” he added.

Malacañang’s press briefing room, home to the regular news briefings of the Malacañang Press Corps recently received a facelift after more than a decade, the Presidential Communications Operations Office said.