Broken vow: Duterte holds press briefing as ties warm


Posted at Aug 01 2016 09:02 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte held a press conference on Monday, his first in two months after saying he will not give press conferences during his term.

In an impromptu briefing in Malacañang, the President gave a warning against companies that continue to implement contractualization and do not pay workers the minimum wage.

"Wag na ninyo akong hintayin, because I will be unforgiving. You will not only lose your money, you will lose your funds," he told reporters.

He added: "Bayaran ninyo yung tao sa tamang sweldo, stop contractualization. It will not do good to our country."

The President also warned miners who fail to meet government standards that their operations will soon come to an end.

He also explained his decision to support a constituent assembly as a mode of Charter change instead of constitutional convention, noting that the latter mode would be more expensive.

He said he will not allow lawmakers to pass a "BS" Constitution.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo earlier said Duterte decided to shun media interviews in response to a call to boycott his press conferences until he apologizes for his statement on media killings.

Duterte firm on shunning media, says spokesman

After winning the presidency, Duterte was criticized for saying that corrupt journalists were the ones being killed in the Philippines, in response to a question on how he will address killings of journalists. 

His post-election statement drew flak from local and international press groups who believe that many of those killed were crusading journalists.

Duterte not sorry for saying media 'not exempted' from killings

In a bid to mend ties with the so-called Fourth Estate, Duterte later said he is working an administrative order addressing media killings.

He also described ''bona fide'' members of the media as his partners for change during his first State of the Nation Address.

Duterte says media are 'partners for change'

He also invited several journalists to have dinner with him after the SONA. With Agence France-Presse