President Rodrigo Duterte "will not repeat" what former dictator Ferdinand Marcos did under martial law, a member of the EDSA People Power Commission said Friday.
"I do not feel or I could not surmise that Duterte will repeat what Marcos did. Marcos ruled for 18 years with an iron fist," Commissioner Pastor "Boy" Saycon told ANC's Early Edition.
Saycon said Duterte's tough rhetoric against journalists should not be considered as an attack against democracy.
"He specifically says galit ako sa media na hindi nagsasabi ng totoo. He allows democracy, he allows criticism. Sabihin mong magaspang siya, tatanggapin niya, pero sabihin mong magnanakaw siya, aba magagalit siya," he said.
On Wednesday, Duterte banned news website Rappler's Palace correspondent Pia Ranada inside the Malacañang complex.
“I’m informed by Malacañang that I can no longer enter Malacañang complex as a whole, not just the Palace,” Ranada said on Twitter.
“Thus, I've been banned from [Presidential Spokesperson] Harry Roque's press briefings. No more opportunity to ask questions in person, make follow-ups, participate in ambush interviews. I'll definitely miss that. I didn't realize today would be my last day in Malacañang. Breaks my heart.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Rappler reporters were barred from covering presidential events after Duterte lost trust in the news website that allegedly peddles “fake news” reports.
The Palace order against Rappler came after Duterte's senior aide Bong Go appeared in a Senate hearing and slammed the news website and the Philippine Daily Inquirer for tagging him in the Navy's allegedly anomalous frigate deal.