Duterte wants Moros, reds to use state-run TV to air grievances

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2017 07:12 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2017 07:27 PM

Duterte wants Moros, reds to use state-run TV to air grievances 1
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on the New People's Army to come down the mountains, saying there is no need to fight if they can air their grievances at state-run broadcaster PTV-4. File Photo

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he wants
state-run television network PTV-4 to cater to public concerns, including those of the Moros and communist rebels.

Speaking at the inauguration and blessing of the PTV4 Cordillera hub, Duterte called on the New People's Army (NPA) to come down the mountains, saying there is no need to fight if they can air grievances at the public network.

"Alam mo pera ng tao 'to, so gusto makita ng tao what’s happening on this planet (This is the people's money so they want to see what's happening on this planet). So they want to hear their countrymen, mga NPA, we’ll give you space. No need really to fight," he said. "Everybody’s allowed to use it."

Duterte also urged Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari to use the network to voice their complaints.

While Duterte opened the state broadcaster's doors to the NPA and the MNLF, the offer isn't extended to extremists.

"Except the terrorists, the extremists hindi sila makakagamit dito (they cannot use this). Mag-away tayo (We will fight)," he said.

Duterte explained that Filipinos who have valid concerns over government affairs can approach PTV-4 and talk to management.

"I am ready to grant all government communication facilities a degree of freedom," he said.

"There will never be a time that I will use PTV 4-or it’s allied services for my personal . . . Di ko na kailangan (I do not need it)."

Duterte also expressed hope that PTV-4 will become like the United Kingdom’s public service broadcaster British Broadcasting Corp. and for the station to produce programs that cater to public concerns.