Sara: Journalists linked to 'ouster plot' should be given 'benefit of the doubt'

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2019 07:33 PM

MANILA – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday said media outfits tagged in an alleged ouster plot against her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, should be given the “benefit of the doubt.”

Duterte-Carpio said she cannot conclude whether there was a “concerted effort” among media entities, mentioned in a matrix, to oust the President.

“Hindi ko alam kung concerted ang effort but let’s give the media entities the benefit of the doubt kung ano iyung sa tingin nila karapat dapat na isulat at karapat-dapat na ibalita sa mga tao,” Duterte-Carpio told reporters on the sidelines of a campaign sortie of Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Cotabato City.

(I don’t know if this is a concerted effort but let’s give the media entities the benefit of the doubt whatever they believe should be reported to the people.)

A Manila Times report on the matrix linked several news organizations and journalists that have been critical of the Duterte administration to an alleged plot to destabilize the government.

The report, citing an anonymous source, links the journalists and a rights group to “Bikoy”, an alleged former drug syndicate member featured in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos which tagged the Duterte family in the illegal drug trade.

Written by the Manila Times chairman emeritus Dante Ang, the report states that media practitioners allegedly plant fake news, “manipulate public emotion, touch base with the Leftist organization, enlist the support of the police and the military, then go for the ‘kill’.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Manila Times article was also the same information the President had planned to release.

Duterte-Carpio, a lawyer, said the source of the matrix should also come out in the open.

"Mas maganda siguro kung lalabas yung source, kung sino ang source na gumawa ng matrix but usually kasi mga ganyang issues mainit at matindi talaga iyan during campaign and during elections," she said.

(It would be better if the source of the matrix will come out but usually these things come out in the heat of the election campaign.)

Media entities tagged in the supposed plot have denied the allegations.