Roque wants to teach Mocha, ‘DDS’ value of mainstream media

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2017 07:37 PM

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque holds his first press briefing in Malacañang on Nov. 2, 2017. Valerie Escalera, Malacañang Photo

MANILA - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Monday said he hopes to teach Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and the so-called diehard Duterte supporters (DDS) the value of mainstream media to government and society.

Roque said Uson and her followers need to understand the value of the mainstream media since, after all, it was the so-called fourth estate which exposed the supposed failures of the previous administration, which in turn helped catapult then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency.

“I guess in due course we will explain in a manner na maiintindihan ng lahat, kung bakit importante ang karapatan ng malayang pamamahayag,” Roque told reporters.

“Bago pa mana kami nagkasama ni Asec. [Uson] - I like her, she likes me - I will forever be a law professor and I will forever consider individuals as under my tutelage on important matters. I hope Asec. Mocha will accept being a student of the spokesperson,” he added.

Roque issued the statement in wake of the tiff between Rappler reporter Pia Ranada and DWIZ host RJ Nieto, a pro-Duterte figure known for his blog “Thinking Pinoy.”

Ranada has filed a complaint before the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas against DWIZ after Nieto, in a recent interview with Roque, asked the Presidential spokesperson to throw a hollow block at the journalist.

The request stemmed from Roque’s earlier remark that he would throw "hollow blocks" at Duterte’s critics.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has sided with Ranada in this case, saying the radio host-blogger may have committed a crime by urging a government official to commit violence.