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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

President Duterte said members of the media should lead the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) anti-illegal drugs operations to see if there really is abuse of authority.

President Rodrigo Duterte
(RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

This as Duterte addressed the commonly used phrase “nanlaban” (violently resist arrest) by the police and media whenever there is a casualty during police operations.

Duterte floated the idea as he discussed anew about the death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos who the Caloocan City police claimed fired at them first but security footage showed and witness accounts said otherwise.

“Ang problema ninyo kasi ‘pag may namatay [pinatay agad ng pulis] (The problem with you is whenever someone dies, you’re quick to assume that it’s because of the police)–well, of course, except for ‘yung kay Kian (Kian’s case),” Duterte said, referring to United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Agnes Callamard’s statements on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

“Kaya sabi ko, ‘Next time ‘pag ka ganung operation, dalhin mo ang media.’ You invite the media para ma-document (That’s why I told the police the next time when you conduct operations, bring the media along. You invite them so it can be documented),” he added.

“But in order for the documentation to be complete and clear, ang media ang paunahin mo. Cover lang kayo sa kanila (You let the media lead, make them your cover),” he jested.

Duterte, however, has a request to the members of the media.

“But media, be sure to make an accurate and true portrayal of the incident. Ang pinakasiguro niyan, kayo ang mauna (So to be sure, you lead the operations),” he said.

The President added that the media should also make sure that their equipment, particularly their cameras, are working.

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