Monday, October 10, Senators Vicente Sotto III and Aquilino Pimentel III criticized the French newspaper for their headline "serial killer" to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Libération newspaper has 4 pages artile entitled "Rodrigo Duterte Le president serial killer" or "Rodrigo Duterte, the serial killer president" in english.

Senate President Pimentel III said that the headline was 'unfair' and there was no clear basis for it.

"That's unfair because did they conduct any in-depth investigative work before they came up with their conclusion? Sana gano'n gawin sa ibang bansa. They should follow the Philippine media – before we make unfair headlines, we have investigated."

"For a French newpaper to label our President as serial killer, ang tanong ko what's their basis? May pinapunta ba sila [na] investigative reporter dito or they just got it from the internet? I don't know what made the editor jump to that hasty conclusion. A serial killing president, what is his evidence?" he added.

For the part of Senate Majority Leader Sotto III, he blamed the language barrier because not all French can understand english.

"Hindi nakakaintindi ng English. Hindi lahat ng Pranses na diyaryo nakakaintindi ng Ingles," Sotto said.

Sotto also claimed that there are more supporters of Duterte now than during the campaign. "Mas marami nga ang following ngayon kaysa 'yung before the elections eh. Before the elections, the people [who] supported him, hindi ganyan karami. Ngayon, mas marami nang sumusuporta sa kanya. Ngayon pa ba papansinin 'yan?" he said. Pimentel said that the government cannot control foreign medias and their standards and culture are different from us.

"That's beyond our control. I would not lose sleep over the coverage of the president in foreign media, that's beyond our control. Iba po standards nila doon, kultura nila," Pimentel said.

"Oo, better not waste your time on comments of people against you. What do you expect? Kahit anong explanation gawin mo, kahit anong kuwento gawin mo, hindi naman maniniwala sa'yo. In the same way 'pag naniniwala sa'yo, kahit anong paninira sabihin sa'yo, hindi sila maniniwala," Sotto said

Pimentel is also wondering why other countries are more knowledgeable about what is happening in the Philippines than Filipinos.

"Actually, 'yan na nga ang issue. There is Resolution No. 9 here to investigate who is or maybe responsible in the unexplained killings. Eh inunahan na tayo ng isang newspaper, I don't know why they are more knowledgeable about happenings in the Philippines than Filipinos themselves. Siguro, I don't know, maybe the paper needed to sell some issues?" Pimentel said.

For Senator Panfilo Lacson, he said that the headline was "exaggerated" and unfair to blame the President for the deaths linked to illegal drugs.

"I think exaggerated naman ang pag-describe sa kanya na serial killer. Sa akin exaggerated 'yan. Unang-una, hindi naman siguro direct or personal knowledge ang pinanggalingan ng comment ng French newspaper," Lacson said.

"I think it's unfair to tag our president as a serial killer. Maski sinong Pilipino, ke bumoto sa kanya ke hindi, hindi naman maganda pakinggan na inaakusahan na serial killer ang ating pangulo, just because 3,000 suspected drug pushers napapatay, so far," he said.


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