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Duterte Calls Award-winning Journalist Maria Ressa A “Fraud”

DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called veteran journalist Maria Ressa a “fraud.”

Veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is one of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines. She was honored by Time magazine as ‘Person of the Year‘ in 2018.

Ressa has a long earned ire of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration. During his speech on Wednesday, June 8, the 75-year-old chief executive issued another threat against the Filipino-American journalist.

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Based on a report from CNN Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said his Cabinet secretaries Carlito Galvez, Delfin Lorenzana, and Eduardo Año are being accused of corruption while they are busy with their duties in coronavirus fight.

“General Galvez, General Lorenzana, General Año, tapos na, they have served their country and they’re still serving the country. Why would they destroy their name? Magkano ba kickback mo? May kickback ba na 50 million? Magsabi ka na may 200 million na kickback, ewan ko, pero huwag kayong maniwala,” he said.

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According to the report, President Duterte warned Maria Ressa that he is gathering evidence to prove that she is a “fraud.” He even threatened the award-winning journalist would someday have a taste of her own medicine.

“I have some folders in me given all throughout the years. You will have a dose of your own medicine one of these days… Si Ressa is a fraud, maniwala kayo. Give us time. Too early for you to enjoy ‘yung mga award-award mo. We are just compiling at this stage. And someday in bold letters, we will show your incongruity,” he said.

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Based on the report, the veteran journalist appeared unperturbed by president Duterte’s threat. She said, “was he referring to me? Maybe the President is just seeing too much fraud from where he sits.”

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