Author: Stella Estremera

How Mindanao journalists see Duterte: Estremera

STELLA ESTREMERA, editor-in-chief of Sun.Star Davao, tells how they understood Rodrigo Duterte in his messages to constituents, says journalists need to look beyond what he actually says for the real…

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STELLA ESTREMERA, editor-in-chief of Sun.Star Davao, tells how they understood Rodrigo Duterte in his messages to constituents, says journalists need to look beyond what he actually says for the real meaning, and asserts she and her colleagues in Davao were no less critical of him when he was their mayor

DAVAO—The three decades of covering President Rodrigo “Digong” R. Duterte first as an OIC vice mayor then his 28 years as elected official is an exercise in getting the right context to a story.

What he is saying today, we have already heard several times before and because he has been saying these for years now, he tends to go straight to the action and not the predicate. As Duterte himself said during one of his midnight press conferences in Davao City after the 2016 elections: “Do not believe everything I say. If it sounds preposterous, itanong mo yang media sa Davao, ‘Ano ba ito?’ Sasabihin sa inyo, ‘Niloloko lang kayo niyan.’” (Ask the Davao media, “What’s this?” They’ll tell you, “He’s just pulling your leg.”)  Continue Reading

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