Trump has a lot to learn from Duterte on taming media

Oftentimes, when we read or watch on TV news about what’s happening in Donald Trump’s United States of America, you can easily find similarities in the Philippines.

It’s because Trump and the Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte have many things in common: their contempt for the rule of law, their low regard of women, and their antagonism towards media.

The other day, Trump’s press, Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. This inspired social media wit, Bernard Ong, to pen a letter to Trump with very exciting recommendations.

U.S. former Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Here’s Ong’s letter:

Dear Donald,

Sorry to hear about the resignation of your spokesman, Sean Spicer. Constant lying and heaping praise on the president is a tough job. Sean’s skin wasn’t thick enough.

May I suggest a Filipino as replacement? You can take your pick from among Andanar, Mocha and Abella. You will find them eminently qualified.

We have a surplus of these characters over here so shipping one off to America is no big deal.

In exchange, we want you to send to the Philippines Sylvester Stallone. We miss him a lot. We were hoping to watch him on Rambo XXVII and Rocky XXXIV by now.

We urgently need Rocky/Rambo for several matters of national importance.

1. to fast-track the liberation of Marawi from terrorists. We’ll take the rest of his Expendables crew if he asks.

2. To train Pambansang Kamao Pacman for another comeback so he can pay his taxes.

3. To whip our president into shape so he doesn’t look like a Butete in military uniform.

It’s a pity that Spicer’s position was immediately filled up. The White House announced the appointment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders as the new press secretary.

Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte (C) speaks to journalists in Davao City on June 2, 2016. Agence France Presse photo.

Reports said Spicer resigned after Trump brought in a new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.

Trump badly needs to beef up his communication team as more incriminating information are being uncovered about the involvement of his son, Donald Trump, Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. elections last year by providing him with materials against then Democratic Party’s candidate Hillary Clinton.

His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who holds the position as senior adviser to the President has also been dragged into the scandal.
Trump is getting a beating from media especially CNN, New York Times, and Washington Post.

He should learn from Duterte how to control media. Look at how Duterte was able to tame the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which he has lambasted for publishing that La Pieta photo of an anguished woman cradling the dead body of her husband, one of over 5,000 killed in his war against illegal drugs (3,200 drug suspects killed in presumed-legitimate anti-drug operations; 2,098 others killed in drug-related homicides, as of mid-June 2017).

Marixi Prieto announced the sale of her family’s stake in the Inquirer to Ramon Ang last week. File photo

Duterte raked up the Inquirer owners’- the Prieto family- alleged questionable purchase of the Mile Long property in Makati as well as the tax payments of their other businesses.

The pressure must have been too much. Last week, Marixi R. Prieto, chair of the Inquirer Group of Companies, announced that they were selling her family’s (85 percent) in the Inquirer to businessman Ramon Ang, president and chief executive officer of San Miguel Corporation.

Duterte is also threatening another major media outfit, ABS-CBN, of blocking the renewal of its franchise due in 2020.

Trump has a lot to learn from Duterte.

July 24, 2017 8:00 am  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Media

2 Responses

  1. roc - July 27, 2017 5:33 am

    american media is not like pinoy media kasi, hence the difference. I think, american media has more clout; determined, has vast resources and got network of like minded souls, plus their international counterparts are fast on the uptake ready to support; whereas, pinoy media may in built apathy yata and quick to internalize, also fast to catastophize making mountains out of molehills. apply pressure on them at belly up kaagad sila.

    mostly, pinoy media is defensive, want others to fight for them and with them, hesitant to take up the fight and be on the front line, maybe because courage is lacking, fearful of their safety, etc. there are few exceptions though and jun pala was one. he was a personality.

    true, we all have something to hide, some more than others. digong has something to hide too, maybe many things to hide.

  2. baguneta - July 28, 2017 1:16 am

    Speak for yourself.

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