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JEERS TO the Philippine Daily Inquirer for a report on Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte statement on a drug for erectile dysfunction which the newspaper highlighted on the front page. The report itself appeared on page A8.
The Inquirer reported that Duterte said “he can’t imagine life without Viagra” when he spoke to attendees of the Second Quarterly National Executive Officers and National Board Meeting of the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) in Davao City on June 11. (“Duterte says he can’t imagine living without Viagra,” June 13, 2015)
The report continued to quote Duterte when he said he was thankful to the drug’s manufacturer and that he might give them an award in the upcoming Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.
The report also highlighted Duterte’s alleged virility and said he has fathered two other children by two different women in addition to his better known children, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and the city’s former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, by his wife. The article also discussed his political plans, although Duterte denied that he’s running for President in the 2016 elections.
The report failed to provide any detail on the PCL meeting itself.
CMFR also looked at other news organizations which reported on the PCL meeting.
TV5’s late night news program Aksyon Tonite on June 11 reported on Sara Duterte-Carpio’s disapproval of Duterte’s possible candidacy for President. The network’s online platform InterAksyon provided other details about Duterte’s speech, such as his mentioning Davao City’s accomplishments and his response to comments on his TV advertisements in the context of his possible Presidential bid. (“Duterte’s presidential bid still a puzzle,” June 11, 2015)
Rappler, MindaNews and the Manila Bulletin reported on the arrest of councilors attending the convention. Several councilors from different cities were arrested on different charges, among them Alma Moreno of Parañaque City for speeding. Sergio Antigua Batistis of Albuera, Leyte was also apprehended for selling fake PCL documents at the venue. (“Guest local officials arrested in Davao City,” June 12, 2015; “Leyte councilor nabbed for selling fake receipts, certificates during convention in Davao,” June 11, 2015; “Councilor nabbed selling fake PCL documents,” June 12, 2015)
Twitter user @yogon flagged CMFR about the Inquirer report: