Pimentel Lacson Sotto slam French newspaper for calling Duterte `serial killer

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.

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. [source]

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