Despite the many instances of President Rodrigo Duterte lambasting the media, he guaranteed on Tuesday night that they are not enemies, adding that the relationship between them is “always adversarial.”
“I am not your enemy. Your quest for truth, that is your business, not mine. At the end of the day, it’s not my property. It’s just public interest,” he said.
“Never mind about our relations. It’s always adversarial. We do not have anger towards each other. We do not fight with each other. I do not hate anybody here or else I would not be inviting you to my place,” he added.
Furthermore, Duterte said that truth depends on one’s point of view.
“Your truth is not my truth and everybody’s truth. There are always two sides of the coin. My truth, your truth, and the public perception,” he said.
“In the meantime, we have work to do. You have your mandate. I have my task. If we happen to meet at a corner and agree, it would be good. But if we find ourselves in disagreement, that is part of our territory,” he added.
(DAILY NEWS ROUND UP FOR 12/ 13 / 17)