30 March 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the supplemental impeachment filed against PRRD
The supplemental impeachment complaint-affidavit filed by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano against the President is unfounded, lacking both in form and substance; but more seriously it seems that this is part and parcel of his intention to run for the Senate to replace Senator Trillanes.
The political tactic of filing an ‘incomplete’ impeachment complaint on the first day of recess of the HoR then to ‘supplement’ it on a different day seems geared towards providing media mileage for the proponent.
The President is the chief architect of the nation’s foreign policy and under his leadership, we strive to safeguard the national interest, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On the issue of Benham Rise, Scarborough Shoal, and the disputed features in the West Philippine Sea, the Philippines will continuously uphold and assert our rights.

 From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On PRRD’s comments against ABS-CBN and Philippine Daily Inquirer
The President’s remarks on ABS-CBN Corporation and Philippine Daily Inquirer is a complaint against unfairness and are not attacks against Philippine journalism.

The President himself agreed with the adversarial (antagonistic using PRRD’s word) role of media as check and balance against government abuses and venalities.  

However, it is unfortunate that these two media outfits tend to project the President as a caricature of a berserk strongman over a failed state. 

The President’s statement is a call for media to be more fair and unbiased; after all, nations succeed when all sectors maintain objectivity and fairness as they collaborate in nation building.