President Duterte asks Filipinos to use PTV4 to air views

BAGUIO CITY-- President Rodrigo Duterte attended the inauguration of PTV's Cordillera hub encouraging Filipinos to ventilate their grievances through the state-owned television network.

The Cordillera hub, one of PTV's hubs throughout the country, could be used by the people to air their sentiments like traffic condition and other complaints, President Duterte said. PTV is also constructing such hubs in Davao City and Cebu City.

"Alam mo pera ng tao 'to. So gusto ng makita ng tao 'yung anong, what's happening in this planet. So they want to hear their countrymen," the President said in his speech on Saturday, March 11.

The President said PTV 4 is for everyone. He also assured that he will never use PTV 4 as a platform for his personal gain.

"What I can assure you during my time is this: There will never be a time that I will use PTV 4 or its allied services there for my personal. 'Di ko na kailangan. Just better, just tell me. Tell the people about me, the truth," he said.

At the same time, President Duterte stressed he will ask PTV management to use their discretion to the utmost, stressing he is ready to grant all government communication facilities the degree of freedom.

"Bitawan namin kayo and act just like a private and your template is really BBC," the President said.

Meanwhile, he invited Moro rebels to join him in seeking lasting peace in Mindanao.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is about to complete the Bangsamoro Transition draft. Duterte said he will study the draft before submitting it to Congress.

The President also renewed his commitment to fight criminality, illegal drugs and corruption. He stressed that abuses being committed against ordinary people must be stopped.

Joining the President on Saturday were Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, PTV CEO and General Manager Dino Apolonio, and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

Source: Philippines News Agency