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Palace blames media for Duterte’s late night speeches: ‘Gusto nilang magpuyat kaysa gumising nang maaga’

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By Prince Golez

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday blamed the members of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) for President Rodrigo Duterte’s late night televised public addresses.

While he preferred Duterte’s speeches to be aired the next day, Roque said the MPC insisted that the broadcast go ahead on the same night.

“Kung ako ang tatanungin, nagsalita na ako at iminungkahi ko na na gawin ng regular na kinabukasan nang umaga ang airing ng talumpati ng Presidente. Pero actually, nanggaling sa ilang miyembro ng Malacañang Press Corps na gusto nila same night i-broadcast kasi marami pala sa mga taga-Malacañang Press Corps mas gusto nilang magpuyat kaysa gumising nang maaga, so kaya naman napagbibigyan,” he said during an online press briefing.

The Palace official was reacting to the statement of Senator Nancy Binay that Duterte’s communications team should evaluate the effectiveness of his late-night messages and improve communication about the coronavirus disease. In his last public address, Duterte’s speech was aired past midnight on Wednesday.

“Pero siguro pag-usapan natin sa Malacañang Press Corps ano ba talaga ang gusto ninyo. Pero sa akin po sa mula’t-mula, I prefer umaga na po i-broadcast iyan at gawin na nating regular. Kung sasabihin nating eight o’clock in the morning, eight o’clock in the morning mabo-broadcast ang mensahe ng Presidente,” said Roque.

“Pero nagawa na po natin iyan pero ang mga nagreklamo po ay mga taga-Malacañang Press Corps din. So, pag-usapan po natin ano ba talaga ang gusto nating mangyari,” he added.