Rodrigo Duterte

[PODCAST] Seat of Power: Who is editing out key parts of Duterte speeches?

[PODCAST] Seat of Power: Who is editing out key parts of Duterte speeches?
Someone close to the President has a lot of control over which of his remarks the public gets to hear

Everyone from Cabinet members to Malacañang reporters were surprised to find out that a political statement made by President Rodrigo Duterte during a taped meeting was edited out of aired footage last Tuesday, August 24.

The statement – that he and his longtime aide Senator Bong Go would not run in 2022 if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte runs for president – carried some political implications, whether or not you believed the President.

The incident brings to mind other instances when controversial remarks by Duterte were spliced from footage shown to the public.

Who is behind these video edits?

Why are they tampering with the President’s speeches, and do they have the permission of Duterte himself, notorious for being allergic to efforts to control his mouth?

Rappler’s Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada tries to answer this question in this new episode of Seat of Power, a podcast about the Philippine presidency.

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– Rappler.com