Duterte Aide Bristles at Times Article, Calling It a ‘Hack Job’
MANILA — The Philippine government sharply criticized The New York Times on Wednesday for an article profiling the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, calling it “a well-paid hack job for well-heeled clients with shady motives.”
Ernesto Abella, a presidential spokesman, said in a statement that the article, which appeared on Wednesday in the Philippines, unfairly tracked Mr. Duterte’s rise to power “in the context of violence” while ignoring his positive accomplishments.
The Times article said that as a mayor of Davao City, and as president of the Philippines, Mr. Duterte had encouraged the police and vigilantes to kill thousands of people with impunity. The article also detailed Mr. Duterte’s personal drug ...