MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The damage has been done. It has culminated in U.S. President Barack Obama canceling his meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Laos. All because local media outlets misquoted Duterte. And the foreign media picked it up.
At issue was the response by Duterte to a reporter question during which the Philippine president supposedly called Obama “son of a bitch” or “son of a whore.”
But thanks to the magic of video recording and Internet sharing, the world now knows that Duterte was indeed misquoted.
Independent reviews of the tape confirmed that the curse was not directly intended at Obama. Some expert language analysis of the tape point to Duterte hurling the expletive at reporters and columnists.
Today, the Coalition of News Media Outlets of the Philippines (CNMOP) issued a formal joint apology to Duterte for their malicious misquoting of the president. “Our members in the news media simply wanted to improve their ratings and declining popularity,” a CNMOP spokesperson said. “We promise to do a better job next time.”
Meanwhile, several U.S. other foreign news organizations announced they were hiring Tagalog-speaking newsroom staff so that they could be more accurate in their reporting of news about Duterte.
All’s well that ends well.