MAY 16, 2019 — Communications Secretary Martin Andanar slammed detractors of President Rodrigo Duterte for allegedly using a political satire show on Netflix to criticize him on a global scale.
“We find it desperate that, on the eve of the Philippine midterm elections, the vociferous detractors of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte would use an American comedy show, aired on Netflix, to demonize the Chief Executive and his government,” Andanar said in a statement.
Andanar was referring to the latest episode of “Patriot Act”, hosted by American comedian Hasan Minhaj.
In the episode entitled “Brazil, Corruption, and the Rainforest,” Minhaj called the administration’s war on drugs “ineffective” and criticized Duterte’s endorsements of candidates in the 2019 senatorial elections.
Minhaj particularly mentioned the candidacies of Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos, former PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.
The PCOO chief said Minhaj “maliciously implied” that Duterte is an “autocrat” who “every so often goes on a killing spree” and that he gave “exaggerated” figures on drug war deaths in the country.
“He cited an exaggerated figure of 27,000, which is way higher than the official figure to besmirch the government’s campaign against illegal drugs,” Andanar said.
Despite what Andanar called “erroneous narratives” on the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, he said: “The preliminary results of the nationwide polls affirmed that the public indeed heeded the President’s call. This proves that the voting population continues to believe in the genuine reforms advocated by the candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.”