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Bono defends free press in PHL: ‘The safety of journalists is very important’

U2 frontman Bono, who’s in the Philippines for the band’s first-ever Manila concert, spoke up about the importance of press freedom in the country.

“I have a very deep conviction about journalism,” the singer told the press on Tuesday.

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“I probably would have been a journalist if I wasn’t a singer and the safety of journalists is very important, and I think a democracy requires free press,” he explained.

The musician and human rights advocate made the statement a reporter asked him if he had any plans to visit President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit.

“I have no plans,” Bono said, adding he was focused on positive developments when it comes to working with the government.

He added: “And, you know, the President is very popular, and he doesn’t need me on his side.”

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Bono then went on to share his thoughts about press freedom and its role in a democracy.

He also quipped: “I find some journalists to be a total pain in the arse, but I’m really glad they’re there,” drawing laughter from the audience.

U2's first Manila gig will be on Wednesday at the Philippine Arena. — LA, GMA News