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Duterte raises foreign ownership vs. Rappler

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday raised the foreign ownership issue against Rappler, claiming the online news outlet is not fully owned by Filipinos as required by the 1987 Constitution for media entities.

During his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte was recounting the effects of irresponsible mining when he shifted the topic to corporate identity of mining firms.

"I can look at your corporate earnings, corporate identity even diyan sa mga newspaper. Pag newspaper ka, you are supposed to be 100 percent Filipino and if you start to pierce their identity, it is pala fully owned by Americans," Duterte said.

"It is just matter of piercing...ABS, Rappler kayo ba yan? Have your tried to pierce your identity?... Rappler try to pierce the identity and you will end up American ownership."

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa denied the President's allegation, saying the media outlet criticized by Duterte's supporters for alleged critical reportage of the President is "100 percent Filipino owned."



Duterte, on the other hand, praised broadcast giant ABS-CBN for its documentary on the pros and cons of mining. 

"[L]ook at the picture shown to you for once they behave correctly ang ABS CBN. Tingnan niyo yung pelikula ni (broadcaster) Ted Failon. I salute him for coming [up] with it," the President said.

Duterte had also perceived ABS-CBN as critical of his government and its policies. — RSJ/KVD, GMA News