Netizens back Duterte vs corrupt journos, dare media to boycott

Netizens backed President-elect Rodrigo Duterte against corrupt journalists and challenged the biased media to boycott his press briefings.

Filipino singer, dancer and model Mocha Uson, the lead vocalist of the sexy dance group Mocha Girls and one of the most vocal speakers in Duterte's campaign sorties, posted an open letter to the incoming President, his supporters, and the Philippine media.

Mocha, who led unidentified keyboard warriors called "DDS," vowed to stay at Duterte's side and even die for him amid the attacks. In her June 3 Facebook post, she urged the media to heed the call to boycott Duterte.

TO PRESIDENT DUTERTE:
Mayor huwag kang mag-alala kahit i-boycott ka nila nandito kaming mga OA na DDS para ikalat ang iyong magandang Programa. Handa kaming mamatay para sayo dahil alam naming handa kang mamatay para sa amin. Pinakita mo ito noong nasa Luneta kahit pinigilan ka na ng lahat ng mga adviser mo na huwag nang dumalo dahil may matinding banta sa buhay mo pero pumunta ka pa rin. Salamat po. Hindi kami magsasawang suportahan ka. ITAPON NIYO NAPO SA MANILA BAY ANG MGA CORRUPT NA MEDIA.

To OA na mga ka-DDS:
Mga OA na KA-DDS! Binalik ko na ang lumang logo ng blog na ito. Dahil mula noong panahon ng kampanya hanggang ngayon ay BIASED pa rin ang MEDIA. Kaya ipagpatuloy natin ang sinimulan natin noon- TAYO ANG MEDIA NI DUTERTE. I-share po natin itong video para makarating sa MEDIA at mga kababayan natin sa buong mundo.

TO THE MEDIA:
Totohanin niyo ang pag-BOYCOTT niyo kay Mayor. Ang challenge niya huwag na kayong bumalik ng DAVAO at last interview niyo na yan.
Tignan natin kung sinong matira matibay.

Mocha's post garnered over 21,000 likes and reactions, 15,000 shares, and the video attached to it was viewed almost half-a-million times as of 3 p.m. Friday.

The video shows part of Duterte's presscon on Thursday night where he dared the media to boycott him and his activities.

Magboycott kayo! Make it the first time in this country. Do not cover me!

Pu***g ina sinabi ko mga ugok, pu***g ina, I can lose the presidency, my life, my honor. Just don’t fu*k with me. Huwag niyo na akong takutin. Boycott, boycott, leche kayo, e di mag-boycott kayo!

Duterte issued the challenge after the Reporters Without Borders, or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), a global press freedom advocate, urged journalists to boycott the incoming head-of-state.

Blogger Inday Espina-Varona in her article on the ABS-CBN News website said RSF's call for Philippine media to boycott Duterte's press conferences is "dead wrong."

She wrote:

A boycott by journalists is tantamount to a strike against both news sources and the people we serve.

A media boycott should be used only when our physical safety or ability to gather, process and disseminate the news, are in direct danger due to the actions of news sources.

"A boycott would hurt most the people we serve. Our people," she told RSF.