Cebu journalist shares photos of Duterte with alleged drug lord

A broadcast journalist based in Cebu earned flak online after sharing photos of President Rodrigo Duterte with an alleged drug lord.

Leo Lastimosa, manager of ABS-CBN Regional Network Group radio station DYAB, shared pictures of Duterte and his "kumpare", businessman Peter Lim, at 5:15 a.m. on July 18.

He said in the caption:

"Pres. Rody Duterte and Cebu businessman Peter Lim were principal sponsors of the wedding of Beatrice Borja, daughter Adnama Group owner Ding Borja, and Israeli Yuri Ofek last June 25, 2016 at the Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa. Duterte and Lim also met during the former's victory party hosted by Ding in Level (8) ADNAMA, Mandaue City Reclamation, last June 8, 2016. [Photos from FACTS Against Ignorance]"

Lastimosa posted another photo 36 minutes later. His caption reads:

"Pres. Rody Duterte met Cebu businessman Peter Lim during Duterte's victory party hosted by Adnama Group owner Fernando "Ding" Borja in Level (8) ADNAMA, Mandaue City, last June 8, 2016."



The series of posts sparked an online debate with Duterte supporters asking the broadcast journalist, "What's your point?"

Lastimosa has not responded to comments but he has been receiving messages of dismay from listeners apparently for being biased. Read the comments here and here.

Facebook user Wun Kig said:

Waiting for Lastimosa's answers to the comments...none! Bitaw, unsa jud buot pasabot ani kuno beh? After this wedding, the President went directly to SRP for the Cebuanos' celebration on his victory. He opened his speech with 'nagpanikad jud ko makaari sa Cebu kay...' klaro kaayo unta naay cyay buot pasabot pero iyang gisumpayan ug 'tungod kay kamo dri ang pinakadaghan ug votes...magpasalamat ko ninyong tanan' (sort of like that). In his speech, ga balik2x jud nya ug mention ang Cebu ilabi na kung muhisgot cya ug droga...and this I can't forget..President Duterte said 'KUNG ANG KATAPUSANG DURUGISTA NGA AKONG MAPATAY NI DRI SA CEBU, OKAY NAKO!" Du-ru-gis-ta... pasabot nya dakong gakupot sa droga dri (dili drug addict iya pasabot or pusher lang).. he meant a single person so pasabot, ang DAKO! Sa ato pa gadumot na cya aning Lim... di palang to panahon kay wala pa cya maka take oath ato as President, 'unya ra ug ma Presidente nko'. And now that Lim showed up, of course, dili sad 'buang' atong Presidente kung birahan nya drcho as what critics said ngano man gipa uli lang drcho. The President in his inauguration speech, clarified that he will do everything UNDER THE LAW... kung niingon cya na patyon jud nya c Lim kung makita nya ang evidence nga cya tinuod ang Peter Lim nga apil sa triad, do you think President Duterte will just pull out his gun ug patyon dayon nya drcho? He will kill him, yes, but in a way that it will be within the bounds of the law. So Mr. Lastimosa, karon, unsa may imong ikasulti??? We're no better than you in delivering stories kay ikaw usa ka media man, so expected klaro imong message unta sa imong posts or balita.. karon kay wala kay caption ani, kami ang nakakita lain among sabot... nga imong buot ipakita sa katawhan nga naay connection c Duterte ug Lim or kaila sila mao nang okay ra naka uli c Lim after sila ga istorya or mahimong ma clear ra ni c Lim unya. Mao na imong pasabot pero dili mi bogo...ilabi na karon nga dghan na sa media ang dili kasaligan. I hope I will see your reply soon sa among mga komentaryo dri ug bahin sa imong post.

Nelson posted:

Cant believe, i respected Leo many years about his comments, he proves himself that Yellow-Minion army is still rampant in ABiasCBeNd, The name "Peter Lim" is very common name, you can check that in NBI kay dali na ma-Hit kay daghang pareho ang names, but Leo insist on only one particular "Peter Lim"

Willie gave the station manager an unsolicited advice, saying:

"[M]ove on, Mr. Leo Lastimosa. u wont get that peace of mind if u wont accept d reality that DU30 is our president until June 30, 2022."