In a recent article published by news correspondent Tetch Torres-Tupas in Inquirer, the journalist called President Rodrigo Duterte a”psychopath.”
His story on confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) member Edgar Matobato seeking Supreme Court’s protection from Duterte has a headline that reads “Matobato seeks SC help vs ‘psychopath’ Duterte.”
While Motabato said, through counsel Atty. Jude Josue L. Sabio, in his motion filed before the high court’s Office of the Court Administrator that “…it can be safely opined that President Rodrigo Duterte is a confirmed killer, if not a serial killer, mass murderer or psychopath,” netizens believed that Tupas shouldn’t have tagged the president a “psychopath.”
Some even speculated that the journalist used the word to get the readers’ attention.
Here are some of the comments on the story published on October 24, 2016:
While this is a free world country where journalists can freely utter what they please, netizens are correct on the fact that we should still practice fair and responsible journalism. We cannot just call anyone, president or not, a psychopath without basis, even if it’s just for click bait or otherwise.