Constitution upholds freedom of press, function to broadcast is a privilege: Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte said during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected officers and board of trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on February 12 that the constitution upholds freedom of the press, but function to broadcast is a privilege.

“While our Constitution upholds the freedom of the press, the function to broadcast is a privilege granted by the government. It is imbued with the best interest of the nation and our people. We will not tolerate any abuse of privilege,” President Duterte said.

“To the new Board of Trustees and Officers of the KBP, I invite you to lead the Philippine broadcasting industry with a stronger dedication of your shared task of nation-building,” he said.

He noted that he trusts the KBP that they will use the power of media to inform, entertain, educate and persuade to promote the welfare of the people.

“As we ensure your safety and protection, I trust that the Philippine media will continue to stand by the principles of truth, responsibility and fairness, even as you [seek] to redefine and strengthen your relevance in this rapidly changing [age] of information,” he noted.