Malacañang shrugs off American TV series’ portrayal of President Duterte


FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella

In the trailer of the popular American political TV series, “Madam Secretary”, the title character is shown punching the face of what the show describes as the “unconventional & new Philippine president.”

The trailer depicted the Philippine president exhibiting inappropriate behavior towards the Secretary of State thereby inciting the punch.

This prompted the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC to write a letter to the CBS Corporation denouncing what it calls as highly negative portrayal of the President of the Philippines.

In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in the US, explained that although the TV series is a work of fiction, it still reflects current events which may affect how the audience views the real personages being depicted in the program.

It further noted that the program stains the image of the Philippines in terms of protecting women’s rights and gender equality.

Meanwhile, Malacañang just shrugged off the depiction.

Presidential Spokesperson Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said such a work of fiction is inevitable.

“I think they are confusing their images. I think they are projecting something that they really would like to say about their own situation,” he said.

“It’s their business, it’s their craft. You cannot deny them their craft their taste perhaps.”— Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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