Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace
February 12, 2020
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reaffirmed the importance of the broadcast media in nation building through proper information and news dissemination, reiterating his administration’s efforts in protecting the rights and safety of media practitioners.
In his remarks after the oath-taking of the newly elected officers and Board of Trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), President Duterte commended the role of mass media in promoting awareness of social issues.
He lauded its vital role in disseminating critical information and mobilizing public action in times of natural calamities and disasters, as well as ensuring accountability in government and other institutions.
The President also recognized the KBP for its commitment in maintaining news and information reportage.
“I commend the KBP for its commitment to elevate the standards of broadcasting, help promote positive social change, help disseminate information on our development efforts and foster improved business practices within your industry and the stakeholders,” he said.
The Chief Executive encouraged the KBP members to lead the Philippine broadcasting industry with a ‘stronger dedication’ in the shared task of nation-building.
“I trust that you will use the power of media to inform, entertain, educate and persuade to promote the welfare of the people. Together, let us work towards a stronger and brighter future for all Filipinos,” he added.
Likewise, he reminded the media practitioners to always uphold the principle of truth, responsibility and fairness amidst the rapidly changing age of information.
“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 this privilege,” President Duterte stated.
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