Andanar hits US comic’s satire on Duterte

Martin Andanar
Martin Andanar

A MALACANANG official scored American comedian Hasan Minhaj for presenting “falsehoods” about President Rodrigo Duterte and the country’s situation on Netflix’s political-satire show “Patriot Act” ahead of the midterm elections on Monday.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar took exception to Hasan’s remarks in the episode “Brazil, Corruption, and the Rainforest” where he called Duterte an “autocrat” who “every so often goes on a killing spree.”

Hasan also said Duterte’s war on drugs was “ineffective.”

“We find it desperate that, on the eve of the Philippine midterm elections, the vociferous detractors of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte would use an American comedy show, aired on Netflix, to demonize the chief executive and his government in its episode entitled ‘Brazil, Corruption and the Rainforest’ before the global audience,” Andanar said in a statement yesterday.

Andanar said Hasan cited an “exaggerated” figure of 27,000 for the drug war deaths which is way higher than the official figure of over 5,000 “to besmirch the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.”

“The Philippine National Police also reported that a large number of deaths were done by the hands of vigilantes due to the rivalry between drug gangs,” he said.

The Palace official said 7 out of 10 Filipinos said that the Duterte administration is serious in solving the killings in the country and 6 out of 10 Filipinos mentioned that the illegal drug users in their areas have decreased based on independent pollsters, “attesting that the campaign is effective.”

Aside from law enforcement, the government also has rehabilitation programs that have benefited 303,533 individuals, according to Andanar.

“We express outrage that such erroneous narratives, obviously peddled by anti-Duterte haters and trolls, would find their way to the gullible TV host and his comedy show and unwittingly parrot these falsehoods to an audience unaware of the real score in the Philippines,” he added.