Duterte says he's confident to prove Rappler's foreign ownership

President Rodrigo Duterte dares online media source Rappler to prove the foreign ownership over the said company despite its constant denial.


In an interview, Duterte cited the claim of former cabinet secretary during the Arroyo term, Rigoberto Tiglao was right in arguing that Philippine Depository Receipts indicate that there are foreigners owning Rappler.

"When you deposit money there, mag-deposito ka ng pera, then at the end of six months, makuha mo yung dineposit mo with the dividends, you are the owner also," said Duterte.

Duterte even dared that if he cannot prove his claim, he will step down from his seat.

"Magtanong ka ng abogado. Pag hindi yan mag-resign ako. Sige.Oo," he stressed.

On the other hand, Rappler's Chief Executive Officer, Maria Ressa emphasized the company  is 100% owned by Filipinos.

During the President's State of the Nation Address, he also mentioned this matter, that some of local news provider in the country are owned by foreigners.

"You know when you're a newspaper you are supposed to be 100 percent Filipino and yet when you start to pierce their identity, it is pala fully owned by Americans. Rappler kayo ba 'yan?" Duterte said.

Duterte has earlier accused some media organizations like ABS-CBN, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Rappler as bias in delivering their news.