Philippines’ Duterte denounced for defending killing of some journalists

Filipino journalists carry the coffin of slain news reporter Alex Balcoba during his funeral in metro Manila, Philippines(Please note: strong language in second and fifth paragraph) MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine media groups denounced President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday for saying journalists were being killed because they were corrupt and “you are not exempted from assassination if you are a son of a bitch”. Duterte’s comments about extrajudicial killings, calling bishops “sons of whores” and a joke about a murdered rape victim do not appear to have dented his popularity in the largely Roman Catholic country. About 175 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1986, ranking it among the most dangerous places to work in the news business.