MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang slammed American comedian Hasan
Minhaj for his latest episode of Netflix’s political-satire show
“Patriot Act” where he presented “erroneous narratives” about President
Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine politics.
In the newest episode, which streamed on May 12, a day before the
midterm elections, Hasan criticized Duterte’s war on drugs and shared
his thoughts on the President’s senatorial candidates.
Andanar hit Hasan for calling Duterte an “autocrat” and for
his “exaggerated” figures on the death toll in the government’s war on
“Mr. Hasan Minhaj, an American comedian and host, maliciously implied
that President Duterte is an ‘autocrat’ who ‘every so often goes on a
killing spree,'” he said.
“He cited an exaggerated figure — 27,000, which is way higher than
the official figure – to besmirch the government’s campaign against
illegal drugs,” he added.
Citing government data, Andanar said, “there are about 5,050
drug personalities who died during the 115,435 anti-drug operations
from July 2016 to November 2018.”
He cited the report of the Philippine National Police “that a large
number of deaths were done by the hands of vigilantes due to the rivalry
between drug gangs.”
Aside from law enforcement, the Palace official said the government had rehabilitation programs.
Since Duterte assumed the presidency in 2016, he said there were
about 303,533 individuals who graduated from these rehabilitation
“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 said.
Andanar cited recent surveys that showed 6 out of 10 Filipinos,
saying illegal drug users in their areas, “attesting that the campaign
He added that “7 out of 10 Filipinos mentioned that the Duterte
Administration is serious in solving the killings in the country.”
“With regard to the root cause, which is poverty,” he said, “the
Duterte administration remains committed to bringing comfortable lives
He again cited the latest survey, which showed that hunger incidence
among Filipino families decreased to 9.5% while adult joblessness
dropped to 19.7%.
In his video, Hasan also criticized Duterte’s endorsement of some senatorial candidates.
“The Philippines, like the USA, is a country where democracy is
vibrant and the will of the people reigns supreme. Ultimately, it is
the Filipino people who will choose their own set of leaders and we
simply have to respect the results of the elections,” Andanar said.
He said the results of the midterm elections, which showed
Duterte-backed candidates dominating the Senate’s top 12, proved
Filipinos still favored Duterte.
“The President called on the public to vote for those who support his
measures to uplift people from poverty and have a stable, comfortable,
and peaceful life that they deserve. He also called on the public to
dismiss black propaganda against the administration amid the midterm
elections,” he said.
“The preliminary results of the nationwide polls affirmed that the
public indeed heeded the President’s call. This proves that the voting
population continues to believe in the genuine reforms advocated by the
candidates endorsed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” he added.
Hasan also mentioned detained Sen. Leila de Lima and Rappler chief Maria Ressa for “standing up against Duterte.”
“On Ms. Ressa and Senator De Lima, their cases underwent legal
processes and their politics, or opposition to President Duterte, has
nothing to do with the charges that they are now facing,” Andanar said.
“Both personalities violated domestic laws with Ms. Ressa committing
tax evasion, breach of anti-dummy laws, and violation of cyber laws; and
Senator De Lima transgressing anti-drug laws,” he added. (Editor: Cenon B. Bibe Jr.)