Walang plano makaharap ni U2 frontman Bono si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Sinabi ito ng singer nang matanong media.
“I’ve no plans… President Duterte is very popular, he doesn’t need me on his side,” sabi ni Bono.
Ayon pa kay Bono, Hindi rin daw dapat ikinokompromiso ang karapatanng pantao para sa pag-unlad at iyon daw ang kanyang “soft message” para kay Pangulong Duterte.
“I am a member of Amnesty International, I have been all my life, and I think human rights is critical. My impression of the Philippines is very caring, very sophisticated people. I understand that when progress is made, sometimes people make what they think are compromises for that progress… And I would say, you can’t compromise on human rights. That’s my soft message to President Duterte,” sabi ni Bono.
Tinalakay din ni Bono ang tungkol sa malayang pamamahayag, isa sa mga kritisismo na ipinupukol kay Pangulong Duterte.
“I have very deep convictions about journalism. I probably would’ve been a journalist if I wasn’t a singer. And safety of journalism is very important. And I think that democracy requires a free press. And I find some journalists to be a total pain in the ass, but I’m really glad you’re there,” dagdag pa ni Bono.
Nasa Pilipinas ngayon si Bono para sa Asian Tour ng 1987 album ng banda niya. Ito ang unang pagkakataon ni Bono sa Pilipinas. Sa Miyerkules, gagawin ang concert ng banda.