June 23, 2018, 2:37 am
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There should be no comparison of Marcos, Duterte press freedom

I’m often asked to compare covering during the time of President Marcos and now, when President Duterte is openly hostile to media whose reports put him in an unfavorable light.

There is no comparison because Marcos declared martial law. It was a dictatorship. 

So many lives were sacrificed to end the Marcos dictatorship. The Filipino people regained freedom through People Power which we are commemorating this week.

The comparison of coverage between the Marcos and Duterte is again being asked with the reported ban on Rappler’s Pia Ranada from entering Malacañang.

I joined Ang Pahayagang Malaya in 1983 during the dying years of the Marcos Regime. Our Malacanang reporter was the jolly Rita Festin (she later on became the media officer of the Asian Development Bank).

Rita was allowed in the press office where she would get the press releases. She was allowed to attend press conferences, but she was told not to ask questions. 

Reading the transcript of Harry Roque’s press briefing Tuesday, I felt a sense of déjà vu which should not be the case because we regained our freedom in February 1986 with the ouster of Marcos. Media should be free and not subject to the whims and caprices of the Malacañang occupant.

Here are relevant excerpts from Roque’s press briefing:

Let me begin by clarifying that as of yesterday, the Executive Secretary was asked whether or not Rappler can cover Malacañang. The answer given by the Executive Secretary is ‘yes, because they have a pending appeal.’ But after the Court of Appeals decides, and if the decision of the SEC is sustained, Rappler would have to transfer to FOCAP. But for now the decision is while pending appeal, Rappler can cover Malacañang. But you will understand that if the order is sustained, we do not allow FOCAP actually into the Malacañang Press Corps.

Ranada: Sir, the decision by the OES that we can cover Malacañang, how does this affect the order earlier barring me from covering Malacañang events?

Roque: I do not know about the order barring you. I have to clarify that… the Executive Secretary just issued a verbal statement, that pending appeal, you will be able to cover here in Malacañang. And having said that, the worst case scenario even if you’re barred, is you can cover the press briefings because we’re televised live.

Ranada: So, I can cover the press briefings but not any events in Malacañang Palace. What’s the basis for this order?

Roque: As far as I know, and don’t get this wrong again… you are still allowed until the appeal is resolved by the Court of Appeals.

Ranada: Will the OES inform the PSG of this?

Roque: I do not know. Maybe you should make representations… for the OES to inform the PSG… I went downstairs to pick you up in case there’s a misunderstanding that I will not allow you to cover my press briefing. I went downstairs to pick you up, to assure you that for now you can cover my press briefings. But that’s the extent of what I can do as spokesperson. At least, I can influence who will cover my press briefings and you’re still welcome to cover my press briefings.

Ranada: Sir, can you find out sir who ordered the PSG?

Roque: I do not know. I think that’s asking too much already ‘no. I was willing to pick you up downstairs to bring you here in case you were not allowed. I will probably pick you up from the gate in time from press coverage—I mean, press briefings if you are barred. But that’s the full extent of what I can do, because I’m only… I’m able to control this press briefing.

Ranada: What do you think this PSG order says about Malacañang’s commitment to press freedom?

Roque: There’s no denial of press freedom. We’re televised….

if the decision of the SEC is upheld, that Rappler is controlled by foreigners, then they can cover as members of FOCAP. Whatever FOCAP can cover, Rappler can cover.

Again, a second alternative is for them to seek accreditation from Mocha Uson, but I don’t think they would want that… Let me be very clear ‘no. Number one, the accreditation is not a license to practice your profession, everyone can report on what is going on in Malacañang and that is why we televise our press briefings.

In fact, my trend has been once a week, I go out of town for my press briefings because I believe that the rest of the country should be able to participate in these briefings and Malacañang reporters are allowed to send in their questions.

There is absolutely no impingement of press freedom when I go out of town and Malacañang Press can still send in their questions.

FOCAP is able to exercise freedom of the press, but they are not allowed to cover, because we don’t allow foreigners, as a matter of course access on a regular—well at least, the foreign reporters ‘no access… unimp
eded access to the Palace.

So the accreditation really is for security purposes ‘no. But no one is prevented from covering. You can cover, except that we are in the most secure premises in this country called Malacañang Palace and for good reasons.

So admission to it, is really not a matter of right. If need be, we will conduct our press briefings elsewhere if there are reasons for this, or need be, we will do it on remote basis. But we will never prevent any media organization from practicing their profession.

And that is our firm commitment. We will never curtail the exercise of freedom of the press except that, you have to understand, access to Palace is not part of freedom of the press. You can report through other means if need be, under extreme circumstances
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