Rappler reporter barred from entering Malacañang Palace

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A reporter  of Rappler was initially prevented from entering Malacañang Palace Tuesday morning, but few minutes later she was allowed entry. Pia Ranada, a Malacañang-accredited reporter was stopped by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) from entering the New Executive Building of Malacañang compound citing an order from “Higher Ups” which turned …

Healthy engagement between private, gov’t communicators urged

DAVAO CITY, Philippines  — Given that the delivery of message is not a singular event, public information officers have been urged to engage stakeholders, particularly the media, to effectively cascade “real” and “truthful” information that would eventually be consumed by the masses. With the prevalence of false information circulating in social media, Philippine Star columnist Luisito …

Rise in Militia Groups Threatens Press Freedom

As militias around the world see a rise in power and influence, journalist safety has become a growing concern. In all corners of the globe, journalists must navigate armed groups, organized criminal gangs and terrorist organizations in order to report the truth. By Colette Davidson Editha Caduaya is used to checkpoints. In order to cross …

Off the record

Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. But behind the much talked, much publicized, press freedom issue, members of the working press continue to suffer and agonize a much bigger problem– from unfair labor practice to harassment in the workplace down to security  problems which many media industry disregarded …

Journalists up in arms to protect press freedom

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. Last Friday, January 19, 2018  journalists,bloggers and media workers mostly based in Metro Manila gathered together on Tomas Morato Quezon City to denounce the recent decision  of the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC revoked the corporate …

Duterte not involve in the proposed amendment to free speech-Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said the proposal to amend provision in the Bill of Rights mandating for a “responsible” exercise of freedom of speech had nothing to do with the chief executive. Under the envisioned shift to federal form of government, House of Representatives is also pushing for an amendment on …

SEC to Rappler : Prove politics behind revocation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Teresita Herbosa challenged online news agency Rappler to prove that the cancellation of their certificate of incorporation was  politically motivated. Teresita Herbosa, SEC chairperson claimed “Whoever didn’t get what they wanted from us, maybe they wanted us to say the PDRs were legal, then …

NTC XI wants 30 colorum radio stations to sign off

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For operating without the necessary government permit, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) XI wants 30 unlicensed or colorum  radio stations in the Davao region to sign off. Among those recommended for closure is a radio station in Davao Oriental reportedly owned by a Congressman. “They operate without the required permit,” says …

Duterte nothing to do with SEC decision-Roque

DAVAO City, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte did not peddle influence on the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the Articles of Incorporation of news agency Rappler.com. In a press briefing Tuesday, January 16, Presidential Spokesperson harry Roque said Maria Ressa, the president of Rappler  should have known the the provision …