The Malacanang Press Corps has issued a position paper regarding the request of Presidential Communications Operations Office Asec. Mocha Uson to transfer to her office the accreditation of Rappler as an online news source.
Uson, as head of the Social Media arm of the PCOO, has sent her request to PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar.
According to Uson, Rappler has no media affiliate in neither print or broadcasting, therefore its accreditation should be reconsidered as an online news source.
However, the MPC clarified that Rappler has met all their qualifications to cover events, issues in Malacanang.
MPC stated that “The MPC and its affairs, governed by by-laws in accordance with the constitutional provision on press freedom, is not in any way under the control and supervision of the Presidential Communications operations Office or any government agency.”
In line with this, Uson apologized to some mainstream news media organizations. In her personal blog, Uson apologized that some of these media outlets are getting dragged with her issues against Rappler, Inquirer, and ABS-CBN.
The PCOO official added that she is also sorry if she ever hurt anyone with her recent statement.
Uson also, is asking media to cooperate in keeping the peace and order in our country.
However, Uson insisted that her stance against the three news sources will not change and she will continue to castigate them.
In the end, Uson is encouraging all DDS to continue making their presence felt so that the whole world will know the real plight of the Philippines under the Duterte administration.