Monday, February 19, 2018

JUST IN: Presidential Security Group refuses entry of Rappler's Pia Ranada to Malacañang

Rappler's reporter Pia Ranada is currently barred from entering the Palace of Malacañang.
Pia Ranada of Rappler | Photo from Inquirer

The incident happened on Tuesday, February 20, the day after the senate hearing regarding the Navy frigate deal took place.

It can be remembered that Rappler reported that the Special Assistant to the President Bong Go meddled on the said deal. With it's headline 'Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships' as reported by the online-based news source last January 16, Go called out Rappler for spreading fake news.

As reported by Rappler, Ranada was about to catch a press briefing of Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque. However, at around 10:35 am, as she was entering the gate of the New Executive Building, the assigned guard at the gate identified as Presidential Security Group corporal Marc Anthony Cempron informed the Rappler correspondent that Ranada would not be allowed to pass the gate.
Presidential Security Group corporal Marc Anthony Cempron 

The PSG corporal then asked for her identification but when Ranada presented her Rappler ID and Malacañang Press Corps ID, Cempron reiterated that she is restricted to entry the premises of the palace.

When asked why, the corporal refused to give comment. When asked who issued the order, the guard said, “Galing sa taas”. Pressed for a detailed information, Cempron said the order came from PSG “operations”.

It was just this morning when the instructions were relayed to him said the latter.

The news site's reporter then texted Mia Reyes, the Undersecretary of Media Relations. However, after a few minutes, another PSG personnel came to them at the guardhouse only to tell Ranada that they clarified the order.

According to the report, the PSG personnel said the order was to bar Ranada, not from the New Executive, but from Malacañang Palace itself.

When Ranada asked until when the order would be valid, the PSG personnel refused to respond. When the Rappler reporter asked the presidential spokesperson about the incident, in a news briefing, the Palace official said that he was not aware about such PSG order. He, nonetheless, assured Ranada that she could still continue the coverage of his press briefings as well as Palace events.
PSG Personnel | Screengrab from Rappler's video

Speaking to Ranada, Roque said "We will continue to allow you to cover in the Malacañang Press Corps while your appeal [with the Court of Appeals] is pending,". Referring to the case involving the Securities and Exchange Commission's revocation of its certificate of incorporation. The said commission released its directive due to the basis of the news site's alleged violation on the Constitution's ownership restrictions for the media.

Ranada asked Roque "Am I a security threat?" to which the spokesperson replied "I do not know,".

He added that "You make conclusions without facts. You editorialize stories. You should stick to facts".

The reporter claimed that the story on Go and the frigates deal was based on documents of which the authenticity was attested to by the government officials.

Rappler Logo | Photo CTTO

Source: Rappler

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