NPC stated that “journalists, like public officials they often criticized, should not be onion-skinned nor be possessed with the culture of entitlement. We sometimes deserve the treatment we get by the way we comport ourselves. Tit for tat.”
Pia Ranada of Rappler made some headlines earlier after she was temporarily banned by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) but she was later allowed to enter the New Executive Building (NEB) but still she is not allowed to enter the Malacanang Palace to cover Pres. Rody Duterte.
Here’s the Official Press Statement of NPC:
Ref.: Paul M. Gutierrez
February 20, 2018
RE: MS PIA RANADA ALLEGEDLY BARRED FROM COVERING THE PALACE BEAT EARLY TODAY
“Despite the NPC’s differences with rappler and its supporters in the media industry after it was found to be in violation of our constitution, nevertheless, the decision by some over-eager palace mandarins against Ms. Pia Ranada is uncalled for. It was in fact a disservice to their principal, Pres. Duterte, and his administration.”
“It is doubtful that it was President Duterte who ordered that ms ranada be barred from covering the palace beat.”
“On the other hand, journalists, like public officials they often criticized, should not be onion-skinned nor be possessed with the culture of entitlement. We sometimes deserve the treatment we get by the way we comport ourselves. Tit for tat.”
“At any rate, the personal effort exerted by presidential spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque and the assurance that he gave early today before members of the Malacanang Press Corps that include Ms. Ranada is the right step to put a closure in what appears to be a simple case of misunderstanding– but which some quarters now appear hellbent in blowing out of proportion.”
Netizens Reacted on the Official Statement of NPC by Posting the following Comments on Facebook:
Janice Leyson i watched the press briefing pia ranada’s demeanor is more of an erratic barking dog, she should be banned she’s a disgrace to the clean and professional journalism with whom press freedom is due
Victor Evangelista Saka d ba nila alam na may limitasyon din bilang isang media, lalo na kong sa malacanang ka nag cover… lalo na kong d naman cla lihitiming journo…saka baka nakakalimot cla may journalist dati na mga napakulong at talagang na ban sa malacanang, c cory may nasampahan ng kaso, c erap may na ban.. kaya wag clang maka asta na felling inaapi.. hindi cla journalist na makaasta e talo pa ang mga tunay na journalist…
Melchor Vergara a much more objective reaction from the truly esteemed group of true journalists, not the yellow bleeding hearts of the NUJP
Ellen Grace Bantilan Albaran Bring back the word RESPECT not ignorance and so called knows all when in fact she is like a barking dog who annoys peopled of her so called intelligent journalism, when she is not. More of hearsay about her questions kaya nasusupalpal cya lage. There are limitations of being a journalist.
Source: NPC / Facebook