Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) was reportedly trying to block the Presidential Broadcast Staff Radio Television Malacañang also known as RTVM in posting live coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit in Vietnam, sources said.
According to the blogger Thinking Pinoy, the group of the press from different news organizations who were tasked to cover President Duterte’s activities allegedly wanted to control RTVM from publishing live updates at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum in Da Nang, Vietnam.
“Oo, mismong TV crew ng presidente, hinanapan ng paran ng MPC para hindi magawa ang kanila mismong trabaho,” ThinkingPinoy said.
“Talagang MPC pa ang nag rereklamo sa curtailment ng press freedom? At si Duterte pa talaga ang diktador?” he added.
Even Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson confirmed the circulating news and she said that she’s going to reveal everything after the ASEAN summit.
“Totoo po ito. Meron po tayong personal info on this. Antayin lang natin matapos ang ASEAN at gagawan po natin ng hakbang na ito,” Uson said.
This week, Uson requested to reclassify Rappler from MPC to social media which condemned by several politicians and journalist.
ABS-CBN Reporter Chiara Zambrano said that she doesn’t believe that Mocha was the only one who wrote the request, but she’s with the ‘machinery’ of the government who wanted to silence the journalists from reporting about President Duterte.