MEDIA UNDER THREAT TO HAVE COPS AS BODYGUARDS VS. ASSASSINS

Cops’ designation as media security focal persons timely

The designation of police personnel as focal persons for media workers who need security assistance is timely and relevant, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

PNP spokesperson, Col. Roderick Alba, made the remark after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) designated officers of the PNP as media security focal persons in each province and city nationwide to provide a mantle of protection for members of the media who may face threats or intimidation in the course of the 2022 elections.

“The PNP finds it timely and relevant to designate focal persons purposely for media security, ayon na rin sa kautusan ng DILG (based on the order of DILG). Our PNP Chief (Gen. Dionardo Carlos) has high regard sa trabaho (job) and the sacrifices of our media partners. The job will be more challenging sa pagko-cover ng (to cover) election. Sila ang magiging takbuhan ng ating (these are the person to go of our) media practitioners kung may mga (if there is) threat or intimidation that relates to the performance of their profession,” Alba said in a message sent to reporters when sought for a comment. Read More

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