Category Archives: PRESS

BLOGGERS MAY BE ALLOWED IN PALACE EVENTS UNDER MARCOS

Vloggers’ social media following, engagements to be factored in

Vloggers with high engagement and following on social media might be given access to Malacañang events, Press Secretary-designate Beatrix Rose “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said Thursday.This, after the incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) leadership, led by… Read More

Marcos to keep ‘good relationship’ with mainstream media

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will maintain his “good relationship” with the mainstream media during his six-year stint as the country’s top official, his incoming press chief said Thursday.In an interview with GMA News’ Unang… Read More

Marcos admin crafting ‘more expansive’ policy for media workers

MANILA – The incoming Marcos administration is crafting a “more expansive” policy that will give media workers in the country more protection and benefits, Press Secretary-designate Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Wednesday.“We are always concerned about the safety of our… Read More

Vloggers accreditation for Palace coverage pushed

MANILA – Giving social media personalities access to Palace press briefings is one of the priorities of the incoming Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.During the Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday, Cruz-Angeles said she would push for a policy that would allow vloggers to cover… Read More

MEDIA GROUPS TO HELP IN FIGHT VS. THREATS TO JOURNALISTS

NPC, PAPI call on BBM to strengthen media task force

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MANILA – The National Press Club of the Philippines has passed a special resolution calling on the incoming Marcos administration to continue supporting the operation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).“As one of the national media organizations actively engaged as… Read More

Columnist Ramon Tulfo arrested for cyber libel

Veteran newspaper columnist and journalist Ramon Tulfo was arrested inside the quadrangle of the Manila City Hall on Wednesday morning.

Palace dares Tulfo to submit proof vs. Aguirre

Manila Police District (MPD) confirmed that Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) headed by Lt. Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr. arrested Tulfo, 75, for cyber libel.

According to initial reports, the SMaRT served the warrant of arrest to Tulfo who was accused of Violation of Section r (c) (4) of R. A 10175, otherwise known as Cybercrime Prevention Acts of 2012.

Maria Victoria A. Soriano-Villadolid, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 of Manila, issued the warrant of arrest.

Manila Police District (MPD) confirmed that Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) headed by Lt. Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr. arrested Tulfo, 75, for cyber libel.

According to initial reports, the SMaRT served the warrant of arrest to Tulfo who was accused of Violation of Section r (c) (4) of R. A 10175, otherwise known as Cybercrime Prevention Acts of 2012.

Maria Victoria A. Soriano-Villadolid, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 of Manila, issued the warrant of arrest.

Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre who filed in 2019 a case against Tulfo , confirmed that he is the complainant in the case.

PROSECUTOR REINSTATES CYBERLIBEL RAP VS. TAGUM CITY RADIO BROADCASTER

Yhe Davao del Norte Provincial Prosecution Office has reinstated a charge of cyber libel against a radio brodcaster of a Tagum City-based FM radio station.

Facing the charge is Reynan Dumagpi alias “Kamario.” Two others, station manager Rowell Sembrano and a George M. Salabao were also charged in the case.

The case, docketted as NPS DOCKET NR . X1-O3- INV-21G-00176, against Dumagpi of Infinite Radio 96.1 FM stemmed from a complaint filed by Mar Lopez, a councilor of New Corella town in Davao del Norte.

Dumagpi was initially indicted for the crime ofLlibel and Cyberlibel in a Resoution dated September 30, 2021.

But in a Resolution dated December 7, 2021, the Prosecution Office, acting on a Motion for Reconsideration filed by Dumagpi dismissed the case against the broadcaster.

Lopez filed his own Motion for Reconsideration contesting the dismissal.

Lopez’s motion was granted in a Resolution dated March 31, 2022, which reinstated the charge, issued by Julius A. Espina, Associate Provincial Prosecutor, and approved by Norman R. Solis, Provincial Prosecutor.

“The Resolution dated December 7, 2021 is set aside, reinstating the Resoution dated September 30, 2021, which indicts respondent Dumagpi for the crime ofLlibel and Cyberlibel, and dismisses the complaint (as) against the other respondents,” said Espina in the Resolution.

In the Resolution, the Prosecutor said Dumagpi’s program was broadcast in his radio station and streamed live in the FacebookAccount of the radio station

Dumagpi uttered “slanderous remarks whle he was broadcasting his radio program,” said Espina.

“Clearly for the entire 3-hour radio program, he kept ,maligning and defaming the character, person and honor of Lopez. Those obviously contain malicious imputation of a crime , vice and defect of his person. Having said them over the radio and aired them live stream in Facebook, Dumagpi may be held liable for libel penalized under Art. 353 of the Revised Penal Code and for Violation of Sec. 4 (c) (4) RA 10175, Espina said.

FACEBOOK SLAMMED FOR FLAGGING PNA POSTS

Individual account-sharers of PNA articles, including PNA reporters and editors, have also been flagged.

Social media giant Meta (Facebook) has flagged multiple PNA posts which allegedly violated its community standards. One of the flagged and recently removed posts is “Kabankalan City takes pride in being home to oldest living Pinoy”, a story on the life of 124-year-old Francisca Montes Susano.

PNA (Phillipine News Agency) is the Philippine Government’s news bureau . It is a unit of the Presidential Cpmmunication Operations Office (PCCC) under the Office of the President.

The article was posted on PNA’s official Facebook page and website on Sept. 13, 2021 and was tagged as a post in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards on Cybersecurity on April 24, 2022.

Individual account-sharers of PNA articles, including PNA reporters and editors, have also been flagged.

Meanwhile, PNA will continue posting its news content on Twitter (@pnagovph).

‘Abusive fact-checkers’ behind flagged Facebook posts: NTF-ELCAC

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Sunday condemned the multiple flagging of social media giant Facebook (Meta) of its official posts and shared stories of government media agencies.The NTF-ELCAC said even the government’s good… Read More

NPC denounces Facebook attack on public platforms

MANILA – The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC), one of the country’s oldest and biggest organization of active members of the press, on Sunday denounced in the strongest possible term, the ongoing ‘flagging’ being made by Facebook and its ‘fact… Read More