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Media protection is promised by PBBM while he is in charge.

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According to a statement from Malacanang on Saturday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos is dedicated to defending the security, rights, and independence of all journalists and media professionals in the nation.

Following recent unannounced police inspections of the homes of select journalists, Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, an officer in charge of the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), provided the assurance during a discussion with various media outlets in Camp Crame.

Given their crucial role in fostering nationalism, Garafil claimed Marcos places a high priority on the well-being of journalists.

“Be assured that President Ferdinand R. Marcos continues to respect the media as a crucial pillar of our democracy,” she stated. “Makaaasa kayo na ang ating Pangulo, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, ay patuloy ang pagkilala sa hanay ng media bilang importanteng haligi ng ating demokrasya.”

He continues to be devoted to protecting you and acknowledges the crucial part you play in developing a country, as expressed in the phrase “Patuloy ang commitment nya ni kayo ay proteksyonan at kilalanin ang inyong importanteng role sa nation building.”

The conversation between major media outlets and the Philippine National Police (PNP) was started by Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr.

According to a statement from the OPS, it was attended by representatives of the National Press Club, which Lydia Bueno led; the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, which was presided over by Ruperto Nicdao Jr.; the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, whose officer in charge was Pericleo Solis Jr.; and the PNP Press Corps.

In reference to her position as the head of the OPS, Garafil, a journalist before becoming a lawyer, stated she continues to work in the media “in a different way.”

The OPS is required to “pronounce, on behalf of the President, matters pertaining to his actions, policies, programs, official activities, and accomplishments,” according to Executive Order 2 signed by Marcos on June 30 “Establish and maintain rapport with private media and other similar entities and stakeholders,” as well as other objectives

Garafil was asked by Abalos to the media briefing to discuss the recent scandal surrounding the personal visits made by PNP personnel.

The OPS is “equally concerned,” according to Garafil, a former Malaya newspaper writer, about the welfare and safety of the nation’s media professionals.

As she acknowledged the Philippine press’s critical role in bolstering Philippine democracy, she pledged that the OPS will preserve free speech and expression.

After legendary television pundit Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa was killed, the police visited media outlets to inquire about their safety.

“We don’t offer any justifications. There may be a problem with the procedure. Subalit dapat talaga nagkaron muna ng coordination or most likely isinama ‘yung barangay (In fact, there was something wrong with the process.) kung maganda ang intensyon, maganda ‘yung efforts nila. Although the intentions and attempts were good, coordination could have come before or at least with village leaders “Col. Jean Fajardo, a spokesman for the PNP, stated on Tuesday.

After the media expressed concern and anxiety over the sporadic police visits, Abalos and other police officials later apologized.

Additionally, he instructed the National Capital Region Police Office to rethink its approach and contact media professionals through the appropriate channels rather than traveling to their homes.

Marcos promised to promote and protect media freedom throughout his administration on October 5 at the President’s Night hosted by the Manila Overseas Press Club at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City. He cited his desire to lend an ear and listen to all of their concerns.

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