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Next admin’s ‘internal decision’ on vlogger accreditation: Andanar

MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang said on Thursday that it will not intervene with Press Secretary-designate Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles’ intention to allow vloggers to attend presidential events and press briefings.

Martin Andanar, the acting presidential spokesperson, said he’ll defer to Cruz-Angeles on matters about vlogger accreditation.

“The incoming administration’s decision to issue bloggers press credentials in Malacanang is an internal one. Any reaction or questions about the situation should be sent to the incoming administration’s Press Secretary-designate,” he stated.

This isn’t the first time a sitting president’s government has attempted to accredit vloggers and other social media figures.

Through Department Order No. 15, the PCOO granted accreditation to vloggers or social media stars with at least 5,000 followers to attend presidential events in 2017.

The directive stated, “The goal of this Order is to establish an interim system of accreditation for social media participation in the coverage of exceptional events attended by the President, in order to generate news and information for the citizens through social media platforms.”

“A person who maintains a publicly-accessible social media page, blog, or website that generates material and whose core advocacy is the regular broadcast of original news and/or opinion of interest,” according to the directive.

Cruz-Angeles announced on June 1 that she would advocate for a policy allowing vloggers to cover Malacaang events, including those of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“We’re advocating for vloggers to be accredited and invited to some of the briefings, particularly those led by the President-elect,” she said.

Cruz-Angeles also stated that she will be evaluating the present media coverage policies.

While democratizing access to government through vloggers is “commendable in principle,” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is concerned that it will likely benefit pro-Marcos vloggers.

“Broader access is excellent, but it must not come at the expense of institutional media,” the NUJP warned. “During the campaign, false information disseminated quickly online, many of which have been traced to the same network.”

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