Pia Ranada Shortly Banned from Entering Palace Grounds

Rappler Reporter Pia Ranada (CTTO)

Fresh News: On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Pia Ranada, Rappler reporter and a member of the Malacañang Press Corps, was at first ceased by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) from entering the New Executive building where the press office is found, noting orders from higher ups.

Afterward, the PSG officer revealed to Ranada that she was permitted to go inside NEB only and not to the Palace but did not state who issued the request to deny Ranada from covering Palace events.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr, then clarified the issue and explained that as per the statement of Salvador Medialdea, Executive Secretary, Rappler is still permitted to cover President Rodrigo Duterte and Malacañang pending decision of the online news website's allure on the administration's choice to renounce its consolidation papers.

Spox Roque also said that Rappler would need to apply for accreditation with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) whose members are just permitted to cover on occasion premise as it were, on the off chance that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) governing becomes final and maintained by the courts.

Rappler, an online news website, has more than once earned the displeasure of President Duterte and other Palace officials over what they term as careless reporting.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Pia Ranada (CTTO)

Just recently, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go hammered Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer for turning out with articles that he interceded in the frigate bargain and said that his name was being dragged into the debate due to the "vindictive" news reports distributed by two news outlets, Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, toward the beginning of January.

Christopher "Bong" Go then scolded the two media outlets, calling the news articles as "fake news" and "irresponsible reporting".

A news published by Rappler (CTTO)

Christopher "Bong" Go in senate hearing (CTTO)

It can be recalled that last month, SEC repudiated Rappler's certificate of incorporation for allegedly disobeying the constitutional prohibition on foreign ownership of mass media.

And as indicated by the SEC, Rappler abused the Constitution and laws when it permitted Omidyar Network, one of the Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDR) holders of Rappler, to practice control over its corporate undertakings as accommodated in their inward understanding, in return for a store mixture of $1 million.


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