- PCOO assistant secretary targeting MPC following rebuke
- She asked boss to provide her with MPC accreditation and SEC papers
- She said MPC should have no cause for alarm over request if it has nothing to hide
MANILA, Philippines – After drawing a sharp rebuke from the Malacañang Palace Corps (MPC), Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson has asked her boss for papers pertaining to the MPC’s status and rights.
In her request to Martin Andanar which she also shared in her blog, Uson asked for the following:
1. Copies of any department or office orders relating to the status of the Malacañang Press Corps and any and all rights and privileged exercised by its members;
2. Any laws, executive orders or administrative orders, directly or indirectly pertaining to the right and rights of the MPC to cover the President, and;
3. Copies of the Securities and Exchange Commission documents on the MPC’s registration;
In her caption, Uson said MPC should not fear her request if it has nothing to hide.
“Kung walang tinatago, ‘wag mabahala. Nagtatanong lang po [If you’re not hiding anything, then you shouldn’t be afraid. Just asking],” she said.
Earlier, the MPC blasted Uson for her request to reclassify Rappler and transfer its accreditation to her office as a social media site as a blatant attempt at curtailing press freedom.
“The Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) is an independent organization of journalists from various news organizations assigned to regularly cover the Philippine President and Malacañang events,” it said. “The MPC and its affairs, governed by by-laws in accordance with the constitutional provision on press freedom, is not in any way under the control and supervision of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) or any government agency.”
“The MPC deplores any attempt to curtail press freedom and will continue to ensure a strong free press, keep the public informed and the government in check,” the group added.