Duterte allows bloggers to cover Palace events
President Duterte granted bloggers access to Malacañang Palace events and press briefings after they requested to be able to visit and witness presidential activities.
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This has opened up an opportunity for social media users to be able to partake in the reporting and blogging of major Palace events. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesta Abella clarifies that the bloggers “did not have any intention of becoming members of the press corps” which is made up of reporters and writers of major media networks.
As the Internet produces more user-generated content, more citizens are able to report on events and inform a mass audience which strengthens the role of social media users like bloggers.
However, Abella said that these bloggers who were granted access by the President will not have a permanent office and will accommodate “only a very limited number of people” who are interested in access to firsthand information.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar relayed plans of accrediting bloggers so their Palace and presidential reportage becomes a more official function.
Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) however said that bloggers cannot be members of the press corps because they are not employed in government-recognized media company.
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