GMA reporter details experience as police confronted him for live traffic report

GMA reporter details experience as police confronted him for live traffic report

- A reporter for Super Radyo dzBB shared an incident where he was confronted by the police after doing a live traffic report

- The police argued that the media team should have asked permission and coordinated first before taking a video

- The cops also accused him of being an enemy during their discussion

- However, JTF-COVID shield Commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar clarified that there is no directive that permission is needed before doing a live report

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A traffic reporter for Super Radyo dzBB detailed his experience after four policemen confronted him after doing his live report along Marcos Highway.

KAMI learned that reporter Mark Makalalad was approached by the policemen for not asking for their permission before doing a live report.

In a Facebook post, Makalalad said that the cops insisted that the media should have coordinated with them before taking a video.

“They said, ‘Dapat po nagpaalam kayo sa amin na mag-la-live po kayo,” Makalalad shared.

“I explained, ‘Araw-araw po ako nag-l-live report sa iba’t ibang lugar, ngayon lang ako nakirinig na kailangan magpaalam sa pulis kapag magl-live. Bago po ba yang utos kasi lilinawin ko yan sa JTF-Covid Shield,’” he continued.

“Hindi naman po sir, pero kailangan nyo po ng coordination kasi vinideohan nyo po kami,” the police answered.

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Makalalad explained to the police that the main focus of his report was the traffic scene in the area, and not the police. However, the police accused him of being an enemy.

“Ito ang argument ko, kunwari ordinary citizen lang ako at naglalalakad at nagvivideo, kunwari, vlogger, kailangan ko rin bang magpaalam sa kanila?” the reporter said.

“Sumagot yung isang pulis, baka kasi sir ‘kalaban ka,’” he added.

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The news reporter also asked JTF-Covid shield Commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar if there was new instructions that the media should seek for the permission of the police before making a live report.

“According to him ‘walang ganyang instruction, Mark’” he said.

As of posting time, the Metro Manila is under general community quarantine and a quarantine pass in GCQ areas is no longer needed.

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