President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is currently suspending his press conferences and media interviews after the “catcalling incident”.
The incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) chief Martin Andanar said that he is planning for an unconventional media operations for the president and this includes a weekly TV show and a tabloid.
“We also want to build the online presence. We would like to build platforms. We are planning to print our own weekly tabloid. And, of course, it is not all cast in stone. Maraming pagbabago pa as we, the team, do our jobs,” he said.
“The vision of that (tabloid) is essentially to tell the people what are the available services of the government. And also to print the achievements or the policies that the people need to know,” he added.
In Davao, “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” is a local TV show that deals with the problems of the masses. Andanar plans to make it a national program.
Andanar said the scope of his job is only to manage the state media “and to maintain good media relationship” with members of the press.
Duterte expressed his disappointment to the members of the press and said that he will not allow any interview for the rest of his term. This move stemmed from the media’s threat to boycott Duterte after he said that media killings are due to media or journalists are corrupt.