Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson made a request to her boss, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, to transfer Rappler from the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) to "Social Media" under her office.
KAMI learned about Rappler’s response to Mocha’s request from Rappler.
Uson stated in her request: “The undersigned, pursuant to her mandate for social media respectfully requests clarification on a member of the Malacañang Press Corp (sic).
“Rappler, an online publication that has no counterpart print or broadcast arm is technically considered social media. This should fall under the rules on accreditation by my office.
"In view of the foregoing, I respectfully request that Rappler be reclassified and moved from Malacanang Press Corp (sic) to Social Media.”
Rappler responded by telling Mocha that the government has no power to regulate an independent media company like Rappler.
The media company also posted section 5 of PCOO’s Department Order 15, which states that news organizations cannot be classified as social media.
KAMI is hoping that justice would prevail in this controversy!