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PNP spox tapped to secure media covering 2022 polls

January 13, 2022 - Thursday 7:01 PM by GDM

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Spokespersons of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been designated as the focal persons to secure journalists covering the 2022 local and national elections.

PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said the concept is like creating a police desk that would cater to the complaints of threats and harassment against media practitioners.

He said the move is in response to the order of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to facilitate appropriate police action on issues involving media security in the 2022 national and local elections.

“The PNP recognizes the role of the media in raising the level of awareness in this very important democratic exercise. Media practitioners are sources of relevant information as the country battles this cancer of misinformation and disinformation that disrupts the delivery of truth,” said Carlos.
 
“Huge responsibility is given to the media industry. But as the election draws near, the political arena starts heating up. With the possible escalation of tension, the media may be caught in the middle of political rivalry and conflict, so there is an urgent need to create that mantle of protection,” he added.

At the national level, Carlos designated Police Colonel Roderick Augustus Alba as the focal person at the National Headquarters for coordination with the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), while the Chiefs of the Regional Public Information Offices will be the counterparts at the different regional jurisdictions.

Carlos mandates each Regional PIO (Public Information Office) to work closely with various press corps to create a system of quick response.

“The media security concerns may be relayed to their respective national and regional press corps who are our partners in delivering information,” Carlos said.

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