Press Release
November 9, 2017

Sen. Grace Poe's text statement

The move to marginalize Rappler in its coverage of the Palace and to demand the legal authority of the Malacanang Press Corps to cover the President are both misplaced and inconsistent with the essence of press freedom and the people's right to be informed of the President's activities and pronouncements.

A strong and independent press can only help build a vibrant democracy. As part of an administration that prides itself of passing the first FOI executive order, the PCOO should welcome objective and fair coverage from the press. We must remember that even criticism is necessary if we want an open and transparent government.

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