AUGUST 14, 2019 — The Supreme Court has given the Office of the President and other government agencies 10 days to comment on Rappler’s petition questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on its reporters covering Malacañang.
The respondents also include the Office of the Executive Secretary, the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the Office of the Solicitor General, and the Presidential Security Group. The resolution was issued on July 30, 2019.
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Last April, Rappler filed a petition for certiorari questioning Duterte’s order. The petitioners argued that the ban was imposed without clear scope and due process.
Rappler reporter Pia Ranada was barred from entering the Malacañang complex on February 20, 2018. Duterte later announced the ban in a speech in March 2018, after former presidential aide and now Senator Bong Go said the online news site delivered ‘fake news.’
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s resolution also granted the petition-in-intervention which journalists from various media organizations filed in support of Rappler’s plea.
Aside from the 41 journalists, the court also allowed media advocates led by artist-activist Bart Guingona of Media Nation to intervene in the case. (Katrina Ventura/JMF)