THE Manila Police District Press Corps (MPDPC) has called on fellow journalists to join hands in opposing reported plans of denying media access to police spot reports.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos though, said there is no such directive as allegedly ordered by chief PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa.
Mer Layson, president of the MPD Press Corps, stressed that the access to such reports is important especially for police beat reporters since they contain information that could aid media practitioners in pursuing stories.
He said that if there was such an order, it is an attack to the ‘freedom of the press” and ‘freedom of information’.
Layson said the issuance of press releases in lieu of access to spot reports is unacceptable and unreasonable, specially since some cases involve policemen themselves. Meantime, MPD spokesman Chief Insp. Erwin Margarejo also denied the existence of any such order or memorandum that prohibits media from having access to spot reports.
“For info po para sa kaalaman ng lahat ang MPD po ay walang natatanggap na memo tungkol sa pagbabawal ng pagbibigay ng spot reports, although may memo circular tungkol po diyan noong 2014, indicated po du’n ’yung mga parameters na dapat sundin, kagaya ng incident involving minors, incident under follow-ups and investigations para ’di po ma pre-empt ’yung result of investigation and others,” Margarejo said.
He also said that under the leadership of NCRPO director Chief Supt.Oscar Albayalde and MPD director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, the MPD will continue giving out information regarding incidents taking place in Manila.