• Media barred from June 30 Duterte inauguration


    Because of “limited space,” members of the media will not be allowed to cover the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30 in Malacañang.

    Martin Andanar, the incoming chief of the Presidential Communications Office, on Monday said only the government-run television PTV4 and Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) will be allowed inside the Rizal Hall.

    Andanar added that reporters can monitor the event at their working area at the New Executive building.

    “Talagang masikip sa loob ng Rizal Hall. Hindi siya ganun kalaki. So, iyong atin namang mga kasamahan sa RTVM ay sanay naman sila sa mga [Rizal Hall is not that big. But then, our colleagues in RTVM are used to a] broadcast pool. So I think you will not have a difficult time,” he told reporters.

    Andanar said only 500 guests were invited, including Duterte’s immediate family, those who helped in his campaign, incoming Cabinet members and members of Congress.

    “Kaya nga ang pakiusap po ni President-elect Duterte sa aming mga incoming Cabinet members ay hindi kasama ‘yung aming mga asawa [President-elect Duterte has even asked us not to bring our wives],” he added.

    Christopher Go, special assistant to Duterte, said the inaugural celebration in Malacañang will be “simple yet meaningful” and “consistent with [Duterte’s] principles on austerity.”

    Duterte will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes.


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    1. Mariano Patalinjug on

      Yonkers, New York
      21 June 2016

      Barring the media from the inauguration of Der Fuhrer Rodrigo Duterte in Malacananag June 30 could very well be setting a precedent–and if so, the media will be barrred from “covering” what the Der Fuhrer says and does from there on.

      It may not altogether be possible that the media may also be barred from “covering” what the government Departments will be doing in the six years that the Der Fuhrer is President.

      In the event, Der Fuhrer Duterte’s administration will be shrouded in “mist,” if not in secrecy, as far as the Filipino people are concerned. More likely than not, there will be abscesses not only in Malacanang itself, but also in the major Departments of government; if the media is barred from “covering” these, of course there is no way such abscesses will ever come to light.

      That way, Machiavellian in every sense of the word, the Duterte Administration could trumpet itself as “corruption-free!”


    2. What a lame excuse, limited space. You know and I know it that this is just a big joke. It must be hard for Mr Andanar to cover up these excuses. There will be a time that you may lose all credible excuse that the word and often abuse word MISQUOTED.

    3. Media boycott for Duterte …… yeheyyyyyy…….. Never forever ng huwag e-news coverage si Digong kasi parang sangano kung mag salita.
      Boycott ….. boycott ……boycott Duterte.

      • Ano’ng boycott ang pinagsasabi mo eh si Duterte na nga ang nag-boycott sa media na kabaliktaran sa sinasabi mo!

    4. Incoming president Duterte will find himself and his cabinet on the losing side if he continues to wage a war of boycott against the media. Duterte must realize the power of the media: It can make or break a government, including his.

      • kunwari pa kayong lahat. Takot lang kayo sa pagbabago ngayong si Duterte na ang presidente. Kasi lahat ng mga sanay kayong gawin hindi na effective sa administration nya. Yan naman ang kailangan ng Pilipinas matagal na. Bullshit ang media dito. Paboto boto kay Duterte tapos bawat salita nya binibigyan ng masamang kulay. Tangina mga utak ipis ang Media ng Pilipinas no wonder napakacorrupt ng Government kasi lahat ng tao dito walang mga isip kagaya ninyo!