The Philippine National Police (PNP) on late Wednesday clarified it was not restricting access of mediamen in Camp Crame after base policemen “questioned” the news crew of a radio station.
Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief, said he had recalled a controversial memorandum that calls for “monitoring of media activities inside Camp Crame.”
“There was a miscommunication and mistake on our part… and I have already recalled the memorandum,” Sindac told a press briefing in Camp Crame.
He said the memo’s sole purpose was to put into order the entry of OB vans for coverage inside the camp and that it did not actually restrict the movement of mediamen and media vehicles in the camp.
The PIO memorandum, dated July 8, was directed to the PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS), the police unit in charge of the upkeep and securing the premises of Camp Crame,
“Media personnel with OB vans conduct their activities inside the Camp Crame without prior coordination with this office, which contravenes existing policy with respect to their presence inside the camp,” the memo stated.
It added that it is requesting the HSS, the police unit in charge of camp security and other pertinent matters, to caution the media that enters Camp Crame and coordinate with the PIO.
On the strength of the memo, policemen at Camp Crame’s Gate 2 on Santolan Ave. stopped and questioned the news crew of Radyo 5.
The base policemen showed the news crew a copy of the memorandum, and allowed the crew to pass after a few minutes.