Friday, 15 October 2010 11:37
President Benigno S. Aquino III had asked the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) to take up the cudgels for radio reporter Michael Rogas and broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo for interfering in the negotiations and violating police instructions during the hostage tragedy last August.
In a press briefing, the President said it is now in the hands of the KBP to castigate Rogas and Tulfo for interfering in the actual negotiations and violating police instructions when the hostage situation occurred.
He said the review committee headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Chief Legal Counsel Ed De Mesa found out that Rogas interfered in the negotiations and effectively aided and supported the hostage taker, Sr. Inspector Rolando Mendoza, by giving him a platform to air his demands.
Citing the admission he gave recently during Senate inquiry over the bloody hostage drama, the President said Tulfo violated police instructions.
“Tulfo, by his own admission, violated police instructions. Their behavior was irresponsible bordering on the criminal,” the President said hoping that this kind of behavior should not be repeated.
However, the President assured that the state will continue to champion press freedom as guaranteed by the Constitution because media is the effective partner of the government in providing checks and balances.
“We understand that the major networks have taken action to discipline errant reporters and are reviewing and revising guidelines for coverage in emergency situations. These are encouraging signs that media is taking responsibility for its actions,” he said.(PNA)
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