Draft Palace policy: No lies, foul language for bloggers

MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has begun drafting its social media policy for accrediting bloggers who will be allowed to cover Palace events.

A draft of the PCOO Social Media Policy was sent to Malacañang reporters on Wednesday, February 22, a day before the Social Media Town Hall where representatives from the media, academe, and blogging community will discuss the policy.

The document, a memorandum circular from Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, lists down proposed provisions for involving bloggers in Palace coverage, including criteria for them to be given accreditation.

The proposed criteria is as follows:

But bloggers who are given Palace accreditation will also be subject to requirements if the current draft of the PCOO Social Media Policy is approved.

The draft proposes the following requirements:

Some bloggers supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte have been known to openly curse at various persons and groups, including the Malacañang Press Corps. 

Read the entire draft policy here:

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Bloggers themselves asked Duterte to allow them to cover Palace events, a request granted by the President.

Andanar had said this is the administration's way of acknowledging the contribution of pro-Duterte bloggers to his presidential campaign. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.