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"The PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office), as co-chairman of the PTFoMS, will not tolerate such irresponsible and threatening remarks," said Andanar on Friday, December 8.
PTFoMS stands for Presidential Task Force on Media Security.
Its head, Undersecretary Joel Egco, had previously criticized Garcia for the "horrible joke."
Andanar said that officials like Garcia should be aware of the government's resolve to protect journalists, even those who write critically of the administration.
"Government officials should be aware that there is an AO1 (Administrative Order No 1)...that protects media men and women," said Andanar.
But statements against the media, whether threatening their life or their credibility, have been made by officials of the Duterte government, including the President himself. (READ: Duterte on killings: Corrupt journalists asked for it)
His own spokesman, Secretary Harry Roque, has threatened to throw hollow blocks at those critical of Duterte but later retracted, explaining the value of critical journalism. – Rappler.com
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