PNP: Me­dia can still ac­cess spot re­ports

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila, Er­mida Q. Mo­radas, Mitchelle L. Palaub­sanon/ JBB

The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) clar­i­fied through a press re­lease that no new di­rec­tive or text me­moran­dum to cease giv­ing spot re­ports to jour­nal­ists was given by PNP Chief Po­lice Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald Dela Rosa to lower units.

“The PNP clar­i­fied that there is no di­rec­tive from PNP Chief Po­lice Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald Dela Rosa pro­hibit­ing the mem­bers of the me­dia to ac­cess re­ports. The PNP lead­er­ship has not is­sued a new me­moran­dum on poli­cies and guide­lines re­lated to crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and me­dia re­la­tions,” reads the press state­ment re­leased by the PNP's Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice.

“There­fore, mem­bers of the me­dia can ac­cess spot re­ports with proper re­quests for the sake of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity,” adds the state­ment which also re­it­er­ated that the me­dia will con­tinue to re­ceive spot re­ports which in­clude im­me­di­ate in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent.

Af­ter the news broke of the cur­tail­ment in the ac­cess to spot re­ports, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Jose Mario Espino, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice in Cen­tral Visayas, said that the memo was only di­rected for sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion on the case files.

In re­sponse to the press state­ment though, Espino said, “Will wait po sa memo for us to read it,” Espino said in a text mes­sage to The FREEMAN.

Cebu Provin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO) spokesper­son Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Vir­gilio Bayon-on also clar­i­fied that me­dia can still ac­cess spot re­ports from the dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions in the prov­ince. How­ever, hard copies of the spot re­ports can­not be shown to the me­dia any­more.

“Makakuha ra man gi­hapon og spot re­port, wala man na gi-in­gon nga gitago nato. Mang­hatag man gi­hapon ta og im­por­masyon pero lahi na sa una nga ma­hawakan man gyud sa me­dia ang spot re­port,” said Bayon-on.

He said that this is to en­sure that fol­lowup oper­a­tions will not be pre­empted.

“Tun­god pud ni nga basin ma-par­a­lyze ba ang atong fol­low-up op­er­a­tion, pero muhatag gi­hapon ta og im­por­masyon og un­say mga de­talye nga gik­i­na­hanglan sa me­dia,” Bayon-on added.

PNP spokesper­son Po­lice Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Dionardo Car­los had ear­lier said that there is a me­moran­dum is­sued from the Na­tional Head­quar­ters pro­hibit­ing the me­dia from ac­cess­ing po­lice spot re­ports.

“May tinatago ba sila?” asked Sen­a­tor Bam Aquino re­gard­ing why the PNP is not al­low­ing re­porters to ac­cess copies of spot re­ports.

"Kung wala silang tinatago, da­pat ni­lang ipakita ang mga ito sa me­dia," said Aquino in a state­ment.

Aquino said that jour­nal­ists are re­spon­si­ble enough to han­dle con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the spot re­ports.

He added that the PNP's di­rec­tive to with­hold spot re­ports from the me­dia con­tra­dicts Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte's push for trans­parency in gov­ern­ment mat­ters through the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion (FOI) Or­der.

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