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Kay Mocha ang punta! Palace advises Rappler’s Maria Ressa, Pia Ranada: Mag-blog na lang kayo

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There’s no stopping Rappler and its reporters from covering President Rodrigo Duterte despite a closure order on the company, but they must be accredited as bloggers, Malacañang said Wednesday (January 17).

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque advised Rappler to consider blogging as an alternative in the wake of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decision revoking its articles of incorporation for violating foreign ownership restrictions on mass media.

“Pupuwede pa po sila na maging bloggers, malinaw po iyan. Maria Ressa can continue to blog, Pia Ranada can continue to blog, kaya nga lang po baka kinakailangan silang kumuha ng accreditation as bloggers,” he said in a press briefing in La Union.

Should Rappler want to seek accreditation in the Palace as a blog, it would be under the purview of Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

Roque maintained that the closure order on Rappler is not an attack on press freedom.

“It is not an issue of freedom of the press. It’s an issue of upholding the Constitutional ban on foreign ownership as far as the business of mass media is concern,” he said.