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Walang kokontra: Andanar credits bloggers for ASEAN promotion

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They have been given a bad rap for lack of journalism training but bloggers have been recognized for helping the government promote the ASEAN summit.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has defended the media accreditation given to several bloggers and social media users, saying they were helpful in raising awareness about the summit held in Manila this week.

“Bloggers and social media practitioners were given permit to cover ASEAN as part of PCOO’s thrust to promote government efforts on air, on print, on ground and online. The bloggers & social media practitioners are not there to cover the event as journalists,” he said.

“Bloggers have been promoting ASEAN 2017 since April of this year. They went through the same online application handled by NOC,” he said.