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What’s the fuss about? Mocha Uson twits media for objecting to bloggers’ entry to Palace

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Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has defended the latest move to accredit bloggers and social media users to cover events in Malacañang in the wake of protests from some mainstream media practitioners.

“Bakit ba na aaning ang ilang mainstream media???” Uson asked on Facebook, sharing the Politiko story on the new accreditation rules for social media practitioners in the Palace.

Uson heads the newly created Social Media Office (SMO) of the Presidential Communications Operations Office that will implement the interim social media accreditation for the President’s activities.

To gain access to cover the President, applicants must be Filipino, 18 years old and above, and has at least 5,000 followers. They must also post original content regularly on their social media pages.

The social media accreditation sytem will reportedly be on a six-month test run subject to review and revisions.

Some journalists have raised concern about the issue of equal access and accountability once pro-Duterte bloggers are allowed access to the Palace events.