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Palace to NUJP: ‘Wag kayong paranoid!

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang denied on Thursday that the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was behind the red-tagging of the media group National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

“Hindi naman. Siguro baka lang paranoid lang sila. There is no such thing. PCOO will not do that,” said spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a media briefing.

In a statement on Wednesday, the NUJP accused the government of orchestrating a campaign of vilification against media practitioners in the country.

This, according to them, was proven by the January 8 article, “Red link tag on NUJP not ‘orchestrated’: ex-rebels” published in the state-run Philippine News Agency.

“That the state news agency, which is under the supervision of the PCOO, saw fit to run this utterly malicious and false story clearly proves that this is, indeed, an orchestrated campaign to vilify and silence not just the NUJP but the independent and critical press, involving no less than the Government of the Republic of the Philippines,” the media group said.

Earlier, the NUJP denounced allegations made by a certain “Ka Ernesto,” who claimed to be an ex-rebel and NUJP founder, that the group was a “legal front” of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

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