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Sensitive much? Reporter faces raps vs. Palace official after being called ‘hao shiao’

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By James Hernandez

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Joel Egco faces a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for calling a group of reporters covering the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as shady or “haoshiao.”

The DILG-National Police Commission Press Corps (DNPC) president and Pilipino Mirror reporter Joel Operario Amongo filed the complaint before the Ombudsman on Thursday (June 14) against Egco for calling the group as haoshiao.

Under the complaint, Egco is accused of having committed online libel, graft and violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.

The complainant cited the Facebook posts of Egco who accused the DNPC of sowing discord among journalists covering the DILG, feign media practice and charge excessive advertisement fees.

In his complaint, Amongo said “Egco posted on his Facebook account that he was filing, and indeed filed, in his personal capacity and as a journo, a Complaint against Amongo, and DNPC members, whom he condescendingly calls minions, for allegedly besmirching his reputation and those of his fellow government officials and media colleagues.”

Apart from this, Amongo said his own Facebook got invaded by posts from Egco who allegedly hurled invectives and threats.

The complainant what the respondent did violated Egco’s mandate as director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security.

Apart from this, Amongo also accused Egco possessing a Ducati motorcycle, a property meant to be converted into a commercial complex, having excessive police escorts, making death threats against journalists, and receiving payola.