Duterte to issue AO for task force vs media killings

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2016 04:35 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2016 12:28 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Despite the rocky relationship of President Rodrigo Duterte and the press, Malacañang said Sunday that the administration is committed to establishing a task force against media killings.

In an interview with state-run dzRB, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea are now preparing a draft for the administrative order (AO) that will set up the task force.

"Isa rin po sa ginagawa natin para mapanatag po ang loob ng ating mga kasamahan sa media at matigil na po itong pamamaslang, itong extrajudicial killings sa mga miyembro po ng media, ay 'yung presidential task force against media killings," Andanar said.

"Ito po ay idina-draft pa din po ng ating abugado sa ating legal department po sa PCO at maging sa opisina po ng Executive Secretary."

Duterte has imposed a boycott against the media since early June after some press groups criticized him for remarking that some journalists were killed because they were corrupt.

(READ: 'Duterte's media killings statement taken out of context')

The President has since made all official pronouncement through state-owned media outlets.

With the exception of state-run television PTV4, journalists were also barred from covering Duterte's inaugural rites in Malacañang Palace last Thursday.

(READ: Duterte vows press 'boycott' until end of term)

Aside from the order on the presidential task force, Andanar said the President will also soon sign an executive order for the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill.

Both orders may be issued within this week or next week, he said.