Carandang blasts PCIJ over FOI bill

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Posted at Aug 17 2012 12:32 AM | Updated as of Aug 17 2012 08:39 PM

PCIJ says sorry for getting report wrong

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang on Thursday night lashed out at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) over the freedom of information (FOI) bill.

Carandang took to Twitter to lash out the PCIJ, which he accused of attacking him without checking facts.

"What sloppy reporting," he said.

The PCIJ reported earlier in the day that Carandang told a Senate budget hearing that the FOI bill was no longer needed under the Aquino administration, before adding that he was only joking.

It quoted a Philippine Star story published Thursday.

The PCIJ also posted tweets from its followers criticizing Carandang.

"From the mail: CARANDANG BETRAYED THE FOI CAUSE. SHAMEFUL TURNAROUND FROM HIS DAYS AS TV JOURNALIST. A PITY. HE IS NOW JUST A PALACE CLOWN," it said.

Carandang, however, disputed the PCIJ report.

"Then PCIJdotOrg gets all this hate mail which they then gleefully retweet to their 100,000 followers. Problem is its not true," he said.

He retweeted Philippine Star reporter Christina Mendez, who said that it was Senator Franklin Drilon, and not Carandang, who made the suggestion in jest that the FOI bill is no longer needed under the Aquino administration.

The PCIJ later admitted that it "got it [the report] wrong".

"The PCIJ regrets the error and apologizes to Carandang for the blog that was based on The Star report titled 'With Noy’s openness and transparency, who needs FOI bill?' ran on Thursday," it said.