Andanar: No bloggers applying for accreditation yet

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2017 05:43 PM

MANILA - Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said no blogger has sought accreditation yet to cover President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under Department Order 15 or the Interim Social Media Practitioner Accreditation, netizens with at least 5,000 followers may apply for accreditation to cover presidential events. 

"Wala pang nagpapa-accredit so far e. As a matter of fact, uulitin ko, this is really an interim social media policy because we expected it na once i-release natin maraming magpapadala ng suhestyon," he said.

Andanar stressed that those who will get accreditation will not get incentives or allowances, and the only privilege they have is to cover the President.

Duterte has a regular community of supporters online who write about current events and issues surrounding the president.

One of the President's vocal online supporter, Mocha Uson, is now an assistant secretary for communications. She also handles application for accreditation to cover presidential events.