MANILA - Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday said Rappler’s Palace reporter Pia Ranada or any of her colleagues cannot cover events at the presidential palace until the online news site resolves its issue with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Medialdea said Ranada’s accreditation to cover Palace events was revoked because of Rappler's woes with the SEC.
“I-cover muna nila ano nila, ayusin muna nila ang kanilang personality as a corporation, local corporation otherwise they cannot [cover] di ba?” Medialdea told reporters in a chance interview.
Medialdea said this after the Presidential Security Group on Tuesday barred Ranada from entering the Palace to cover an event to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Ranada said based on her conversation with the Palace's internal affairs office head Jhopee Avanceña, Duterte himself ordered that she be barred from entering the Palace.
Medialdea, however, said Duterte was just following the SEC decision.
The SEC last month revoked the business papers of Rappler, citing alleged violation of foreign ownership rules.
However, it said the online news site may continue with its operations.
The news site has a pending appeal before the Court of Appeals.