Media rules bucked

September 25, 2018

PROPOSED guidelines for news coverage in the House of Representatives have run into strong opposition from a journalist turned congressman.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone,  chairman of the House Committee on Public Information, refused to take up in the committee the resolution filed by Antipolo Rep. Chiqui Roa-Puno adopting the draft guidelines on covering the House because it is “restrictive to the media”

Evardone, a former reporter of Malaya, added that the copy of rules and even the resolution were shown to Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her comment and the House leader ordered the committee to study it carefully.

“Even our Speaker doesn’t favor it. She ordered to return it to the committee for further study. In fairness to our good Speaker she wanted to be fair to everyone,” Evardone said.

Evardone admitted that he has “reservations” on some of the new ground rules because these would mean restricting the reporters covering the House

“Actually, iko-consult ko sa inyo kasi I, for one, have some reservations, questions on the draft guidelines kasi ako naiintindihan ko, hindi mo pwedeng — kasi naghahanap tayo ng balita, gagawa tayo ng paraan makakuha ng balita,” he told media in the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum.

“Don’t worry, as far as I’m concerned, hindi natin ilalabas ‘yon hanggat hindi agree ang lahat,” he said.