Marcos pledges to respect freedom of the press and to be open with the media – Manila Bulletin

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. assured members of the media that he remained committed to defending the right to free speech and freedom of the press and that the government would remain open with them.

President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (RTVM screenshot)

Marcos said this after ordering an investigation into the murder of radio journalist Percival Mabasa, better known as Percy Lapid, in the town of Las Piñas on Monday evening October 3.

In his address to the Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) President’s Party in Pasay City, the President said he shared MOPC’s “belief in the importance of upholding the universal right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and to give and receive accurate information”.

“Under my leadership, we will support and protect the rights of the media as they effectively carry out their duty,” he said.

“Whatever difficulties we may face from now on, the government is ready to lend an ear and listen to your concerns and answer anything you may want to know,” he added.

President Marcos underlined the crucial role of the press in building an active citizen, a citizen who contributes to the development of our society.

“The nation relies on the media to improve access to information and increase awareness of issues that affect our country and the world,” he said.

“Your proactive participation in maintaining a well-informed populace is part of our collective goal to empower Filipinos and build a stronger Philippines,” he added.

Although he could not share all of his plans for the next six years, he assured members of the media that his administration would continue to brief them on its plans.

“I urge you to communicate effectively to the public the efforts and initiatives of the government towards the development of our country. This is another partnership that we must continue to strengthen,” Marcos said.

“It is the job of our media professionals not only to analyse, not only to give their opinion, but also to inform and let our people know what the government is doing and how it will help their lives and how they can be part of this progress – this process of progress that we have started,” he added.

Marcos also urged the press to remain the government’s partner in providing accurate information and the country’s progress.

“We will not be your leader, but we will be your partner as we work together to see the full promise made to the Filipino nation fulfilled in the days and years to come,” he said.

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