Philippines: media worker after excluded from accessing information after questioning government-sponsored COVID-19 equipmentEvent
- Initial Date
- Sep 27, 2021
- Event Description
House committee on good government and public accountability chairman Michael Aglipay unceremoniously removed Rappler journalist Rambo Talabong from a Viber group with reporters on Monday, September 27.
Aglipay kicked out Talabong after the journalist wrote a story on the DIWA representative’s latest defense of the Duterte administration.
Aglipay's comment was about the Senate hearing's revelation that the production stickers on the face masks procured by the government from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation were tampered. The tampering of the production stickers effectively also changed the expiry dates.
For Aglipay, the changing of expiry dates was not a problem, as he asked a Department of Health (DOH) official if the alleged expired face masks hurt or killed any of the health workers who used them. DOH undersecretary Carolina Taino said no.
This exchange was the subject of Talabong’s story, which included a video excerpt on Aglipay’s interpellation during the good government and public accountability panel hearing.
Aglipay then singled out Talabong during the hearing – even if CNN Philippines also published a similar article with the same angle.
The congressman argued Talabong’s article was “one-sided” as it did not include DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III’s remarks that the shelf life of face shields was 36 months.
“So it is one-sided, and I’m calling him out to be balanced, because they are claiming to be a balanced organization, but this article of his never mentioned that Secretary Duque said that the shelf life is 36 months, and he only focused on my comment, making it appear that we are one-sided here, and covering up the government,” said the ally of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. The House's line of questioning in its hearings veers at countering findings at the Senate, defending the Duterte government's deals with Pharmally.
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- Administrative Harassment
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- Right to information
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- Summary for Publications
On 27 September 2021, Rambo Talabong, media worker, was removed from a media coordination channel key to access information by Michael Aglipay, House committee on good government and public accountability chairman, after questioning the quality of COVID-19 health equipment sponsored by the government in Manila, the Philippines.