By Francis Wakefield
The spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday clarified that the policy of not allowing members of media to get copies of spot reports especially if there is still an ongoing investigation is just a reiteration of a previous policy it implemented in 2014.
PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos made the clarification after news reports from Cebu revealed that local media members there were barred by the police from gaining access to spot reports.
The information was relayed to Cebu journalists via a text memorandum which local police officers cascaded to them.
The text message came from the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.
A spot report contains the first set of information about police operations such as a drug or anti-gambling raid, and crimes involving murder, homicide and even suicide.
“Matagal na ho may policy and hindi ho bagong issue or ano. We are just reiterating the proper handling of documents especially if these are security classification,” Carlos told reporters during a press briefing at Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Carlos at the same time, made it clear that they are not curtailing the freedom of media to get information from the PNP for us long as they are following proper procedures.
“Number one, there is no barring you or the media to the document. As I have said all you have to do is make the request which is what we are doing with the FOI. Wala ho tayong problema dito sa with transparency or accessibility. All we have to do is follow the procedure,” Carlos said.
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