NEGOTIATIONS between Philippine media workers and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are on going to give members of the media a permanent representation in the planned Task Force (TF) on Media Killings.
This was disclosed on Sunday by Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar during a radio interview aired over radio station dzRB.
He said the idea of having a media representative in the TF came out following a series of consultations with various media organizations including the National Press Club of the Philippines as represented by its president, Paul Gutierrez, secretary, Joel Egco.
“At pinag-usapan namin kung ano ‘yung mga dapat gawin, kung ano ‘yung mga dapat i-negotiate natin,” said Andanar.
Andanar explained, “Kasi dapat maintindihan po ng ating mga kasamahan sa media na although itong Task Force on Media Killings ay spearheaded by our office, Presidential Communications Office, ay kailangan po nating makipagtulungan with the Department of Justice na siyang TF chair.”
Sec. Andanar said the PCO, together with the NPC and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines are currently negotiating with the DOJ to allow a member of the media as TF co-chair.
“Sa palagay po natin ay mas magiging relevant itong task force kung mayroon pong pangunahing role ang ating mga kasamahan sa media,” Andanar said.