The office of Philippine National Police Provincial Director of Sorsogon [SorPPO] has victimized the local media in Albay and Sorsogon for being choosy in breaking information about the recovered 25 pieces of cocaine bricks in the seashore of Juag lagoon in Barangays Calintaan, Matnog, Sorsogon.
This office has executed its discretion to provide an information only to a lady correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer [newsinfo.inquirer.net/957421/24-kilos-of-suspected-shabu-found-in-sorsogon-towns-shore] on the suspected illegal drugs.
The story was published by the national paper’s shore @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon / 12:05 PM January 04, 2018.
The action of Police Superintendent Marlon C. Tejada was tainted with an astounding preferential treatment to the national newspaper over the local media practitioners in the region.
Superintendent has blinded us, or shall I say – he slapped the local journalists by means of keeping us falsely true to the exact circumstances whether it was indeed a methamphetamine hydrochloride “shabu” or a cocaine.
His broke the information too soon even without prior an offical laboratory examination result from the PNP crime laboratory.
His action was unfaithful and he committed doublespeak – he trivialized the story, because he distorted the fact and the accuracy of the report was greatly damaged.
What is the issue that this column is being raised against you Superintendent Tejada?
Its simple – treat the local and the national mediamen who are assigned in police beats with fairness, after all the local media are the one who takes the witness stands on anti illegal drug cases fied in courts, NOT YOUR FAVORITE NATIONAL CORRESPONDENTS.
Please bear in mind, your late release of your progress report was unacceptable since the information was no longer a news – but was already a part of history.
It’s a great deal for a working journalists to pursue our news gathering because of the word: TIMELINESS. This was already tackled during the Lecture Series with the designated Public Information Officers of the PRO-5, last year in Camp Simeon A. Ola.
Your action is a disservice to the POLICE-MEDIA relations. If some police officers of far flung municipalities, like in the island province of Catanduanes is available in the wee hours of Typhoon Urduja updating the members PRO – 5 PRESS CORPS on the landslides in his area of responsibility – why selectively control the cocaine story and was capriciously given only to the Philippine Daily Inquirer?
As I close ths column, but not resting this case – WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE PROCESS EXCELLENCE IN YOUR OFFICE SIR?
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