PTFoMS proud of zero election-related incidences in May 9 elections

PTFoMS proud of zero election-related incidences in May 9 elections

Undersecretary and PFToMS executive director Joel Sy Egco. (Photo: Philippine News Agency)

By Tracy Cabrera
MALACAÑANG PALACE, MANILA — Recalling the bloody Ampatuan Massacre that saw more than 30 media men killed during the 2010 elections, Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has reported in stark contrast “zero election-related incident involving members of the Fourth Estate during the just concluded 2022 local and national polls.”

This was announced by the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) under its executive director, undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, who said that reports contradicting the announcement had come as those recorded threats, harassment, stabbing, and shooting incidents involving members of the media that did not reflect motives in relation to their duties during the election period.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) public information office identified the said reported cases as those coming from Regions V, VIII and X, as well as the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Nevertheless, the PNP vowed to proceed with a deeper probe regarding these reported incidents despite falling short of the criteria of an election-related incident.

“The creation of (so-called) ‘Media Vanguards’ within our organization has created a huge impact in safeguarding our media practitioners who took the role of being our information frontline this election season,” according to PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr.

Since the launching of the Media Vanguards, all police stations and units nationwide have activated their desks to accept media-related complaints that are to be verified and hence assisted in the handling of these cases.

“The offshoot of this initiative can be observed with the strong relationship between the media industry and law enforcers such as the PNP,” Danao noted.

The former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief added that given the higher confidence to report on the elections, media practitioners were moved to deliver stories that are accurate, transparent and relevant to the general public.

“It became a tool for the PNP to reach a wider audience with the premise that this vital information can help in increasing the public’s awareness of the developments in this election,” Danao concluded while giving credit to all those who took part in securing the conduct of elections and fighting disinformation to effectively guide the voters. (ai/mtvn)

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