By Liezelle Soriano
(Photo Courtesy: OPS)
MANILA – Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles assured that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. respects the press freedom of journalists.
“Kinikilala at nirerespeto ng ating pamahalaan, sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Pangulong Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., ang press freedom sa bansa na nakabatay sa ating Saligang Batas o Konstitusyon,” Cruz-Angeles said in commemoration of National Press Freedom Day on August 30.
Along with the celebration of National Press Freedom Day is the birth date of Marcelo H. Del Pilar who is recognized as the “Father of Philippine Journalism.”
The declaration of National Press Freedom Day became law on April 13, 2022, by former president Rodrigo Duterte.
Earlier, Cruz-Angeles said press freedom under the Marcos administration would always be present.
“You’re free to talk. We’re not changing anything. Whatever freedom we have now will always be our freedom. Our Constitution guarantees that” she said.
Marcos has repeatedly stated that he will be open to dissent and criticism, particularly from the so-called fourth estate. (ai/mtvn)