Local journalists were disappointed with a new standard operating procedure set by Philippine National Police and Department of Health regarding media interviews.
On the advisory of the two agencies, it is stated that reporters from television, radio and other platforms are required to submit a formal letter of request before granting an interview.
It also said that journalists needs to send their request two days ahead of the actual interview date, which can also be rescheduled if there is a prior appointment with the exact date.
DZBB anchors Rowena Salvacion and Ali Sotto did not hide their frustration with the said protocol, especially with the time frame for the interview to be granted.
“2 days???? Maghihintay talaga ang publiko ng 2 days para marinig ang paliwanag nyo?” Salvacion tweeted.
Bakit nahihilig ang ilang govt agencies ngayon na may 2 days prior request para makapag interview ng officials nila? Sasagot lang naman kayo sa tanong base sa alam po ninyo. 2 days???? Maghihintay talaga ang publiko ng 2 days para marinig ang paliwanag nyo?
— Rowena L. Salvacion (@wengsalvacion) September 29, 2020
On the other hand, Ali said that to be fair, PNP and DOH should also send request letter if they are asking for interviews.
PNP naman ngayon after DOH! A formal letter of request sent at least two days before the interview. Ganito na lang, kung gusto niyo magpa-interview sa amin sulat kayo at least two days before. . . pic.twitter.com/i6bcGG7kLj
— Ali Sotto (@ali_sotto) September 29, 2020