President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all cabinet officials to use the state-owned People’s Television Network (PTV) to present the programs and issues of their respective agencies, Malacañang said on Tuesday (June 11).
The President made the directive in his Cabinet meeting at the Palace last Monday.
“The Chief Executive instructed the members of his official family to utilize the government-owned television station to explain issues, concerns to the public relative to their respective departments,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Panelo, however, denied that the President’s order was linked to Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista’s spat with broadcaster Erwin Tulfo.
Tulfo alleged that Bautista turned down their invitation to be interviewed on Tulfo’s program on the state-owned radio station.
Panelo reiterated that the directive was for the department heads to use the forum that will always be available to them to explain their concerns or issues.
“More on telling them na [that], ‘Uy, you have a forum, why don’t you use it’,” Panelo added.
PTV was created in 1992 by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 7306.
It was created “in consonance with the Constitutional recognition of the vital role of communication and information in nation-building.”
Panelo added that government media, particularly the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), will also be used in the pre-SONA (State of the Nation Address) activities of various Cabinet clusters next month. /mbmf
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