Saturday, September 15, 2018

Malicious report angered SAP Bong Go: "How Rappler was able to write the story when reporter Pia Ranada has been barred from covering Malacañang."



SAP Christopher Bong Go and Rappler Pia Ranada. Images combined credit to www.durianburgdavao.com and Twitter
In a story published by Pia Ranada of Rappler dated September 14, entitled "On eve of Ompong landfall, Cagayan officials tour Palace upon Bong Go invite", the Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reacts to the “malicious” report and explained that the Cagayan officials were already advised two weeks ago not to pursue the Malacañang tour but still showed up. 
Bong Go (Malacañang Photo). Image credit to Daily Tribune
“Two weeks ago pa ‘yan nakipag appointment sa'min ni ES (Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea) pero three days ago we advised them not to proceed para attend nila lugar nila,” Go said in a statement.

“Alam ni Vice Gov. Vargas pero tumuloy pa din sila with ES,” he added.


According to the report of Rappler, a day before Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) was set to make a landfall in  Cagayan, the following officials including the Vice governor, some mayors, vice mayors and provincial board members went to Malacañang to meet with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go who invited them but Go was not present because he have to urgently fly to Davao City. However, former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile was the one who was present to join the dinner and tour prepared by Malacañang. 

Ranada's two independent sources in Malacañang shared photos taken on Friday of Cagayan officials touring and taking selfies in Malacañang's Presidential Museum and Library.
Cagayan officials in Malacañang with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. Image credit to Rappler
The following Cagayan officials were identified in the photos:
  1. Vice Governor Boy Vargas
  2. Piat Mayor Carmelo “Black” Villacete
  3. Enrile Mayor Kim Turingan
  4. Lal-lo Mayor Florante Pascual
  5. Solana Vice Mayor Jojo Carag
  6. Iguig Vice Mayor Judith Trinidad
  7. Tuguegarao Councilor Maila Ting-Que
  8. Sta Praxedes Vice Mayor Ester Aguinaldo
  9. Provincial Board Member Vilmer Viloria
  10. Tuguegarao Councilor Jude Bayona
  11. Provincial Board Member Olivia Pascual
  12. Provincial Board Member Perla Tumaliuan
  13. Association of Barangay Captains - Cagayan President Paul Vargas
  14. Sanggunian Kabataan Provincial Federation President Alniñoson Kevin Timbas
Rappler's Pia Ranada reported that SAP Bong Go had invited officials of Cagayan for a tour of Malacañang just before typhoon “Ompong” (Mangkhut). Image credit to Facebook/MindaVote
Go reacted on the “malicious” report of Ranada and questioned how Rappler was able to write the story, when Malacañang barred Ranada in covering Malacañang events issued by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on February and Duterte said that Rappler's reporters would be allowed to cover and enter Malacañang events if they have been proven by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) percent Filipino-owned online news outfit.
In photo. Tuguegarao Councilor Maila Ting-Que. Image credit to The Northern Forum
Meanwhile, Tuguegarao Councilor Maila Ting-Que one of the 14 Cagayan officials mentioned by Ranada in her report clarified that Rappler's report seem to only focus on the “tour of the Palace” which in fact they were invited to discuss important matters about their province. 

“We were invited, as far as I know, to have a meeting about our province's problems and at the same time asked for help. Those who were already in Manila,” Ting-Que said in a Viber message.

“Every chief executive left as soon as the 30-minute meeting with Secretary Medialdea was done and traveled to Cagayan,” she added. 

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Sources: PNARappler