Zero vloggers have applied for accreditation to attend events in Malacañang since 2017, acting deputy Palace spokesman Kris Ablan said on Thursday.
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), under its outgoing chief Martin Andanar, allowed some social media practitioners to gain provisional accreditation to certain events.
Ablan, who is PCOO undersecretary, said no vloggers had applied for accreditation since the policy was announced.
“Mayroon po tayong existing social media-vlogger accreditation policy nung 2017 pa po ‘yan, nung kasama pa po si Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson. Pero wala po kaming na-accredit na vlogger kasi wala pong nag-apply,” he said in a DZMM interview.
President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s communications chief Trixie Cruz-Angeles earlier said the incoming administration was looking to give vloggers access to Palace events in Malacañang.
Cruz-Angeles said the move would be among the priorities of the PCOO.
The next administration is looking to hold twice-a-week briefings in Malacañang.
As to whether Marcos Jr. would allow all journalists and media groups to physically cover presidential events, Cruz-Angeles said her office would first “review of all existing policies regarding the coverage in Malacañang.”
Marcos Jr., during his campaign for the 2022 elections, evaded most media interviews and debates.
Media conferences in Malacañang have been limited to virtual briefings since the Covid-19 pandemic. John Ezekiel J. Hirro