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Alejano to journalists: Don’t be intimidated by Malacañang

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Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano on Wednesday encouraged Philippine journalists to remain steadfast in the performance of their duty in spite of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to ban Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from Malacañang.

“While this creeping dictator is using all means to intimidate and censure critical and truthful reporting, may our journalists remain steadfast and unfazed in performing their duty to deliver the truth to the Filipino people,” the Magnificent 7 lawmaker said.

Alejano described the ban of Ranada was meant to infringe on the power of the press.

“The recent directive of President Duterte to specifically ban a journalist, Ms. Pia Ranada, from entering Malacanang is yet another move to curtail press freedom,” he said.

“Interestingly, this action came amid the reports on Bong Go’s intervention in the billion-peso Navy frigate project. What we are seeing now is an administration threatened by fearless journalism,” Alejano said.