28 August 2016

Media nominated as co-chair of the TF Media Killing – Andanar
Negotiations are ongoing with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to give Philippine media representation in the Task Force (TF) on Media Killings.

This developed after series of consultations were conducted last week by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) with various media organisations, including the National Press Club (NPC).

“At pinag-usapan natin kung ano ‘yung mga dapat gawin, kung ano ‘yung mga dapat i-negotiate natin,” said Andanar. The DOJ chairs the TF on Media Killings.

The PCO chief explained, “Kasi dapat maintindihan po ng ating mga kasamahan sa media na although itong Task Force on Media Killings ay spearheaded by our office, Presidential Communications Office, ay kailangan po nating makipagtulungan with the Department of Justice.”

Secretary ndanar said in a radio interview over dzRB on Sunday that the PCO, together with the NPC and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, are negotiating with the DOJ that media shall be its co-chair in the task force.

He further added,“Sa palagay po natin ay mas magiging relevant itong task force kung mayroon pong pangunahing role ang ating mga kasamahan sa media.” (PPA/JAG/PND)

Gov’t to launch anti-drugs advertorials
The government is launching on Sept. 1 a series of public service announcements against illegal drugs. These advertorials were created for free by internationally-acclaimed, multi-awarded director Brillante Mendoza.

This was revealed by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar during an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.

“Ito ulit ay gawa ng ating direktor na si Brillante Mendoza. Napakaganda po ng kanyang ginawa. Dalawang two-minute and 30-seconder na istorya na nagpapakita ng kasamaan ng iligal na droga, at naidudulot nito sa ating mamamayan. Itong two-minute and 30-seconder ay ipapalabas po ito sa ating mga sinehan,“ he said.

According to Sec. Andanar, the commercials shall be shown for free in over 300 SM Cinemas nationwide up to Dec. 30.

“At ang maganda po dito ay hindi tayo siningil ng SM. Libre po ang pagpapalabas nito. Ang pakiusap natin sa kanila ay mula ngayon September 1 hanggang December 30,“ he said.

Secretary Andanar also disclosed that media giant ABS-CBN Corp. through its chairman Gabby Lopez , brother of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, has pledged to run the ads for free in the broadcasting network.

To date, Mendoza has already created four 30-second ads and two 2.5-minute ads against illegal drugs.

“Ngayon, siguro magtatanong po ang ating mga kababayan. Kasi alam po natin na kapag nagpapagawa ng isang 30-seconder ‘yung mga malalaking ahensya ay umaabot po ang gastos ng halos apat na milyon ang isang 30-seconder. Napakamahal niyan,” Andanar said.

“Pero, ang magandang balita ay ni singkong duling ay hindi po tayo siningil ni direktor Brillante Mendoza sa apat na 30-seconder na kanyang ginawa at ito po ay world-class,“ he explained.

Plans are underway to negotiate the airing of said ads on GMA 7. They will also be shown on government-owned PTV 4, while the audio version will be aired over Radyo ng Bayan, Radio Mindanao Network, and Manila Broadcasting Corp. (LMG/JAG/PND)

Busy ASEAN calendar for PRRD in Sept.
Looking toward a stronger Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the country’s chairmanship of the 10-member regional grouping, it will be a busy month ahead for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Starting Sept. 4, PRRD will embark on historic visits to three ASEAN countries, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. This will be his first international travel as the Philippines’ head of state.

President Duterte’s itinerary is based on the schedule prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Included in the DFA’s planned trips for the President are the Sultanate of Brunei, the Republic of Indonesia, and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

PRRD will first fly to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei’s capital, to visit King Hassanal Bolkiah and meet with the Filipino expatriate community there.

The President will then proceed to the Laotian capital of Vientiane for the 2016 ASEAN Summit. Highlight of his trip to Laos is the turnover of the ASEAN chairmanship to the Philippines, which includes hosting the 2017 ASEAN Summit.

According to Secretary Andanar, President Duterte is expected to hold bilateral talks with several ASEAN leaders, who have expressed eagerness to meet him.

After the summit, PRRD will fly to Jakarta for a working visit to Indonesia. He is scheduled to return to Manila by Sept. 9. (PPA/JAG/PND)