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Marcos thanks publishers for promoting accurate info, free press

Marcos thanks publishers

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday led the oath-taking of newly-elected officers of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI), thanking them for promoting and protecting people’s rights through accurate information and free press.

On his official Facebook page and Twitter account, Marcos shared photos of the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected PAPI officers at Malacañan Palace together with a two-paragraph caption.

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OATH-TAKING. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. leads the oath-taking of newly-elected officers of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) on Tuesday (March 14, 2023). In his speech, Marcos thanked PAPI members for promoting and protecting people’s right to accurate information and free press. (Courtesy of Presidential Communications Office)

“Sa oath-taking ng mga bagong halal na opisyal ng Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc., ating ipinaabot ang labis na pasasalamat para sa kanilang pagsulong at pagprotekta sa karapatan ng lahat sa tamang impormasyon at malayang pamamahayag (In the oath-taking of the newly elected officers of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc., we extend our deepest gratitude to them for promoting and protecting everyone’s right through correct information and free press),” he said.

“Kasangga nila tayo sa pagbibigay-kakayahan sa mga Pilipino na makiisa sa pagbuo ng mapayapa at produktibong pamayanan (They help us in empowering Filipinos to join in building a peaceful and productive community),” he added.

Oath-taking

In a separate Facebook post, PAPI shared a list of its newly-elected officers who were sworn in by the President.

Nelson Santos was reelected as the new president of PAPI and was joined by Beck Madeja-Velasquez as the executive vice president, and Alma Ochotorena as the vice president of Luzon, respectively.

Mark John Arrojado was elected secretary, Conchita Barretto as treasurer, Leonida Cardona as auditor, and Elizah Ann Templado as assistant secretary.

Jaime Vistar, Eduardo Cardona, were elected as members of the Board of Directors for Luzon; Edalyn Acta and Danilo Silvestrece were elected as Board of Directors for Visayas; and Anila Anne Acosta and Elpedio Soriano Jr. as members of the Board of Directors for Mindanao.

Santos expressed support for the Marcos administration’s “information dissemination” efforts.

PAPI Oath-taking

“Buti nalang andiyan si Press Secretary [Cheloy Garafil] so naibato ko rin sa kanya yung gusto naming iparating, kung anong support namin sa government (Luckily, we have the Press Secretary here so we were able to relay to her the support we can give to the government),” he said in a video uploaded on state-run RTVM.

In October last year, Marcos vowed to support and protect media rights under his administration, citing his willingness to lend an ear and listen to all their concerns.

He also promised to continue articulating his administration’s plans to the members of the media.

PAPI Oath-taking

According to its website, PAPI is the country’s largest media fraternity composed of publishers of about 500 community newspapers in the regions and provinces, and a few national publications as regular members.

It is composed of practicing community journalists, both print, broadcast and online, mostly from the regions and provinces, as associate members.

PAPI’s affiliate publications have an estimated total print circulation of over 2 million copies every week. (PNA)

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