- At least three members of the media were reportedly harassed by the PSG in Malacañang
- The PSG reportedly confiscated their radios, phones and IDs
- The NUJP has condemned the latest incident of harassment against mediamen
MANILA, Philippines – At least three mediamen were reportedly harassed by members of the Presidential Security Guard (PSG) at the protest rally of the groups Hustisya and Selda at Malacañang’s Gate 2 on Tuesday, February 7.
An article by Jaime Pilapil for The Manila Times identified the reporters who were allegedly subjected to harassment by the PSG as Aya Yupangco of DWIZ, Dennis Datu of DZMM and Michael Goyagoy of DZXL.
The three were reporting live from the scene Tuesday morning when the PSG men in civilian clothes demanded them to hand over their radios, cellphones and identification cards (IDs), as well as ordered them to erase whatever footage they have taken.
Datu himself lost his cellphone and IDs to the PSGs while, Goyagoy said one of the security men grabbed him by the legs and demanded that he hand over his phone.
Hustisya and Selda are composed of families of the so-called “Desaparecidos”; the alleged victims of Martial Law who remains missing up to today.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemned the incident.
“While we understand the PSG’s task of securing the grounds of the presidential palace, we do not see how part of this responsibility includes confiscating camera footage taken by journalists,” said NUJP in a statement.
“PSG, which is supposed to be among the most elites of the country’s security forces, do not possess even the most basic appreciation of what the media does and of the limits that the law imposes on their authority,” the group added.
The three reporters were asked to submit their separate incident reports to their respective companies for appropriate action.