Journalists who are hoping that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will end his self-imposed boycott of the commercial media upon assuming office on June 30 are in for a disappointment because he wants to take his oath without any of them around.
Incoming Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday (June 20) said only the state-run PTV-4 and Presidential Broadcast Staff Radio-Television Malacanang (PBS-RTVM) will be allowed inside Malacañang for Duterte’s inauguration.
He cited limited space as the reason why commercial media are not invited to Duterte’s inauguration.
“Masikip lang talaga sa loob,” Andanar said, adding that a separate space will be put up where the media could monitor the proceedings.
Duterte will take his oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes at the Rizal Hall, which has a capacity of around 500.