STATEMENT of Malacanang Press Corps on Rappler

Rappler will remain a member of the Malacanang Press Corps (MPC) unless the Court of Appeals upholds the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoking its registration.

MPC, an independent organization of journalists regularly covering the President and Malcanang activities, asserts its prerogative to accept, suspend or revoke membership to the body.

While we respect the discretion of Malacanang to set accreditation rules for presidential events, we deplore any arbitrary attempt to bar access and harass reporters performing their duty as an independent monitor of power and guardian of public interest.

We also urge Malacanang to communicate properly the grounds for such restrictions.