Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Furious Palace gets back at FOCAP

I learned this morning that members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) were barred from joining President Arroyo's news conference, the first in almost two months now.

Well, FOCAP should not be surprised. When some members of the so-called Hyatt 10 guested at a FOCAP forum some days back, the Palace was furious, with some complaining how could FOCAP devote one whole forum for the mutineers and not even include some factotum from the administration to rebut them right there and then?

It's a pity that Malacanang had to resort to this kind of thing in dealing with the press. And it's baffling because they have people inside, like Bobi Tiglao, a former correspondent of a foreign magazine, who should know better.

By banning FOCAP members, and by screening those who can ask the President some questions (which were written in advance, by the way), what did Malacanang hope to accomplish?

I am sometimes stunned by the stupidity of those in power.

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