UP journalism professor edits Uson’s PCOO letter about ‘reclassifying’ Rappler as social media

University of the Philippines journalism professor Danilo Arao tweeted his edited version of the letter that Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson sent to her boss, Secretary Martin Andanar, asking to reclassify online news site Rappler as a social media organization instead of being a member of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC).

“EDITING MOCHA: For whatever it’s worth, please allow me to present an  edited version of the November 7 letter of ASec @MochaUson to @PresidentialCom Sec.  @MartinAndanar regarding @RapplerDotCom. This evaluation is based on form and content. #journalism,” Arao tweeted on November 7.

These are the things he edited and pointed out in Uson’s letter:

  • Consistency in spelling “Malacañang” since the same word was also spelled with an “n” instead of an “ñ” within the body of the letter.
  • “Corps” spelled wrongly as “Corp” and “Corp.”
  • Uson did not specify her mandate in the letter
  • Uson did not explain why PCOO Department Order No. 15, the interim social media practitioner accreditation, which Arao described as “individual blogger/socmed user per-event accreditation,” should apply to Rappler
  • Uson has to “define socmed along lines of UGC (although this would invalidate Rappler classification”
  • Uson has to review her diction for using the word “moved,” as in “moved from Malacanang Press Corp to Social Media, and what the implication of that word is

Arao also added a note:


“I request clarification on the status of online publication Rappler in covering events at the Malacañan Palace. It does not have a print or broadcast arm unlike (Philippine Daily Inquirer) and InterAksyon (TV5). Rappler should be accredited by my office, not by the Media Accreditation and Relations Division. I therefore propose that Rappler be subjected to the rules of PCOO DO No. 15.””

Uson posted her letter to her PCOO boss on Facebook on November 7, with a caption: “Napapanahon na i-tama ang MALI.”

Image: Mocha Uson Blog/Facebook

Arao’s edited version of Uson’s letter was posted on Facebook by Pedro Cruz Reyes, also known as Amang Jun Cruz Reyes, an award-winning literary writer and UP creative writing professor in UP.

Al Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan also shared Arao’s corrections.

In his profile on UP’s website, Arao is described as an associate professor of the Department of Journalism at the university’s College of Mass Communication in Diliman, Quezon City.

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