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December 8, 2016
RUDE STAFF OF SEN. MANNY PAQUIAO ASSAILED
THE National Press Club (NPC) is condemning the rudeness displayed by a staff of Sen. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Paquiao in his treatment of reporters covering the Senate beat.
Last December 5, the senator’s staff, Mr. Choi Garcia, accosted radio reporter and NPC regular member, Jojo Sicat of DZRJ/Politico.com while Sicat was interviewing the solon at the plenary hall prior to the start of a committee hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs set on 9:00 a.m.
“The interview was done prior to the hearing hence, colleague Sicat did not violate the chamber’s guidelines pertaining to the interview of lawmakers at the plenary.
“What the guidelines prescribed is that no interview shall be done by any member of the press once a committee hearing starts or once the Senate is in session,” said NPC Pres. Paul M. Gutierrez.
“Hence, the manner by which Mr. Garcia intervened is totally uncalled for, unnecessary and unprecedented in the long history of the Senate,” he added.
The NPC also took note of the fact that the next day, Tuesday, December 7, Mr. Garcia also engaged Paolo Romero of the Philippine Star in another verbal tussle at the Senate hall while Sen. Paquiao was on his way to the session hall.
“While apology coming from the other staff of Sen. Paquiao is welcome, may we also remind him to educate others in his entourage to be more courteous and respectful in dealing with other people, not only towards the members of the press.
“How they behave is a reflection of the character of their principal,” Gutierrez added. ##