Media Security

Duterte gov't gives PH media 'safe environment': PTFoMS exec

MANILA – The Duterte administration has created a "safe environment" for Philippine journalists, Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) executive director Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco said on Tuesday.During the second day of the Duterte Legacy Summit at the Philippine International... Read More

NPC, PAPI call on BBM to strengthen media task force

MANILA – The National Press Club of the Philippines has passed a special resolution calling on the incoming Marcos administration to continue supporting the operation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).“As one of the national media organizations actively engaged as... Read More

PTFoMS exec welcomes exemption of media from threat assessment

MANILA – It is a welcome development to exclude media practitioners from getting threat assessment for firearms licenses, Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) Executive Director, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, said Thursday.In a radio interview, Egco cited it takes time and a lot... Read More

PTFoMS thanks PNP for safety of journos during elections

MANILA – As the frontline government agency dedicated to protect media workers, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) through its Executive Director, Undersecretary Joel M. Sy Egco, thanked the men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their invaluable... Read More

PTFoMS backs OSG move urging SC to rearrest ex-Palawan guv

MANILA – Undersecretary Joel M. Sy Egco, executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), supports the move of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in urging the Supreme Court (SC) to have former Palawan governor Mario Joel Reyes rearrested for the murder of... Read More

Explain flagging, removal of gov't posts, senator tells Facebook

MANILA – Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Tuesday requested Facebook Philippines for an explanation regarding the series of flagging and removal of posts and shared stories by government officials, various government media agencies, and ordinary netizens.In his letter addressed to John... Read More

Facebook continues to flag, delete, ‘spam’ PNA posts

MANILA – Despite default apologies because they “got it wrong”, social media giant Facebook (Meta) continued to bar netizens from posting and sharing select stories from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) website for alleged violations against “community standards”.Near... Read More

‘Abusive fact-checkers’ behind flagged Facebook posts: NTF-ELCAC

MANILA – The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Sunday condemned the multiple flagging of social media giant Facebook (Meta) of its official posts and shared stories of government media agencies.In a statement, NTF-ELCAC spokesperson and Presidential... Read More

Journalists in Ukraine pay high price for reporting Russia's war

ANKARA – Local journalists and press members who have flooded into Ukraine from around the world are risking their lives at every turn to report the latest developments on the ground in the war-torn country.On March 26, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said 12 journalists died... Read More

UNESCO eyes partnership with PTFoMS

MANILA – Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), met with representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) led by Mohamed Djelid, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office in... Read More

Murder rap filed vs. suspects in Malabanan slay

MANILA – Barely two months into the killing of veteran journalist Jesus “Jess” Malabanan, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), on Wednesday said a murder complaint has been formally filed by the Philippine... Read More

PTFoMS, media groups push for professionalism of ‘online media’

MANILA – Dubbed as a “crucial milestone in the history of Philippines journalism,” the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) successfully concluded the first ever Philippine Summit on Online Media Security on Friday.PTFoMS Executive Director Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco... Read More

Media workers more secured under PTFoMS vanguards

MANILA – Ahead of the campaign period for the 2022 national and local elections, the government initiated a novel approach to protect media workers and journalists with the launch of the Media Security Vanguards (MSVs) of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Friday.During... Read More

'Media security vanguards' to protect journos vs. poll violence

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Friday officially launched its "media security vanguards" who will be assigned to protect journalists from threats of violence, discrimination, misinformation, and corruption ahead of the elections in May.In his speech at the... Read More

PTFoMS lauds PNP designation of media security focal person

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) hailed the decision of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Dionardo Carlos to designate Col. Roderick Augustus Alba as the focal person in the protection and security of all journalists and media workers during the... Read More

PTFoMS condemns killing of former radioman in Tacurong

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Wednesday decried the killing of a former radio commentator running for councilor in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat by motorcycle “riding-in-tandem” gunmen.“The government condemns in the strongest possible... Read More

PNP focal persons as journos’ ‘first line of defense’ lauded

MANILA – Describing it as journalists’ “first line of defense,” Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), has welcomed the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to... Read More

PTFoMS condemns shooting of Cebu blocktimer

MANILA – Malacañang strongly denounced the shooting of Rico Osmeña, a blocktimer for radio station DYLA, who was shot while onboard a minibus traveling along Urdaneta St. in Barangay San Roque, Cebu City on Thursday.“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS)... Read More

Palace denounces ‘tragic’ murder of Pampanga journo

MANILA – Malacañang has denounced the killing of a Pampanga-based journalist who was repeatedly shot in Calbayog City in Samar on Wednesday.“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the tragic murder of Jesus ‘Jess’ Malabanan in Calbayog City,” Acting... Read More

Murder rap filed vs. suspect in Davao journo’s slay

MANILA– A murder complaint has been filed against a suspect in connection with the killing of Newsline Philippines reporter Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy last Oct. 30, 2021, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said on Tuesday.Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS... Read More