March 25, 2019
Rappler’s Cagayan de Oro City correspondent was told to leave the campus of the University of Science and Technology in Southern Philippines (USTP) Sunday, March 24, hours before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived to lead the campaign rally of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.
Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa said he was outside the USTP gymnasium, where the campaign rally was underway, doing person-on-the-street interviews when he was approached by a staff of the Media Accreditation and Relations Office (MARO) and told to leave the campus “Para ‘di na tayo magkahiyaan (to avoid embarrassment).”
Lagsa said he was doing interviews outside the venue after he was denied accreditation to cover the event the day before.
He said he tried to get accredited via the Cagayan de Oro City Information Office (CIO) which referred his application to the MARO.
Lagsa said he did not encounter any problem getting inside the USTP campus at about 5 pm and was able to interview several persons outside the gymnasium before he was told to leave.
He said he was wearing his Rappler ID while doing the interviews but said he did not try to get inside the gymnasium. #