POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Jose Mario Espino welcomes the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte in ordering Camp Crame to allow journalists to accompany anti-narcotics operatives in drug busts.
Duterte said the move will disprove the allegations that police officers are executing drug pushers.
Supt. Ryan Devaras of Cebu City Police Office said journalists are allowed to cover such operations as long safety is their priority.
For his part, veteran journalist Elias Baquero, who is the Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists (CFBJ), said he is against Duterte’s plan.
“I suggest that before any operation, the members of the media will inspect the raiding team to make sure that they are not carrying illegal items to plant as evidence against the suspects.”
For his part, broadcaster Arnold Bustamante, Defense-PNP Press Corps president, said Duterte’s plan is good as it would show transparency in anti-illegal drug operations. He added journalists should wear protective gear like a bulletproof vest and helmet.
Bustamante, however, disagreed with Duterte’s statement that journalists should be at the front of the operation. (KAL)