REPORTERS covering the Department of Education (DepEd) hit Education Secretary Armin Luistro after he tagged the media as "nuisance" in the performance of his duties.
"Luistro is either misinformed or he doesn't know what he is saying," said Hannibal Talete, president of Education Beat reporters.
He said print and broadcast reporters were dismayed over Luistro's behavior when he said "hindi nakakatulong ang media."
"We don't know where he's coming." Talete said.
Before his appointment, Luistro acknowledged the role and importance of media not only in informing the public but also in finding the truth. But when he assumed post, he acted otherwise.
"Natatakot lang ata sya sagutin tungkol sa sex education dahil biased ang mga bishops," Talete said.
The issue of sex education has been in the news lately with Luistro's predecessor, Mona Valisno, cited that the DepEd will pursue its integration in basic education.
Valisno and DepEd Undersecretary Ramon Bacani has been the subject of a suit filed at a Quezon City Regional Trial Court seeking the court's injunction on the implementation of the plan.
The reporters also expressed surprised with Luistro's display of arrogance in dismissing them.
They noted that his predecessor appeared to have more guts in making a stand on the issue of teaching sex education to school children.
They also noted Valisno's firmness in introducing sex education in the basic curriculum despite earning the ire of the influential Catholic Church and other religious group.
"Ang dali naman ni Bro. Armin magbago o ganun talaga ang mga 'well-educated', pag lumaki sa mga institusyon na hawak ng mga pare o madre?" the group added.
The reporters stressed that they do not wish to go on collision course against Luistro but will not be cowed by his shabby treatment.
The incident stemmed from Luistro's actuations towards a radio reporter who tried to get his opinion about sex education at the DepEd's main office in Pasig City.
The reporter asked Luistro if he is in favor of implementing sex education, to which he replied, "Wag ninyo akong tanungin, dahil kayong media hindi kayo nakakatulong." (AH/Sunnex)