PIA’s Bagadiong heads CATPPO Press Corps
posted 26-Sep-2019  ·  
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The Catanduanes Provincial Police Office (CATPPO) initiated the reorganization of its press corps last Friday (Sept. 13, 2019) as part of an initiative by the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) to establish rapport between police and media.

The CATPPO Press Corps is headed by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Information Center Manager Edna Bagadiong as president.

Other officers elected include Radyo Natin anchor Jolly Atole as vice president, Bicol Peryodiko news director Ramil Soliveres as secretary, Radyo Pilipinas broadcaster Juriz Alpapara as treasurer, Radyo Natin broadcaster Rey Boton as auditor, Catanduanes Tribune publisher-editor Fernan Gianan as public information officer, Radyo Pilipinas station manager Arlene Bagadiong and Padaba GM anchor Janelyn Rima as business managers, Radyo Peryodiko reporters Arvin Anthony Tabuzo and  Carl Mark Buenafe as sergeants at arms, and GMA/Manila Bulletin correspondent Jinky Lou Tabor as muse.

They were sworn into office by Catanduanes police provincial director Col. Paul Abay. Kusog Bicolandia chairman Noel de Luna, who was supposed to be the keynote speaker, was represented by Tabor who read his message before the gathering at the PNP conference hall.

Before the election, members of the press and the chiefs of police in attendance underwent a seminar on basic press ethics and police protocol on media by PRO5 Press Corps president Darlan Barcelon and PRO5 Spokesperson PMaj. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib respectively.

Questions were also raised by some chiefs of police with regards to the consideration of bloggers as media witnesses despite having no legal precedent, as well as the suggestion of 24-hour on-call availability of local journalists as media witnesses in anti-illegal drug operations.

Those who volunteer as witnesses were assured of support by the police, particularly in going to towns far from their base of operation in Virac.

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