A top official of social media platform giant Facebook has reached out to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's incoming administration to offer support in making his inauguration more available to the public.
In a statement, incoming Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar shared that they met with Elizabeth Hernandez, Facebook’s Asia Pacific head for Public Policy on Monday, GMA News reported.
“With the inauguration ceremony drawing near on June 30th, Facebook is reaching out to the communications team of the incoming president to offer its support in using its online platform for the historic occasion,” he said.
Andanar, along with Duterte’s communications team, discussed plans with Hernandez on how to livestream the inauguration to get maximum viewership for the event.
Facebook’s move comes after Andanar announced earlier that only two media outfits will be allowed to cover Duterte’s inauguration inside the Rizal Hall in Malacañang: the Radio Television Malacañang and state-run People’s Television 4.
Duterte started distancing himself from local media after getting in hot water over journalists who pressed him for his catcalling of a female reporter last month.
Following the incident, his top aide, Bong Go, announced that there will be no more press conferences for now to avoid untoward exchanges between the incoming president and the media.