On Tuesday morning, the Presidential Security Group (PSG) made headlines after prohibiting Ranada, who was supposed to cover a press conference, on the premises of the presidential residence. The guard told her that the instructions were "galing sa taas," particularly the PSG "operations."
The directive was then clarified that she was banned from entering the Palace, but not the New Executive Building, where news briefings are held. Head of Malacañang's Internal House Affairs Office (IHAO) Jhopee Avanceña would later confirm that the decision came from Duterte, after Special Assistant to the President Bong Go claimed that Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer are peddling "fake news" during the Senate hearing on the Navy project.
Avanceña's text message to Ranada read: "I informed the PSG (Presidential Security Group) not to allow you to enter the Palace since I was instructed last night by the President. He said you are not allowed inside. That's it. Not only today."
This is the latest development in the conflict between the president and Rappler, which intensified with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoking the news outlet's certificate of incorporation last month. Netizens have mixed feelings about the move that is said to be curtailing press freedom. Check out their opinions below.