PNP: Investigators can't speak to media anymore

Posted at 02/19/14 2:38 PM

MANILA (UPDATED/CORRECTED)-- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima has directed all police investigators not to release information regarding the cases they are handling to the media anymore.

PNP Public Information Office head Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said Purisima's directive is effective immediately.

According to Sindac, the PNP has already recorded many incidents where police investigators give their personal opinions about the case during interviews.

Some even divulge vital information that may compromise ongoing manhunt operations against suspects, he said.

He added that there are also instances where cops who do not actually have first-hand information about the case are the ones speaking to news reporters.

Sindac said those who will be caught violating the new directive will face administrative charges.

Given this, he said each police precinct should now assign a media relations officer who will be responsible in releasing information to the media.

If no media relations officer will be assigned, only the chief of the police precinct will be allowed to speak about the cases being handled by investigators. -- Report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM