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Coloma urges positive news

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma reiterated yesterday that President Benigno Aquino III is not engaging in a quarrel with the media over “negative reports”.

Coloma, who attended the activity of public information officers in Talisay City, said the media is an ally in nation-building. He, however, enjoined it media to propagate positive news.

He said President Aquino is not mad at bad news, he just wants truthful, balanced reporting.

President Aquino was earlier slammed by some sectors and lawmakers over his tirade against what he believed to be shortcomings in the media, and his stand on the Freedom Of Information bill.

Coloma said the Aquino administration is a government that practices transparency.

Under the Aquino administration, freedom of speech is stronger, he added.

The proposed bill seeks to lift the secrecy surrounding government transactions and documents, and allow for more transparency. The measure is aimed at rooting out corruption and promoting good governance.

Coloma said Malacañang has already submitted its version of the bill to Congress.*GPB

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