By Raïssa Robles
Hmmm. You’d think it was the President of the Philippines testifying.
I’ll skip this one and cover it live on TV, Twitter, Senate Livestream and Facebook.
I can see the goings on better that way.
And to think, as Senator Jinggoy Estrada put it, tagadala lang si Ruby Tuazon ng pangmeryenda ng senador – sandwiches and noodles. Hindi cash.
Pero bakit kaya naka-box ang mga sandwiches at noodles? Hindi ba usually naka-Tupperware ang pagkain?
Senate of the Philippines
MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR THE COVERAGE OF THE TESTIMONY OF RUBY TUASON BEFORE THE SENATE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE HEARING ON FEBRUARY 13
DESIGNATED AREAS FOR MEDIA PERSONNEL
Media representatives are requested to stay at their designated areas in the Plenary Hall during the official proceedings. The Padilla room will serve as Media Room, a working area for TV and radio networks, members of FOCAP and other media personalities. Setting-up of portable/makeshift TV studios is allowed only in the Media Room. All press briefings shall be conducted in this area.
- Each network shall provide its own personnel to secure its own equipment. Network personnel involved in equipment installation and operation shall wear their IDs at all times.
- Extra installation shall not be allowed beyond the designated area of the network.
Broadcast media personnel undertaking live coverage, stand-up reporting, and interviews shall be allowed only in the Media Room. INTERVIEWS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE HALLWAYS AND THE PLENARY HALL.
Media personnel must submit their equipment to a security check and secure security tags from the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) at the Security Desk (only for cameramen, photographers and those with other media equipment).
NOTE: Only Senate beat reporters will be allowed to use the Locsin room (Press office). Non-Senate beat reporters may use the Media Room. Media personnel are prohibited in the indoor parking and the 2nd floor hallway area going to the Senate lounge.
COVERAGE OF PLENARY SESSIONS AND COMMITTEE HEARINGS
Please be reminded that media interviews are enjoined not to conduct on the Floor when the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing is in progress. As a rule, absolute silence in the plenary hall must be observed during the hearing so as not to distract the proceedings while it is in progress. Media practitioners may request interviews through the pages assigned at the session hall.
In times when statements from the Senators are urgently needed, the area inside the Session hall right after the entrance and before the audio room may be used for interviews. We highly encourage media practitioners to utilize the Sumulong briefing room located near the plenary hall on the second floor for individual or group interviews.
The Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms is strictly enforcing the observance of plenary hall rules. Non-media violations such as fighting, theft and other unruly behavior will be subject to the rules and regulations to be enforced, in coordination with PRIB, by the OSAA.
Reporters who insist on doing stand-up reporting in the plenary hall while session is ongoing shall not be allowed.
NOTE: Set-up of portable or makeshift studios will not be allowed in the Sumulong room.
SET-UP AND ACCREDITATION SCHEDULE
Raffle of slots and set-up of mini studios for TV networks will start on February 12, 5:00 pm at the Padilla room. Media pass for set-up should be secured from PRIB staff at the Sumulong room.
Pre-accreditation of non-Senate media will start on February 12 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Issuance of pre-accredited one-day media pass for the hearing will start on February 12 4:00 pm. Those with media passes should have their IDs validated on February 13 starting at 7:00 am at the lobby by presenting their company IDs.
Designated parking slots for TV networks are indicated in the attached sketch (parking slot.jpg). Assigned parking slots will be available starting 12:01 am of Thursday, February 13.
Please observe proper dress code and decorum at all times. All media personnel including their technical staff will be required to follow the dress code inside the Senate building.
Male personnel are required to wear slacks, pants or suit pants, and short or long sleeved polo shirts. Female personnel are required to wear slacks, pants or suit pants, and collared shirts, blouse or classic sleeveless tops with a cardigan or jacket, or knee-length or below-the-knee casual dresses and skirts. Decent looking jeans will be allowed for both males and females (no rugged looking, ripped or torn jeans).
Footwear such as loafers, clogs, boots, flats, dress heels, and leather deck-type shoes will be allowed. Rubber shoes and slippers are strictly prohibited.