READ: Netizen writes open letter to Roque regarding "Legitimate Media"

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque created a turmoil among the DDS supporters and bloggers after giving his statement addressing the real value of 'legitimate media'.


One of the DDS supporters, Mark Lopez wrote an open letter for Roque emphasizing the real sentiment of the DDS against mainstream media.

Lopez said the mainstream media or legitimate media see themselves as high and might when it comes to mass communication and disseminating information citing Rappler Founder and Chairman Maria Ressa and her statement about the legitimate journalism.

"Eto kasi yun eh - sobra kasi taas ng tingin ng MSM sa sarili nila na sila lang ang may K pagdating sa mass communication and information dissemination... Di ba nga kaya nagbitaw pa si Maria Ressa na “it’s time to take back the internet” dahil ultimo dito sa emergence ng social media as a platform dapat domain din ng mga “legit” journo like her," said Lopez in his post.

The netizen reminded Roque that this is the turning point wherein he is being misguided saying the ordinary citizens are now enabled and empowered for expressing themselves and they are entitled for their own opinion.

"Kaming mga ordinaryong citizens eh nagising na sa aming slumber when it comes to masscom. Maalam na kami that we now have the power to express our selves and our opinions in a manner that greatly changes the way media is now being utilized. Kumikilatis na kami ngayon at nagmamasid, at hindi na kami basta basta ngayon sasakay sa banat ng MSM dahil sinusuri na namin ito at binabalangkas kung may pinababoran o may tinatago o may gustong ibang palabasin. Marunong na kami Spox...hindi mo na kami kelangan lecturan o turuan," he added.

Mark on the other hand reminded Harry about his job description which is to lay the cards and explain the ideas of the government and not to lecture the bloggers.

"Nagkakamali ka Spox kung ikakahon mo lang kami na DDS lang na mga mangmang o sunod sunuran lang sa agos... Malaki na naipundar namin sa laban na ito Spox. Ikaw nga eh hindi ka naman original sa hanay namin and bagong salta ka lang... Mahirap naman yang sasabihan mo pa kami na kami ang mag adjust sa “legitimate” media," he concluded.

As to this writing, Lopez' post has already generated 2000 reactions from netizens.

Below is Lopez' full Facebook post: