Palace says Pres. Duterte supports press freedom after Maria Ressa’s conviction

Palace says Pres. Duterte supports press freedom after Maria Ressa’s conviction

- The Palace has given thoughts regarding the earlier verdict of the court regarding the case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque maintained that President Rodrigo Duterte supports free speech and press freedom in the country

- Roque also said that the President never sued a journalist, even those who criticized him

- He recalled that President Duterte once supported a broadcaster in Davao who faced a libel case

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The Palace has commented over the court’s verdict that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was guilty of violating the Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

KAMI learned that Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insisted that President Rodrigo Duterte still supports the free speech and press freedom in the country.

In a report by the Inquirer (authored by Darryl John Esguerra), Roque also explained that the President never sued a journalist, even those who criticized him.

“Naniniwala po siya sa malayang pag-iisip at pananalita at ang paninindigan nya ang taong gobyerno ay hindi dapat onion-skinned kinakailangan hinaharap ang pula ng taumbayan, lalo na kung ito ay nanggagaling sa ating media,” the Presidential Spokesperson said.

"Suportado po ni Pangulong Duterte ang malayang pananalita at malayang pamamahayag," he added.

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Roque also shared that the President once supported a Davao-based broadcaster named Alexander Adonis who faced a libel case. The libel case was filed by Prospero Nograles, who was a political rival of Mayor Duterte.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the Manila Regional Trial Court found Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. “guilty” of cyberlibel.

The case stemmed from the complaint of Wilfredo Keng, claiming that an article was written by Rappler in 2012 “maligned” his reputation and character.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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