- Former Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III aired out his sentiments on the guilty verdict handed down on Maria Ressa
- The former President could not help but compare Mocha Uson's fake news, justified as "honest mistake" and Maria Ressa's work as a journalist, reporting facts and events
- Aquino went on and mulled at how the judge was able to reach the guilty verdict and how she concluded the presence of malice in the story
- "Si Mocha Uson, nung nag-post tungkol sa mga PPEs, which turned out to be fake news, ang sabi 'honest mistake'"
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Former Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has reacted to the conviction of Maria Ressa in the cyber libel case filed against her and a former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr.
Aquino mulled over the disparity between Mocha Uson who unleashed fake news and Maria Ressa's journalistic work.
As per Rappler, such a thought crossed the former President's mind after he read the decision of Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa on the chief executive of the news outfit.
In a phone interview by Rappler Tuesday, Aquino stated:
"Si Mocha Uson, nung nag-post tungkol sa mga PPEs, which turned out to be fake news, ang sabi ‘honest mistake.’ Kinuha din nya sa Star yung picture. Hanggang dun na lang? Yung isa, convicted."
He added, "It’s not clear to me how the judge was able to reach the conclusion that there was malice in the story."
Aside from this, Aquino also stated that "perhaps the enforcement of the law must focus on the purveyors of fake news who do not attempt to get the other side."
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The former President was the one who signed the cybercrime law. He said that the law was signed to focus on purveyors of fake news.
"It was in this context that this law was signed. We believe that this is a law that can be used to go after trolls who make posts without basis."
In a previous KAMI report, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) summoned Mocha Uson regarding the fake news concerning PPEs.
Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is a Filipino politician who served as the Philippines' 16th president. His presidency was known for its "Daang Matuwid" campaign, and for a booming Philippine economy.
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