- Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was arrested due to the cyber libel charges filed against her
- Many known Pinoy personalities shared their opinions regarding Ressa’s arrest
- Some of them thought that the arrest was a form of “harassment” to the press
Most of the Filipinos were surprised with the sudden arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa at the headquarters of her news agency. KAMI learned that many known celebrities, artists, and politicians have shared their opinion regarding the journalist’s arrest.
Through Twitter, Kapamilya broadcaster Karen Davila said that the government should be investigating suspected criminals and not the press.
She also added that Ressa’s arrest was “clear harassment.”
Another Kapamilya journalist, Ces Drilon, shared on Twitter that she supports Ressa in this battle.
Actor and artist Bart Guingona said that arresting Ressa while former first lady Imelda Marcos is still out for something is a “Kalokohang malaki.”
Actor Juan Miguel Severo said that he is one with the press and with the Rappler CEO.
Actress Chai Fonacier also expressed her thoughts about Ressa’s arrest and the “attack” on press freedom.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan shared on Twitter that the arrest was “a clear case of the powerful harassing those whose duty is to keep them in check.”
Vice President Leni Robredo said that they “denounce this in the strongest terms.”
In a previous report by KAMI, Ressa was arrested on Wednesday over the cyber libel charges against her due to an article that Rappler published in 2012. Ressa was arrested when she was still in the headquarters of Rappler.
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