President Rodrigo Roa Duterte make an effort to updates the nation on the government’s efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City.
But the matter to muzzle the Press in Phillipines is still looms. As one tweet best explain,Philippines once had the freest press in Asia. Today, we make international news again following the administration’s attacks against the press. Tell everyone: the Duterte administration is eroding things that have given us pride.
The decision of a Manila court to convict Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and a former researcher-writer of cyber libel should be respected, Malacañang said Monday as it insisted that President Duterte is a “supporter” of press freedom and is not behind any effort to curtail press freedom in the country.
In a televised press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noted that Duterte never filed a libel complaint against journalists publishing critical news against him.
He believes in free thinking and speech and his stand is that government officials should not be too sensitive and should face the criticisms of the people, especially from the media.)
Roque also said that Duterte once supported Davao broadcaster Alexander Adonis who faced a libel case.
Adonis, a former anchorman of Bombo radio-Davao jailed for libel, challenged the country’s libel laws before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, arguing that criminal libel violates treaty obligations to promote freedom of expression.
Roque, a former human rights lawyer before joining the Duterte Cabinet, served as Adonis’ legal counsel.
The libel case was filed by then-House Speaker Davao and former first district Congressman Prospero Nograles, who was then-Mayor Duterte’s political rival after Adonis ran a series of commentaries dubbed as the “Burlesque King.”