Maria Ressa Guilty Verdict: Palace Releases Statement

Here’s the statement from the Palace on Maria Ressa guilty verdict

Maria Ressa Guilty Verdict – The Malacanang Palace, through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque released this statement regarding the court’s decision against the Rappler CEO.

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On June 15, Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46, issued the guilty verdict against the chief executive of the online news company.

This is due to the cyber libel case against Ressa that businessman Wilfredo Keng filed against her. The camp of the latter reiterated that the decision of the court against the Rappler CEO has not violated the press freedom.

As the present administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has been constantly criticized by Rappler, the question surfaced if he has something to do with the court’s verdict versus Ressa.

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Based on the recent Twitter post of GMA reporter and Malacanang correspondent Joseph Morong, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque answered this.

According to Roque, the decision of the court must be respected. He also stressed that the Chief Executive of the Philippines never did file a libel case against anyone.

“Hindi po ang administaryon ni Pres. Duterte ang nagsulong ng cyberlibel act, ang administrasyon po ni dating Pangulong Noynoy Aquino,” the Presidential Spokesperson said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered the highest approval rating of 80 percent and trust rating of 82 percent among the country’s top five national officials as the latest Pulse Asia survey showed.. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Based on the information online, the Cybercrime Law, which aims to address legal issues happening online and on the internet in the Philippines, was approved on September 12, 2012.

However, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on October 9, 2012, that stopped the implementation of the Act for 120 days. It was extended on February 5, 2013.

Harry Roque also said that the President is not the entity behind the “panunupil ng malayang pamamahayag” following Maria Ressa guilty verdict.

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