Panelo criticizes Ressa's press freedom cover

Panelo criticizes Ressa's press freedom cover

Charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is piling up.
The most recent is for violation of the anti-Dummy law to which she has already posted bail for he momentary freedom.
In the mix of her arrest, she keeps on harping that the freedom of the press is being trampled upon.  

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (photo credit to owner)

Malacanang Palace slammed Maria Ressa for always saying in her media interviews that what has happened to her is a violation of  press freedom, and that she is invoking such right in her attacks in the government.
Presidential spokesperson atty. Salvador Panelo said that Ressa cannot forever use freedom of the press as an excuse, most especially if her transgressions with the law has nothing to so of her job as a journalist.
She was arrested last week for allegedly violating the Anti Dummy Law, in connection with the real ownership of her company.
 She paid P90,000  bail at the Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 265.
Ressa claims that her freedom of the press is under siege in the country, saying the government is harassing journalist lie her.
“She cannot forever hide behind the freedom of the press every time she commits what probably is a transgression of law as determined by the investigating prosecutor and the judge handling her case,” Panelo said.
Panelo, chides Ressa adding that she wants special treatment owing to her being a journalist and uses her profrssion to shield her from accountability of a wrongdoing that she could be guilty of.
And Ressa instead focus on her defenses instead of  convincing others that she is being harassed by the government.
“Instead of fomenting disrespect to the duly-constituted authorities and using her journalistic talent to spread her twisted and pretentious advocacy, she should focus on her defense and be truthful on her present situation,” Panelo said.

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