Univ. of the Philippines Prof, calls PH press "too free"

Univ. of the Philippines Prof, calls PH press "too free"

The Philippines have always taken pride that in Asia we are a democratic state.

The recent 1 day visit of the United States of America State Secretary Michael Pompeo raised the issue and importance of protecting rights and liberties of all Filipinos, including free speech, a free press, and due process under the law, when he got the chance to meet with our own Department of Foreign Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr. for thie bilateral meeting.
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Political analyst and University of the Philippines professor Clarita Carlos made a statement that the press in the country is "too free and almost licentious."

"As you can see in all media, in social media, in print, broadcast, in radio, one can use (say) all sorts of bad things to the President and other leaders and one does not go to jail. I'm sure they cannot do that in other countries," Professor Carlos said.
Last month, the US Embassy in Manila issued a statement stressing an importance on the need for due process on the cyber libel case against Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa, a US citizen.
Professor Carlos said with respect to Maria Ressa’s case.
 "has little to do with free press but has a lot to do with the organization."

"I think you should point that out to foreign people who are making that kind of remarks," Carlos said.

Maria Ressa is a US Citizen

Veteran Journalist of The Manila Times in his February 18, 2019 article titled : “Maria Ressa is an American, bashing the Philippines salvaged her distressed career” .


We will quote some of the paragraphs Mr. Tiglao wote in his article, and it will pertain to Ressa and her status as being a US citizen and the reaction of the US embassy in Manila.

US embassy
Right after Ressa was arrested, the US embassy issued a statement — a rare one, her media outfit Rappler itself reported — which said: “We hope the charge against journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa will be resolved quickly in accordance with relevant Philippine law and international standards of due process.”
The statement was not due to US concerns over a purported attack on the press, as Rappler implied. It was simply because Ressa is a US citizen, and US embassies are required to publicly express concern over a high-profile citizen being arrested and charged in local courts.

“Ressa became a US citizen shortly after her family migrated to the US in 1973, and swore the oath of allegiance required of naturalized Americans

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