Its a "mistake" to include Ressa in Time Magazine one of influential woman - Panelo

Its a "mistake" to include Ressa in Time Magazine one of influential woman - Panelo

Malacanang Palace through Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo believes that international magazine Time Magazine made a “mistake” in giving the recognition to Ms. Maria Ressa the current chief executive officer of Rappler as “most influential women in the past century.”
Time Magazine in its March special edition featured 100 Women of the Year, honored Ressa being part of that exclusive list.

Sought for comment, Atty. Panelo said: “You can be correct all the time, (but) mistakes happen. Maybe this is one of them.”

(screen grabbed from Time Magazine website)

Panelo, nevertheless, said the Malacanang respects Time Magazine’s recognition of Ressa as one of the most influential women around the world.
“If that is the perception of those who measure her, eh 'di wala tayong magagawa (we cannot do anything about it). Ganyan talaga (It happens). She's a good journalist, as far as I am concerned, except that she cannot go anywhere beyond her biases,” he said.
Time Magazine, in its introduction of the 100 Women of the Year project, said it is “spotlighting influential women who were often overshadowed.”

Maria Ressa was named “Person of the Year” in 2018, along with former Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Ho, and the newspaper Capital Gazette.
Ressa, who is facing several criminal charges before Philippine courts, has branded the cases as harassment for Rappler’s supposed critical reporting of President Duterte and his government.
Malacanang in its many different press briefings, has denied Ressa’s allegation of political persecution and has called on Ressa to stop using press freedom as an excuse for her arrest.
The palace notes despite the allegations that the Duterte administration is suppressing the press freedom, it is “very much” alive as evidenced by the continued operation of Rappler who eversince been critical to the Duterte administration.

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