DFA Sec. Locsin to Ressa : “Stop being a crybaby. Real journalists were like me: real men”

DFA Sec. Locsin to Ressa : “Stop being a crybaby. Real journalists were like me: real men”

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary and a veteran journalist himself Teodoro Boy Locsin, Jr.  weighs in the conviction of Rappler chief executive officer (CEO)/founder Maria Ressa and finds the latter to be too dramatic just because of losing her case.
“O, give it a rest. It was a libel suit. I faced a few of those and lost a few. I didn’t cry suppression. I just paid up. And kept on publishing the best newspaper in the history of post martial law journalism bar none,” said FA Sec. Locsin on Twitter.

The DFA Secretary was a former publisher and editor-in-chief of Today Newspaper (1993–2005) and publisher of Philippine Free Press.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary  Teddy Boy Locsin Jr and Maria Ressa
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“Stop being a crybaby. Real journalists were like me: real men,” added Locsin.
Ressa seems to be milking the situation because her conviction although it was pursued by a private citizen has sent a media blitz as different international media entities have been condemning the Philippine judiciary system after the verdict found her and a former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr.
Locsin said instead of blaming the Judge of branch 36 of the Regional trial Court in Manila she should blame her lousy defense, most especially her refusal to take the stand and defend her decision not to take down the controversial article as against the businessman Wilfred Keng.

“If you don’t show up in court to proffer evidence in your defense, judge has no choice but base her judgment on evidence preferred—by the prosecution. This is the rule everywhere except among gorillas in the mist where guile & strength carry the day. Sorry but we are not monkeys,” said Locsin.
“In the private case for libel filed by a private individual and conducted with private prosecutors, Maria Ressa did not present any evidence preferring to depend on the like-minded in media. No wonder she said she was prepared for the verdict. I guess she won’t appeal either,” he added.

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