Freedom of expression ain’t affected by Ressa’s cyber libel conviction – Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

Freedom of expression ain’t affected by Ressa’s cyber libel conviction – Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)




The constitutional right of all Filipinos to freedom of expression remains intact.
This is according to Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Domingo Egon Cayosa after a Manila Regional Trial Court branch 36 rendered a conviction to both Rappler chief executive officer (CEO) and founder Maria Ressa and its former reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr. of cyberlibel.


“The decision of the trial court should not deter media or any citizen from seeking the truth nor diminish our freedom of expression or any of our constitutional rights,” he said in a statement.
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“It should nevertheless remind us to responsibly exercise our rights with due regard for others,” he added.
Cayosa, admitted the need for “the case highlight the need for CLARITY in our laws to leave less room for interpretation or misapplication and fortify our courage to uphold the rule of law.”
Other that that, Cayosa said the parties were “given the chance to present evidence and argue their respective sides.”

“The facts are simple and straightforward. Procedural due process was observed and the trial court promptly issued its decision. The accused were allowed bail pending appeal,” he noted.



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