Malacanang rejects EU Parliament’s call to drop charges versus Maria Ressa

Malacanang rejects EU Parliament’s call to drop charges versus Maria Ressa


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Malacanang will stand by the judicial system of the country as it will not heed the resolution handed down by the European Union ( EU) parliament as they are calling for the dropping of charges against the veteran journalist- Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in a statement said the tax evasion cases, alleged anti-dummy and securities code violations, and cyber libel complaints against Ressa and Rappler are “founded on the Philippines’ jurisprudence and Constitution.”

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The statement from Malacanang is  a reaction to the EU parliament which callsd for the dropping of the “politically motivated” charges against Ressa and ex-Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. as it sounded the alarm over “deteriorating level of press freedom” in the Philippines.

“The freedom of expression and press freedom has never been and will never be curtailed by the Duterte administration. This as we continue to promote our shared democratic ideals with the international community,” Andanar said.

“In fact, the Philippines continues to enjoy a plurality of voices, expression, opinions, and beliefs; hence, the continued operations of Rappler and Ms. Ressa’s pursuit for self-justification in response to their legal obligations,” he added.

Last June, A Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) convicted Ressa and Santos for cyber libel over the complaint filed in 2017 by Filipino-Chinese businessman Wilfredo Keng.

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