Senator Poe to AFP : Democracy needs reds, blues, yellows to flourish

Senator Poe to AFP : Democracy needs reds, blues, yellows to flourish

 

Senator Grace Poe has given her take on the issue of the alleged red tagging being done by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

She urges the different government official concern for a free flow of ideas which she said are essential for a democratic country like ours.

“We have to provide democratic space for ideas to contend, for as long as it is done peacefully. I think that for political discourse to be rich, it should represent all colors in the flag—red, blue, yellow, white,” Poe said at the Senate committee hearing on national defense and security on the red-tagging of personalities in show business.

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She cited Article 3, Section 4 of the Constitution, which states, “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”

The lady senator cited the aid Constitutional provision which extends such protection even if such idea does not conform with the majority.

“Everyone has a right to pursue an ideology and should not be penalized for harboring thoughts. But when one uses or endorses the use of violence to promote or enforce that ideology, it crosses the line and it is illegal,” Poe said.

“People look for the motive instead of the message. End of discussion na kaagad. Debates don’t get elevated. More often, it is a race to the gutter,” Poe said.

“The problem with labels, whether one is called a communist or a fascist, is that it sweeps the message under the rug. The problem with identity marking is that it suppresses debate on an idea. Sarado na kaagad ang isip. It is an attempt to automatically disenfranchise people,” Poe said.

 

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