DESPITE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, criminal liability of Maria Ressa remains pending in Philippine courts 

Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize ‘not a slap’ on government

MANILA – Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize award is “not a slap” on the government’s face as “no one has ever been censored in the Philippines,” Malacañang said on Monday.”Certainly not. It is not a slap on the government. It was made by private individuals in Norway. We respect their decision but as I said, criminal liability of Maria Ressa remains pending in our courts and we leave it to our courts on that fate,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said he said in a virtual Palace press briefing.

Ressa is the first Filipino recipient of the prestigious citation. She was also the first woman to receive this year’s Nobel Prize award.

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Roque congratulated Ressa, noting that the award is “a victory for a Filipina.”

“And we’re very happy for that kasi wala namang utak talangka dito sa Malacañang (because no one here in Malacañang has a crab mentality),” he said. “There is no slap [on the government] there because as everyone knows, no one has ever been censored in the Philippines.”

Roque, however, said Ressa still has to clear her name before the Philippine court.  Read More

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