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.
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