NOBEL PRIZE AWARDEE Maria Ressa blames Duterte gov’t for her cyber libel rap



Rappler founder Maria Ressa on Tuesday, October 12, stood firm on her claim the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte was behind the cyberlibel crime filed against her even as she thanked Malacanang for congratulating her for winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for journalism.

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is escorted by police after posting bail in Pasig Regional Trial Court on March 29, 2019.

Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov won the 2021 Nobel prize for braving the “wrath of their respective governments to expose corruption and misrule.”

“I suppose thank you and then what I didn’t appreciate is almost hand in hand it came with a hit,” Ressa said of the Malacañang statement congratulating her for her award.

However, Ressa spiced up the thank you with a sour note relating to the cyberlibel rap filed against her..

“Hand in hand with that (congratulation) was this reminder, which is a lie… that the cyberlibel complaint is filed by an individual and what the government repeatedly refuses to say is that it takes a government to actually file a criminal case, ” she said.

“So this is the government’s case, it’s the Department of Justice’s, it is their decision. So they should really own it. So thanks, but not thanks, ” Ressa said.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said in a virtual press briefing,that the Palace is congratulating Ressa but slammed the journalist for her claim about government being behind the libel case.

The criminal liability of Maria Ressa remains pending in our courts and we leave it to our courts,” Roque said. Ressa is on bail from a libel rap filed by a businessman.

Roque said Ressa still has to clear her name before the Philippine court.

“In fact, she’s a convicted felon for cyber libel in the Philippines and faces other cases in the Philippines and that’s for the court to decide,” he said.

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.”

Roque said press freedom in the Philippines is alive “and the proof is the Nobel prize award given to Maria Ressa.”

CHR chair Chito Gascon dies from Covid-19

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson  Jose Luis Nartin “Chito” Gascon has died due to COVID-19.

“At a time of unprecedented human rights challenges, Chair Chito courageously and steadfastly upheld the constitutional mandate of the Commission. Amidst the unrelenting attacks against the institution and to him personally, he was unwavering and unflinching in fighting for the universal values of freedom, truth, and justice that are essential in the pursuit of human rights. He was undaunting in the fight for human rights, rule of law, and democracy out of deep reverence to the equal rights and dignity of all.,” CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement on Saturday, October 9. READ MORE

READ MORE: Gascon was appointed CHR chair in 2015

UN mourns passing of CHR chief Gascon

MANILA–The United Nations Philippines sent its sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon who passed away on Saturday morning due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) complications.“The human rights… Read More

DUTERTE dlams ICC for fabricated evidence on Davao Death Squad link

To prepare defense vs criminal court claim

 President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to prepare for his defense for the full-blown investigation that will be conducted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the crimes against humanity allegedly committed in his administration’s drug war.

He made the remark acknowledging how the public wanted him to retire from politics.

Tanggap ko ang husga ng taongbayan. Simple lang, ayaw nila ako maglaro pa ng politka. Gusto nila umuwi na ako sa Davao at maghintay ako sa maraming dada ng dada diyan. I will prepare for my defense na yung ICC na ‘yan (I accept the judgment of the people. It’s simple, they don’t want me to play politics. They want me to return to Davao and wait for people to talk. I will prepare for my defense for the ICC),” he said in a late night public address.

He, however, warned the ICC against fabricating evidence against him.

Huwag lang kayo mag(sinungaling). Kung totoo lang. Tutal may record naman. Huwag kayo magimbento na yung namatay ng malaria diyan icha-charge ninyo sa akin. Kalokohan na ‘yan. Hindi na justice ang hinahanap ninyo niyan (Don’t lie. Just rely on evidence. There are records. Do not fabricate to the point that you charge me over those who died of malaria. That’s nonsense. It might not be justice you’re seeking),” he added. Read More

Vax rollout for minors to prioritize kids with comorbidities

MANILA – Pediatric vaccination will start among 12-17 years old with comorbidities as part of the A3 priority group, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Wednesday.In a news release, the agency said expanding the va

DICTATOR’S SON wants to be the next President of the Philippines

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos has been endorsed by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL ) as its presidential candidate in next year’s elections.

Bongbong Marcos for presidency

The 64-year-old Marcos lost the vice presidential race in 2016 to Vice President Leni Robredo and protested the results claiming he was cheated.

Marcos’ protest had been junked by the Supreme Court.

A coalition of victims of martial law expressed disgust at the possible presidential bid of Marcos.

“Bongbong’s run is a mad attempt for the Marcoses to return and restore their power and rule on a country pillaged and violated during Marcos’ martial law,” the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (Carmma) said in a statement.

The group said Marcos’ political positioning was meant “to further evade accountability for their crimes, and to promote the historical lies that they have perpetuated.”

“It is also a form of direct support for Duterte’s continuation of his murderous rule, with the Marcoses serving as among his closest allies throughout his administration ridden with countless allegations of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations, corruption and anti-people governance, and subservience to foreign interests,” Carmma said.

DUTERTE to welcome refugees fleeing conflict-affected areas

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (Sept. 22) said the country welcomes Afghan and Rohingya refugees fleeing conflict-affected areas.

“The Philippines, in line with its longstanding humanitarian tradition, has opened its doors to Afghan nationals, especially women and children, fleeing from conflict,” he said in his speech during the United Nations General Assembly.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, delivers his speech during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level General Debate on Sept. 22, 2021. In line with the longstanding humanitarian tradition, the President announced that the Philippines has opened its door to Afghan nationals, especially women and children, fleeing from conflict. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

“As one global community, we must do our utmost to help the Afghan people and all those who continue to suffer,” he added.

Many Afghan nationals are fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country following the pullout of the U.S. military presence there after 20 years.

The President also welcomed Rohingya refugees.

“For the Rohingyas, I have instructed our Department of Justice (DOJ) to work closely with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees to prepare a cooperation program for a specific number of Rohingyas, consistent with our capacities,” he said.

“The Philippines has limited resources during these extraordinary times. But what we can do for humanity and to uplift human dignity, we will,” he added.

The Rohingya, who number about one million, are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The country does not recognize them as citizens nor consider them among the country’s 135 ethnic groups. The group has suffered many displacement crises over the decades, the most recent in 2017. 

ROQUE: No way ICC can probe alleged drug war crimes


Malacañang is firm that the Philippines will not allow the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct investigations on the country’s internal affairs under its sovereign laws.In his Palace press briefing on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said only the… Read More

ROQUE: No evidence linking Duterte to Davao Death Squad

 September 20, 2021, 4:15 pm

MANILA – Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said there is no proof linking former Davao City mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte to the vigilante killings led by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) in his hometown.”I investigated the Davao Death Squads. I concluded, that while the… Read More

ENRILE wants ICC declared persona non grata

CallS on the Filipinos to defend President Rodrigo Duterte from critics and detractors supporting the ICC’s probe into his administration’s drug war.

 September 19, 2021

MANILA – Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the International Criminal Court (ICC) probers should not be allowed to enter the Philippines to conduct a formal investigation into the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.“Pag punta dito, dapat wag papasukin sa bansa… Read More

Duterte unfazed by ICC probe

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 September 16, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte remains unfazed by the latest move of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a formal investigation into his crackdown on illegal drugs, Malacañang said on Thursday.In an online press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said… Read More