Statement on the intimidation on Rappler, Maria Ressa

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The use of the strong arm of the law to go after Maria Ressa and Rappler is alarming but not surprising. From the time this administration took power, it has used every means, fair or foul, to go after those it perceives to be its enemies. The law, to them, is just another instrument to bludgeon and neutralize those who dare to speak the truth to power.

The tax evasion case against Rappler and Maria Ressa is the latest in a series of attempts to silence freedom of expression on the internet. Di na sila nakontento sa mga trolls, gusto pa nilang sakupin ang usapan sa cyberspace.

Para sa mga kabataan ngayon, naiisip niyo ba ang isang mundo kung saan kontrolado ng gobyerno ang inyong Facebook, Twitter at Instagram? Hindi ito naiiba sa ginagawa ng administrasyon kina Maria at Rappler.

We must remain vigilant. We cannot let this administration take away our right to free speech and to a free press.

- Atty. Chel Diokno

Abe Diokno