Duterte has nothing to do with SEC ruling vs Rappler, says Palace

Duterte has nothing to do with SEC ruling vs Rappler, says Palace

In Thailand, the military is putting greater pressure on news outlets that publish critical stories.

She added: "This is a moment we will say we stand for press freedom".

"If the President wanted to do that, he could have just sent the Armed Forces to their offices and padlock them which has been done by other regimes". "No one is above the law", he said. "It is neither 100% control by the Filipino stockholders, nor is it 0% control by the foreigner PDR holders". "Rappler must comply", Roque, a human rights lawyer before he accepted the offer of Malacanang Palace as the presidential spokesman.

"The President found it unfair for Maria Ressa to claim violation freedom of the press when according to him, Rappler has been very active [in] criticizing individuals for violating the Constitution and the laws of the land and it turns out it is by itself violating the Constitution", he said. "Look at yourself first" before dishing out criticisms. "It is neither 100 percent control by the Filipino stockholders, nor is it 0 percent control by the foreign PDR holders", the SEC decision said.

Parliamentarians from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) slammed the ruling of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the license of social news network Rappler.

The SEC found that the PDRs' documentation had a provision that required Rappler's stockholders to get the approval of "2/3 of all issued and outstanding PDRs" for major corporate decisions.

"This is pure and simple harassment, the seeming coup de grace to the relentless and malicious attacks against us since 2016", Rappler's website said. The news site said it only has two foreign investors: Omidyar Network and North Base Media, neither of which have ownership shares or role in the company.

Rappler said it was warned as early as December that a ruling against it was going to be made, but said it had been confident that the SEC would eventually rule in its favor.

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Duterte has also publicly attacked other media outlets including the Philippine Daily Inquirer and leading television broadcaster ABS-CBN, whose application for a franchise renewal he threatened to block.

"We intend to not only contest this through all legal processes available to us, but also to fight for our freedom to do journalism and for your right to be heard through an independent platform like Rappler", Rappler wrote in response to news of the SEC's decision.

Widespread protests from here and overseas on Tuesday greeted a government agency's decision to shut down a media outfit that has been critical of the Duterte administration, pointing out the move aimed to stifle press freedom as guaranteed by the Constitution. The revocation of its registration is tantamount to a closure order.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said it was "outraged" by the decision. "We call on all Filipino journalists to unite and resist every and all attempts to silence us". The SEC said: "The document is a private one, not subscribed before a notary or a Philippine Consulate".

But Rappler's existence remains challenged by outstanding issues about its foreign investments that the SEC decision has raised.

The loss of "truth-telling" press freedom and democracy was at stake, it warned. Rappler has been fearless in holding those in power to account, including by consistently criticising the government's murderous "war on drugs".

The President, at the inauguration of new air traffic management systems at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in Pasay City, was entertaining questions from the media when he learned that a reporter from Rappler would asked a question.



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