Teddy Locsin takes down Rappler for wanting blanket immunity from libel cases:'Not even Kings were so entitled'




Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin Jr / compiled photo from Politiko and CNN Ph (ctto)


Veteran journalist Teddyboy Locsin, now the Department of Foreign Affairs secretary has slammed Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for using the victim card over her arrest last February 13.

Locsin, in a tweet, criticize Rappler for thinking that all media entities should be exempted from legal retaliation by the subjects of their write-ups.



“Rappler outcry proposes that journalists are entitled not just to Presidential immunity from suit during tenure but blanket immunity from so much as a hint of suspicion of wrongdoing let alone accusation of a crime. Not even Kings were so entitled as shown by their beheadings,” Locsin twitted

In another tweet, the Foreign Affairs secretary hinted that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa could be guilty of “aiding and abetting” illegal drugs even she sincerely criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

“In Marxist legal theory, one who, out of sincerest conviction, stands in the way of or discredits reforms (such as the total extermination of the drug trade) is objectively guilty of aiding and abetting the said criminal activity,” said Locsin

Ressa has maintained her claim that government orchestrated attacks against her, as Rappler has always been critical to the current administration.

She was arrested by NBI agents at the Rappler office in Pasig City, rooted from a revived complaint by a businessman named Wifredo Keng, over what he called as a “defamatory” article written by one of Rappler’s researchers and posted on May 29, 2012.


Keng reportedly asked Rappler to take the article down but was instead updated in 2014 due to minor errors.


Source: Politiko



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