- Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t appreciate the United States meddling with the case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the US interference showed that they do not respect and trust the judiciary of the Philippines
- US State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus earlier expressed his concern over the conviction of Ressa and called for a resolution
Malacañang said that it wouldn’t allow the United States to interfere in Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s cy
ber li bel case.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte does not appreciate the United States meddling with Ressa’s case after a Manila court gave a
guil ty verdict against Ressa and researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr.
“Mayroon po kaming gumaganang sistemang legal, bumalik na po sana yung init ng pagkakaibigan ng Amerika (at Pilipinas) itong mga punang ito ay hindi po nakakatulong sa pagkakaibigan ng Pilipinas at Amerika. Dahil puwede pong isipin ng Presidente, itong panghihimasok, ito po ay isang hatol na hindi katiwa-tiwala ang mga hukuman sa Pilipinas at hindi naman po tatanggapin ng ating Presidente yan,” Roque said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer.
Roque also assured that the judicial system in the country is working well. He said the critics who are accusing the government of meddling with judicial affairs are vi
ctims of bad journalism.
“Gumagana po ang ating mga institusyon dito, at tama po ang desisyon ng ating hukuman,” Roque said in an interview with PTV.
“Ako po ay maninindigan bilang officer of the court, dedepensahan ko po ang hukuman na gumawa ng desisyon na ‘yan. Kasalanan n’yo po na you had bad journalism and bad legal defense kaya kayo ay na-convic
t,” he continued.
This came after US State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus earlier expressed his concern over the conviction of Ressa. He called for a resolution “in a way that reinforces the US and Philippines’ long shared commitment to freedom of expression, including for members of the press.”