“all discussions came at the instigation of departmental officials and they led discussions with respect to contract and program parameters.”
MANILA – Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat (PHRCS) Undersecretary Severo Catura on Monday night cautioned against the politicization of human rights, particularly of press freedom, in relation to the cyber libel conviction of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa. During an online program “Biblia at Politika”, Catura said politicizing human rights could weaken societal structures and...
"The Philippines has continuously discharged its obligations to punish violations of human rights. We have legislation and mechanisms against torture and enforced disappearances, laws to enforce international humanitarian law, and penal laws that have been crafted to protect and promote human rights as enshrined in our Constitution,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
“In reality, it is a case of accountability,” he said, referring to the case of Ressa and Santos.
Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa on Monday convicted Ressa and Santos of cyber libel and sentenced them to imprisonment ranging from six months and one day to six years.
Under RA 11469, people who are peddling false news about Covid-19 pandemic could face a two-month jail sentence or a fine ranging from PHP10,000 to PHP1 million, or both.
Nevertheless, the Philippines has a “working, independent and functioning" justice system