The ANC Brief: Ressa guilty


Posted at Jun 16 2020 05:00 AM

Justice or a blow to press freedom in the country? Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

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Chilling effect
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and a former researcher were found guilty of cyber libel. In a press conference after the verdict was handed down, Ressa appealed to journalists and the public to protect our rights. Lawyers for businessman William Keng, who filed the case against Ressa and the others for allegedly smearing his reputation in a 2012 article, said their client has been vindicated.

No decision yet
As of this writing, President Duterte has yet to announce whether Metro Manila will stay under general quarantine (GCQ) or under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Meanwhile, the Department of Health said it is expanding its testing to cover barangay health workers, social workers and vulnerable persons like pregnant women.

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Completely compliant
Rep. Edcel Lagman said the networks PDRs were "completely compliant" with the Constitution and are not a scheme to go around the rules. In Monday's congressional hearing on the network's franchise, the network's legal counsel Arecio Rendor stressed that the Lopez family never sold or surrendered the company after it was taken from them when martial law was declared.

More expensive
As the Palace faced criticism over the plan to tax online sellers which are providing an important service during the lockdown, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said taxing online sellers started in the previous administration. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said government might end up spending more for the audit and administrative costs of monitoring the sellers than the revenue collected.

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Youth movement
The Gen Y and Z viral revolution may not be your parents' protest rally, but it’s effective nonetheless. They’re sending a message, one meme at a time.