IBP: NSC embarrassed Duterte gov't with baseless bid to shut down websites

25/06/2022 4:20:00 PM

'The NSC’s letter-request, bereft of legal basis, only serves to embarrass the outgoing administration and, with less than eight days before the inauguration, tie the hands of its successor,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

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'The NSC’s letter-request, bereft of legal basis, only serves to embarrass the outgoing administration and, with less than eight days before the inauguration, tie the hands of its successor,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines .

'The NSC’s letter-request, bereft of legal basis, only serves to embarrass the outgoing administration and, with less than eight days before the inauguration, tie the hands of its successor,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

IBP issued the statement in response to the decision of the NTC to take down 28 websites, upon the request of the NSC, after the latter linked them to the New People’s Army and the Communist Party of the Philippines.In its request to the NTC, the NSC merely claimed that the websites were linked to the CPP and NPA, citing the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) as basis for the request even though the groups behind the websites have not been designated as terrorist groups.

“This baseless order endangers not only the liberty of the press, but also the legitimate activities of human rights advocates and other progressive groups. The NTC’s order silenced nuns, priests, and reporters. Are lawyers next? Will the IBP’s website be shuttered for aiding those at the margins of society if some of them are tagged as ‘affiliates’?” the IBP said in its statement.

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In its request to the NTC, the NSC merely claimed that the websites were linked to the CPP and NPA, citing the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) as basis for the request even though the groups behind the websites have not been designated as terrorist groups. “This baseless order endangers not only the liberty of the press, but also the legitimate activities of human rights advocates and other progressive groups. We are continuously taking action against malicious rumors that started on YouTube. The NTC’s order silenced nuns, priests, and reporters. Rappler reporter Dwight de Leon chronicles Duterte’s activities as he makes the most out of his last days in the Palace. Are lawyers next? Will the IBP’s website be shuttered for aiding those at the margins of society if some of them are tagged as ‘affiliates’?” the IBP said in its statement. According to Korean entertainment website Soompi , news spread online that RM was said to get married to a non-celebrity. Must Read Legitimate, progressive, or foreign-based: The websites Esperon sought to block in PH The IBP added, “The NSC’s letter-request, bereft of legal basis, only serves to embarrass the outgoing administration and, with less than eight days before the inauguration, tie the hands of its successor. Nothing is spending.

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