Several student publications deplore the incident, reiterating Filipinos’ freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.
Several student publications deplore the incident, reiterating Filipinos’ freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution
Updated 7:06 PM, April 06, 2020MANILA, Philippines – Several student publications and councils were up in arms after University of the East's (UE)The Dawn“forced” to apologize publiclyfor “misusing” his social media accounts.Molo had earlier written a Facebook post criticizing the government’s efforts in handling the coronavirus pandemic in the country. This drew the ire of 3 of his former teachers from Cabiao National High School in Cabiao, Nueva Ecjija.
By Sunday, April 5, the teachers filed a complaint against Molo at the barangay level for allegedly posting libelous remarks online. They supposedly demanded that Molo release a public apology and sign a waiver that he won’t talk ill of the government again, or face arrest and detention.
Molo agreed to the terms and posted an apology video, but this was later taken down following a request from one of his former teachers.Several student publications deplored the incident, reiterating Filipinos’ freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.
The Dawnsided with their editor in chief, condemning the actions against Molo “in the strongest possible terms.” They added that Filipinos like Molo should not be threatened and intimidated for holding government officials accountable."Preventing someone from expressing his or her opinion on matters such as grievances against the government is an act of oppression. We, the members of the UE Dawn, strongly believe that to criticize the government is a right of every Filipino," they said.
Clamping down dissentJourn.assortedge, the campus journalism arm of Assortedge, highlighted the need to protect Filipinos’ right to free expression, pointing out how Molo is just one of many citizens who are subjected to intimidation for voicing out their opinion against the government.
“At this time of test, we need to protect Filipino citizens’ right to free expression as well as their participation in the check and balance of the government. As one community, we will never condone criminalizing dissent and freedom of speech,” Journ.assortedge said.
Impulse, the student publication of University of the Philippines Engineering Student Council, echoed Journ.assortedge, saying Molo’s case only reinforces perception that the Duterte administration is out to shut down critics."The Duterte administration has continued to tamp down any and all critics of the government throughout the course of the President’s regime. However, Impulse strongly stands with the notion that it is a fundamental right to keenly observe and be critical of the government that serves us as we see fit," they said.
Mahirap Talaga Pag Nagsasabi Ka Ng Katotohanan Mali Sa Gobernong Ito. Mali Na Bang Mag Komento. Ang Pag Komento Ay Paraan Para Maisaayos Ang Serbisyo Ng Goberno. Impeach The President Of This Republic... To the student: Transfer to another school where you will be allowed to celebrate your civil liberties and scholarly honed that you may have a critical mind vital for a healthy and informed democracy.
To the teacher: You reminded me of the diatribe of Al Pacino in the movie, 'Scent of a Woman.' 'You are killing the very spirit that your institution proclaims it instills.' 'The boy's soul is intact, it's non-negotiable.' You just crushed it. SHAME ON YOU! Go and raise hell; go to the streets and shout your lungs out. Nobody cares.
Pinag initan kasi bata lang yung nagsalita. Mga teachers mo boy, ibalik mo sa grade one. Mga walang alam. Why am I not surprised that Rappler is advocating for libel? Mahirap Talaga Pag Nagsasabi Ka Ng Katotohanan Mali Sa Gobernong Ito. Mali Na Bang Mag Komento. Ang Pag Komento Ay Paraan Para Maisaayos Ang Serbisyo Ng Goberno. Impeach The President Of This Republic...
Shame on the people behind this. Respect freedom of expression, please!
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