Isang malayang desisyon umano ng korte ang nangyari kay Rappler CEO Maria Ressa at sa writer-researcher nitong si Reynaldo Santos Jr. at hindi dapat idamay ang administrasyong Duterte.
Ito ang mensahe ni administration Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa matapos isisi sa administrasyon ng ilang kritiko ang paghatol ng guilty verdict kina Ressa at Santos.
“That is purely an independent decision handed down by a judicial court that originated from a complaint filed by a private individual so it is so foul on the part of the critics to keep on dragging the Duterte administration into this issue,” reaksiyon ni Dela Rosa.
Ayon naman kay Senate President Vicente Sotto III, ang desisyon aniya ng korte ay ibinase sa ebidensiya at sa batas at maaari namang umapela ang dalawa sa Kataas-taasang Hukuman.
“Court decisions are based on evidence and the law. Ms Ressa has all the benefits of Appeal to the higher courts,” sabi ni Sotto.
Ganito rin ang reaksiyon ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.
“Under our judicial system, due process does not end with a guilty verdict rendered by a regional trial court. Ms. Ressa and Mr. Santos can always appeal the decision before the appellate court and the Supreme Court, if necessary. This is a guaranteed right of every Filipino under our existing laws,” ani Lacson.
“On the issue of freedom of the press, which is guaranteed under our Constitution, I’m sure the Supreme Court will address and rule on the issue of constitutionality, if it is not addressed by the Court of Appeals to the satisfaction of both Ms. Ressa and Mr. Santos,” saad pa nito.