Basically, Rappler’s Maria Ressa blamed her cyber libel conviction due to the weaponization of the law by the government to stifle critics which results according to her in shrinking Philippine democracy and leads to an authoritarian rule blah, blah, blah.
In that regard, Atty. Ahmed Paglinawan of the Luminous can’t help but react in a mocking way to Rappler’s Maria Ressa who seems to be acting naive to say that the government is weaponizing the law when in reality the law is indeed a weapon of the government used against those who would harm others or cause damage. The purpose is social order.
The problem with Maria Ressa is that when it hits her, suddenly, she cries like a victim instead of a criminal.
You may now read Atty. Ahmed’s brief FB post below.
But before that, here are some of the comments of netizens.
One netizen volunteered to decipher the subtle message behind Maria Ressa’s statement.
‘Good morning fr Manila’ means she is really soliciting sympathy from international audience. The audacity and cunningness of the obnoxious maria ressa, the ultimate arrogant self proclaimed, self—righteous promoting bastardization of democracy as normal as long as it serves one’s interests.
A second netizen raised her eyebrows on Maria Ressa saying that the weaponization of our laws result in shrinking of our democracy.
Shrinking democracy? Tell that to the marines. You’re using your nobel award as cushion of your dwindling credibility. It won’t sell ressa. You can still go to the Supreme Court, but for the meantime serve your term at the jail.
A third netizen wondered why Maria Ressa is attacking the government when it was a private citizen who filed a case against her.
Private citizens ang kalaban ni Maria rehas at hindi ang gobyerno. Bakit hindi Yung nagdemanda Laban sa kanya ang atakehin niya. Inaasahan ba niya na pakikialaman ng gobyerno ang kaso niya Para hindi siya makulong?
Saan ba siya galing?
Of course the law is a weapon. Its used against those who would harm others or cause damage. Its purpose is social order.
Problema neto pag sya ang tinamaan, suddenly victim sya imbes na kriminal.