Pag-block ng NTC sa news websites alinsunod sa hiling ni Esperon pinalagan ng IBP

Pag-block ng NTC sa news websites alinsunod sa hiling ni Esperon pinalagan ng IBP

June 25, 2022 @ 4:30 PM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines- Iginiit ng Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) nitong Sabado na walang awtoridad ang National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) na i-block ang ilang news websites base sa hiling ng National Security Adviser.

Sinabi ng IBP na ang NTC “cannot restrict access” sa mga miyembro ng media batay sa alegasyon ni National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, at inilarawan ang aksyon na “drastic” at isang “shortcut” upang patahimikin ang press.

“To take down the websites is to muzzle their owners. Such a drastic move can’t be anchored on statements that in court would be treated as hearsay,” pahayag ng IBP. 

“Neither may it extend the scope of the Anti-Terrorism Council’s designation order to ‘affiliates’ at the barest invocation of terrorism,” dagdag nito.

Matatandaang hiniling ni Esperon sa NTC na i-block ang websites na may kaugnayan umano sa Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), kung saan kabilang ang websites ng mga progresibong grupo at independent media. 

Saklaw ng NTC order, na may petsang Hunyo 8, ang halos 30 websites, kabilang na ang kay CPP’s founding chairman Jose Maria Sison at ang Philippine Revolution Web Central.

Kasama rin ang mga sumusunod na websites sa listahan: Save Our Schools Network, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Pamalakaya Pilpinas, Bulatlat at Pinoy Weekly.

Pinuno naman ng news outfits ang NTC at si Esperon, at sinabing wala man lamang due process bago i-block ang mga website.

“The [National Security Council’s] letter-request, bereft of legal basis, only serves to embarrass the outgoing administration,” ayon sa IBP.

“The Supreme Court has already affirmed the constitutionality of [Anti-Terrorism Act’s] designation process. The NSC is encouraged to use the fruits of this victory and file the proper cases and requests for designation instead of resorting to censorial shortcuts,” dagdag ng grupo. RNT/SA