Ressa umapela kay PBBM: ‘Di niyo kami kaaway

Ressa umapela kay PBBM: ‘Di niyo kami kaaway

June 30, 2022 @ 8:39 AM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Nakatakdang iapela ng Rappler ang desisyon ng Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) na nagpapatibay sa naunang desisyon nito na bawiin ang lisensya ng news site na maaaring humantong sa kanilang pagsasara.

Sa isang press conference matapos kumpirmahin ng SEC ang desisyon nito sa en banc, sinabi ng abogado ng Rappler na si Atty. Sinabi ni Francis Lim na ang pagpapatigil sa operasyon ng Rappler ay hindi final at executory.

“The present decision that we are now discussing is a decision that can be appealed directly to the Court of Appeals via what we call a petition to review,” ani Lim.

“And we have 15 days from yesterday to file a petition for review or what the layman know, appeal to the Court of Appeals. From Court of Appeals, we will have a chance to file a motion for reconsideration with CA. (Just) in case CA disagrees with us, and we will have the final appeal all the way to Supreme Court,” dagdag pa niya.

Ipinunto ni Lim, na minsang nagsilbi bilang presidente at CEO ng Philippine Stock Exchange, na ang Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) ay hindi katulad ng pagmamay-ari ng shares of stocks.

Binanggit ng SEC ang naunang desisyon nito na kumukuwestiyon sa mga PDR ng Rappler, na sinabi nitong lumabag sa batas na nagbabawal sa pagmamay-ari ng dayuhan sa mass media entity sa bansa.

”I’ve come from the stocks exchange and there is a very big difference between depositary receipts and shares of stocks. So that’s one area of contention. And we do hope, due to the significance against and its implications especially on press freedom, the Supreme Court will finally resolve that very important issue,” paliwanag pa niya.

Maaari rin silang humingi ng pansamantalang restraining order kung ipapatupad ang desisyon ng SEC.

Sinabi ng Rappler co-founder at CEO na si Maria Ressa na sila ay business as usual pa rin sa sa kabila ng pinakabagong desisyon ng SEC.

”We’ll continue to do our jobs. Our reporters… we continue to hold the line. We’ll continue to report and we’ll continue to demand that access is there. I appeal to journalists in the Philippines, all around the world, that we hold our rights together because if we give it up just a little bit, we begin to lose. That’s what I call death by a thousand cuts,” aniya.

May apela rin si Ressa kay incoming President Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.

”I continue to appeal to work to the incoming admin, to work with journalists. We’re here to help you give a better future for the Philippines. We’re not your enemies,”

Bukod sa SEC case, may limang tax evasion cases sina Ressa at Rappler na isinampa laban sa kanila, isang anti-dummy case, at isang cyber libel case sa apela. RNT