PRESS FREEDOM: Hindi panangga ito sa ginawang kasalanan

Wala tayong mahanap na provision sa 1987 Constitution na nagbibigay sa mga media organizations o mga kasapi nito ng karapatan na mag-violate sa mga batas ng bansa by just invoking PRESS FREEDOM.

The Constitution protects freedom of the press. Ibig sabihin, kailangan mabigyan ang ating media ng sapat na kalayaan sa pag report ng balita o pagbigay ng mga kommentaryo tungkol sa mga pangyayari sa lipunan. But even that right is not absolute. May libel laws tayo na nagbabawal ng mga malisyosong pag print o broadcast ng mga bagay na maaraming maka-sira sa pangalan o pagkatao ng iba. Hindi porket totoo ay puwede na nating isulat at post sa Facebook o Twitter o ilabas sa media.

Ang kaso na isinampa sa ABS-CBN ay walang kinalaman sa kung anuman ang mga pahayag nito sa television.

Natuklasan ng Office of the Solicitor General na marami silang nagawang violations sa ating batas. Malalaking krimen. Panlilinlang sa mga subscribers nito. The network is alleged to have ripped off hundreds of millions of pesos from illegal transactions. HIndi pa nga yata kasama diyan yung pag-WRITE OFF, o pagbura, ng utang nito sa Development Bank of the Philippines. Utang nila galing sa pera ng bansa, hindi na siningil.

SO WHAT ASSAULT ON PRESS FREEDOM ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, ABS-CBN?

At malinaw na binibigyan sila ng DUE PROCESS. Pinapadaan ito sa Supreme Court, ang pinakataas na hukoman sa bansa. May pagkakataon itong mapahayag ang panig. Kung talagang wala naman silang ginawa na kasalanan, di ma di-dismiss ang kaso. At wala itong kinalaman sa kanilang application for renewal of franchise. Ang mga Congressmen ang kausapin nila tungkol diyan, hindi si Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Sa madaling salita, huwag niyong gamitin na SHIELD, o panangga, ang pangalan ng PRESS FREEDOM upang maka-iwas kayo sa mga pananagutan sa batas na inireklamo ni Calida sa Supreme Court. Fight on the merits of the case.

‘Kuryente’

The local media was victim of the creative scams of Jed and Jepoy about so-called achievements to boost the image of the city mayor.
In media parlance, “na-kuryente”.
Jed and Jepoy had been jumping up and down like monkeys lately telling the people about a plan to rehabilitate the city’s traffic lights system with help from ABS/CBN chief executive officer Gabby Lopez.
Consistent with

their penchant for painting a rosier picture than the truth, Jed and Jepoy said the plan is likely to roll out soon because Lopez supposedly promised to bring executives of IBM Philippines to Iloilo City for this project.
Jed and Jepoy boasted that Lopez even volunteered to lend money to the city to make the project a reality.
This tall tale reached the attention of ABS/CBN, forcing Bong Osorio to issue a disclaimer yesterday.
It’s not true that Lopez offered to bring IBM Philippines over to Iloilo. Neither did he offer any loan to the city. Ka-boom!
I knew that sooner or later, the campaign of lies will collapse. No lie can ever go unexposed. Jed and Jepoy are now singing a different tune. They never said those things, they claim. So they are now lying again to cover up a lie. It’s a vicious cycle for liars.