Press Release
June 15, 2020

Statement of Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on conviction of Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. of cyber libel

"Under the current political atmosphere of repression and authoritarianism, it would have been a surprise if Maria and Reynaldo were acquitted. The silencing of critics and the attacks on the media have been going on for three years now. If they think this conviction and the effort to stifle dissent will silence those critical of this Administration then I say to them, No way!

And unless we stand up, speak out. and vigorously oppose the tyranny in our midst, their conviction will not be the last."

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