A young student voiced his opinion about President Aquino as the latter was delivering his Independence Day speech. The student said that the President has not done much to improve Philippine conditions. For saying so, the student was arrested; not only that, charges have reportedly been filed against him. The Palace is claiming that the charges against the young man should not be viewed as a “suppression of the freedom of speech.” But it sure looks like it.
By Rina Jimenez-David
“I must have led a blameless life,” I quipped to my companions as we stood outside the Pasay City Hall of Justice Wednesday afternoon. For the first time in my life, I was going to enter a court room and experience a court hearing, and what do you know, the case involved an issue concerning reproductive health—and free speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion, even.
Who should go to prison for speaking his mind? In the modern democratic project, the answer is clear: No one. The conviction of social activist Carlos Celdran for the obscure crime of “offending the religious feelings,” then, raises many questions. Is the Philippines a modern democracy? Is freedom of speech a living civic virtue? Are [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
I’m glad several senators have bestirred themselves to try to undo the harm they did for voting for the Cybercrime Prevention bill. That piece of legislation earned the ire of netizens and media practitioners alike, as seen in editorials and widespread sentiment in social media condemning it. Teofisto Guingona III has asked the Supreme Court to nullify the libel penalty provisions of the law. And Chiz Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano pledged to sponsor bills to amend the same thing.
This refers to the letter titled “If this letter-writer is real and an alien, deport him” (Inquirer, 6/15/12).