“Hindi po absolute ang freedom of expression, meron pong hangganan po yan”
This was the statement made by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reminding Ruby Villanueva or also known as “Mystica”, citing that there’s a law that could pun1sh her for publishing hat3 messages against the President.
The newly appointed spokesperson on April 16 said that while the President respects the right to freedom of expression, he reminded that the free speech has a limitations even in international laws.
“Hindi po absolute ang freedom of expression, meron pong hangganan po yan, at nakasaad po sa international covenant on civil and political rights na a state can derogate among others dito po sa freedom of expression kapag mayroon pong national emergency,” Roque said.
“Alam po natin na ang COVID ay hindi lang national emergency, it is an international emergency, pu-pwede po tayong magkaroon ng derogation, pwede po nating limitahan ang freedom of expression at yun po ang ginawa natin sa bayanihan act,” he cited.
Presidential Spokesperson Roque even mentioned the newly signed Bayanihan Act Section 6 (f) that ill3galizing the spread of fals3 information.
“So Mystica, may batas po na pu-pwedeng gamitin para parusahan ka,” Roque said.
It can be recalled that Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles said that the statement of Mystica could put her in tr0uble for allegedly encouraging the people to go out and f1ght the government.
“Sumasang-ayon na talaga ako kung ano yung mga prinsipyo ni Vice President Leni (Robredo). Dati rati, never ako nagbanggit about Leni Robredo. But right now sumusuporta na ako sa kanila. All the way. Sumusuporta ako sa kanila,” Mystica said on her video.
“Kaya kung sino ang sumusuporta kay Vice President Leni Robredo, let’s get out there and be in full foce, labanan natin itong gobyerno na ito, lalong lalo na ang ating Presidente,” she added.
Mystica then apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte, citing that she was only frustrated on what’s currently happening in the country.
“I’m sure na mapapatawad ako ni Presidente, dahil alam niya na ang isang tao kapag frustrated masasabi niya lahat, katulad din niya nasasabi niya rin kung ano yung frustration niya,”