Senator Risa Hontiveros on the guilty verdict on Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr.: ‘Takot sila kaya nila tayo pinapatahimik’

“First, they came for the journalists. We don’t know what happened after that.” The attacks on the free press and journalists are a danger to our democracy and to us Filipinos. 

This year alone, and while we’re responding to a global pandemic, we have witnessed the shutdown of a far-reaching media institution and the weaponization of the law against a journalist doing unbiased reporting on extrajudicial killings in the country.

Today’s conviction sends a chilling message to all: kung kritiko ka, pwede kang ipasara at pwede kang patahimikin.

I urge everyone to speak out. Dumarami tayo. We are complicit if we are silent. 

Takot sila, kaya nila tayo pinapatahimik.

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