Feb 10, 2021 @ 23:07
AFP chief on court reporting: If you write something, it is a dictate of your emotions or sympathy
Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana has expressed this belief about those reporting on court stories and legal developments: “If you write something, it is a dictate of your emotions, or your sympathy or whatever.”
Sobejana said this as he refused to clear the name of Inquirer.net writer Tetch Torres-Tupas, whom his mistah, National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict spokesperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, accused of “aiding the terrorists by spreading lies.”
Torres-Tupas was merely reporting about the filing of a later-denied petition-in-intervention by Aeta men Japer Gurung and Junior Ramos, who were then represented by the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) Central Luzon chapter.
Parlade falsely described her article as “FAKE” and a piece of “propaganda.”
Sobejana, however, said the investigation on Parlade’s remarks would also determine whether Torres-Tupas was really a supporter of terrorist groups.
“Hindi rin natin ma-discount pa or ma-drop ‘yung possibility na — kasi sinulat nga, e,” he was quoted as saying in a CNN Philippines report.