Jun 18, 2020 @ 17:20

Don’t milk situation to smear PH justice system: Locsin advises Ressa to get Carpio if she appeals conviction

Malacanang has blamed weak legal brain trust for Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa’s humbling defeat in a cyber libel case.

This is why Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin is suggesting that Ressa tap former Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as an adviser to add more smarts into her legal team led by abogado Theodore Te of the Free Legal Assistance Group if she decides to appeal her conviction.

“He (Carpio) should join her legal panel when Ressa appeals,” said Locsin on Twitter.

In a ruling on June 15, Judge Rainelda Estacio- Montesa found both Ressa and former Rappler writer Rey Santos guilty of cyber libel and sentenced them to six months and one day to up to six years in jail. Ressa and Santos, who will remain free on bail pending their appeal, has also been ordered to pay Keng P200,000 in moral damages and P200,000 in exemplary damages.

“Ressa must appeal instantly and not try to milk the situation for all it is currently worth until it’s dry as a bone then appeals. On appeal she should brook no delay on the part of the appellate court at the instance of a prosecution presumably so prepared it won its case,” said Locsin.

“Ressa should appeal unless she’s not interested. First principle of justice, said John Locke quoted by John Rawls: You can’t pick your judge, let alone his decision; that would make you judge of your own case,” he said in another tweet.

18, 2020

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