Guevarra dares Maria Ressa: Bring it on!
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday dared Rappler’s Maria Ressa to make good of her threat to file charges against him and the government in connection with her recent arrest for cyber-libel.
“We are performing our duties to prosecute anyone who breaks the law. We are confident that her allegations will not prosper because we have not violated any law. So just go ahead and bring it on,” Guevarra said.
The justice chief denied Ressa’s tirades that the government was engaged in “selective justice” and “weaponization of the law” when the Department of Justice ordered her indictment in a resolution filed before the Manila regional trial court.
“Harassment and persecution are not in my vocabulary,” Guevarra stressed.
Furthermore, Guevarra stressed the filing of cyber-libel case against Ressa was not meant to silence President Duterte’s critics,
or to threaten the constitutional freedom of the press.
“Press freedom is not absolute. The rights of other citizens deserve equal protection,” he said.