Journalists Joel Pablo Salud and Inday Sara-Verone can no longer keep a mum on a change.org campaign to silence staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, Mocha Uson.
On their separate Facebook post, the two believes that blocking the blogger’s Facebook page that has accumulated over 4 million followers is not the solution to keep Uson from expressing her opinion.
Salud, editor-in-chief of Philippines Graphics, posted on his Facebook:
Please, please, please. Do not ask me to join the FB campaign to silence a blogger. For the last 33 years I have worked and conducted my life as a writer would, free to speak his mind in whatever language I care to use. Forgive my crassness but I don't give a rat's ass what your reasons are. I live and breathe freedom of expression, and no amount of convincing would ever compel me to stop someone from expressing himself or herself freely. No one is so ignorant or too stupid (or too brilliant for his own sake) as to be deprived of his only means to air his grievances. Ignore the blogger or call out the person's errors if you feel it suits the moment. Block the blogger's account if you feel the person has crossed the line, but never ride on a campaign to stop someone's freedom of expression. You cannot put at risk someone's liberty without risking your own. Have a pleasant evening, peeps!Meanwhile, Inday Sara-Verona, contributing editor of ABS-CBN, also expressed her side on the issue:
Hindi natitigil ang pagkalat ng maling impormasyon o pekeng news sa pamamagitan ng pagbusal ng karapatan ng malayang pagpapahayag.READ ALSO: VIRAL: GMA Head Writer BLASTS Mocha Haters, “Kung Ayaw Mo, Edi ‘Wag Mo Basahin”
Anyare sa inyo? Eh hindi ba nakiki never-again kayo? Tapos pag kaaway, mauuna kayo manawagan ng pag-busal -- and on general, sweeping points pa, instead of a specific violation of standards.
You do NOT defeat the cult of fake news and lazy, cynical propaganda by calling for a clampdown on free expression.
Eh di wala na kayong pinagkaiba sa mga duwag at mga pikon na nilaro ang Facebook para mawala ang mga posts ng mga kasamahan ko sa hanapbuhay at mga kritiko nina Duterte at Marcos.
Sagutin nyo si Uson, punto per punto sa mga pahina ninyo. Ituwid ang mga mali at malisyosong "alternative" information na kinakalat nya.Ipakita nyo na mas maayos kayo mag-isip at mas may respeto sa kapwa kesa sa kanya.
Kung kaya nyo. Pare-pereho lang kayo lahat.Kaya tayo ganito, eh. Puro shortcuts. Puro double standards. All sides.