Lawyer and known social media (SocMed) blogger and supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte calls the attention of his fellow SocMed bloggers to join him as he will sign both a criminal and civil complaint against those who branded them as paid trolls, specifically Rappler, Maria Ressa and Pia Ranada.
In a Facebook post, Atty. Bruce Rivera said:
CALLING ALL DDS-SOCMED BLOGGERS
Since the campaign period of 2016, we have been maligned, belittled and branded as paid trolls. And we still are called trolls especially by Rappler, Maria Ressa and Pia Ranada.
I am no longer allowing myself to be abused this way. Winnie Monsod called Mocha and myself as trolls like it is a gospel truth with no hint of guilt or hesitation. They have allowed to brand us with a name so degrading it demeans even the best of us.
So this is my call to you. On August 21, 2017, I will prepare a Criminal Complaint against Rappler, Ressa and Ranada and those who will join me will sign both a criminal and civil complaint. The charges will not be announced in public so that they cannot prepare for this. I am imploring Atty. Jesus Falcis to represent them so we can see each other in court and test our abilities as lawyers. The venue will be announced later.
If President Duterte will not make them stop because it becomes an issue of freedom of speech, then we as the aggrieved parties will have a better chance because now it will be about civil liberties. And let us see who has rights that need to be protected.Immediately after posting, other prominent social media bloggers respond to Rivera's post on the comment section.
Perhaps, if mainstream media cannot police their own ranks..social media will teach them lessons they have never learned because of their misplaced arrogance.
Ipapakita namin sa inyo na nagkakaisa kami para labanan kayo sa walang humpay ninyong pagmamalabis.
Sass Rogando Sasot, Krizette Laureta Chu, Mike Acebedo Lopez, Mark Lopez, Darwin Cañete, actress Vivian Velez and DSWD ASec Lorraine Marie T. Badoy agreed with Rivera.
Sasot even posted an evidence where Maria Ressa allegedly called them (Mocha Uson and RJ Nieto of Thinking Pinoy) as part of a "fake news network".
Here's mine ache. Ressa called Mocha, TP, and I as part of a "fake news network" in a conference in Austria in July 2017.
As of this writing, Rivera's Facebook post had reached more than 4,400 shares and counting.