Former politician lawyer threatens to sue Facebook, Rappler for curtailing freedom of speech - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, August 2, 2018



Former politician lawyer threatens to sue Facebook, Rappler for curtailing freedom of speech





It was not just a local media giant, but even a vastly and internationally operated website that, for this former politician-lawyer, had impeded or impaired his freedom of speech after it took down a Facebook post of a controversial video.

Former Biliran representative Atty. Glenn Chong took to Facebook what Facebook did wrong, and that was taking down his original post of video showing a questionable personality during the Senate hearing when Senator Franklin Drilon questioned Chong’s affiliation with former Senator Bongbong Marcos.


The original post was entitled “DECONSTRUCTED MEDIA” and showed the moment a certain female approached Drilon during the Senate hearing giving the Yellow senator a piece of paper.



Later on, Drilon is seen perusing the paper before he starts questioning Chong.


“I guess questions are raised here because you (Chong) are known to be with the council of Bongbong Marcos,” Drilon said.


Chong denied the allegations, however an investigation as to who the female was was pursued.


In Chong’s “DECONSTRUCTED MEDIA” post, the lady was identified as Atty. Bernadette Sardillo, the lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo.


This prompted Chong to question Sardillo’s presence in the room and why she was coordinating with Drilon in asking questions during the Senate hearing.


“Why would she (Sardillo) want to destroy Glenn Chong’s credibility? Is she now the coach of Drilon? Ginagamit ba nila and opisina ni Drilon parar haranign ang mga pasabog ni Glenn Chong tungkol sa 2016 elections?” the video showed.


Chong also condemned Rappler for “twisting its report” on the event which he detailed how in the original “DECONSTRUCTED MEDIA” post that Facebook took down.


Ascertaining the extent of Rappler and Facebook’s fault against him, Chong threatened to sue these institutions should they attempt to curtail his freedom of speech again.


Chong’s full post on Facebook reads:


Rappler and Facebook | Photo from Rappler

TINANGGAL NG FACEBOOK ANG ORIGINAL POST NG VIDEO NA ITO.

TO FACEBOOK PHILIPPINES:


I wrote last night an article sharing the post of DECONSTRUCTED MEDIA which you took down this morning. 


In that post, I explained why rappler.comhas engaged in spreading fake news by twisting its report concerning the questions of Sen. Franklin Drilon to me. I explained why the rappler article failed to disclose the full truth.


When you took down the post of DECONSTRUCTED MEDIA, along with it came down my legitimate explanation of the events. I am asking that you restore that portion because that is legitimate. I am entitled to answer unfair attacks against my person and integrity. Rappler.com or any media entity for that matter has absolutely no license to attack me without meriting an appropriate response from my end. 


This video forms part and parcel of my defense against these attacks. Now, if you take this down again, I will be compelled to haul you to court along with rappler.com.

Any restraint against legitimate expression of public interest issues (the main issue in contention here is the serial cheating of our past three elections) is a violation of Article 32 of the Civil Code of the Philippines which provides for damages against the offended party when any private individual, directly or indirectly obstructs, defeats, violates or in any manner impedes or impairs any of the following constitutional rights and liberties of another person xxx (2) Freedom of speech xxx.


Since you are operating within the jurisdiction of the Republic of the Philippines, you come within the jurisdiction of our laws and courts.


I am not looking for quarrel. Just respect us and the advocacy we are fighting for.


PARA SA MGA NAGPOST NG ISYU TUNGKOL SA HEARING KAHAPON SA SENADO AT SA ISYU NG DAYAAN SA HALALAN, KUMUHA PO KAYO NG PICTURE NG INYONG POST O SHARE. KAPAG TINANGGAL ITO NG FACEBOOK, KUMUHA ULI KAYO NG PICTURE NG NOTICE NA TINANGGAL ITO. MAGAGAMIT NATIN YAN KUNG SAKA-SAKALING KASUHAN ANG FACEBOOK SA PAGLABAG NG ARTICLE 32 NG CIVIL CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES. MAGKAKAPERA PA KAYO FOR THE DAMAGES SISINGILIN NATIN SA KANILA FOR VIOLATING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.




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Source: Glenn Chong | Facebook