President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Rappler of being “fully owned by Americans,” in violation of the constitutional provision that media entities needs to be 100 % owned by Filipinos.
Duterte talked about Rappler in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) as he mentioned how mining corporations are linked to large conglomerates.
“You know, ‘pag newspaper ka you are supposed to be 100 percent Filipino. And yet when you start to pierce their identity, it is pala fully owned by Americans. So wala masyado ako… ABS, Rappler kayo ba ‘yan? Have you tried to pierce your identity and it will lead you to America?” he requested.
“Do you know that? And yet the constitution requires you to be 100 percent — media — Filipino. Rappler, try to pierce the identity and you will end up American ownership,” Duterte added.
Rappler’s Maria Ressa was fast to tweet her denial:
President Duterte, you’re mistaken. @rapplerdotcom is 100% Filipino owned. Any chief ought to vet his data.
— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) July 24, 2017
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