Retired Judge on Issues re: Maria Ressa's Arrest: "A MATTER OF ARROGANCE AND PLAIN STUPIDITY!"

Maria Ressa | Photo credit to ABS-CBN
Retired Judge and political analyst Mr. Antonio Lubao, once again took to social media to share a very striking opinion about the recent arrest of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa over cyber libel charges filed by a private individual and businessman Wilfredo Keng.

The arrest happened last week and was streamed on social media, thus elicited mixed reactions among netizens, one of which was from a former judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Antonio Lubao.



On a recent Facebook post, Lubao expressed his dismay to all the issues on Ressa's arrest and called it a matter of arrogance and stupidity.

"THE LEGAL ISSUE ON THE ARREST OF RAFFLER'S MARRIA RESSA! A MATTER OF ARROGANCE AND PLAIN STUPIDITY!", he wrote.

He then explained in that said post that the arrest done against Ressa is legal and exactly in accordance with the constitution, follows the law and the rules of court.

Maria Ressa || Photo credit to ABS-CBN
Lubao likewise made a clear justification that Rappler's CEO, though has a right to free speech and freedom of the press, as she is claiming, is still not licensed to destroy anybody's reputation illegally, and in such a way, should just face her complainant in court, let the prosecution prove her case, guilty or not.



With all these legal matters and things being said, the retired judge later questioned as to why the oppositions, and other organizations are enraged and furious about the said arrest. He then tagged it as plain arrogance and stupidity.

"THEN, WHY ARE THE YELLOWTARDS, THE PSEUDO MEMBERS OF THE PRESS, THEIR FOREIGN COUNTER PART, SOME HEADS OF THE ACADEME ARE RAISING HELL FOR THE ARREST OF MARIA RESSA? IS IT NOT PLAIN ARROGANCE AND STUPIDITY?", Lubao ended.

Read his powerful and full post below: 



Screenshot of Mr. Lubao's post | Credit to his Facebook account
"THE LEGAL ISSUE ON THE ARREST OF RAFFLER'S MARRIA RESSA! A MATTER OF ARROGANCE AND PLAIN STUPIDITY!

MARIA RESSA WAS CHARGED BY A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, FOR A WRONG CONSTITUTING A CRIME. THE COMPLAINT WAS FILED BEFORE THE PROSECUTION SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. IN THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE COMPLAINT FOR CYBER LIBEL, THE PROSECUTION SERVICE (DOJ) FOUND THAT A CRIME OF CYBER LIBEL WAS COMMITTED AND THAT MARIA RESSA IS PROBABLY GUILTY THEREOF. SO THE DOJ, AS A MATTER OF COURSE, FILED AN INFORMATION (COMPLAINT) AGAINST MARIA RESSA BEFORE THE COURT. THE COURT, JUST ISSUED A WARRANT OF ARREST AGAINST RESSA BECAUSE IT FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE AGAINST HER FOR THE CRIME OF CYBER LIBEL. THE ISSUANCE OF THE SAID WARRANT OF ARREST IS DEFINITELY REGULAR AND IN ORDER BECAUSE IT IS EXACTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION, THE LAW ON THE MATTER AND THE RULES OF COURT. IN ALL CASES OF AN ACCUSED BEING ARRESTED BY VIRTUE OF A WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED BY THE COURT, THE SAME PROCESS APPLIED TO THE CASE OF MARIA RESSA WERE STRICTLY FOLLOWED. FROM THE TIME OF QUEZON TO DATE, SEVERAL THOUSANDS OF JOURNALIST HAD BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE FOR THE CRIME OF LIBEL AFTER THE SAID PROCESS WAS STRICTLY COMPLIED. NOBODY CRIED THAT THEIR ARREST WAS AN ATTACK AGAINST THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH. SEVERAL MILLIONS OF OTHER ACCUSED HAD BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE BY VIRTUE OF A WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED BY THE COURTS AFTER THE LATTER AND THE PROSECUTION SERVICE STRICTLY COMPLIED WITH THE SAME PROCESS APPLIED IN THE CASE OF RESSA, AND NOBODY DARED TO CRY THAT THE ARREST OF THE ACCUSED IS AN ATTACKS AGAINST THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE FREE. THE SAME PROCESS MADE ON THE CASE OF MARIA RESSA WAS STRICTLY APPLIED IN THE CASES OF ENRILE, JINGOY ESTRADA AND RAMON REVILLA. THEY WERE ALSO ARRESTED BY VIRTUE OF AN ARREST WARRANT ISSUED BY THE COURT, AFTER THE PROSECUTION SERVICE AND THE COURT COMPLIED WITH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE LAW OF THE CASE AND THE RULES OF COURT, EXACTLY AS THEY DID IN THE CASE OF MARIA RESSA, BUT NOBODY DARED CRY THAT THE ARREST OF THE SAID SENATORS IS AN ATTACK AGAINST THE SENATE.



THE LEGAL TRUTH IS:

A PERSON HAS HIS CIVIL RIGHTS PROVIDED AND GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION. BUT ANY OF THE SAID RIGHT IS NOT A LICENSE FOR THE COMMISSION OF A WRONG AGAINST ANYBODY OR FOR THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME.

MARIA RESSA HAS A RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH. AND IF SHE IS A LEGITIMATE JOURNALIST, SHE HAS A PERFECT CLAIM FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. BUT HER RIGHT IS NOT A LICENSE TO DESTROY THE REPUTATION OF ANY BODY ILLEGALLY. FOR WHAT SHE DID AGAINST THE PRIVATE COMPLAINANT IN HER CASE, SHE OUGHT TO FACE THE THE SAID COMPLAINANT IN COURT AND LET THE PROSECUTION BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO PROVE THAT SHE IS GUILTY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. BUT IF THE PROSECUTION FAILED TO PROVE IT, THEN SHE IS ENTITLED TO AN ACQUITTAL. IN ALL CASES, CIVIL OR CRIMINAL, THE LEGAL PROCESSES OF THE COURT MUST BE FOLLOWED TO THE LETTER.

THEN, WHY ARE THE YELLOWTARDS, THE PSEUDO MEMBERS OF THE PRESS, THEIR FOREIGN COUNTER PART, SOME HEADS OF THE ACADEME ARE RAISING HELL FOR THE ARREST OF MARIA RESSA? IS IT NOT PLAIN ARROGANCE AND STUPIDITY?"




SourceAntonio Lubao


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