Court rules Rappler violated constitution by not being fully Filipino-owned

Court rules Rappler violated constitution by not being fully Filipino-owned

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Finally, the moaning adolescents at Rappler can now take off their costumes and stop pretending that they’re legitimate journalists with no agenda.

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday ruled that the so-called media outlet Rappler was indeed not fully Filipino-owned and therefore, violated the 1987 Constitution.

The Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Rappler’s certification of incorporation January last year for violating constitutional restriction on foreign ownership of mass media. After which, the fake news source filed a motion for reconsideration. Today, a 25-page resolution was released by the CA, which saw no merit on the motion for partial reconsideration filed by Rappler on the case.

“In summary, a motion for reconsideration grounded on arguments already submitted to the court and found to be without merit may be denied summarily, as it would be a useless ritual for this court to reiterate itself. Here, petitioners did not raise any new matter or issue in its motion. Accordingly, this court finds no cogent justification to reconsider its motion decision dated July 26,” the CA ruling read.

Although freedom of speech dictates that Rappler will still be able to continue pumping out their propagandist drivel, it should now be clear that their news is an affront to the public’s right to unbiased information; and the SEC agrees.

“Rappler Inc. being the mass media entity that sold control to foreigners, and Rappler Holdings Corporation being its alter ego, existing for no other purpose than to effect a deceptive scheme to circumvent the Constitution,” the SEC decision read.

The SEC decision added that “The Foreign Equity Restriction is very clear. Anything less than One Hundred Percent (100 percent) Filipino control is a violation,” it added.

Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday said that Malacañang will not interfere with the decision of the Court of Appeals deny Rappler’s petition to reverse the SEC’s order.

“We will let the law take its course,” he said and it seems that it indeed has. This delegitimizing of their power as a media organization feels like a fitting conclusion less than a month after Maria Ressa’s arrest for cyber libel charges. Like mother like child.

 




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