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Walden Bello backs Maria Ressa: Hang in there! Don’t let the bastards grind you down

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Former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello has expressed support for embattled Rappler big boss Maria Ressa amid her battle against tax evasion cases filed by the government.

Bello, in a Facebook post, said the case against Ressa was part of the “Big Bully Duterte” campaign against the press critical of the administration.

“Nobody, not even Duterte diehards, believes this is a simple tax case. Of course, this is essentially, as the NUJP points out, part of BBD’s (Big Bully Duterte’s) campaign to silence the adversarial press,” he said.

“Hang in there, Maria Ressa. DLBGYD (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down),” he added.