Bulatlat and other communist-linked websites could still take legal action following the government’s decision to block their internet access, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made the suggestion while defending the National Security Council’s move against these websites.
“The recent move of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to block certain websites is upon the request of the National Security Council in performance of its mandate,” Andanar said in a statement.
“Legal remedies are available to any party, including online media outfit Bulatlat, affected by this action,” said the acting Presidential Spokesperson.
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. earlier requested the NT to block access to more than 20 websites that are “affiliated to and are supporting these terrorist and terrorist organizations. The list includes alternative news sites Bulatlat and Pinoy Weekly.
In a letter to NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, the activities of the “communist terrorist organizations” must be stopped. “They have established pervasive online presence through their websites that they continually use to publish propaganda and misinformation campaigns in order to malign the Philippine government, recruit new members, and to solicit funds from local and international sources,” Esperon’s letter read.
Acting on Esperon’s request, the NTC has ordered internet firms to block the websites allegedly connected with the communist terrorists. Some of the websites are already inaccessible as of Wednesday.