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Lawyer lectures Salo over treason threat over negative reporting on SEA Games: Wala giyera!

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Pro-administration lawyer Trixie Cruz Angeles has poked fun at Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo after the lawmaker threatened to file criminal charges against those media practitioners who have resorted to negative reporting about the hosting of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

In her Twitter page, Angeles hilariously made fun of Salo’s privilege speech, wherein, he earlier said that it can “already be considered an act of treason” those covering the SEA Games who have resorted to negative reporting.

“Treason? Hahhahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Jusko. Walang gyera,” said Angeles.

In a separate interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel, Salo said that negative reporting in the SEA Games also tantamount to “inciting to sedition” for “basically calling for hate against the government.”

Treason is an offense punishable only when the Philippines is officially under the State of War.

Treason as defined in the Revised Penal Code as “any Filipino citizen who levies war against the Philippines or adheres to her enemies, giving aid or comfort within the Philippines or elsewhere.”

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano earlier also issued a threat, that he will not only unmask those purveying negative information against the SEA Games hosting but he will make sure that those go beyond the bounds of the law will be liable for libel or cyber-libel.

But Cayetano later refuted his statement, saying there is nothing wrong with media reporting the lapses and other negative impressions in hosting the bi-annual sporting event for as long as it’s a “fair criticism.”

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