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Mobilizing for democracy? Palace unperturbed despite Sereno remark

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang is not threatened by former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s call for mobilization in defense of democracy.

“If she will join the opposition to exercise her freedom of expression then by all means we will egg her to do that,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday.

Asked if her statement was seditious, Panelo said: “Baka naman she wants to join the rallies. Okay lang naman sa akin ang rallies against this government. In fact, it is the President who encourages that.”

Legitimate grievances against the government can be freely expressed, said the chief presidential legal counsel citing the 1987 Constitution.

“Ang problema if you perform acts which are seditious as defined by law. Like for instance when you incite people to hate a particular public official like the President that is seditious. You incite them not to follow the laws, that’s seditious,” he explained.

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