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National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia said on Saturday (Dec. 5) called red-tagging as “hate speech” and not “freedom of speech.”

“One cannot justify redtagging by the State as freedom of speech to deny its own citizens’ freedom of speech,” he said in a statement.

“And redtagging is essentially against freedom of speech because it is aimed at stopping speech, expression, beliefs and association it does not agree with,” he added.

Olalia said red-tagging is essentially hate speech done to make “false statements that incite crime, violence, discrimination and hostility against individuals or groups.”

“You cannot invoke freedom of speech to kill freedom of speech,” he stressed.

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