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Palace: Media freedom remains ‘alert, vibrant’ in Philippines

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By Prince Golez

The government of President Rodrigo Duterte upholds press freedom and promote free speech in the country, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement after a Social Weather Stations mobile poll reported that 51 percent of Filipino adults believed that it’s “dangerous” to report anything critical of the administration.

Thirty percent disagreed while 18 percent were undecided, the poll conducted from July 3 to 6 also showed.

“Be that as it may, the Duterte administration continues to respect the freedom of the speech and the freedom of the press in the country,” said Roque.

The Palace official also stressed that not a single libel case has been filed by Duterte against the political opposition.

“Media remains alert and vibrant in their reportage of the government and the actions of officials,” he added.

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