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Palace on Rappler petition versus Duterte coverage ban: It’s a free country!

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang took a hands-off position on the petition filed by online news site Rappler asking the Supreme Court to stop President Duterte’s ban against its journalists in the presidential palace.

On Thursday, Rappler filed a petition for certiorari before the high court to lift the ban on its journalists from covering Duterte’s official events.

“It’s a free country. We do not interfere with the judiciary,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.

In February 2018, Duterte ordered Malacañang’s Internal House Affairs Office that Rappler founder Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada be barred from entering the Palace.

The directive came after then-presidential aide Christopher Go accused Rappler of peddling fake news about how he allegedly meddled in the P15.7- billion frigate deal.

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