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Sawsawera si Ressa! Andanar: Statement vs. Netflix show host in defense of Duterte, ain’t about Rappler CEO

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Communications Secretary Martin Andanar didn’t intend to malign Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa when he criticized the host of the Netflix show, “Patriot Act,” over remarks made about President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement, Andanar said his statement about American comedian Hasan Minhaj “should be read in its entirety.”

“The statement was not made to defame Ressa but to defend the President about allegations/statements in the satirical show,” he said.

Ressa had accused Andanar of making a libelous statement when he denied that her and Senator Leila De Lima’s arrests were connected to their being critical of Duterte.

“Both personalities violated domestic laws with Ms. Ressa committing tax evasion, breach of anti-dummy laws, and violation of cyber laws; and Senator De Lima transgressing anti-drug laws,” he said.

Andanar cried foul after Minhaj called Duterte an “autocrat” who “every so often goes on a killing spree” in the episode “Brazil, Corruption and the Rainforest.”

The Palace official said he was outraged that Minhaj would use “erroneous narratives” to put Duterte in a bad light.

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