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SC asks Malacanang to comment on media ban vs. Rappler

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday (August 14) has asked Malacanang to comment on the petition seeking to lift the ban against online news organization Rappler from covering President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a notice issued to the parties, the SC directed the respondents in the petition “to comment thereon within ten days from notice of the petition.”

The petition named as respondents the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Media Accreditation Office and Presidential Security Group.

The petition was filed back in April after Malacanang issued an order banning Rappler reporters from covering Duterte and other events of the Palace.

The petitioners are Rappler and its reporters Marie Ranada, Mara Alyssabel Cepeda, Raymon Dullana, Franklin Cimatu, Mauricio Victa, Camille Kristina Elemia, Ralph Martin Rivas, and Baltazar Espinosa Lagsa.

The petitioners argued that “such a ban violates the constitutional guarantees of press freedom, free speech, due process and, equal protection under the 1987 Constitution.”

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