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Sobrang daldal nga! Guevarra denies EIU’s claim Duterte muzzled opposition

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday slammed the think tank Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for downgrading the Philippines in its 2018 democracy index.

“The political opposition has not been muzzled at all in defending themselves and has unfettered access to both the local and international media,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters. Guevarra saidall state actions including those against administration critics were legitimate “to protect the state and the people”.

Based on the EIU’s Democracy Index 2018 released on Wednesday, the Philippines ranked 53rd among 167 countries in terms of quality of democracy.

“I can’t agree that these government actions are undemocratic in anyway, and this so-called intelligence report by the economist should not bother us at all,” Guevarra said.

DOJ Undersecretary and spokesman Markk Perete, stressed that the government has not resorted to legal actions against members of the opposition.

“Legal action has been, and will be, taken as called for by the circumstances in each case and as dictated by the evidence at hand, regardless of the political affiliation of the party concerned,” Perete explained. (PNA)

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