MANILA, Phlippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sir Isaac Newton’s third law on motion says, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Newton’s law was again proven when the Philippine government revoked Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s dual citizenship on the grounds that she has been peddling fake news and information about extra-judicial killings (EJKs) in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
The revocation came as a reaction to reports that the U.S. has cancelled Senator Bato de la Rosa’ s visa for alleged violation of human rights. De la Rosa was former Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which played a leading role in the implementation of the war on drugs.
Ressa on the other hand, along with her online news source Rappler, is being credited for spreading unproven numbers of those who were victims of alleged EJKs. She has also accused the Duterte government of ”weaponizing the law” to curtail her freedom of speech, and by extension, her freedom to make money under the guise of being a news media company.
Previously, over 50,000 netizens signed a petition to the Department of Justice to revoke Ressa’s citizenshp.