“It’s certainly optimistic to do that given the state of justice in our country. But at the same time, I think that, you know, this is not the end of it even as far as this case is concerned,” Diokno said.
“There’s still a long legal battle ahead. And there’s a strong need for us to still generate a lot of public opinion, a lot of pressure on the government, on the courts, to look very deeply into this case,” he added.
For her part, Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, said the verdict was an “invitation” for advocates to “double and triple our efforts.”
“This is no time for retreat, this is no time for us to question our commitment to the basic principles and values that are also on trial here,” she said.
Nanindigan si Sec. Salvador Panelo na hindi kaso ng gobyerno laban sa lahat ng journalists ang kaso laban kay Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. “To stress, this a case between Ms. Ressa and Mr. Keng, who the President does not even know.”