Pro-Duterte comments got deleted by Rappler

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Popular news network Rappler deleted pro-Duterte comments. Is it a form of Martial Law on Facebook?

Rappler, a social news network, was accused of deleting pro-Duterte comments. They, however, issued a statement denying that they have imposed a "Martial Law" on Facebook.

According to their post on Friday, August 26, Rappler said that they "will be aggressively deleting crude and disrespectful posts and comments that violate standards of civility."


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A Facebook user, Markuz Rowie, asked if Rappler is imposing a "Martial Law" for restricting cuss words on their Facebook page. He also suggested that they should also fix their headlines to avoid gaining haters.

"Martial Law sa page na to? Kasama sa Freedom of Expression ang magmura diba? Yung headline po ang ayusin nyo at wag po kayo mag alala kung marami kayo haters kasi it means na marami kayo follower," he commented.

"Pwede pa naman po kayo magmura, basta po dun niyo lang po gawin sa page ninyo. Hindi po ito martial law. Hindi po kayo namin pinipigilan magsalita sa sarili ninyong Facebook account. Ang amin lang po, kung magkukomento kayo sa page NAMIN, ay sundin ninyo ang aming mga patakaran. Bukas kami sa lahat ng panig at pananaw - basta't marunong tayong rumespeto sa kapwa na may taliwas na paninindihan," Rappler replied.

Rappler has been accused of being prejudiced against the Duterte administration and many believe that the connection of Rappler chief executive officer (CEO) Maria Ressa and business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan along with relevant events in the past have something to do with it.

Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining Corp., and anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez, who was assigned by Duterte as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), had a heated argument during a mining industry stakeholder's conference in Makati in 2012.

Also in 2012, MVP said he is interested to buy a stake in Rappler. He said that "he would be interested to pour in capital equivalent to a minority sake."

Now, the mining industry was shocked to have learned the appointment of Lopez as the DENR secretary. Her appointment also caused the mining stocks to drop and mining permits to be cancelled.

Ressa, on the other hand, is the former head of the News and Current Affairs Department of ABS-CBN, a media owned by the prosperous and influential Lopez family. The Kapamliya network, ABS-CBN, is a competitor of TV5 wherein its chairman is also MVP.

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