Kit Belmonte tells Pinoy freedom advocates: Bawal mapagod

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The guilty verdict on Maria Ressa is another blow to press freedom, but Kit Belmonte said it would be counterproductive to suddenly give up the fight now.

The Quezon City lawmaker is bowed but not out as Ressa was convicted of cyber libel together with a former Rappler writer, which critics said was a way to silence them and make them an example so others would be reluctant to be too critical. For the politiko, it shouldn’t be a reason to quit clamoring for a better government.

“Bawal mapagod. Laban lang,” he said, using the Rappler hashtags #CourageON #HoldTheLine #DefendPressFreedom.