Atty. Rivera Mad at CNN for Focusing on Maria Ressa's Alleged Expose and Not on Tax Evasion Case

Veteran San Beda lawyer and a self-confessed Pro-Duterte Supporter Atty. Bruce Rivera expressed displeasure and got mad at CNN Philippines, which is considered as one of the most trusted international news media outlet based in the Philippines for their biased reporting.


According to Atty. Bruce Rivera, CNN International released an malicious news headlines that reads "She exposed Duterte's drug war, now she faces prison in the Philippines," but the news outlet did not made mention of the fact that Ressa and Rappler is facing tax evasion charges.



The veteran lawyer although admitted that Maria Ressa had made some contributions in Philippine journalism for exposing Jemaah Islamiyah and the link to Osama Bin Laden but her recent dealings with an international financier is not allowed under the Philippine Constitution.

Atty. Rivera noted that before founding Rappler, Maria Ressa was part of CNN and ABS-CBN and the unfair news presented by CNN Philipines is indeed unfair to the country because it paints a picture of a state that is under siege when we are in fact very free and very democratic.

Here's the Complete Expose of Atty. Bruce Rivera:

CNN International made this post

She exposed Duterte's drug war, now she faces prison in the Philippines.

And I have every reason to be mad. We all know that Ressa was part of CNN before she joined ABS-CBN and later on, Rappler. And I am not denying Ressa's contribution to exposing Jemaah Islamiyah and the link to Osama Bin-Laden.



However, this is something I feel is unfair to the Phillppines. It paints a picture of a state that is under siege when we are in fact very free and very democratic. Duterte did not stop dissent. Audie Gemora's rant goes viral, Makabayan bloc files raps against the military and it is covered by media, almost everything bad against Duterte is published by all media outfit including Rappler, the opposition hold regular "mema" press conferences and they are given space in mainstream media.

But why is CNN glorifying Ressa like a martyr. First of all, if Trumps hates CNN and vice versa, I really do not care. I do not like Trump either and for good reason. But it is not Duterte's fault that Trump made open his admiration for PRD. Perhaps, Trump is doing it because Obama made a judgment error in prematurely calling out Duterte on a matter of a Philippine domestic issue and Trump wants to piss off Obama. And since CNN hates Trump and Trump loves PRD, they have decided to hate PRD as well. And yes, CNN is using Ressa to make that happen.

Why is that my conclusion? Simple explanation. If CNN played fair, the headline should have included the tax evasion charges and not dwell on the fact that she exposed the drug war.

The drug war of PRD does not need any expose. It was exposed to begin with. Ressa was not the superhero journalist who informed the world about something that we already know. Duterte was very vocal about it in his campaign and thereafter. It was not a secret hidden to the outside world.



However, what the world does not know is that Ressa was head of a media company with foreign ownership, an act not allowed by law because that is tantamount to intervention if foreigner control mass media in the Philippines. And yes we hate intervention that is why CNN is so incensed of the Russia-Trump connection but it totally leaves out the Ressa-Omidyar link in the story. And the fact that there has been unpaid taxes is conveniently left out.

The truth is, if the President or the government wants to harass Ressa, why allow her to speak or give her the reason to speak? Or better yet, why give her the reason to be contoversial so she can go out to the world and tell them of her woes like the victim she wants the world to see her?

And then you will realize, she was never harassed. If it was true that PRD is brutal, she would not have lived another day to tell her victim tale. And the fact that she is alive, loud as ever negates the very things she is saying. The reality is:

The only way the state will be antagonistic on anyone is when you break its laws.

Bruce Villafuerte Rivera

Source: Atty. Bruce Rivera

Atty. Rivera Mad at CNN for Focusing on Maria Ressa's Alleged Expose and Not on Tax Evasion Case Atty. Rivera Mad at CNN for Focusing on Maria Ressa's Alleged Expose and Not on Tax Evasion Case Reviewed by Phil Newsome on December 04, 2018 Rating: 5
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