Responding to the president's fresh tirades against her, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte may just be "seeing too much fraud from where he sits."
"4 years: spewing hate on social media, manipulating Filipinos, weaponizing the law. We call a spade a spade," Ressa said on Twitter.
"Was he referring to me? Maybe the President is just seeing too much fraud from where he sits," she said.
4 years: spewing hate on social media, manipulating Filipinos, weaponizing the law. We call a spade a spade. Was he referring to me? Maybe the President is just seeing too much fraud from where he sits. :) #CourageON #DefendPressFreedom #HoldTheLine https://t.co/W6vGMMw81a— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) July 8, 2020
Earlier, Duterte called Ressa a "fraud" and said he is "compiling" information on the journalist.
"You will have a dose of your own medicine one of these days. I am not threatening you. Go ahead and expose anything about corruption," the President said.
"Ressa is a fraud. Give us time. It's too early for you to enjoy yung mga award, award mo. You are a fraud. We are just compiling. Some day in bold letters, we will show your incongruity. You are a fraud," he said.
The Rappler CEO has recently asked a Manila court to reconsider her cyber libel conviction in connection with a "republication" of an article that linked a businessman to criminal activities.
Ressa and the article's author, Reynaldo Santos Jr., were sentenced to up to six years in prison over an article that cited an "intelligence report" saying Wilfredo Keng was under surveillance for human trafficking and drug smuggling.
They remain free on post-conviction bail.
Keng has filed a second cyber libel complaint against Ressa.
The veteran journalist and her company also face charges for tax evasion and alleged violation of the anti-dummy law. — RSJ, GMA News