06 Jun Facebook Takes Down EJAPS’ Page After Posting Anti-Duterte Post
It can be recalled that on June 1, Facebook took down TV5 anchor Ed Lingao’s post where he condemned Duterte’s plan of allowing late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery. And just recently, Facebook took down another one, but a page this time.
After posting a statement against President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines’ or EJAPs page was removed from Facebook.
It was on June 5, Sunday, when 2 journalists said that EJAPs page was taken down after the group established a post which contained its statement criticizing Duterte’s remarks on media killings. The said statement was reposted on journalist Inday Espina-Varona’s Facebook account.
“We in EJAP find [Duterte’s] pronouncement inappropriate, most specially for someone of his stature who’s supposed to defend the rule of law,” the group said. “Violence as a means of redress is never an option and would be a slap in the face of a democratic country like the Philippines that prides itself to be a society governed by the rule of law yet has a President who justifies killing sans due process.”
The group’s statement was a response to Duterte’s remarks when he was asked about his plans in stopping media killings quoting, “Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch.”