By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senators on Saturday lauded Maria Ressa, CEO and editor-in
–Chief of Rappler, for her Nobel Peace Prize, which she deserved for
defending the truth in journalism and upholding freedom of the press.
In their separate statements, Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Francis
“Kiko” Pangilinan and Grace Poe expressed their congratulations to
Ressa, the first Filipino to have this distinction.
“Ms. Maria Ressa deserves our congratulations for being one of the
awardees of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize – the first Filipino to have
this distinction,” Lacson said, who is vying for the presidency in
Lacson said that but more than the prestige that comes with the award,
is the responsibility of continuing to uphold the freedom of
expression – the reason for the award.
“It is hoped that the Nobel Peace Prize will further inspire the
responsible practice of journalism for the good of all,” Lacson said.
Pangilinan called her as world-class Pinay and world-class truth telling.
“May nanalo na! Mabuhay ka Maria Ressa!,” Pangilinan said.
Ressa shown tot the world how a Filipino is telling the truth with
dignity and courage.
“Napakalaking karangalan para lahat ng Pilipino ang makamit ang
kauna-unahang Nobel Peace Prize ng isang Pilipino.”he said.
“Hindi lang ito historic, panalo rin ito laban sa mga gumagawa ng fake
news. Si Maria ay isa sa pinaka-trolled dito sa atin, tulad naming
nasa oposisyon,”Pangilinan added, who is running for the vice
presidency in 2022 with Vice President Leni Robredo as president.
Pangilinan said that Maria has made journalism synonymous with courage
— raising relevant issues like the weaponization of social media and
speaking truth to power like Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook’s role in
manipulating public perception.
“Ang paninindigan at tapang niya ang kailangan natin sa panahong ito.
Napaka-inspiring. Congratulations to truth-telling! Congratulations
Maria!,” Pangilinan ended.
Meanwhile, Poe said that Ressa has shown us what it takes to uphold
press freedom. It requires courage and constancy, especially because
the pursuit of truth and justice can often be dangerous.
“Her unflinching trailblazing deeds, using the information platform
effectively, have helped us discern beyond the news,” Poe said.
Poe expressed hope that Maria’s tenacity and passion in her mission
will inspire the Filipino people, especially amid the health crisis
and as we close in on another political crossroad with the national
elections next year.
“Her Nobel Peace Prize award solidifies her place not only as one of
the country’s journalism icons, but also all over the world, she