People who spread malicious disinformation should be punished — Padilla

People who spread malicious disinformation should be punished — Padilla

By Liza Soriano

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MANILA — Senator Robin Padilla emphasized on Tuesday that malicious disinformation should not be tolerated because it infringes on the rights of others.

Freedom of expression is guaranteed by the constitution and should never be abused, according to Padilla, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media.

“Pag nilagyan na natin ng malisya na gusto mo siraan ang tao, yan ay mali na. Yan ho ang pagtapak na sa karapatan ng kapwa mo. At dapat lang yan may karampatang penalty,” said Padilla at the hearing of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

“Gawin man nating civil man yan o ano man yan, kailangan po talaga meron yang parusa,” he added.

According to Padilla, publishing content on the news or social media platforms is perfectly acceptable; nevertheless, it becomes problematic if the right to free speech is misused and used as a weapon against others.

The senator also said that a statute is required to ensure that violators of the fundamental right to “freedom of expression” are punished.

“Hindi pupwedeng kapag sinabi nating kalayaan pwede mo nang tapak-tapakan ang kapwa mo, gumawa ka ng imbento, hindi naman siguro ganoon. Kailangan talaga pag sinabing kalayaan e pantay-pantay tayo diyan. Di pwede yan na wala tayong susundin na batas kaya tayo may batas, kaya tayo may kalayaan gumawa ng batas para sundin natin. Di pwedeng free-for-all ito para tayong nagsusuntukan lang sa bar di pupuwede. Kailangan sumunod sa batas,” he said.

(ai/mtvn)

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