Martial law survivor calls for protection of press freedom in the Philippines

Christopher Sorio still vividly remembers the dark days of martial law.

He was arrested by the military in the early 80’s, along with then ranking national democratic front leader Horacio ‘Boy’ Morales and father Edicio Dela Torre.

He was tortured during interrogation and detained for two years.

He noted that after martial law was declared, the first to be shut down by then-President Ferdinand Marcos was ABS-CBN, which he said is strikingly similar to what is happening in the country now.

“The shutdown of ABS-CBN’s operations then was to infringe upon people’s right to be informed. What happened during Martial Law and the denial of the station’s franchise or license now is similar.”

 Sorio is also alarmed at reports that the Duterte government is allegedly favoring “friendly” investors with prized businesses in the Philippines, and warned against the return of crony capitalism.

“Along with the closure of a media institution comes the benefit to cronies. During martial law, we called that crony capitalism. Marcos distributed institutions, businesses, newspapers to his supporters. What Duterte is doing is undeclared martial law. He doesn’t need to formally declare it because he’s using his position to push for what he wants.”

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  • Tiago Del Mundo
    22 February 2020 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    You could be as misinformed, or a hypocrite or just simply dumber than a squirrel that is going around spouting about press freedom being attacked, when we know for a fact that is not really the case..? Is it really Filipinos owning-controlling ABS-CBN? Well, let’s just save that to the end of the movie… Chris Sorio, let us see what you really have or know about martial law victims? According to Tiglao (2016), during the martial law era, many people who were misled and brainwashed by Jose Maria Sison were picked up, detained and spanked because they were members or proxies of the CPP-NPAs. And the latter human rights abuse victims? Today, we have Bayan, Gabriela, Anakbayan, Kabataang Makabayan, etc… But decades have gone by and the same ABS.CBN or Rappler are still the same giant media outlet who demonized the government, specially when they are not yellowish left winged type…Well, Katigbak, according to Panelo, is the only decent member of ABS-CBN, who stated, tao lang tayo na nagkakamali din… you would think that the real owners of ABS-CBN would do that, I highly doubt it? So, we have to be really desperate and ask Garcetti (Democrat) about press freedom? The only thing the Democrats could do is to criticize others for the things they violate themselves. And I feel sorry for the actors and actresses who are being used by ABS-CBN to CRY about press freedom???

  • Tiago Del Mundo
    22 February 2020 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    You could be as misinformed, or a hypocrite or just simply dumber than a squirrel that is going around spouting about press freedom being attacked, when we know for a fact that is not really the case..? Is it really Filipinos owning-controlling ABS-CBN? Well, let’s just save that to the end of the movie… Chris Sorio, let us see what you really have or know about martial law victims? According to Tiglao (2016), during the martial law era, many people who were misled and brainwashed by Jose Maria Sison were picked up, detained and spanked because they were members or proxies of the CPP-NPAs. And the latter human rights abuse victims? Today, we have Bayan, Gabriela, Anakbayan, Kabataang Makabayan, etc… But decades have gone by and the same ABS.CBN or Rappler are still the same giant media outlet who demonized the government, specially when they are not yellowish left winged type…Well, Katigbak, according to Panelo, is the only decent member of ABS-CBN, who stated, tao lang tayo na nagkakamali din… you would think that the

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