Habang ang ilang media personalities ay kinukundina ang nangyaring pag-aresto kay Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa dahil sa kasong cyber libel, mayroon nang ilang taga-media na nagsasalita na laban sa inaasal ni Ressa. Isa na dito ay ang veteran journalist na si Ninez Cacho-Olivares ng Daily Tribune.
Ayon kay Olivares ay dapat na daw tigilan ni Ressa ang pag-arte. Tinawag pa ni Olivares na pekeng drama na ginagawa umano ni Ressa.
“Oh, c’mon Maria. Cut the dramatics, please. You are a better journalist to resort to such fake drama, especially as you certainly know you could not have been shocked at all, considering the fact that the warrant of arrest for you was already issued a day before the agents came to arrest you. In fact, I would wager that even before the warrant was issued, you would have already been tipped off by other journalists and even court sources of an arrest warrant against you having been signed by the judge,” banat ni Olivares.
Hindi din daw dapat palabasin ni Ressa na ang gobyerno ang nasa likod ng kinahaharap nitong kaso.
“Another Palace move to silence you, Maria? Oh, puhleez. Spare us the false indignation!
Stop saying the government resorted to legal acrobatics, as well as the ‘pettiness of forcing’ you to spend the night in jail… Government’s way to silence Ressa? What amateurish drama Maria makes. How can this be taken as a move to silence her when Rappler is still functioning and she can write as freely as she wants and she is not being censored?,” ani Olivares.
Gusto lang din daw palabasin ni Ressa at ng mga kasama nito na ginigipit sila ng gobyerno.
“It is clear, however, that Ressa and her staff wanted to make her arrest look like she is again being politically persecuted — and for the bailable crime of libel which journalists know is part of the territory.,” buwelta pa ni Olivares.
Si Ressa ay inaresto ng National Bureau of Investigation dahil sa kasong cyber libel na isinampa ng negosyanteng si Mr. Wilfredo Keng. Si Keng ay nasama sa artkulo ng Rappler noong 2012, kung saan iniuugnay ito sa smuggling ng droga at isa pang krimen. Sa isang pahayag, binunyag ni Keng na nakipag-usap umano siya sa Rappler noong para tanggalin ang artikulo. Nangako daw ang Rappler pero hindi daw tinupad.
“Rappler, Ressa, and Santos never attempted to obtain my side on the crimes they wrongly imputed to me or to fact-check their baseless attacks against my name… In turn, Rappler, likewise through formal and informal channels, repeatedly promised me that they will take down the subject article, but never did. The libelous attacks remain posted on their website until now,” sabi ni Mr. Keng.