TV5 anchor Ed Lingao defends Mocha Uson regarding in the petition to suspend Mocha Uson Facebook page.
A certain Paul Quilét started a petition in change.org to suspend the Mocha’s blog
During the Presidential elections, Mocha’s blog shifted to the politics side when she started posting issues about politics. But she didn’t stop there, she became the voice of all the Duterte fans, although lately, the people who are anti-Duterte seem to feel that she’s been spreading lies just so she can have website hits and page view
Lingao posted on his Facebook account says “I think she has every right to be heard, even if we sometimes disagree with what she has to say.”
He ended his statement explaining that we may not like what Mocha has to say, but we must protect her right to say it.
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There is a petition going around to have the FB page of Mocha suspended.
I do not care whom she supports (even though she’s made it crystal clear long before). Political loyalty should never be the basis for determining if one’s FB page has a right to exist. Yet I strongly disagree with how she presents herself as THE alternative to mainstream media. I find it disingenuous that she says she does not claim to be a journalist, thus skirting the need for accountability or fairness and accuracy, while at the same time trying to replace mainstream media by advocating a boycott and calling on her supporters to just read her blog instead.
Still, I think she has every right to be heard, even if we sometimes disagree with what she has to say. The strength of our convictions and beliefs do not depend on our ability to silence those we disagree with; in fact our willingness to silence those we find disagreeable only weakens the institutions we try to protect. I am tempted to quote Voltaire, who is always quoted as saying “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Unfortunately, Voltaire never really said that juicy quote; that quote comes from a 1906 biography of Voltaire by Evelyn Hall, where she tried, quite successfully, to summarize Voltaire’s ideas on free speech.
So, yes, I think Mocha deserves to have a voice. We may not like what she has to say, but we must protect her right to say it.