Duterte, publisher/editor Balanza sued for libel

BY JESSIE L. CASALDA, Mindanao Daily Mirror A lawyer advocating Mindanao independence has filed libel and coercion charges against Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and newspaper editor-in-chief Roger Balanza for calling him ‘crazy’ over his idea of establishing an independent state for Christians and Cebuano-speaking places. Lawyer Eli Pamatong filed the charges against Duterte and Roger Balanza before the City Prosecution Office (CPO) yesterday morning. READ MORE The case stemmed from a statement Duterte made in his television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, Pinobre Edition, from which Balanza sourced his news article published in his weekly paper The Durian … Continue reading Duterte, publisher/editor Balanza sued for libel

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DUTERTE SAYS PAMATONG CRAZY

BY ROGER M. BALANZA “Pamatong republic is foolishness” Autonomous Region for Christian Mindanao? Republic of Mindanesia? Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has summed up this idea proposed by lawyer Eli Pamatong into one word: Foolishness Pamatong was in the city last week to launch in a press conference his twin ideas that would declare Mindanaoas an independent state for Christians. In a separate spin that smacks of anti-Muslim sentiments, he flayed the alleged Muslim reprisal of Christians in Mindanao; wanted the island to be ruled by Visayans and took a dig at the Tagalogs’ political dominance in the country including Mindanao. … Continue reading DUTERTE SAYS PAMATONG CRAZY

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