The undersigned congratulated Maria Ressa for winning the Nobel Prize Award during my October 11 press briefing and later shared the statement of National Artist of the Philippines for Literature F. Sionil Jose regarding the former’s Award.
The Philippines is a democratic society and every view, regardless of affiliation, must be accorded with respect.
Having said this, we regard F. Sionil Jose’s opinion as the better view of the state of the press freedom in the country.
Sec. Harry Roque